Nier: Automata continues to be a fan favorite in Japan, where it won a Users’ Choice prize at the PlayStation Awards 2017 – and now, two theater productions based on the series are underway in Tokyo, along with a cafe serving food and selling merchandise themed on the original game.
We’ll get to the cafe below (including a couple of neat photo galleries), but let’s start with a trip to the theater.
features an all-male cast and will culminate with a pay-to-view livestream on Japanese video service Niconico on February 4. (It’s in Japanese only, but you can find details here https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/product/4146 for how to watch.) This will be followed by “Musical Play YoRHa Ver1.2”, an all-female musical production that runs February 9-13, with a livestream on February 12.
“Stage Play Shonen YoRHa Ver1.0” is a spinoff of Nier: Automata that follows the backstory of one of the game’s protagonists, 9S. Like the game, it is set 10,000 years in the future on Earth, where sentient androids fight a futile war they do not understand in the service of a mankind that long ago fled to the moon. IGN Japan attended a preview performance.
The play begins with a dialogue between 2B and Operator 6O, a comical interaction that filled the theatre with laughter. But since this is an all-boys production, these two female characters are abruptly eliminated right at the start, leaving the audience with the polite request to “relax and enjoy the show” – an absurd touch that will appeal to fans of the games.
Nier Food and Merch at the Square Enix Cafe
The original Nier was released in Japan as two separate editions: Nier Gestalt is the same as the version released in the West, while Nier Replicant made the protagonist a teenager. Until March 2, these two versions are the special theme of the Square Enix Cafe in Tokyo’s Akihabara district, with an exclusive food menu and merchandise.
The interior design of the entire venue is based on the games. It contrasts between white and blue colors reminiscent of Grimoire Weiss, Kainé and Yonah; and black and red colors that evoke memories of Grimoire Noir, Devola/Popola and the Shadowlord. You can see the interior and some of the exclusive merchandise in this gallery.