As it turns out, our anime overlords at Crunchyroll are announcing yet another sci-fi anime soon premiering on their anime streaming platform in the form of NieR:Automata Ver1.1a. It’s much more of a mouthful to pronounce than Trigun Stampede, admittedly. However, it’s also got a much more complicated plotline, so it fits. More or less.

NieR:Automata Ver1.1a: Can The Title Get Any More Complicated?

The teaser trailer is just as mysterious as the video game and anime.

Crunchyroll is here to remind us that NieR:Automata Ver1.1a will be very soon having its global premiere. How soon, you might ask? Well, while the above official teaser trailer on Crunchyroll’s YouTube channel doesn’t give us anything, Crunchyroll themselves have the exact release date for this anime.

According to Crunchyroll: NieR:Automata Ver1.1a will make its debut on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 12:30 PM (EST) / 9:30 AM (PST). That’s literally tomorrow as of this writing, so you won’t have long to wait at all. In case you can’t wait though, Crunchyroll does have a few things for us to tide us over until then. First off, here’s their official synopsis for the anime which only raises more questions. You can check it out below:

The distant future, 5012. The sudden aerial invasion of Earth by <Aliens> and their creations <Machine Lifeforms> led mankind to the brink of extinction. The surviving number of humans who took refuge on the moon to organize a counterattack using <android> soldiers to recapture Earth. However, the war reaches a stalemate as the <Machine Lifeforms> continue to multiply infinitely. In turn, humanity deploys a new unit of android soldiers as an ultimate weapon: YoRHa. Newly dispatched to Earth 2B joins 9S, the analyst currently stationed there, where amid their mission, they encounter a myriad of mysterious phenomena… This is the story of these lifeless <androids> and their endless fight for the sake of mankind.

NieR:Automata Ver1.1a: Character Trailers

"NieR:Automata Ver1.1a" NA key art.
2B doesn’t exactly look like a combat android, but then again, combat androids can look like whatever they want.

What, that official synopsis wasn’t enough for you? Well, don’t worry about that. Crunchyroll has more in the form of character trailers for each main character of NieR:Automata Ver1.1a. Each one is very short, and also only raises more questions about what’s happening with each trailer. You can check all of them out below:

I get the feeling she’s not feeling much in the way of enthusiasm for this war.
I’m getting a “greenhorn soldier” vibe from this guy.
Something about her attitude screams “military dictator”.
I don’t know why, but I heard “Do You Hear the People Sing” in my head when they were waving those flags.
This duo confuses me more than any other character here.
I don’t know who she is, but I’m loving the AK-47 she’s rocking.