It was way back in February of this year that we learnt NieR: Automata would be getting its own anime series. As a sword-swinging action JRPG set in a dystopian future, this decision made a lot of sense. After seven long months of silence on the project, however, this weekend's Aniplex Online Fest provided us with some brand new details on the series, including what we can expect from its story and setting its release date for January 2023.

The announcement trailer (found above) features interviews with the original game director Yoko Taro and the series director, Ryoji Mausyama, as well as the anime's two lead cast members, Yui Ishikawa and Natsuke Hanae. The former of these conversations is particularly interesting in respect to the anime's relationship to the game's story.

The series' full title will be NieR: Auotmata Ver 1.1a - a specification which certainly makes the show quite the mouthful, though the affix serves to distance the anime from the original game. 'Nier: Automata was a story we created to be a game,' Taro explained, 'so copying it as-is wouldn’t make an interesting story for an anime.'

It seems that despite a certain amount of pushback from the studio, Mausyama's vision has been the one with which the anime has rolled, taking a different direction to the story of the game. This, however, does not appear to be anything to worry about, as the original game's director stated the following:

I often see fans who worry that creators are going through their creative process with a complete disregard for the original game. But in this case, those worries have no grounds.

While we have no official information about what these story changes might be at the moment, the chance for an adaptation to carve its own nook in the source material's world is always an exciting - if potentially dangerous - prospect.

The announcement trailer also showed a number of clips from the anime itself, focusing on the series' protagonists, 2B and 9S, in action. From what we have seen so far, there is a lot of promising content here, with the art direction looking to match that of the game, but bring something new to the world with its original storyline - consider our interest peaked!

While we do not have any specificity beyond January 2023 for the anime's release date as of yet, we can expect more information - and hopefully a full trailer - to be releasing in the next few months.

What do you make of the new anime footage? Let us know if you will be watching in the comments below!

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