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. 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 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 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 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 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

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

NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray

The blu-ray of the Music Concert & Talk Live that was held on April 16th was just released today and my copy just came in the mail tonight!!

Here’s a quick look:

Note: The actual menu on the Blu-ray does NOT have English. This was edited by me.

I have yet to watch the Blu-ray because I’m hoping to watch it with a friend later tonight… so…

But if you’d like to see some short clips from the concert, you can view them at the official page for the blu-ray release here! <3

If you’re interested in the official page for the Concert/Blu-ray, you can find it here!

NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray

Producer Yosuke Saito just posted a nice picture of the Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray to be released on December 14, next week Wednesday!

Pre-orders can be made at the SQEX e-STORE (Japan only) at the link here. 5,184yen

The Blu-ray not only includes the music portion of the event but also the talk portion as well!

Song List

  1. Snow in Summer
  2. Hills of Radiant Winds
  3. Kaine
  4. Song of the Ancients / Devola
  5. Echo
  6. The Wretched Automatons
  7. New BG #1–> Possessed by that Accursed Disease * + **
  8. New BG #2 –> Weight of the World *
  9. Emil
  10. Shadowlord
  11. Ashes of Dreams
  12. Grandma
  13. Song of the Ancients / Fate

* The new track titles was revealed in the 1st Live Broadcast on October 26.

** This is my translation of the original Japanese Title.

Title: NieR Music Concert & Talk Live Blu-ray -Black of Destruction, White of Rebirth-
Product Number: SQEX-20032
Release Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Price: 4,800yen +tax (5,184yen)
Vocals: Emi Evans / Nakagawa Nami / J’Nique Nicole
Piano: Hoashi Keigo (MONACA)
Guitar: Goto Takanari
Strings: Tsuchiya Reiko Quartet
Medium: 1 Blu-ray Disc
Official Site: Square Enix Music
Distributor: Square Enix

And the Music Concert will reprise their show (song list pending) at Tokaigi 2017, Saturday, February 11. More info on that here.

Speculation: The Signs are in the Eye

Sometime after SQEX posted the first of five blog posts sharing more information on the Black Box Edition, Yoko Taro posted something interesting on Twitter regarding the emblem printed on the front of the box.

“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.

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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”).

dod3-glyph

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.

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This particular head-on look of an eye reminded me of the graphics from DOD3 that represented each Utautai:

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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:

bunker-glyph

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?

Or is it all yet more smoke and mirrors…?

Emil’s Well on the Mend!

Thanks to yoshi-san’s hard work, Emil is well on the mend! You can still see where the poor mask broke and split apart… but I have all confidence that he will be right as rain!

yoshi-emil-fix

Exclusive Interview: J’Nique Nicole

Shortly after SQEX updated the official  site with the English version of the new theme song, I was intrigued to find out as much as I could about the vocalist.

The quality of her voice reminded me a lot of the Japanese singer AI. I looked into it some more and came to the conclusion that this wasn’t AI, but probably an entirely different vocalist than we’ve heard before.

A week later, I was able to attend the NieR Music Concert & Talk Live concert and we learned the name of the new vocalist: J’Nique Nicole.

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Ever since then, I had been working on this interview and, being delayed by many personal ups and downs in my life, I feel badly that it’s taken me this long to put the final touches on this to share. So, for everyone involved, I’m very sorry for working so slowly.

Then, without further adieu, please enjoy the interview:

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Editorial Review on NieR in the New York Times

If you missed it, like I did, the New York Times actually ran an article in the newspaper that discussed the lack of knowledge on modern video games among the Supreme Court when dealing with legislature.

NieR is named as one of the most sophisticated, accessible games of our time. Originally published on May 3, 2010, the journalist touches on the issue of restricting games sales to minors, a notion that is far more restrictive than anything affecting the sales of books, movies, or any other similar media.

The article goes on to talk about the pros and cons of, while giving an insightful look into the game as not just any ordinary hack-n-slash, but a creative work of art:

“It is … profound in its storytelling, empathetic and nuanced in its characters, exhilaratingly diverse in its game-play design and almost perfectly paced.”

Although the article is several years old, the issue regarding the hand of government and how far its reach may extend is still prevalent today.


Could a NieR Themed PS4 Be in the Works?

I noticed this last night, but I was half-conscious at the time, still trying to get over the cold that I came down with two weeks ago, so I couldn’t write anything about it until now (sorry!!). But the official Twitter account sent out an interesting tweet last night:


NieR_JPN: Hypothetically… Hypothetically speaking, we’d like to ask your opinion, but… if there were a “NieR” themed console, would you want it?

  • I’d buy one.
  • I’d buy two.
  • I’d buy one and a Pro.
  • I wouldn’t *not* buy one. (Undecided)

Yoko Taro also made an interesting follow-up comment:


Yoko: Ah, a themed console, something like a “Snow in Summer” model that has little bits of salt packed inside the spaces between the buttons, right? Huh? In the game? It can’t be done. I mean, the salt would clog it up and corrode the wiring and motherboard.

Then Saito Yosuke responded to Yoko Taro’s tweet above:


Saito Yosuke: It would be a model that couldn’t corrode even with salt packed inside of it.

As for me, I currently don’t own a PS4 and I don’t plan on getting it for anything other than , so for me at least, it would be super cool to get a special themed console.

Feel free to respond to their message in whatever language you speak! I’m sure they’d be interested in hearing from you!