Incoming Transmission

NieR:Automata: Long Story Short is a new novel based on the hit game. Read along with the game's voice actor for A2!

By VIZ Media October 15, 2018

Incoming transmission from Cherami Leigh, the voice behind NieR Automata's A2. She's reading an excerpt from the new novel NieR:Automata: Long Story Short, based on the hit game. Glory to mankind.


“Good morning, A2.”

The moment I opened my eyes, I was baffled by the greeting from the rectangular box. I thought I was still dreaming. But I’ve seen this talking box before. When I met No. 2 and No. 9 at the forest castle, this box was floating next to them. It had transmitted that revolting voice. That woman that said whatever she wanted, about how I was a traitor and that I was a dangerous android.

Just thinking about it made me annoyed, so I was planning on ignoring the box.

“I am support unit Pod 042. I will assist YoRHa android A2 with artillery support.”

“I didn’t ask for that.”

“Affirmative: I did not receive an order from A2. This action was directed by the previous user, 2B, as a final directive.”

“Don’t worry about it.”

“YoRHa android A2 does not have the right to decline.”

Eventually I got tired of resisting and let the box do whatever it wanted. But it was really a useless box in terms of its so-called “support.” When I asked it about the identity of the strange fissure-inducing structure, the only thing it said was, “Unclear, but speculated to be the Machines’ doing.” Even when I asked it about the whereabouts of 2B’s corpse or 9S, it echoed “Unable
to answer.”

If anything, its artillery function was useful. Since I didn’t have the means to perform long-range attacks, it conveniently diversified my attack maneuvers, though I was fed up with it trying to act like it was doing me a favor, saying things like, “Recommendation: Gratitude to this support unit for providing the user with long-range attack capabilities.”


I was furious. I was perpetually enraged at the Machines that killed my comrades. So much so that I was unable to restrain myself from killing them. That’s why, when I met this one, I had planned on killing it immediately. I declared, “I’ll have you pay for the sin of killing my comrades.”

“Is that right? Then it cannot be helped, if doing so will appease you.”

Despite being a Machine, that’s how it answered, with surprisingly sophisticated diction. It was slightly bowing its head, waiting patiently for my sword to be swung down. A somewhat unsettled feeling overcame me.

“You are not going to kill me?” it asked in a bewildered voice.

“Shut up,” I told it, shooing it away. It informed me that its name was Pascal, and after saying, “Thank you very much,” it flew off.

Thank you? A Machine using words of gratitude? A lowly Machine?

It upset me even more…that I spared a Machine.

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