NieR:Automata Original Soundtrack

Today is the official release of the original soundtrack, but I picked it up last night. I reserved it from the Shinjuku Tower Records store some time ago to get a chance to attend the signing event later tonight. I heard from other friends who were trying to get a ticket to participate in the signing event that it was pretty random how tickets were being given out. From my understanding, priority was given to those who reserved a copy of the soundtrack ahead of time, but apparently the time when reservations were made and the time when you went into the store to pick up your copy also had a hand in determining who would be given an event ticket. How much of this is accurate, I’m not really sure, since it was purely word of mouth from my other Japanese friends.

So, I was really nervous when I went to the store after work last night… but the clerk gave me a ticket like it was nothing. xD I tried to hid my excitement while at least showing some level of gratitude. 😛

 

I’m working on adding the track list in both English and Japanese here, but WordPress really dislikes tables… and I’m really particular when my tables don’t display correctly… 🙁 I’ll try to upload that as soon as I can.

More amazing 2B cosplay photos and videos by Kasane!

Kasane has a long history of creating some exquisitely, high-detailed cosplays for many fandoms. Especially for DOD/NieR fans, she has also portrayed any of Yoko Taro’s characters such as Kaine, Zero, and now 2B!

And this is another great video unrelated to Kasane herself, but somewhat on topic. This is a short video of model and sword-dancer Kaori Kawabuchi who did the motion capture for Zero and 2B among others (via Facebook):

Kaori Kawabuchi “Lady Samurai”

NieR:Automata Collaboration with Valkyrie Anatomia

It seems as though will have yet another collaboration with a game. This time it’s for the iOS/Android game Valkyrie Anatomia -The Origin-. The collaboration event is scheduled for March 27th! 😀

2B will be a playable character and 2B’s signature sword, Virtuous Contract (replica), will be a ★6 weapon that any character can use.

Equip it with 2B herself, and her stats will go up! 2B’s voice actress, Ishikawa Yui, will also be lending her voice for the game!

 


Source: Gamer | SQEX YouTube

NieR:Automata Resource Material

I’m currently working on compiling a couple things from the game. I’ve got all the Intel Archives up (English only) and I’m in the process of typing up all the Weapon Stories (English & Japanese). Be sure to check back again soon to see what’s new!

Also, please take a look at the Quick Reference links on the right side of the page. You’ll find all sorts of handy links there. I’ve updated and taken out a couple excessive links from the section since it was in need of restructuring. xD

But just to be concise, here are the new links:

Intel Archives  <spoiler warning>

Weapon Stories


*  I typed all the English directly from the game myself.
     All Japanese text is courtesy of the Japanese wiki page.

NieR:Automata World Guide Novellas

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Last Edit: 2017-03-14 – 11:06:37 PM


Two related novellas in the World Guide book, published in tandem with the original Japanese release of the game on February 23:

  • Orbital Base Station “Bunker” – Observation Diary by Eishima Jun
  • The Memory Cage by Eishima Jun

* This novella has 6 separate sections that tend to shift the perspective between 9S and 2B. It’s never clearly stated when it’s supposed to take place, but simply from the narrative, the reader is lead to believe that this is sometime before the start of the game, on a mission to the desert zone.

* These are notes and translations I made after a quick read-through.
Further details and/or corrections will come at a later date.

MAJOR SPOILERS for portions of the game are included in the material below. Please don’t read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.

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Watch me play NieR:Automata live on Twitch!

For anyone who’s interested in watching me play–and not afraid of spoilers–I will be streaming it live on Twitch. I just played about 3 hours or so of it and… I need to sleep now, but I’ll be back at it again in the morning.

You can find the link to my Twitch page at the top of the main page here or simply by clicking the link below!

Rekka’s Twitch Page

Countdown to NieR:Automata – 1 Day

1…


This illustration is by the head character designer and director of CyDesignation, Yoshida Akihiko. (吉田明彦). 

Source: NieR Official Twitter
Actually, we’re down to about four hours until the game becomes playable in Japan! My cat is very impatient!

Also, a release-day patch is now available for download!

And don’t forget the two new PS4 themes:


▲  Ho229 Type-B


▲  Ho229 Type-S

 

 Livestream

For anyone who is not spoiler-shy and would like a livestream to watch of the game, I plan on streaming at midnight…that is, in three hours from now. <3 I may stream a bit of Toukiden 2 before that to help pass the time.

Join my channel on Twitch!

Inochi ni Fusawashii / Deserving of Life – Picture Book by Yoko Taro

The new single “Inochi ni Fusawashii” (Deserving of Life) by amazarashi was just released today in two forms: the stand-alone CD or the CD+DVD and picture book bundle.

The picture book itself is a total of 30 pages with its own unique illustrations to accompany the story. Below is my translation:

In the distant, distant, distant, distant, distant, distant future.
Aliens have invaded the Earth.
Strange robot weapons known by
The difficult name “Bio-machines” subjugated the land
As humanity fled to the Moon.This is the story of one of those robot weapons
That was there, upon the face of the planet.

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

My name is Plato1728.
I am a Bio-machine, created to invade the Earth.
……but, I’m somehow different from my friends.
I can’t speak nearly as well and I’m really leaky.
You know, I’m probably a defect.

***

My name is plato1728.
I am a Bio-machine, created to invade the Earth.

That’s why I must fight.
But, I’ll never make it because I’m too slow.

By the time I made it to the battlefield, the fight was already over.
My other Bio-machine friends didn’t want anything to do with me.

***

I wonder why I can’t speak well.
Or why I can’t walk fast.
Or why I can’t attack with lightning speed.
Or why I can’t defeat my enemies very well.
Without the acceptance of my friends, I was alone.

I was always alone.

***

Then one day.
When I was lost and strayed from my friends,
I found myself in the ruins of a factory.
There I found some small pieces of junk.

***

I thought we were very similar,
The junk that could no longer move and I.

***

As if something beckoned me forward, I passed through the factory ruins.
Even though the pieces of junk couldn’t speak,
I felt like we could be good friends.

After all, I was the same.

***

96 hours 32 minutes after meeting the junk,
I discovered a factory that had remained a secret.
My frineds unanimously said things like:

“It’s pointless to get worked up over silly dolls that have no soul.”
“You’re a simplton who can’t even go out to the battlefield.”

They said all sorts of horrible things.
I didn’t say anything in response, but instead tried everything
I could to protect the junk so they wouldn’t break.

***

1358 hours and 05 minutes later.
An all-out assault by enemy forces began.
From within the flames, my friends calmly fought back.

But I was anything but calm.
Because that place suddenly transformed into a war zone
Was the factory ruins where the junk resided.

***

What should I do?
The factory’s falling apart.
The junk is on fire.
Please stop.
Why?
Our memories…
Help me.
It’s become a war zone.
Stop.
I can’t take this.

***

The next moment,
I realized that my body had suddenly transformed on its own.
The wreckage and weapons around me affixed to my body.

Like the hostile machines,
And even my Bio-machine brethren,

This was the first time I realized that I was a model with this particular ability.
I was a weapon created to fight, a tool to kill.

The lives of those that died flowed into my being.

FIght, destrOY, stEAl, kiLl.

***

But…… I……
I……

***

I WILL DECIDE WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO ME.
I DON’T CARE IF I’M HATED BECAUSE OF IT.
I WILL USE THIS LIFE FOR THE WORLD I ENVISION.

***

In the raging fire,
I killed both friend and foe.

***

When I came to,
the junk was gone.

Who’s the fool?
Where am I?

What is the purpose of this life?

*** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** *** ***

The 215th Descent Mission: Overview Report

On August 1st, 11944, a joint operation to regain control of the Old Europe central zone was planned between the human forces, launching from the Bunker in orbit, and the Resistance on the ground. However, from July 31st, descending squadrons were delayed the due to a large-scale EMP attack by enemy Bio-machines. More than 4200 Resistance units were subsequently lost.

On the other hand, a never-before-seen development on the side of the enemy Bio-machines was confirmed, indicating multiple instances of Bio-machines attacking each other. It appeared as though the enemy machines fused together to form a single, gigantic machine.
() The battle continued the following day, but due to additional enemy reinforcements, the human forces were forced to retreat. The mission ended in failure.

Currently, analysis of the video footage is underway by the Development Department.