Yoko Taro’s NieR: Automata grasped the heart of many thanks to its masterful gameplay, its eerie story, and the unstoppable charisma of its protagonist YoRHa 2B.
Could it work as an anime series? Nagoya-based animator Shiika Sadamasa seems to think so, and in fact he took upon himself to create a proof of concept.
The video below is brief, but it certainly shows that 2B would be as charming in 2D form (yes, I did make a pun) as she is in her original 3D appearance.
Sadamasa-san also posted a few work-in-progress pictures and animated GIFs on Twitter, and it’s quite impressive to see the level of detail gone into each key frame.
— 椎香貞正＠作業しれ (@Shiika_Sadamasa) April 22, 2017
— 椎香貞正＠作業しれ (@Shiika_Sadamasa) April 18, 2017
— 椎香貞正＠作業しれ (@Shiika_Sadamasa) April 15, 2017
— 椎香貞正＠作業しれ (@Shiika_Sadamasa) April 23, 2017
If this doesn’t make you want a NieR: Automata anime series, I don’t know what will.
Sadamasa-san is actually quite known among anime fans for creating the video “World is Mine” (the content of this specific video is a bit unsafe for work, you’ve been warned), released in 2014. You can also find some really nice animation samples on his personal YouTube channel.
NieR: Automata passed 1.5 million copies shipped worldwide recently , including physical shipments and digital sales. According to Square Enix, it performed “significantly above” the publisher’s plans.
If you are unfamiliar with the game, and want to read why it deserves every single copy sold, and many more, you can check out our review. You can also check out a fantastic documentary on its creator, Yoko Taro.