NieR: Automata Anime Faces More Delays Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

This blog discusses the recent COVID-related delay of the anime series, NieR: Automata Ver1.1a, with no given dates for episode 9's release. It also touches on the lack of confidence from viewers, the quality of the anime, and the possibility of a troubled production process.

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By Saheel Khirodkar | Mar 21, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

NieR: Automata fans are once again disappointed to hear that the anime series has been hit with another COVID-related delay. The show, titled NieR: Automata Ver1.1a, will remain on hiatus indefinitely, with no given dates for episode 9’s release.

This is the second time that NieR: Automata Ver1.1a has been put on hold due to COVID-19 since its premiere in early January. The first delay happened just three weeks into its 24-episode count. Last time, it took a month for the anime to get back on track. This time around, no date has been given for when the show will resume.

Lack of Confidence from Viewers

The repeated delays and motives behind them have done little to inspire confidence from the show’s viewers. Many anime fans are not buying the excuse that the pandemic is causing the delay, as the entertainment industry has largely overcome COVID-19 by now.

Nearly Identical Statement

In a nearly identical statement to the one released in January, the official NieR: Automata Ver1.1a Twitter accounts, in Japanese and English, confirmed via the Council of Humanity that all chapters, including number 9 and beyond, will be pushed back “due to the impact of COVID-19 on production.” The announcement invites fans to look out for future updates on the anime’s official channels.

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Quality Uncompromised

Despite the delays, NieR: Automata Ver1.1a has proven to be a solid adaptation for many fans of the games. The quality of the anime does not appear to have been compromised.

Rare Excuse

Many fans are calling attention to how rare it is for any production in 2023 to blame any scheduling issues on the pandemic. The first delay coincided with the Japanese government’s plans to downgrade the severity of COVID-19 outbreaks, underlining how far containment strategies and handling of the disease in the country have come along in three years.

Possible Troubled Production

Some people have pointed out that the reasons for delaying the anime may intend to hide an otherwise troubled production process that has also affected other shows from the company. However, this is merely speculation at this point.

Final Thoughts

NieR: Automata Ver1.1a’s delay is unfortunate news for fans of the anime series. The repeated COVID-19-related delays and lack of transparency from the production team have left many fans feeling disappointed and frustrated. Nevertheless, fans can take comfort in knowing that the quality of the anime does not appear to have been compromised despite the delays. For now, fans will have to wait for updates from the anime’s official channels for any news on when the show will resume.

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