Today started off before 5am. My crazy neighbor got stuck in the slanted driveway out front and couldn’t get out, squealing his tires forever. Suffice it to say, I was awake before my alarm went off at 5.
Today’s events at Tokaigi started at 10am with the NieR concert kicking off at 11am, which meant I needed to leave my house at the butt-crack of dawn to get there early enough to get in line…and wait. I got into the Makuhari Messe complex at 8am and there were already a billion people there. xD But I suppose I was relatively at the beginning of the line, anyway. Once 10am came around and they started letting people in, it took me about 20 minutes to enter the first area.
I had an amazingly fun time at the event, and I feel awkward talking about the details–I don’t know if the other parties involved want me to mention them. ^^;; But I was given an amazing opportunity as a mere fan and I will be forever grateful for that act of kindness! Thank you!!
▲ This was the main entrance into Tokaigi. Every one lined up here and around 9:30, they started a short stage event to help pass the time. They had a cute countdown for the last couple seconds until 10am when they dropped the stage backdrop that obscured the entrance into the venue that you can see at the center of this photo.
■ The Concert
NieR White of Destruction, Black of Rebirth -Tokaigi 2017 Version-
Time: February 11, 11:00-12:00
Appearances by: Saito Yosuke, Yoko Taro, Okabe Keiichi, Emi Evans, J’Nique Nicole
Program: White of Destruction, Black of Rebirth
A select bunch of songs from the last NieR concert were performed at Tokaigi, which included some really amazing renditions of songs that you could hear nowhere else. For example, vocalist Nakagawa Nami usually sings Emil’s theme, but since she was unable to come to this event, Emi sang it instead. She did such a wonderful job with it; I almost wish they would put it on a CD sometime. Likewise, J’Nique sang the harmony line to the Song of the Ancients / Fate. Their voices melded together so well, I often felt emotional throughout the whole concert. ;_;
01. 夏の雪 Snow in Summer
03. カイネ Kaine
04. イニシエノウタ Song of the Ancients
05. Weight of the World
06. Emil (Emi Version)
07. Ashes of Dreams (English)
09. イニシエノウタ Song of the Ancients / Fate
＊ Voice actors Isobe Keiko (Operator 6O) and Hatsumi Meari (Operator 21O / Anemone) were also present toward the back of the standing area at the concert.
■ The New Opening Sequence
[ JAPANESE ]
[ ENGLISH ]
■ The Translations
▲ 9S: 司令官からの命令で2Bさんのメインテナンスを担当する事になったんです。これから、定期的にチェックしますね。
English: The Commander’s put me in charge of your maintenance, ma’am.
That means I’ll be performing regular checks on you from now on.
Direct: I was assigned by the Commander to oversee your maintenance.
I’ll be performing regular checks on you, okay?
▲ 2B: この記録を聴いた者がいたら、伝えて欲しい事がある。もしヨルハ部隊所属9Sに会う事があったら、私は彼に…
English: If anyone is listening to this, there’s something I need you to do.
If you ever meet up with YoRHa Unit 9S, I want him… I mean…
Direct: If anyone hears this recording, there’s something I need to tell you.
If you ever come in contact with YoRHa Unit 9S, please tell him…
This image reminds me a lot of what was shown in the storyboards from the Character Introductions video last year:
It’s clear there’s something going on odd here.
Adam & Eve do not seem to label themselves, whether they are Bio-machines or androids in the English line, but comparing it to the Japanese, we can assume that they are not androids
and are therefore Bio-machines… Perhaps along the lines of Term Alpha & Term Beta.
▶︎ Pascal: A2さん、ここは私が！
English: Fear not, A2! I can handle this!
Direct: A2, I’ve got this!
Personally, I really dislike the “human masters” thing.
Yeah, humans created the androids, but… Mmm…
I don’t know; it just doesn’t feel right to me.
▶︎ Commander: お前達二人は最後のヨルハ部隊…
English: You two are the last members of YoRHa.
Direct: You two are what’s left of the YoRHa Squadron…
The… last of the YoRHa Squadron?
What the heck happened to wipe out all other YoRHa??
There weren’t many to begin with, but still…
There is *no* mention of the Operators from the original line.
You’d have to infer a lot to come to that conclusion.