The 2017 action role-playing game Nier: Automata’s anime adaptation, Nier: Automata Ver1.1a, has been on indefinite pause as of January 21 because of COVID-19-related production issues. Yoko Taro, the director of Nier: Automata, has gone and created a puppet show to pass the time until the next instalment of this epic post-apocalyptic tale about blindfolded android soldiers dressed in gothic lolita haute couture. If you’re having trouble waiting for the next episode, don’t worry. Yoko Taro created a new 15-minute music video for the game Nier: Automata
The 15-minute “non-credits” music video portrays a puppet performance carrying out the plot of Nier: Automata and is based on “Antinomy,” the ending credits song of Nier: Automata Ver1.1a composed and performed by the Japanese rock band Amazarashi.
The film “Life in Technicolor II” is not what this is. The play, which is told from the viewpoint of the game’s enemies—”machine lifeforms” that resemble crude wind-up toys—presents the machines as being comparable to child soldiers who are made to engage in a conflict beyond their comprehension by their enigmatic creators, “Father” and “Mother,” two unique characters that Yoko Taro specifically created and wrote for the music video.
Once the blindfolds resembling those worn by 2B and 9S, the main characters of Nier: Automata, are applied, the machines are exhorted to continue fighting while turning their backs on the horrors of the war itself. The machines are compelled to give up their capacity for hearing, speaking, and even feeling as they are, as 2B puts it in her opening monologue in Nier: Automata, “perpetually trapped in a never-ending spiral of life and death.” This pattern continues as the machines are forced to abandon their capacity for these senses.
The machines eventually turn on their creators, murdering them in a hail of gunfire before shattering the fourth wall to reveal that not only has this not been the first time it has occurred, but the machines have been repeatedly creating their creator’s hundreds of times in order to exact revenge for their previous mistreatment and neglect. After, the scene pulls out to reveal a chamber filled with dead people’s blindfolded bodies and overturned folding chairs that are hidden inside an industrial dump.
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Particularly for those already familiar with the mythology of Nier: Automata’s setting, it’s a fascinating (and quite unsettling) music video. Yoko Taro, who previously teamed with Amazarashi on the 2017 music video “Deserving of Life” to mark the release of Nier: Automata, produced and wrote the song as well as the lyrics. This is their second time working together.
In an article that appeared last Friday on the Japanese website Game Watch, Taro reveals that the music video’s theme was drawn from the writings of renowned Japanese author Kenji Miyazawa, who is best known for his novels “Night on the Galactic Railroad” and “Gauche the Cellist,” and that the “Father” and “Mother” characters are meant to be compared to “unscrupulous capitalists.”
In the piece, Taro asserts, “I believe “Antinomy” is a song of hope. It’s a story that keeps going. It illustrates a certain sense of grief in a world devoid of parents. How to deal with that feeling of uneasiness is the main premise of this puppet performance, which then leads to Mr. Akita’s beacon of optimism. Our goal was to create content that would only manifest once the puppet show had ended and the music resumed. You can watch Nier: Automata Ver1.1a on Crunchyroll.
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