Don’t blink during this teaser trailer for the NieR: Automata Ver1.1a anime

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Japanese studio Aniplex has released a lightning-fast teaser trailer for its upcoming anime NieR: Automata Ver1.1a, an animated series set within PlatinumGames/Square Enix dystopian sci-fi universe.

Titled “Promotion File 003: Bunker”, the brief preview introduces us to the incredibly stern and authoritative voice of Commander White, portrayed by veteran voice actor Chiaki Kanou.  Barking out commands while threateningly tapping a crop of some kind, Commander White is seemingly in charge of a battalion of YoRHa-esque battle bots, who will no doubt be charged with taking the fight to the army of metal monstrosities — The Machines — currently laying siege to planet Earth.

In addition to the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it clip, Aniplex released a promotional image, depicting Commander White alongside several members of their regiment. It looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer for full details on the anime’s narrative and cast, but it’s clear that NieR: Automata Ver1.1a is more of an adaptation of the NieR universe and its interplanetary warfare in general, rather than a direct retelling of the events depicted in Platinum’s smash-selling video game series.

NieR: Automata Ver1.1a will premiere in Japan in early 2023.  NieR: Automata is available now on PlayStation, PC, and Xbox platforms. A long-awaited Nintendo Switch port, known as “The End of YoRHa Edition” was released worldwide on October 6.  You can check out Jonathan Holmes thoughts on the release right here.

Chris Moyse
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