The official website of NieR: Automata anime dropped a new character PV and visual for A2 on Dec 8, 2022. A2 is a prototype model that is no longer operating.
Ayaka Suwa will be voicing A2 in the anime. She had also voiced the character in the Nier Automata game.
Ayaka Suwa’s comment:
“The long-awaited anime adaptation… I am so happy and thrilled! A2 was a lone loner who ran wild in the game, but her gestures and movements were so graceful and beautiful that I’m really looking forward to seeing how she will be portrayed in the anime! I love the beautiful and fragile world of the Nier, so I’m looking forward to seeing the anime’s unique direction, and I’ll do my best to play the role of A2 who lives there!“
Other cast members include:
A-1 Pictures will be in charge of animating the adaptation. The following staff members have been revealed for the anime:
- Director: Ryoji Masuyama
- Series Composition: Yoto Taro, Ryoji Masuyama
- Character Design/ Chief Animation Director: Jun Nakai
- Music: MONACA
NieR: Automata Ver 1.1a will start airing in January 2023 in Japan.
Nier: Automata is a 2017 action role-playing game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. It tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.
In the game players take the role of these combat androids from the YoRHa units across an open world. The story requires multiple playthroughs, each unlocking additional story elements.
The plot of the anime is described as follows:
A small number of humans who escaped to the moon began a counterattack operation using <android> soldiers to recapture Earth. However, the battle falls into a stalemate in front of <machine lifeforms> that continue to multiply infinitely. As the ultimate weapon, mankind dispatches a new android <Yorha> unit to Earth. <2B>, who was newly dispatched to Earth, joins up with <9S>, an advanced investigator, and goes on a mission, but in the midst of that, he encounters a number of mysterious phenomena… This is the story of a lifeless android who continues to fight for humanity.
When rumors about the game’s anime adaptation had surfaced online, fans were skeptical about the development, arguing that the story of the game was too complex to be adapted properly into an anime.
Source: Official Website