NieR:Automata Anime Reveals Preview for Episode 1

NieR:Automata anime revealed a preview for episode 1, which is set to premiere on January 7. Studio A-1 Pictures is animating the adaptation of the popular game. Ryouji Masuyama is directing the episode, doing the storyboard, and writing the script, while Jun Nakai is credited as the chief animation director and animation director for the episode.

The anime is titled NieR:Automata Ver1.1a and the staff includes:

  • Director: Ryoji Masuyama
  • Series Composition: Ryoji Masuyama and Taro Yoko
  • Character Design / Chief Animation Director: Jun Nakai
  • Music: Monaca
  • Animation: A-1 Pictures

The official website of the NieR:Automata Ver1.1a anime also revealed some preview images for the episode, which is titled “or not to [B]e”:

Aimer is performing the opening theme song “escalate”, while amazarashi is singing the ending theme song “Antinomy.” Both songs were revealed in the recent trailer. The cast consists of:

  • Yui Ishikawa as 2B
  • Natsuki Hanae as 9S
  • Ayaka Suwa as A2
  • Hiroki Yasumoto as Pod 042
  • Kaoru Akiyama as Pod 153
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Adam
  • Tatsuhisa Suzuki as Eve
  • Aoi Yuki as Pascal
  • Chiaki Kano as Commander
  • Keiko Isobe as Operator 60
  • Mary Hatsumi as Operator 210
  • Atsumi Tanezaki as Lily

Crunchyroll will be streaming the anime and describes the plot as:
The distant future, 5012. 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.

Source: Official Website
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