Back at the beginning of the year, the animated series for To deny: automata released, and its release schedule has been all over the place. At the start of his race, he had to take a hiatus, apparently due to COVID-19, which saw him off the air for almost a few months. When he returned in February, it seemed like that was the end of things…until his momentum stalled again in March. The current hiatus has lasted well through the spring anime season and into the summer, but according to A-1 Pictures, the current hiatus should end in a few weeks.
In a translated version of show websitethe studio thanked viewers for their patience and promised that Nier Automata Ver 1.1a would return with new episodes on July 23. But instead of doing a weekly broadcast program like Automata had done before, episodes 9-12 will only air in a single two-hour block. For the moment, this only applies to the Japanese dubbed version, and it is not specified if the English version will be released on the same day, as for the previous episodes. A-1 said more information regarding broadcast and distribution (for Japan and internationally) will come “at a later date.”
Normally, when a network airs multiple episodes in a row, it’s often because the show in question is ending, but it’s unclear what the deal is with Automata coming. The translated wording on the website does not state that episodes 9-12 are intended to serve as the capital F finale for the anime, and in fact the website states that it will “resume sequential airing and distribution “from this date of July 23. From. The season may be longer than 12 episodes or another 12-episode season may be in the works. We’ll probably know more about A-1 “at a later date.”
In the meantime, the first eight episodes of Nier Automata Ver. 1.1a can be viewed on Crunchyroll.
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