Take a Glimpse on the Life and Work of NieR: Automata Creator Yoko Taro, 2B’s Prototypes and More

Take a Glimpse on the Life and Work of NieR: Automata Creator Yoko Taro, 2B’s Prototypes and More

NieR: Automata Director Yoko Taro is awesome and adorable at usual in a new video.

NieR: Automata Director Yoko Taro is probably the most peculiar (in an entirely awesome way) Director in the industry, and he demonstrated once more in a new featurette.

The video, courtesy of our friends at Toco Toco TV, gives a glimpse on the life of work of the quirky but adorable creator, going all the way to his apartment and his office at PlatinumGames. We see him playing The Last Guardian, getting his copies of Platinum’s games signed by their creators, enjoy himself playing old flipper machines, and even go for drinks with NieR: Automata Producer Yosuke Saito and young Designer Takahisa Taura.

Interestingly, he defines himself as “Like the Final Boss of a RPG,” wondering what kind of young designer will defeat him like the hero of the story.

As an intriguing bonus for the pervs among you, at 1:59 we see what appear to be different prototypes for NieR: Automata Protagonist 2B, and apparently some of her designs used to have a thong, instead of the leotard that developers often mentioned in interviews. Different hairstyles and dress designs were also sketched.


If you’re wondering what Yoko-san keeps writing on the PC at 1:16, it isn’t some form of secret message (but I bet you thought it was). It’s “I can’t see the cursor at all.”

As usual, Yoko-san is his awesome, adorable self, and this is probably the best documentary the good folks at Toco Toco did so far.

Check it out below. If you want to see more of their charming work of Toco Toco, you can check out their videos on SWERY, Goichi Suda, Daisuke Ishiwatari Keiichiro ToyamaUME and Katsura Hashino. You can also consider the documentary on indie Japanese developers Branching Paths, created under the creative leadership of the same director, Anne Ferrero.

Yoko Taro’s NieR: Automata is currently available for PS4 and PC (You can enjoy our review here), and at the moment he’s working on a mobile game, SINoAlice, as Creative Director.