NieR:Automata Piano Collections Album Release and In-Store Signing Event

Today saw the release of the NieR:Automata Piano Collections album of 12 new piano arranged tracks by a handful of talented pianists including Hoashi Keigo himself.

All music is produced by Okabe Keiichi (MONACA) and includes arranged performances by the following:

  1. Weight of the World, Arranged & Performed by Sakakibara Dai
  2. Amusement Park, Arranged & Performed by marasy
  3. A Beautiful Song, Arranged & Performed by Hoashi Keigo
  4. City Ruins, Arranged & Performed by suzuki yo (akisai)
  5. Dependent Weakling, Arranged & Performed by Taguchi Mariko
  6. Peaceful Sleep, Arranged & Performed by Kumagai Yasumasa
  7. Copied City, Arranged & Performed by Yabuki Taku
  8. Voice of no Return, Arranged & Performed by suzuki yo (akisai)
  9. Bipolar Nightmare, Arranged & Performed by Kikuchi Ryota
  10. The Tower, Arranged & Performed by Kumagai Yasumasa
  11. The Sound of the End, Arranged & Performed by Duke of Pianeet
  12. Vague Hope, Arranged & Performed by Hoashi Keigo

▶︎ New illustration on the back coverby Koda Kazuma depicting 9S.

▶︎ Another great shot of 9S by Koda Kazuma.

There was also an in-store event at the Shinjuku Tower Records that had appearances by Hoashi Keigo, Okabe Keiichi, and Yoko Taro. The three discussed various tracks on the album, funny anecdotes about its development, and more! Okabe also mentioned their desire to put on a larger orchestral performance for NieR:Automata. If you are interested in helping this thought become a reality, he suggested that everyone purchase this album and also tell SQEX via their music account on Twitter how much you’d like to see such a thing come to be! He suggested that you could even tell them this without purchasing the album (haha).

▶︎ New illustration of 2B by Koda Kazuma inside the album booklet.

▶︎ Album booklet cover.

◼︎Displays in the Store!

◼︎Participating in the Event

Those who preordered the piano collections album directly from the Tower Records Shinjuku branch store were given first dibs at obtaining a “participation ticket” for the talk / musical performance / signing event. This just allows you the opportunity to draw a random number when you come in to purchase the album on release day. This number becomes your place in line to enter the special event area. Starting at 7:00pm, those with event tickets were to line up in order inside a stairwell. I was pretty well up the stairs given the number I drew, so it was really hot waiting…

Related:NieR:Automata Original Soundtrack In-store Signing Event

◼︎Photo Op Time!

Just like the last album release event at Tower Records, we had a short photo op at the end of the talk segment and just before Hoashi performed a single piece. My phone was running out of juice, so I turned down the brightness of the screen…and couldn’t quite see what I was taking, so there are a ton of bad photos. Also, my phone camera can’t zoom in very well. I’ll go through all of the photos, but here’s a preliminary shot of the trio during this portion of the event!

◼︎ Fun Anecdotes from the Event

Hoashi mentioned that he usually doesn’t get nervous at live events like this or even performing at various concerts, but he said that the moment he steps out of his house, he feels a sense of dread as though he’s forgotten something really important and often ends up going back home to check that he didn’t actually forget something. He said this is probably due to other musicians who have to carry their instruments with them, but as a pianist, he doesn’t need to bring anything special to perform. It’s this sense of “empty handedness” that tends to make him paranoid.

Hoashi talked about a moment when Okabe actually got angry at something, but instead of yelling at moments like these, he merely asks why something wasn’t done or simply asking for a clear explanation. Sometimes it’s this sort of mentality that can be even more scary than those who openly unleash their anger. Maybe…

Yoko mentioned that Fujisaka Kimihiko, the illustrator for the Drakengard games among many others, was present at the event, and said that if anyone noticed some “buff” looking dude, that was probably Fujisaka. Unfortunately, I didn’t not run into him. 🙁

Sugihara-san from Famitsu as well as the same camera man who sat next to me at the YoRHa Musical dress rehearsal were also present at the event. I noticed Sugihara at the front, right side of the event space, but he disappeared by the time I walked by after speaking with Hoashi, Okabe, and Yoko.

◼︎ NieR:Automata Piano Collections Livestream!

The NieR:Automata Piano Collections will also be streamed live in NicoNico Douga on Wednesday, April 25 at 9:00pm (JST). Tune into the broadcast here!

YoRHa Boys Stage Play – Notes and Spoilers

This post is a Work In Progress.
Updated: February 6, 2018 12:55am (JST)

I just got back from the YoRHa Boys Stage Play, so here are some initial notes and spoilers! Click on the button to below to view the spoilers! (You’ve been warned!!)


YoRHa Boys Stage Play – 20180204

This post is a Work In Progress.

I have a ticket to the afternoon show today, the second to last show before the production wraps. I got to the venue early to buy goodies, but since we had to random draw numbers for placement in line, I was pretty well in the back and photos sold out quickly. Oh, well!

Here’s a couple pics for now:

NieR Replicant / Gestalt / Automata Collaboration with the SQEX Cafe in Tokyo and Osaka!

NieR will be returning for a periodic stint at the Square Enix Cafe in both Akihabara and the newly opened location in Osaka! The period of this collaboration will be from January 27 until March 2. Reservations open at 10am on January 17, so be sure to get your reservations in quickly! [ Click here to make a reservation. ]

The cafe in Akihabara will feature decorations and other goodies from NieR Replicant / Gestalt, whereas the Osaka location will feature NieR:Automata.

A look at the SQEX Cafe in Akihabara.

The SQEX Cafe in Osaka featuring NieR:Automata.

Please note that the above images of the cafe designs featuring NieR and NieR:Automata are mere templates for how the cafes will look. They are not actual photographs of the cafes as they look right now.

This time, there will be trading coasters available exclusively at either the Tokyo or Osaka location.

Random coasters available at the Akihabara cafe in Tokyo.

▲ Random coasters available at the Umeda cafe in Osaka.

▲ Random coasters available at both locations.

There will also be new merchandise:

Source: NieR Official PR Account on Twitter | Saito Yosuke on Twitter

NieR:Automata Headphones

I recently got both of the NieR:Automata headphones that are currently available from claw machines in various arcades. I have little patience to play those games, so I cheated and got these off of Yahoo auctions. I’m lazy that way. orz

So, anyway, here’s a quick look!!

The Emil headphones have angelic script on the headband. Notice that they’re using some non-angelic text as well (there is no corresponding angelic symbol for every letter of the alphabet, so some letters have no symbol and thus is displayed as a mere box).

Similarly, the YoRHa headphones have a stylish boarder down the center.


One thing to keep in mind if you’re interested in getting ahold of these headphones…

The quality isn’t all that great, which is to be expected. Simply wearing them feels a little awkward, like they don’t quite lay flat against your ears properly. I can imagine that wearing them for any prolonged period would get pretty uncomfortable. The sound is okay but not great. You may need to play around with your treble/bass settings since the treble sounds higher than normal. Also, I’m worried about the part of the cord that plugs into your audio device for the Emil set (the YoRHa one seems okay), but it already sounds like it’s getting that usual short that cuts out the sound when you touch the cord just right. I’m hoping it won’t completely die for a while yet, but who knows… I may only use these for special occasions, just to keep them in relatively good condition.

9/19 Live Broadcast

This is a massively incomplete post. Please check again soon.

There was a live broadcast to advertise the release of the NieR:Automata concert on blu-ray… but there were several AWESOME announcements!! Here’s a couple pics from the broadcast!

      ▲ NieR:Automata Arranged & Unreleased Tracks (2 Discs) to be released on December 20, 2017 – Tower Records

▲ Official NieR music will be available in Joysound karaoke!!

  • Kaine / Salvation
  • Emil / Sacrifice
  • Ashes of Dreams
  • Song of the Ancients / Fate
  • Song of the Ancients / Devola
  • Weight of the World
  • Amusement Park
  • Pascal
  • Possessed by Disease
  • Emil’s Shop

▲ Official piano score book will be released on September 27th with an official guitar solo & band score available sometime after.

▲ New official NieR merch!! Emil / YoRHa headphones, Emil / Bio-machine cushion, 2B / 9S timepiece, Emil Headlight.

▲ Closer look at the cushion!

▲ 3 color variations of the bracelet: all black, all red, mixed colors.
▶︎ 9S figure.

▲ “A Short Story” novel due out on October 24th, 2017.

▲ The return of that highly praised stage play is coming back!!!

Musical YoRHa Ver.1.2

▲ 8 shows from Friday, February 9 through Tuesday, February 13 at the THEATER1010 in Kitasenju.

▲ Tickets go on sale at the end of October!!!

▲ Follow the new official Twitter for the stage plays!! @YoRHa_STAGE

▲ Plus an original stage play spin off…
▲ Stage Play YoRHa Boys Ver 1.0
This was originally hinted at during the SQEX Cafe 2nd Live Broadcast.

▲ This play will run through Wednesday, January 31 through Sunday, February 4th at the Rikkoukai Hall in Shinbanba.

▲ Tickets will also become available at the end of October.

▲ Here’s a look at the new visual art for both the new musical and the new stage play.

Catch Phrases
Musical: YoRHa Ver 1.2 – “Kill Life”
Stage Play: YoRHa Boys Ver 1.0 – “Attack the Soul”

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Lunar Tear Fan Orchestra Performs NieR

Mond Tränen PhilharmoNikeR

This weekend was the fan concert produced by the Mond Tränen PhilharmoNikeR, aka Lunar Tear Orchestra, aka Tsuki Oke, solely focusing on the music from the original NieR. As it was completely a fan production, there was no direct involvement with anyone official at Square Enix or MONACA; however, a certain amount of approval from them was necessary to put on the concert at all.

This concert was a product of love by fans, for fans, and as a huge fan myself, I *needed* to be part of it! <3

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Upcoming NieR Concerts

I’m sure I’ve talked about this in the past, but then again I’m not sure if I ever wrote a post about it here. I’m relatively active on various different places online that I tend to forget where I talked about stuff. orz I have a very bad short-term memory…

Anyway, here’s a brief look at the actual tickets for the upcoming NieR music concerts here in Japan.

First off is the Mond Tränen Philharmoniker aka Tsuki Oke (short for Tsuki no Namida Orchestra) completely fan based orchestra. Participation for this concert was pretty open, but it was probably a good thing if participants were somewhat musically experienced. I found out about this through Twitter and signed up as soon as I could and they apparently accepted me! I will be singing Soprano 2. I’m sure I’ll have lots more to talk about this once the event is over! Yesterday was our final rehearsal! The actual concert will be on Saturday, April 15!

Below are a couple *free* tickets I received to give to my friends…

The Angelic text reads: “inishie no kioku, tamashii no shirabe” (Memory of the Past, Trace of the Soul).

Secondly, there are also several official NieR concerts coming up. The first is on April 23 in Osaka and then later on May 4th & 5th in Tokyo. Unlike our fan-based event, this one is “orchestrated” by Square Enix with official performances by Emi Evans and J’Nique Nicole. This particular event was probably made possible by the HUGE demand for tickets at the last NieR concert, last year on April 16.

Below, is a shot of one of my tickets…

Angelic text reads: “ningiyou tachi no kioku” (Memory of the Dolls).

There will probably be lots more to discuss about these events once they’ve come and gone, so please look forward to that! <3

NieR Display at Tower Records in Shinjuku

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 NieR soundtracks and more to strike up interest in the release of NieR:Automata. 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

NieR:Automata 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

Here’s a few pics of insane me using it:

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
Tower Records Shinjuku – Twitter