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NieR:Automata Ver1.1a ( ニーア オートマタ Ver1.1a, Nīa Ōtomata Ver1.1a) is an animated action-adventure anime series created by Yoko Taro. It is an adaptation of the video game NieR:Automata with various changes and original scenes added to the story. The anime is produced by A-1 Pictures under the supervision of PlatinumGames and Square Enix, and focuses on several characters from the game, particularly 2B, 9S and A2.

Description[]

Based on the world behind NieR:Automata.

"The sudden aerial invasion of Earth by <Aliens> and their creations <Machine Lifeforms> led mankind to the brink of extinction. The surviving number of humans who took refuge on the moon to organize a counterattack using <android> soldiers to recapture Earth. However, the war reaches a stalemate as the <Machine Lifeforms> continue to multiply infinitely. In turn, humanity deploys a new unit of android soldiers as an ultimate weapon: YoRHa.

Newly dispatched to Earth 2B joins 9S, the analyst currently stationed there, where amid their mission, they encounter a myriad of mysterious phenomena...

This is the story of these lifeless <androids> and their endless fight for the sake of mankind.
"
— Nier Anime Official Description [1]

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Characters[]

2B[]

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"We are perpetually trapped...in a never-ending spiral of life and death."

CV. Yui Ishikawa / Kira Buckland / Mayara Stefane

Official Name "YoRHa No. 2 Type B"

An all-purpose battle android deployed as a member of the YoRHa Soldiers and dispatched to the surface for the 243rd Descent Operation. She specializes in close-quarters combat. She tries to follow YoRHa's regulations that emotions are prohibited, and even amongst androids of the same type, 2B is comparatively cool, calm, and collected.

2B Ver1.1a stats

9S[]

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"I don't usually get a partner. It's kind of fun!"

CV. Natsuki Hanae / Kyle McClarley / Daniel Figueira

Official Name "YoRHa No. 9 Type S"

Of the YoRHa Aircraft Soldiers, he specializes in exploration and research. His main role is collecting information, but by making full use of his hacking, he also supports combat models like 2B. Due to his role and characteristics, he is full of curiosity. Amongst androids of the same type, 9S is comparatively varied in his emotional expressions.

9S Ver1.1a stats

A2[]

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"The Machine Lifeforms... I'll kill them all."

CV. Ayaka Suwa / Cherami Leigh / Bruna Nogueira

Official Name "YoRHa Type A No. 2"

A prototype model that came before the current YoRHa Soldier units were officially instated, she is an Attacker model type that is currently no longer in use.

A2 Ver1.1a stats

Adam[]

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Adam: "I'll play with you when I get back."
Eve: "Really? Promise?"

CV. Daisuke Namikawa / Greg Chun / Ricardo Sawaya

A mysterious and unique entity. Despite being a Machine Lifeform, his appearance closely resembles an android.

Eve[]

CV. Tatsuhisa Suzuki / Ray Chase / Felipe Zilse

A mysterious and unique entity. Despite being a Machine Lifeform, his appearance closely resembles an android.

Adam and Eve Ver1.1a stats

Pascal[]

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"After all, the only way to understand someone is to get to know them. Isn't that right?"

CV. Aoi Yuki / Alexis Tipton / Jussara Marques

A Machine Lifeform with a soft demeanor and gentle personality who is disconnected from the Machine Network that binds all Machine Lifeforms. Extensively knowledgeable, he created his own community where he lives with other like-minded Machine Lifeforms.

Pascal Ver1.1a stats

Commander[]

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"Glory to mankind!"

CV. Chiaki Kano / Colleen O'Shaughnessey / Carol Valença

The commander of the YoRHa Soldiers and Operators. She takes command of the YoRHa Soldiers based on the instructions from the Council of Humanity located on the moon.

Commander Ver1.1a stats

Operator 6O[]

CV. Keiko Isobe / Cassandra Lee Morris / Bruna Quinto

A messenger who delivers orders and instructions from headquarters to the active YoRHa Soldiers on the ground. 6O is in charge of supporting 2B. She has a gentler and brighter personality compared to 21O.

Operator 21O[]

CV. Mary Hatsumi / Connor Kelly-Eiding / Manuela Origuella

A messenger who delivers orders and instructions from headquarters to the active YoRHa Soldiers on the ground. 21O is in charge of supporting 9S. She has a calmer and stricter personality compared to 6O.

Operators Ver1.1a stats

Lily[]

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"An irresistible desire to dream. A dream of hope, that is."

CV. Atsumi Tanezaki / Erica Mendez / Azumi Botsu

An android ground fighter affiliated with the Resistance. She displays behavior that may indicate she has something on her mind about 2B and the YoRHa Soldiers.

Lily Ver1.1a stats

Pod 042[]

Pod 042 Icon

CV. Hiroki Yasumoto / D.C. Douglas / Wallace Raj

Pod 153[]

Pod 153 Icon

CV. Kaoru Akiyama / Abby Trott / Samira Fernandes

A tactical support unit accompanying 2B and 9S. Pod 042 has a white base design and accompanies 2B. Pod 153 has a black base design and accompanies 9S. In addition to adding support during battles, pods have a wide range of roles, including transport, enemy scouting, and communicating with the Bunker.

Pods Ver1.1a stats

Jackass[]

Jackass in Nier-Automata Ver 1

CV. Kaori Kawabuchi / Amanda C. Miller / Flávia Saddy

An android ground fighter affiliated with the Resistance. Since being dispatched to Earth for a past operation, she has engaged in combat and search missions on the surface. Curious to a fault, Jackass takes bold actions with the things that interest her. She is particularly good at handling explosives.

Jackass Ver1.1a stats

Devola and Popola[]

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CV. Ryoko Shiraishi / Eden Riegel /

Older model twin androids affiliated with the Resistance. The seem to be treated rather coldly withing the unit. Although they are maintenance androids, they also engage in dangerous operations, even serving in the vanguard. Devola has wavy hair. Popola has straight hair.

Devola and Popola Ver1.1a stats

Machine Lifeforms[]

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Weapons created by aliens. They see androids as enemies and attack them. They come in a wide variety of sizes, types, and attack methods, such as bipedal walking and flying types.

Village Machine Lifeforms[]

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Special types of individuals among machine lifeforms that dislike conflict and have left the machine network to which the machine lifeforms belong. Most are calm and friendly. They have built a good relationship with the android Resistance and trade using each other's resources and areas of expertise.

Red Girls[]

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CV. Joji Nakata Ruka Endo /

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Red Girl Ver1.1a stats

For full list of minor characters, see Minor Characters.

Episodes[]

For full list of episodes, see NieR:Automata Ver1.1a/Season 1.

The series currently has one season (12 episodes) with a second in development.

Soundtrack[]

The NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Original Soundtrack is available through the Square Enix store, as well as Apple Music and Amazon.

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Cour 2 / 2nd Season[]

  • Opening Theme: "Black Box" by LiSA
  • Ending Theme: "Ashes and Prayer" by GEMS COMPANY

Development[]

Cour 1 / 1st Season[]

The series had a production hiatus starting mid-January 2023 for staff health reasons,[2] which concluded to continue with Episode 4 on February 18, 2023.[3] The series went on another staff health related hiatus that began in mid-March 2023, ending in late July when the last remaining episodes of the first cour aired simultaneously. A teaser for the second cour of the anime was announced after Episode 12, revealing several scenes from the anime's first cour and, amidst some visual noise, glimpses of 2B and 9S together.[4]

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Trivia[]

  • Every episode of the series, other than Episode 12, ends with a post-credits scene featuring live-action puppets of the characters adapting the various endings of the game, along with several new original endings.
  • Every eyecatcher of the series has short lines of UTF-8 hexdecimal code appear for a few seconds. These hidden messages also appear very briefly during certain scenes, and when translated to text reveals various words and phrases in Japanese related to the story.
  • Each of the anime’s episode names are based on the titles of the game’s multiple Endings.

Notable Differences Between the Game and Anime[]

  • In Episode 3 when 9S is asked what is inside his fanny pack, he replies that it's a secret. Later during Episode 11 it is revealed that what 9S kept inside his signature fanny pack was actually a Type-4O Fists, an event that does not occur in the game.
  • In Episode 6, Daisy is shown to be part of Rose's squad. In the in-game documents retelling the story, (Anemone: Encounter), Daisy is not mentioned. She was originally created for version 1.2 of YoRHa (Stage Play), which came out after the game.
  • Emil does not appear as a traveling shop, with his head merged into a tree near Pascal's village. A hacking scan by 9S creates a short flashback sequence referencing the original Nier game with Grimoire Weiss and Kaine making brief cameos.
  • During Episode 7 in the fight between A2 and 2B, A2's sword ends up breaking, an event that does not occur in the game. However, during Episode 12 in a scene where machines are sending data transmissions across the landscape, A2 can be briefly seen holding the Type-4O Blade again, likely a spare or replacement.
  • The Lost Girl side quest led to the forest kingdom instead of the desert.
  • The Grün Goliath machine encounter never happened in the anime, with 2B and 9S visiting the coastal ruins instead to find Jackass until 9S is captured by Adam.

Lily as the Resistance Leader
One of the biggest changes in the anime is the leader of the Resistance. In the game, the Resistance leader is an android named Anemone who had a history with A2. During the Pearl Harbor Descent before the events of NieR:Automata, Anemone was part of the Resistance led by her higher-ranked Captain Rose. They met up with A2 (known as No.2 during that time) and three other YoRHa members to destroy a machine server in Mt. Ka'ala. The mission was successful, but most of that team died for the cause. Lily was part of that team and perished. Anemone took on the leadership role for the remaining Resistance and thought herself to be the only survivor until she heard about A2 in the events of NieR:Automata.

  • The anime adaptation changes this by having Anemone die during the Pearl Harbor Descent mission and was replaced by Lily as the Resistance leader.

The Pearl Harbor Descent story was told in the form of a YoRHa (Stage Play), but now it can be read in the YoRHa: Pearl Harbor Descent Record manga.

A More Concerned Commander White
In the game, it seems that Commander White puts the mission before the safety of her own units. She had a cold tone and rarely shows care for the YoRHa androids she sent into battle. Any compassion that she does show are spread throughout other NieR content such as the orchestral concerts or short stories.

In the anime, Commander White does have a side that she doesn't show anyone when she is talking to the Council of Humanity. Commander White expresses great concern when she has to send her units on suicidal missions and when YoRHa is not allowed to provide support, the anime adaptation emphasizing how she is much a puppet as the other androids.

Adam's Revenge Instead of Eve's
In the game, 2B battled against Adam in the Copied City he created so she could save 9S. Eve later learns of Adam's death and proceeds to seek revenge on the androids, seeing the world as meaningless without his brother.

In the anime, these events proceed much differently. 2B walks through a space resembling a church, an area that is not present in the game, before breaking through a door. She and Adam then fight in a replica of the Library, which only appeared in the Tower in the game, he had created in his Copied City, and just before his death, Eve intervenes and takes the killing blow. While 2B gets to take 9S home to repair him, Adam mourns over the loss of his "younger brother" and causes the other machine on the network to attack Resistance members as revenge.

  • During Episode 9 in the fight between Adam and 2B, he makes a copy of 2B's sword during the battle.
    • In the same episode, Adam builds multiple body copies of 9S to fight 2B, an event that does not occur in the game.
  • The game's original soundtrack piece titled "Become as Gods" was replaced with a variation called "Become as Eve" in the anime.
  • During Episode 11, a berserk Adam transforms into a monster that previously appeared in NieR Reincarnation, an event that does not occur in the game. The battle afterward between the YorHa androids and Resistance against Adam is an original scene that is more lengthy and dramatic than in the game.

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