NieR:Automata Ver1.1a

TV (12 eps)
3.801 out of 5 from 1,422 votes
Rank #2,137

The distant future… Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing a new type of threat: weapons known as “machine lifeforms.” In the face of this insurmountable threat, mankind is driven from Earth and takes refuge on the Moon. The Council of Humanity organizes a resistance of android soldiers in an effort to take back their planet. To break the deadlock, the Resistance deploys a new unit of android infantry: YoRHa. In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world...

Source: Square Enix

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This anime series in a nutshell is 2017’s action RPG game NieR Automata’s story adaptation. If you played the game like me, you will recognize characters and events from the game. In the game the strongest element was atmosphere made of outlandish settings, great visuals, excellent soundtrack and voice acting. The game in itself is quite enjoyable as well. Anime does very good job to be as much faithful to the source material as possible. Even including voice actors from the game. While it isn’t necessary to know the game to watch the series, it does help to draw upon those member-berries. If you didn’t play the game, let me just briefly talk about the story. The story is set in distant dystopian future, where man-made androids battle against alien-made invasion force called machine life-form*. In this series there are no actual humans nor aliens [1]. Everything is told with focus on Androids and the other artificial life-forms. Main characters are androids of YoRHa 2B and 9S. The story focuses on their relationship with each other and other characters as they are dispatched on a mission on the Earth’s surface. Visually the series combines 3D and 2D animation. Some of the 3D elements are quite clunky such as when 2B flies in one of the exoskeletons at the beginning. When it comes to 2D animation the series did nail it. It looks very good including action scenes. Soundtrack is very good, but I didn’t care about neither opening nor ending song. Overall, I would say decent anime. It suffers from Japanese game story syndrome of being convoluted with bunch of unexplained lore and symbolism. I think, this is good adaptation. If you played the game there isn’t much new content, but you should check it out. If you didn’t, it can be still decent watch. I’m interested how the story will continue. However, I don’t think the story is for everyone. It’s more enjoyable, if you like the atmosphere, otherwise it can be dull given the tendencies Japanese games usually have. * 機械生命体 – kikai seimeitai – lit. machine life-form Spoilers [1] Both humans and aliens are already extinct

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