Just a couple days ago, the official Twitter account for the Tower Records store in Shinjuku posted a photo of their nice display featuring many of the soundtracks and more to strike up interest in the release of . They even made an awesome Emil cardboard mask for people to take selfies with!
Pretty cool, right? So, of course, I had to go check it out for myself! Here’s what the display looked like:
Here’s a closer look at the items that were featured in this display:
NieR Tribute Album -echo-
Piano Collections – NieR Gestalt & Replicant
NieR Gestalt & Replicant – 15 Nightmare & Arrange Tracks
NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray
Drag-on Dragoon 3 Original Soundtrack
new theme song collaboration with the band amazarashi (Akita Hiromu) includes an illustration book specifically designed by Yoko Taro. Reservations for this release scheduled for February 22nd are currently open!
And just like the image that was uploaded to the Tower Records Twitter account, they left a really nice Emil mask next to the display for people to us in their own selfies. xD
“Our PR rep really fussed over the limited edition box. Actually, the designer has a hidden design somewhere in the emblem printed here, and that, we’ll discuss some other time……”ーYoko Taro
So, that got me thinking some more and imagining what could be “hidden” in this design. When I first saw the emblem or glyph, I thought it resembled an eye that possibly has a tear streaming down from it. I also thought it resembled a lot like a blooming flower, reminiscent of the Flower entity from DOD3, and we all know that damn thing could still be lurking out there somewhere, clinging onto dear life.
Another thing I wondered about was whether or not this particular design was borrowed from or maybe merged some of the glyphs from the previous games. So for that purpose, let’s take another look at the main glyphs.
Here, we can see that Zero’s glyph was clearly made in retrospect to resemble Caim’s own: a blossoming flower with Caim’s dragon-esque glyph emerging from within. As for the other Utautai glyphs from DOD3, they all have a uniform circular structor to the design with varying aspects setting them apart from each other. The one the intrigues me the most in relation to the new glyph is One’s. It shares almost the same, exact spikes as Nowe’s glyph with a total of 6 protruding “wing” spikes (Nowe’s seems to have an additional 3 on the “tail”).
I also thought that, overall, the emblem resembled the flower “dash” that was used in the DOD3 logo, as seen above. If you rotate the image 90 degrees to the right and imagine an eye sprouting from the center of the flower, I think that depicts the basics of the design.
This particular head-on look of an eye reminded me of the graphics from DOD3 that represented each Utautai:
Stepping a little further from the graphical design, there are 5 prongs at the top of the “eye” to create apparent eye lashes. The number 5… there were 5 additional Utautai born from the flower due to Zero’s offensive action.
Oh, and the YoRHa Bunker also displays a nice emblem, too:
This glyph also shares the same five prongs that appear in the “eye” glyph above, but this one has three swords, standing tall and straight. I don’t have anything much to say on this yet, but… the number three brings to mind the original 3 YoRHa from the beginning days of the YoRHa endeavor in connection with MONACA and DearStage. It was these three vocalists that sang the boss battle themes on the DOD3 soundtrack. You can find more information on this here.
So what do you think? Could this be a clue that actively connects both game series? We know they exist in the same world at different points in the overall timeline, but… could they be more entangled than that? More related in each other’s future–and past–than we were initially lead to believe?
Nakagawa Nami, the incredibly talented vocalist and sometimes voice actor who sang for the and 3 soundtracks, will be celebrating her birthday on Monday, April 4th. For this special occasion, she put a really great concert together with other members from mo2. Also read more on Nami’s possible involvement with NieR: Automata below!*
*Confirmed: Nakagawa Nami will be singing for the soundtrack. She sang the theme from the PGW trailer live at the Music Concert & Talk Live.
Last year, I attempted to order my first custom made cake for the DOD3 1st Anniversary. I had little to no experience going about this but still managed to find a company that would make a cake with the design I wanted. A ton of gold later, I received a pretty awesome cake to celebrate the moment.
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.
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.
Just so that people aren’t confused when you come here, I’ve added a new URL to be directed to this blog. Since we’re shifting into a new world after DOD3, I thought we need to expand beyond it.
Whether you load drakengard-3.com or nier2.com, you will see the same blog so you won’t miss out on any new and breaking information.
I’m also thinking about updating the title of the main Facebook page to reflect both the and Nier worlds.
But for the time being, I’ve updated the blog to use a NieR2 themed top image, so please don’t be confused if you load drakengard-3.com and see the Nier image. xD We’re merging both worlds here now. <3
Up until now I’ve translated many definitions from the universe, but the majority of my notes are spread around so much that I can hardly even remember what I’ve translated and what I haven’t. This page will serve as my DOD Encyclopedia.