Automata Anime Will Kickstart Crunchyroll’s 2023 Slate

Automata Anime Will Kickstart Crunchyroll’s 2023 Slate

Shrouded in mystery, Yoko Taro’s anime adaptation NieR: Automata takes fans to new but familiar territory in early January on Crunchyroll.

The long-awaited one NieR: Automata Ver1.1a anime adaptation is now confirmed to premiere on Crunchyroll during the first week of 2023, despite very few actual teasers being shown.

ONE NieR: Automata anime was announced in February, confirming several rumors that Yoko Taro co-wrote the masterpiece’s port to animation. However, since that announcement, Taro has stated that the series will feature a few changes compared to the 2017 title. The anime will be an A-1 Pictures and Aniplex production, and its release comes at a relatively good time for the franchise, just three months after a highly successful NieR: Automata launch on the Nintendo Switch revived the game’s popularity.


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In a report by The Verge, Crunchyroll revealed NieR: Automata Ver1.1a will premiere on January 7, 2023, although no exact episode count for the show’s first season was given at this stage. This aura of mystery is likely intended, as all trailers and teasers posted online so far have been cryptic about the direction of the show, mostly confirming which characters will be featured on it. The previews have also given away some glimpses of the gorgeous art style and designs, though the latest Crunchyroll trailer doesn’t even have that.

Among the prominent items confirmed so far for NieR: Automata Ver1.1a is that both Yui Ishikawa and Natsuki Hana will reprise their voice acting roles as 2B and 9s respectively. This cast was announced when the character models were shown. Following the franchise tradition, NieR: Automata teasers are codenamed “Promotion Files”, with the numbers 003, 004 and 005 dedicated to Commander White, Pascal, Adam and Eve, and 006 featuring Lily, a new face for anime.

A2 was the latest character reveal repackaged as “Promotion File 007” last week, but 006 is the one that has many fans believing that this anime could be one NieR: Automata continuation rather than a direct adaptation. After all, one of the most famous features of the game is that NieR: Automata features 26 different endings, meaning Taro can use the anime to explore multiple alternate storylines, as suggested by the “Ver1.1a” suffix on the title.

NieR: Automata has sold over 7 million copies worldwide, suggesting that this anime is aimed at fans of the NieR saga. But A-1 Pictures’ experience with Sword art online or Persona and Granblue Fantasy adaptations suggest NieR: Automata Ver1.1a might be one of the best anime on Crunchyroll to keep in mind for 2023.

NieR: Automata Ver1.1a premieres on Crunchyroll starting January 7, 2023.

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Source: The Verge

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