The official website of NieR: Automata anime unveiled a new character PV along with a key visual for Pascal on Oct 30, 2022. Pascal is described as a mechanical life form with a gentle demeanour.
The site also announced that Aoi Yuuki will be voicing Pascal in the anime.
Here is what Yuuki had to say about the role:
In the game, I was recording alone, so I feel the joy of actually being able to talk with other cast members in the anime dubbing.
I think Pascal’s greatest charm is his “compassion,” but it is difficult to demonstrate the true value of compassion if you cannot see the other person….In that sense, I am very happy to see the anime version. I hope you are looking forward to seeing how it all ends!
Other cast members include:
- Chiaki Kanou as Commander
- Keiko Isobe as Operator 60
- Meari Hatsumi as Operator 210
- Yui Ishikawa as 2B
- Natsuki Hanae as 9S
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Pod 042
- Kaoru Akiyama as Pod 153
A-1 Pictures will be in charge of animating the adaptation. The following staff members have been revealed for the anime:
- Director: Ryoji Masuyama
- Series Composition: Yoto Taro, Ryoji Masuyama
- Character Design/ Chief Animation Director: Jun Nakai
- Music: MONACA
NieR: Automata Ver 1.1a will start airing in January 2023 in Japan.
Nier: Automata is a 2017 action role-playing game developed by PlatinumGames and published by Square Enix. It tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim the machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful machines.
In the game players take the role of these combat androids from the YoRHa units across an open world. The story requires multiple playthroughs, each unlocking additional story elements.
The plot of the anime is described as follows:
A small number of humans who escaped to the moon began a counterattack operation using <android> soldiers to recapture Earth. However, the battle falls into a stalemate in front of <machine lifeforms> that continue to multiply infinitely. As the ultimate weapon, mankind dispatches a new android <Yorha> unit to Earth. <2B>, who was newly dispatched to Earth, joins up with <9S>, an advanced investigator, and goes on a mission, but in the midst of that, he encounters a number of mysterious phenomena… This is the story of a lifeless android who continues to fight for humanity.
When rumors about the game’s anime adaptation had surfaced online, fans were skeptical about the development, arguing that the story of the game was too complex to be adapted properly into an anime.
Source: Official Website