NieR:Automata Ver1.1a is facing another delay: after the broadcast of the eighth episode earlier today the anime announced that the broadcast of episode 9 has been postponed due to COVID-19 effects on the production schedule. The new air date has not been revealed and it is not clear how this will affect the anime which began airing in January of this year, as the Winter 2023 is soon coming to a close.
In January of this year, NieR:Automata Ver1.1a delayed the fourth episode, which ended up premiering on February 18. Studio A-1 Pictures is animating the adaptation of the highly popular video game. The staff includes:
- Director: Ryoji Masuyama
- Series Composition: Ryoji Masuyama and Taro Yoko
- Character Design / Chief Animation Director: Jun Nakai
- Music: Monaca
- Theme Songs: Aimer (opening), amazarashi (ending)
Yui Ishikawa and Natsuki Hanae are reprising their roles as the main duo from the games. NieR: Automata anime is based on an action role-playing game originally released in 2017 by PlatinumGames (developer) and Square Enix (publisher). In 2021 a remake version of the game, titled Replicant ver.1.22474487139., was released. NieR games are a part of Yoko Taro’s Drakengard universe.
Crunchyroll describes the plot of NieR:Automata Ver1.1a anime 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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