Yoko Taro’s games have always had unusual naming conventions, so it’s no surprise that the Nier anime is also titled confusingly. Though recently, 2B voice actress Yui Ishikawa explained the meaning of Ver1.1a in the NieR: Automata anime’s title.
Animate Times just shared an interview with Ishikawa, the original voice actress of protagonist 2B from the game, who reprises her role in the anime adaptation.
In the interview, Ishikawa shared her thoughts on returning to voice 2B and how the show is different from the game that it’s based on.
NieR: Automata Ver1.1a Yui Ishikawa Interview
Many anime fans are most likely familiar with Yui Ishikawa, or at least most fans know of her roles.
After all, she is the voice actress of popular characters such as Mikasa in Attack on Titan as well as Violet in Violet Evergarden.
For gamers, Ishikawa is best known for being the Japanese voice of 2B, the emotionless android who fights for humanity’s sake.
Though "emotionless" is also a word you can use to describe Ishikawa’s other roles.
It has been a while since Ishikawa recorded 2B’s lines in the game. So, when asked about returning to one of her most popular roles, she said that it was a bit of a challenge to recapture the same performance from the game.
This is because, back during the initial recording, she still had no idea about the story.
Now though, she is intimately familiar with the story, so she had to “forget” what happens in the story so she won’t spoil 2B’s development.
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NieR: Automata Ver1.1a Title Meaning
The NieR: Automata anime’s title has Ver1.1a on it, which doesn’t make much sense at first glance. But thankfully, Ishikawa explained what this title is all about in her interview.
It turns out that the title is quite simple. For the game’s musical drama and stage play adaptations, Ver1.1 and Ver1.2 were added to them, respectively.
This indicated the fact that the scenario has changed slightly from the game.
Meanwhile, Ver1.1a was used for the anime to indicate how it introduces brand-new characters.
Not to mention that there will be some slight changes to the story, which fans of the game should still be able to enjoy.
It’ll take a while for them to see what happens next though, as NieR: Automata Ver1.1a has been delayed indefinitely following Episode 3’s release.
Right now, there’s no word yet on when the anime will return.
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Source: Animate Times