NieR: Automata anime locks in its air date and some new trailers

NieR Automata anime

The new NieR adaptation is right around the corner

NieR fans won’t have to wait too long into the new year for its anime adaptation to kick off. The NieR: Automata anime has locked in a premiere date for January 7, 2023 in Japan.

A few trailers have been dropping over the holidays for the upcoming anime adaptation of 2017’s NieR: Automata. The first features 2B and 9S fairly prominently, as two leads we’ll be following in the Ver. 1.1a anime.

Another new trailer today shows off some of the supporting cast, as well as the opening and ending tracks for the series. Both trailers have a January 7 premiere date set for the adaptation. We already knew it was arriving sometime in January, but it looks like the date is much sooner in the month than one might have expected.

Most of the adaptation is covering some familiar territory, given what we see in the trailers. There is one character, Lily, who appears in the lore but seems to be playing a larger role in the anime. It’ll be interesting to see how much this Ver 1.1a diverges from the game.

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The series looks set to air on Crunchyroll as well as other platforms, though exact distribution plans and dates aren’t clear just yet. We’ll have to see just what the global rollout looks like as the series goes live.

NieR: Automata isn’t the only video game adaptation kicking off in January 2023, either. HBO’s The Last of Us is set to debut not too long after on January 15, 2023. And the animated Dragon Age: Absolution just recently went live on Netflix, too. It’s quite the time for video game adaptations, and there’s even more on the way. Hopefully they can turn out as well as shows like Arcane and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners have.

Eric Van Allen
Senior News Reporter