YoRHa Ver.1.1 Opening Sequence by CO:JIN PROJECT

I’m sure anyone who is familiar with this site knows how much I love my fandoms. That being said, I am still very much human. At times, some things will slip past me… and sometimes nearly half a year will pass before I am clued in on what I’ve missed. orz But, it is these times that I need to rely on the global fanbase to help clue me in on things that might have missed.

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NieR:Automata Breaks Into Famitsu’s Top 30!

Today’s new issue of Famitsu magazine shows that has shot up in the top 30/40 most anticipated games list!

Typically, they only list the top 30 titles, but they also include an additional 10 more just for fun. has continually shown up there, alternating between 35-39th place.

But today, probably thanks to the recent 12-page, in-depth look at the game two weeks ago, the game has shot up to 24th place!! Congrats!! I hope the game continues this awesome trend!

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The Complete YoRHa Squad

Since the release of the stage play YoRHa Ver.1.0 on DVD this past February, I had worked on translating the insert booklet that came with it shortly after it was released… but apparently forgot all about it. ^^; So, let this post rectify that oversight.

The inside of the two-page booklet covers information on all 16 of the YoRHa androids, including rank, position, individual specs, and their unique “false memories”. Enjoy!

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YoRHa No2 vs YoRHa No2 Type B (2B)

Warning: Possible spoilers and semi-accurate speculation may exist in this post.

Edit: 2016.04.19

With the announcement of the two new characters 9S and A2 at the Music Concert & Talk Live, I have begun to restructure my initial speculation regarding No2 from the YoRHa play. Here’s the breakdown:

  • I still think No2 from the stage play is *alive* and will play a role in.
  • I no longer think that 2B is directly or figuratively No2. I think she will be an upgraded No2 model that comprises both of the now defunct YoRHa “Attacker” and “Gunner” designations.
  • However, with the reveal of A2, there are some interesting things that might connect her more closely to actually being No2.
    • She is an older android who has seen her fair share of battle on the surface of the planet.
    • She was an Attacker type YoRHa android, but by this time, these particular types have been decommissioned and are no longer in active duty. Any remaining androids that may still be intact and have been recalled generally become experimental units to develop new technology for future YoRHa models. This is how A2 could have been used as a prototype to create then next model of androids like 2B and 9S.
    • She has some major issues PSTD type issues related to her past and must learn to channel the anger she feels because of those experiences.
    • Much of her frame has been damaged, with the most damage stretching from her chest and outward to her limbs. The majority of her head, arms and legs are relatively undamaged. This makes me believe that the bomb affixed to her heart might have partially exploded, causing massive damage to her frame. Still, the damage could merely be the result of engaging the Bio-machines in battle for many years. The bomb could still be sleeping within her…
  • How this connects with No2’s past looks like this:
    • Before No2’s first mission, she met and spoke briefly with her idol: Seed.
      Seed was an experimental android that was used to develop new weapons and armor–which the first series of YoRHa androids, including No2, were with. As depicted in the stage play, the Pearl Harbor Mission in 11941 was the first time the YoRHa androids were deployed.
    • Prior to becoming an experimental unit, Seed was also deployed multiple times to the surface of the planet and was one of the few androids who actually met *real* humans.
    • This progression from ‘deployed android used in multiple missions’ to ‘decommissioned tool to develop new androids’ is extremely important as it shows the standard “life cycle” of a typical YoRHa android if they survive the missions they’re sent on.
    • Seed was destroyed during an experiment that she willingly participated in because she wanted to protect No2. It could be that Seed was the prototype used to create No2 and her sisters, just as A2 is the prototype used to create 2B and 9S.
    • This would wrap up No2’s story very nicely, give it a very neat feeling of completing the cycle, and it continues the “bloodline” to promote evolution.
      Seed –> No2 –> 2B.
  • A little bit of an aside regarding why 2B’s series of YoRHa androids are forbidden from expressing emotion is because that is what essentially doomed the 126th Descent Mission aka the Pearl Harbor Mission (plot in the Stage Play). It doesn’t seem possible for the androids to turn off this function completely, but they are somewhat able to control or at least suppress it.
  • And that leads to another important question: WHY DO ANDROIDS FEEL? If emotion is such a devastating weakness that can jeopardise their missions, then why are they programmed with that function in the first place? Why can’t it be switched off? What is its purpose? I’ve speculated this a little in the original post here, but I think the YoRHa androids are not your typical intelligent, artificial lifeforms… they are not merely robots programmed to emulate human emotion and memory… but are independently mobile units of the master computer system that housed the Gestalt information… Of course, that information is all that’s left of humanity when it was still whole. It could be that the “soul” that houses EMOTION and PERSONAL HISTORY and MEMORY in every YoRHa android was installed from the Gestalt data. YoRHa = humanity.
  • We know that the S in the name 9S stands for “Scanner“. This was a designated type that was in service in the YoRHa Stage Play; however, the Attacker and Gunner types have since been discontinued. Given the above speculation that A2 = No2 from the Stage Play plus No2 was an Attacker type… then it is most likely that the A in A2 is “Attacker“. In an interview with Yoko Taro, he states that the B in 2B‘s name stands for “Battler“, which makes sense if this model series is an all-round fighter that is able to use a multitude of weapons.

Yoko Taro had stated in a previous interview with Hooked that 2B is *not* No2 from the YoRHa stage play… But, having another look at the script, I came across this line that gave me chills.

YoRHa Play - Scene 9 - 4129-jpgNo4: Like, if you lose your memory and become a different person than who you used to be, that’s a way to continue on living, right?

This line is said in context about the androids fearing death. Although the androids are not “alive”, they are still very frightful of “everything fading away” when they’re destroyed. Likewise, their personality routines are heavily based on their pre-programmed “false memories”. For example, No2 remembers living a peaceful life with her grandmother in the country. They comment that should they lose their memory, they would essentially become a new individual.

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DOD / NieR Timeline

I originally posted this as it relates to the DOD1.3 novella, but I’ve continued to edit and add to this as more and more aspects come to light.

The original timeline was published in the DOD3 Complete Guide, then scanned and edited by me. Please feel free to use this image as you wish–but I would greatly appreciate the credit for putting it together. The actual PSD file is almost 150MB worth of details and layers and many hours of work and research.

Also, try not to get bent out of shape to see that this image does not designate any specific shift in worlds between the DOD universe and. Interestingly enough, no where in the giant DOD/NieR timeline printed in the DOD 10th Anniversary -World Inside- book does it state any sort of jump to a parallel universe or other dimension. It merely continues through the course of time and shows how things potentially flow together. You may take that as you will.

Updated: March 25, 2017

Addendum: I understand that there was a discrepancy relating to DOD2 and where the novella “The Garden of Light” ought to be; however, I have kept the timeline as it was printed. If you feel that I ought to edit this to reflect where the novella should be, please let me know. My memory of DOD2 is very old, since I only played it once over ten years ago. If I get a lot of comments to edit this, I will.

Interview with Yoko Taro and Saito Yosuke by Hooked

This is a pretty amazing interview with both Yoko Taro and Saito Yosuke. The intro and outro are conducted in German, but the actual interview is in English.

The part that I found the most amazing, if not shocking, was the fact that 2B is *not* the same character as No2 that appears in the YoRHa stage play! *mindblown* But, I was starting to lean toward that since her character and some parts of her design didn’t seem to match up.

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No2’s final stance. Photo by Tantei File.

That being said, Yoko Taro is often known to say one thing and yet somehow contradict himself in the same sentence. It could be that this *is* the same character that has undergone some major changes to completely alter her mind/personality.

At any rate, I suppose it would be best to separate my own feelings for the YoRHa girls that appeared in the stage play from this new game that seems sooooooo heavily based on it.

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NieR: Automata

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Ruka Endo as No2. Screen cap from the initial DVD release of the play.

This just in! News has broken that the subtitle to the new Nier title is “Automata” aka “Automaton” or “Android”.

The so-called “enemy” of the game is called the “kikai seimei-tai” or the “Living Machines”, the very enemies which bore down upon humanity in Yoko Taro’s stage play “YoRHa“. There seems to be more and more similarities between the two, so I suggest you take a look at my notes on the matter here.

As it appears now, the main character will be “No.2 Ver.B”, taking place after the events of the YoRHa play! She is able to use both a katana and large-sized swords.

According to the Character Designer Yoshida’s storyboards, this character will have a long-range attack ability called “Pod”.

This is a short summary that I wrote for Siliconera:

During the during the 14th Machine Armament War in the year 11,939AD, humans are near extinction. With the invasion of the “Living Machines”, humanity had no choice but to abandon the planet, taking refuge upon the Moon. Their only hope lie in an armada of specially configured androids called “YoRHa”. Programmed with human emotions and feelings, they descend upon the surface of the planet to combat the ceaseless onslaught of the Machines.

With the destruction of No.1 in the decent to the planet, No.2 assumes command over all units… however reluctant and unsure of her own abilities. She remains this way throughout the entity of the play; she keeps her black “visor” on the longest…only taking it off in the final scene when she faces the machines on her own.

No.2, after witnessing the destruction of her unit and the last of the Resistance, a failed YoRHa expedition hundreds of years before her time, is alone among a cold, unfeeling world ruled by machines.

Source: Game Johou


Other interesting notes:

Definition of “autamata“:

  • noun
    1. a plural of automaton.
    automaton
  • noun, plural automatons, automata
    1. a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
    2. a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
    3. something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.
    “automata.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 28 Oct. 2015. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/automata>.

YoRHa DVD – Review

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At long last, we’ve got the YoRHa DVD! I was looking forward to it ever since I went to see the stage play in person back in October. I’ve talked about the details of what’s included in this release before, so I won’t repeat myself on that again.

Instead, I’d like to share just a few thoughts I had while watching the DVD.

First off… I’m very disappointed. The video quality is so subpar, I am shocked that such a recording even exists. I haven’t seen video quality this bad since watching ancient .rm videos in the early 2000s. The video quality was also different when I played it on my Blu-ray player as opposed to on my computer. The quality on the Blu-ray player was obviously pixelated. I took the following photos with my iPhone to show the level of pixelation.

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And this is an example of the “zebra” type pixelation that was rampant in almost every frame when I played it on my computer.

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The picture overall looked cleaner when I played it on my computer, but the level of zebra striping was so frequent, it made watching the video at all very difficult.

I don’t understand how such bad quality would have been okayed to go into production. I ended up paying a total of 8,468yen for this DVD set to receive such a subpar item; I am very upset. I don’t have cash to just throw away like this, but that’s pretty much how I feel.

Yes, it was great to be able to see the play again–and I still think the Earth production was the best. The story, characters, music, etc. were really great, anyway.