Anime based on video games have carved a niche for itself in recent years. A lot of popular anime based on video games have become super hits among both anime lovers as well as video game enthusiasts. It is quite a different experience seeing your favorite video game characters in a TV series with a story and personality of their own.
Most of the time, the anime adaptations of a video game become more loved than the video game itself. The game NieR: Automata is developed by Platinum Games, and the publisher is Square Enix. The production of the anime adaptation of the game is done by A-1 Pictures.
Directed by Ryouji Masuyama, the anime adaptation was announced on the 5th anniversary of Nier: Automata. The character design of the anime is done by Jun Nakai. Since the anime is only going to be released, here’s a synopsis of the story for those who haven’t played the video game.
The story takes place in the future, in the year 5012. Earth is invaded by extra-terrestrials and their creation, the Machine Lifeforms. The aliens and the Machine Lifeforms brought humankind to the verge of dying out completely as a race.
Those who survived the alien apocalypse sought refuge on the moon and created an army of android soldiers which they sent back to Earth to take revenge against the aliens and recapture the Earth. Unfortunately, the war came to a standstill as the Machine Lifeforms began multiplying uncontrollably.
In response to this, the humans on the moon dispatched another fleet of android soldiers and among them was an android soldier named 2B who pairs up with 9S, another android soldier created for investigative purposes. The story revolves around these two soldiers and many mysterious events happening around them.
NieR: Automata episode 1 release date
There’s some good news for all the fans who are eagerly waiting to see episode 1 of NieR: Automata. The release date is out! We can watch episode 1 of NieR: Automata in the new year on January 7th, 2023. Watching episode 1 is a great way to start the year and embark on the thrilling NieR: Automata journey. There are just five more days to go before the anime adaptation of the action-packed game is out.
Release times for different time zones
Here are the release timings of episode 1 for different time zones:
- Pacific Standard Time: 7:00 AM (Saturday, January 7th t,h 2023)
- Eastern Daylight Time: 10:00 AM (Saturday, January 7th, 2023)
- Greenwich Mean Time: 3:00 PM (Saturday, January 7th, 2023)
- Philippine Standard Time: 11:00 PM (Saturday, January 7th, 2023)
- Japan Standard Time: 12:00 AM (Sunday, January 8th, 2023)
Where to watch NieR: Automata episode 1
If you want to know where you can catch NieR: Automata episode 1, we have the details right here for you. It is confirmed that you can stream the episode on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Amazon Prime with English subtitles. But fans may have to wait sometime before they can start streaming.
Main characters in NieR: Automata
2B – YoRHa No.2 Type B is the main protagonist of the story. She was created by the humans who took refuge on the moon after the onslaught of the aliens. She is an android soldier who was sent back to Earth to battle the extra-terrestrials and the infestation of Machine Lifeforms on the planet. She has short white hair and blue-grey eyes.
9S – YoRHa No.9 Type S is the deuteragonist of the story coming in after 2B. 9S is an android soldier created for investigative purposes. He is also a member of YoRHa and excels in hacking and obtaining classified information. He has white hair and pale blue eyes. Later on, he develops deep feelings for 2B.
A2 -YoRHa No.2 Type A is another main character of NieR: Automata. She is an android soldier with a quiet nature and doesn’t speak much. She is a prototype and was used to create the more advanced 2B and 9S. She has very long, silvery white hair and pale blue eyes.
Commander – She is the commander of the entire YoRHa army. She plans and directs war strategies and deploys units to fight. She has green eyes and long, blonde hair. The commander has a calm and collected nature.