The comparison between the anime version of “NieR: Automata” and the original is gaining some attention overseas. Animation scenes that faithfully reproduce the original movie – AUTOMATON

NieR:Automata]It seems that the animation version trailer video and the scene of the original are compared, and it seems to be attracting a certain amount of attention overseas. A comparison video has been uploaded to YouTube.

The original Nier: Automata is an action RPG released in 2017 directed by Yoko Taro. The stage of this work is a world in the far future where the earth is ruled by aliens. Humanity, who lost the battle and fled to the moon, organized a unit of android soldiers to retake the earth. A battle between machine lifeforms, alien weapons, and android soldiers has been unfolding on Earth. 2B, the main character of this work, is one of the new androids belonging to the newly established “YoRHa” unit. 2B participates in the operation along with other YoRHa members. The battle between androids and machine lifeforms, the appearance of those who live in a barren land, and the secrets of the world are depicted.

After being released domestically in February 2017 and globally in March of the same year, global sales, including shipments, surpassed 1 million units in April of the same year. Since then, sales have continued to grow, and in June 2022, it was announced that cumulative sales, including shipments, would exceed 6.5 million units. In addition to increasing sales, Steam received over 86% favorable reviews out of over 70,000 user reviews, earning the status “very popular”. It has gained support from players, centering on the moving story by Yoko Taro and the action by Platinum Games.

The animation “NieR:Automata Ver1.1a” is an animation work based on such “NieR:Automata”. Production is A-1 Pictures, which has worked on “Lycoris Recoil” and the anime version of the “Persona” series. Directed by Ryoji Masuyama. He is a person who has been involved in many anime works, such as the director of the animated version of “Blend S” and the director of “Darling in the Franxx”. Yoko Taro and director Ryoji Masuyama are in charge of series composition.

The comparison video, which is attracting attention overseas, compares some scenes from the released anime “NieR:Automata Ver1.1a” with scenes from the original work. As far as watching the video, the original composition, camera work, character movement, etc. are almost the same. Movie scenes that were expressed using 3D models in the original have been redrawn as animations. It seems to be a work that faithfully reproduces the original.

At the Aniplex Online Fest 2022 held on September 24th this month, Yoko Taro and director Ryoji Masuyama appeared in the form of objects in the video. Information on the anime “NieR:Automata Ver1.1a” was told through the familiar Emile head and an icon with the motif of the letter “Masu” that appeared on behalf of the person himself. In the part titled “What kind of image is it?”, Mr. Yoko Taro tells the storyboard of the anime version, while inheriting the image of the game, in the anime, cuts and character expressions are added to the game. He commented that it was impressive that he was doing what he could not do.

On the other hand, director Ryoji Masuyama said, “The game players have a strong impression of the game movie, and the movie itself is beautifully completed, so I don’t want to change it too much. Although there is nothing, it would be nice if we could include the parts that were changed and incorporate them into the work like a movie scene.” The reason why some of the released animations look like animations of the original movie is that the movie itself is complete, and it reflects the production intention of not wanting to change it too much. I wonder. It seems that it will be an animation that respects the original.

On the other hand, according to the video in Aniplex Online Fest 2022, Mr. Yoko Taro proposed to change the story. He said that the story of “Nier Automata” is for games, and it wouldn’t be interesting to make it into an anime as it is. That’s why he suggested changing the story for the anime. According to Yoko Taro’s tweet, there was a time when he submitted a synopsis of an episode that was different from the original, and was rejected entirely. However, Aniplex’s producer and director take the stance that they don’t want to change the story as much as possible for the sake of the fans. As a result, it seems that the animation production side stopped the original author Yoko Taro from trying to destroy the original. In any case, as the title says “Ver1.1a”, there seems to be no doubt that at least some kind of story change has been made. As an animation, while respecting the original, it seems that the story moderately destroyed by Mr. Yoko Taro will be developed.

animation”NieR:Automata Ver1.1a” is scheduled to start broadcasting in January 2023. Also game version “nier automata]is on sale on PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC (Steam / Microsoft Store). Nintendo Switch version “Nier Automata The End of YoRHa Editionis scheduled to be released on October 6th.


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