The popular video game, Nier: Automata, has arrived as one of the anticipated titles of Winter 2023. It's no surprise that the anime has a huge following because of its source material, but some fans have noticed a new character named Lily in the anime. So, who is Lily, and what role will she play in the NieR: Automata anime?
It appears that Lily will be one of the main characters in the anime series.
Therefore, her addition to the cast caused some fans to wonder if the anime adaptation will be a continuation of the game’s plot or if it will be an entirely new story.
Who Is Lily in NieR: Automata Ver1.1a?
Lily first appeared in the YoRHA Stage Play by Yoko Taro, the Japanese video game director behind Nier: Automata. Lily was part of the Pearl Harbor Descent Mission during the 14th Machine War. This war is important in the NieR lore, which makes her an essential character.
The said play took place before NieR: Automata, which is the basis of the whole game's timeline.
Lily is also part of the YoRHa Pearl Harbor Descent Record, an ongoing manga series. There, Lily was revealed to be a fearful character with a mysterious and dark past.
It turns out that Lily was a comfort woman who served an Android officer. She was freed by the members of the Android Resistance who helped her find a new home.
She and the A2 members got along well, which helped her character to develop further.
In the anime, we expect to see Lily encountering 2B, which fans assume will be a diversion from the original plotline.
This is not surprising though given that Yoko Taro stated that there will be changes in the anime adaptation, hence the “Ver1.1a” in the title of the series.
It remains to be seen whether the anime adaptation's inclusion of Lily will help drive the plot forward, and what role she will play in the series' events.
Who Are the Other Characters in NieR: Automata Ver1.1a?
NieR: Automata Ver1.1a premiered on January 7, 2023, via Crunchyroll, where it is available to stream for international audiences. Aside from Lily, here are the other main characters fans can't wait to see in the anime:
- YoRHA 2-gou B-gata (2B) - voiced by Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan: The Final Season)
- YoRHA A-gata 2-gou (A2) - voiced by Natsuki Hanae (Beam in Chainsaw Man)
- YoRHA 9-gou S-gata (9S) - voiced by Ayaka Suwa (Rio in Seirei Gensouki)
- Pascal - voiced by Aoi Yuuki (Yuki Onna in In/Spectre Season 2)
- Commander White - voiced by Chiaki Kanou (Otoki Asano in Blade of the Immortal)
- Pod 042 - voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto (Yasutora Sado in Bleach: TYBW)
- Pod 153 - voiced by Kaoru Akiyama (Remi Kirisaki in Detective Conan)
- Eve - voiced by Tatsuhisa Suzuki (Shiva in Record of Ragnarok Season 2)
- Adam - voiced by Daisuke Namikawa (Narciso Anasui in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean Part 3)
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