NieR:Automata World Guide Novellas

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Two related novellas in the World Guide book, published in tandem with the original Japanese release of the game on February 23:

  • Orbital Base Station “Bunker” – Observation Diary by Eishima Jun
  • The Memory Cage by Eishima Jun

* This novella has 6 separate sections that tend to shift the perspective between 9S and 2B. It’s never clearly stated when it’s supposed to take place, but simply from the narrative, the reader is lead to believe that this is sometime before the start of the game, on a mission to the desert zone.

* These are notes and translations I made after a quick read-through.
Further details and/or corrections will come at a later date.

MAJOR SPOILERS for portions of the game are included in the material below. Please don’t read further if you don’t want to be spoiled.


The Memory Cage by Eishima Jun (9 pages, 3 columns each)

▼ Part 1

It opens up with 2B dispatching a bunch of Bio-machines with the Type 4O sword in order to check for an important message from the Bunker at an access point.

Appearing out of the distance comes 9S.

9S: 2B! Is that a message from the Commander?
2B: No, it has nothing to do with our current assignment. It’s about another mission. (Changing the subject) This wasn’t our rendezvous point.
9S: I know but, I thought… I could help you……
2B: There’s no need.
9S: (shrug) No, it doesn’t look like it. Well, we met up safely, so why don’t we head toward the target area?

▼ Part 2

9S: Uwaah! I’ve got sand in my shoes again! Doesn’t it bother you?
2B: What does?
9S: Your shoes must be full of sand, aren’t they?
2B: I can tell somethings inside them, but it hardly impedes my ability to move, so…
9S: Don’t you hate how the sand sloshes around in your shoes like that!? Even if you can still walk fine, doesn’t it feel horrible?
2B: Emotions are forbidden.
9S: Aaaaaaaaaalright.

The narrative here explains that it was probably due to a failed squadron that later YoRHa androids were instructed to suppress their emotions. 2B believes, for all intents and purposes as battle type androids, emotions are not necessary… especially for herself.

They work their way through the vast desert area and come across the ruins of the Barren Temple (lit. Sanctuary of Sand). 9S points to what looks like the shadow of a building in the distance.

9S: Ah! Could that be it?
Pod053: Affirmative: This is the investigation target. A large building left over from human civilization.
9S: It seems to be what they called a sanctuary, some sort of religious building. Specifically, it was called the “Barren Temple”, I think. I suppose people from long ago used to live here but later turned it into a religious temple…… I guess.

9S was so excited to explore temple that he forgot about the sand in his shoes.

9S: C’mon, let’s check it out, 2B!

As 9S dashes off, a smile nearly forms on 2B’s face, but she suppresses it by quickly following after him.

2B: Emotions are forbidden……

She only meant to say this to herself, inside her mind, but she actually spoke them aloud. 9S heard her say something and turned around to face her.

9S: Did you say something!?

2B says it was nothing and they both continue their way toward the entrance of the temple.

▼ Part 3

As they entered the temple, the sound of the wind from outside in the desert faded away. It was suddenly so much quieter that 2B thought that all sound had disappeared.

9S: It feels like someone turned on the AC in here, huh?
Pod053: Negative: There are no such air conditioner units at this current location in the temple entrance. You are merely experiencing the difference of temperature from the outside to room temperature.
9S: Oh for craps sake, I realize that. It’s just a feeling.

The only sound in the room were their own footsteps and the low frequency humming of the two Pods. Part of the ceiling had caved in, allowing a brilliant stream of sunlight beaming through the still air.

9S: It looks like the sand’s even made it this far into the temple.

A nearby staircase and adjacent landing, the walls as well as the floor below were covered in mounds of sand.

Pod053: Conjecture: The sand mounds throughout the central hallway and multiple areas along the walls were placed artificially: however, exactly how it arrived there is unclear.
9S: I wonder why they’d do such a thing? You don’t have any idea?
Pod053: Affirmative.

So much of the old world’s legacy was a mystery. Even if humanity fled to the moon, that doesn’t mean they were able to take all of their records with them. That’s why it was important for the androids to conduct such investigations and record their findings.

2B: (To Pod042) Are there any Bio-machines nearby?

No enemy signals appeared on her visor screen, but she asked just to be sure.

Pod042: Response: There is no enemy signal within the temple.
Pod153: Warning: Both the stairs and portions of the ceiling are damaged further ahead.

9S laughed.

9S: You don’t need to tell me to know that, huh, 2B?

2B nodded. Halfway down the stairs, a huge boulder blocked the way.

9S: This used to be part of the ceiling. Much of it has been worn away, but you can still make out some of the pattern on it.

Both 9S and 2B raised their eyes to the partially collapsed ceiling above, exposing the brilliant blue sky beyond.

9S: I wonder what caused it to collapse.

At any rate, their ultimate task wasn’t to engage in battle with the Bio-machines but rather to help humanity return to the surface of the planet, and hopefully as close to their original form as possible. And that also included preserving natural heritage sites and other locations of the past as well, which meant avoiding battle near these areas and drawing out the enemy far enough away as not to further damage the ancient relics of humanity.

Pod053: Response: The cause of the collapse may due to the passage of many thousands of years. Further details on this cause is unknown.
9S: Thousands of years, huh? That’s amazing.
2B: Amazing?
9S: Well, I mean, if the ceiling here collapsed however many thousands of years ago, then the whole temple must have been built much earlier than that. For it to be in such good shape… it’s amazing. Given such a harsh climate out here in the desert, I’d imagine there’d be more erosion than what we see here.

Then almost without warning, 9S stood up and stepped toward the room on the side of the stairs.

2B: Now what?

9S seemed fascinated over a large, stone door that hung wide open.

9S: How do you think this door opened and closed? It’s complete stone, right? With this thickness and weight… There’s no way an average human could open it on their own.

The doorway featured double doors that wouldn’t even budge no matter how hard you pushed against them. 9S tilted his head in confusion.

9S: There must be a power source somewhere.

9S looked all about the room, but unlike the hallway that was flooded with natural light from outside, the space beyond the doorway was pitch black as the darkness expanded with no end. As 9S set foot toward the darkness, Pod053 moved ahead of him.

Pod053: Proposal: Turn on the light.
9S: Okay, do whatever.
Pod053: Understood.

What Pod053 then illuminated was a space far wider than he ever could have imagined. As 9S ran into the center of the room with Pod153, the space where 2B stood grew darker and darker the farther away 9S ran. Instructing Pod042 to turn on a light as well, 2B followed after 9S.

His gaze looking up at the ceiling, 9S continued to run through the open room along the walls around the perimeter as his footsteps echoed under the high ceiling as he went. He ran here and there, stoping only for a moment to examine the floor or the side of the wall. Simply watching him go to and fro made 2B’s head spin.

9S: The floor, the walls, even the ceiling are all made out of stone! The stone was cut into huge slabs and assembled together…… It’s unlike any building construction that I’ve seen. I’ve never seen anything like it! How in the world did they they manage to move such heavy slabs of rock!? How can this one pillar support such width and height?!

Seemingly talking to himself, 9S stepped near a section of the wall.

9S: Could there have been light source here? Attached to this long, narrow fixture in the wall?
Pod053: Affirmative. There are traces of a light source fixture known as a torch or something similar.
9S: There’s one, two, there, four… a total of eight fixtures along the room. I wonder what they used this room for? Maybe they’re remnants of some sort ceremony?

After running all about the room, 9S made his way to the inner doors. The entrance doors were left wide open, but a second set further beyond remained firmly shut.

9S: This couldn’t possibly…

He rest a hand upon the door.

9S: …be a cinch to open, do you think…?

Just as 9S voiced how impossible that would be, the doors budged open with a creak.

9S: It opened!?

9S looked on in shock at the double doors that opened to the left and right. With its light shining brightly, Pod053 ducked in and out of the doorway.

Pod053: Warning: There is an extreme vertical interval between the door and the pathway further ahead.

But 9S didn’t seem to care.

9S: I’m just going to take a quick look! I’ll be right back!

The moment 9S removed his hand from the side of the door and dashed inside, the doors tightly closed behind him.

▼ Part 4

The moment 9S and Pod153 disappeared behind the door, 2B let out an exasperated sigh. There was no way she could let this chance slip away.

2B: Pod Program, switch to close-range battle support and deploy weapons.
Pod042: Understood: Commencing close-range radio wave camouflage, booting close-range attack equipment.

Pod042 proceeded through this procedure with static indifference.

2B: Switch battle mode to Anti-YoRHa. Disengage the ID signal.

She began to feel encumbered by the thought of what she must do. In order to calm the thoughts in her head, she stood still, releasing all the tension.

This, too, was merely part of her job. That’s right: her job. Those words “absolute secrecy” remained firmly on her mind.

She first received the information in an email as she had landed her aerial unit. It couldn’t have been while she was on the Bunker, nor during the descent through the atmosphere. It wasn’t until she was was heading toward the desert that Pod042 received the message.

At that moment, she knew what was going on. The message must have come directly from the Commander, not through the Operator. The timing would have made it difficult to intercept. Classified information within classified information.

No. She knew long before she received the actual message. She knew from the moment she and 9S were tasked to investigate the ruins of human civilization. She knew it wouldn’t be long before she’d receive the order to terminate him. Unfortunately, this just proved her right.

2B: Pod, search for 9S’s location and find the fastest access route to flank him on the side.

2B turned her back on the door that 9S and 153 went through. If she were to track them, it’d be best to find a different route. Rather than following behind, they should confront them head on instead.

Not to mention, the target is a Type S. Investigation and information gathering is their forte, moreover, he’s a newer model. If she wasn’t extremely careful, she’d easily lose the element of surprise.

Of course, she was certainly the stronger of the two. It was known from the start which one of them would be the victor; therefore, there was no need for surprise. Simply, she wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible–if possible–and before he even saw her coming. That way he wouldn’t have time to be afraid; he wouldn’t have to suffer.

As Pod042 signaled “Search complete,” 2B turned back down the hall and jumped over a large stone that blocked the stairs. The signal from 9S’s black box was ever so close now.

Next, she was conscious not to make a sound with her heels as she came down the stairs. The source of the black box signal was coming from the next room. Silently unsheathing her sword, she stepped near the door.

Like the first room, this one also had a set of double doors, both left wide open. But as far as she could see, there was no sight of 9S anywhere. Stepping closer to the doorway, she quickly peered inside the room. There were absolutely no obstacles inside, which meant there was nothing to take cover behind. It would be a risky move to venture any further inside, but…

Suddenly, she felt as though something was behind her when bullets began to rain down upon her. It was the long-range attack from a Pod.

As she stepped back to correct her stance, she saw the edge of a sword falling. At some point, she didn’t know when 9S managed to ambush her from behind who proceeded to attack with a long sword.

She never imagined that 9S would preemptively strike at her. She intended on striking him down quickly, but it was she who came under fire first.

The moment she was about to kick the long sword out of 9S’s grasp, a warning sounded in her mind.

Why did 9S have a weapon meant for close-range battle? He shouldn’t have been able to wield such a weapon……

She quickly put some distance between the two of them. She saw as the blade disintegrated, gleaming brilliantly in the heat of battle. It was 9S’s long sword. If she had been stupid and kicked at it before, it would have slashed a deep wound in her right leg. 9S must have somehow predicted the movements of a Type-B android specializing in hand-to-hand combat.

2B thought it would be best to move to a different location. If she moved into the hallway with worse visibility, she would later be at a disadvantage.

Taking a giant leap to gain more distance from 9S, she plunged through one of the doors. The signal from 9S’s black box was detected from a completely different room. Given the length of time that they were separated, there was no way he could have set traps for her in this room, too.

9S was closing in behind her. Although this was a wide, open space with nowhere to hide, she still showed no hesitation against 9S. 153 began firing supportive rounds as 9S continued to attack. His style of fighting seemed like he was giving it his all, which greatly confused 2B. She had never seen him like this before.

2B dodged both incoming attacks from 053 and 9S, but 9S’s movement was much faster than she could have imagined. No, not only that but the long-range fire from Pod was annoying. She’d have to take Pod out first.

2B: Pod! Focus your fire on 053!

There was no such kamikaze type of programming installed in aerial support units. If it were attacked, it would automatically attempt to evade. So, that would give 2B a slight leeway to dodge the incoming fire, but it would only be a second or two. It would be enough.

As 2B is trying to find him, she just barely dodges out of the way of sudden gunfire from… Pod153 and 9S himself. Apparently, he found out that she was planning on killing him sometime and was waiting for her to make the first move… but it never came, so he decided on a preemptive strike. He manages to hack into her systems and completely take control of her…

But then 2B started to gain the upper hand anyway due to a tertiary backup plan by the Commander. She infects him with the Logic Virus that completely deletes his personal data, rendering his android body immobile and ready for the slaughter. She receives the order to destroy his head unit but hesitates. Again, she’s given the same order. Still she hesitates, even though this isn’t a first for her; she had also given peace to other YoRHa androids… At first she only felt her hand shake but now her whole upper body felt as though it were under such great pressure. There was no logical reason for it and yet she felt an acute pain in her chest.

Nonetheless, she still manages to perform her given task and lets her sword loose upon his neck.

“Signal from black box confirmed lost.”

And yet, she keeps hearing 9S’s voice in hear head:

Good-bye, 2B…

Good-bye, 2B…

2B tries to regain her composure but is continually plagued by a strange feeling and 9S’s voice echoing in her head. She asks Pod042 to open a channel to the Commander to tell her the status of the mission… and in the end, when she closes the line of communication, something like flowing quicksand overcomes her.

  • nine

    My biggest take away from this is that 153 is assisting 9S, not 2B.

    In the mission where you meet A2, Pod 042 fires upon A2 if you don’t choose to attack her, instigating the fight.

    The text here suggests 153 can seemingly choose to override her base YoRHa initiative programming, or simply isn’t aware of 2B’s directive from command?

    Great stuff, anyway – thank you, as usual, for procuring it and translating <3 ^^

    • Elfaia

      The rabbit hole goes pretty deep, just a tip without spoiling you.

      • nine

        (100%’d already, unless you’re referring to the other novella? in which case, yum :D)

        • Elfaia

          Ah, I misinterpreted your post. But anyway, if their original objective is THAT, then it shouldn’t matter either way when you think about the grand scheme of things.

          • nine

            Well, yeah, but… I mean, I guess 153 could simply be going along with things, and purposely missing ever shot? But when you get hacking on A2, it’s a ‘permission’ given to her by 153, no? I took that as the hack process being something that involved both the Pod and the YoRHa?

            Maybe that’s why 2B gains the other hand? 153 fakes it, then lessens her control so 2B can fulfil her mission?

          • Elfaia

            Seems like the hacking ability is native to 9S, unlike how A2 need to use 042 as proxy.

            But it begs the question, just how many times has 2B killed him in the story. Because from the interaction of A2 and 9S at the end, we know that 2B has been killing him constantly. At what points in the story did all these took place. Hope they explain it in the future.

          • nine

            The Operators in the post-prologue visit to the Bunker make it clear that 9S and 2B are really friendly, and have been working together for a fair while.

          • Elfaia

            It could be due to the back up of 9S prior to knowing the truth though.

            Kinda like how in Nier, the story is just about a father saving her daughter, omitting most of the background events. What we are seeing in Automata could be a story that omits the part where 9S finds out about the truth, killed by 2B, and was redeployed again. Like in this novel’s example, they traveled to the desert and he knew the truth and was killed by 2B. Then he was deployed again and continued on from there. I know it’s a stretch but the concept is interesting IMO.

            Lastly, 2B and 9S being friendly has nothing to do with 2B’s original purpose, which is to kill 9S whenever he finds out about the truth.

          • nine

            You’ve misunderstood me. I was agreeing with you :p

    • But Pod153 is designated to 9S, so to me it’s clear that “she” would be on 9S’s side, just as Pod042 was on 2B’s side.

      • nine

        Doesn’t that go against her dialogue in Ending E, tho, about not having the authority? To intervene in 2B/042’s assignment, (presuming she’s aware of it,) would essentially be going against YoRHa command?

        I’d kinda got the vibe that both the Pods, and possibly the assigned Operators, were aware and complicit, in missions such as 2B’s?

        Interesting if not. The possibility that one Pod might stop another Pod from doing their job, seems… illogical?

        • Ahh, I see. Yeah, the Pods themselves do seem to be gaining a sort of “self awareness” as expressed by their actions and seemingly evolving speech patterns (I kept seeing Pod042 using more and more common vernacular)… so it could be related. I just don’t know exactly when this novella is supposed to take place, and depending on whether or not the Pods are taking orders from a higher authority besides those they are designated to… 😛 It’s hard to tell. Just from this novella, however, it doesn’t seem like Pod053 is on anyone’s side besides 9S.

          • nine

            That’s insightful, thank you. I mean, we know this has to be during the three years between 9S’s inception, and the beginning of the game, so that’s a fair while before 042 and 153 decide to ignore their programming at the end.


  • Alan Noacep Togente

    Thanks Rekka!!!! <3 I'll read it when I reach ending C, for avoid spoilers 🙂
    In the Strategy Guide there will be a short story written by Yoko, isn't it?

    • That’s what these are. <3

      • Alan Noacep Togente

        But I mean Strategy guide will have these 2 novellas from Eishima Jun and addicional one written by Taro… am I right?

        • We don’t know what will be included in the complete guide that will be released at the end of April. We’re likely to see more novellas, but exactly how many, I don’t think that’s been announced at this time. If I’m wrong, feel free to send me a link. xD

          • Alan Noacep Togente
          • Actually, you’re right. It does say this on the Japanese Amazon page:


            1 novella by Yoko and 2 additional by Eishima Jun.

          • Alan Noacep Togente

            Then, shops only differ on Eishima Jun or Nagashima Emi 🙂
            I need more NieR on my life after I have completed Ending E >.<

          • Ah, her real name is Nagashima Emi, but her PEN NAME is Eishima Jun, which is the name that’s accredited on all of her work related to the DOD/NieR series. Sometimes people don’t want their real name out there, so they use pen names. There’s nothing wrong with referencing the name as it appears in/on the books. I don’t know why some sites have difficulty understanding this. 😛

          • Alan Noacep Togente

            Ohh, I see, didn’t know it! Thanks for the clarification.
            So, we don’t know if those novellas are the same that these that you are translating or are a new ones…Interesting 🙂

          • No, there’s no reason for them to reprint the same novella. I’m sure they are new.

  • nine

    I’ve just had another thought.

    We’re gonna get the Temple in the game, aren’t we. That’s what the あやまりロボ door is. It’s perfect as a crawlable dungeon.


    Edit: okay, I’m completely convinced myself of this, and am now grinning like an idiot. Please don’t be wrong, please don’t be wrong. I don’t care how much the DLC price is – give it to meeeeee! :p

    • what. I haven’t cleared everything yet. Is this one of the elevator doors that you can’t open forever? I still don’t know what opens that door at the end of the Flooded City stage…….

      • nine

        So there’s three doors, one in the Desert, one in the Flood City, one in the Forest, all guarded by the ‘Apologetic Machine,’ that suicides when you kill him. All of my Japanese friends are convinced the wording of his speech implies that the content that was supposed to be behind those doors is either post-game DLC, or missed the shipping date. Some maintain that we’ve just not figured out how to unlock them, but there’s nothing online to date about how to do so.

        This makes me wonder if the Temple will be behind the Desert door, potentially leading us to the corpse of the prior Resistance Camp rep that the Commander asked us to look into the disappearance of, when we accept the first mission in the Bunker, (which we never actually do.)

      • nine

        Which, if that is the case, I’m willing to bet also goes on to explain why we see so many machines in the Desert wearing the King’s mask.


        I hate it when I do this to myself. I bet I’m totally wrong.

        Taro-san. I hate you and your rabbit hole. Let me out! <3

        • It’s hard not to let your brain go wild, right!? xD Now you know what I’ve been dealing with since 2014… ALONE!

          • nine



            Dun worry, Rekka. If this sells as well as the reviews suggest it will, you’re gonna be drowning in people wanting to throw ideas at you :p

          • Noneofyourbusiness

            I hope we get a DLC explaining Eve’s Cult of the Watchers body tattoo.

  • Adam Wu

    hm wait a second, are these short stories non-canon? if this takes place during the desert segment after the beginning where we meet Adam, the events in this short story couldn’t have happened right? or am I misunderstanding something?

    • Yes, they all should be “canon”. The thing is… this cycle of events has been going on for some time; exactly how long is unclear… but this particular story could potentially take place anywhere between 9S’s initial activation in 11942 and the events that WE experience in 11945.

    • All the novellas ought to be “canon”. It’s unclear where this particular story should take place, but it’s clear that 2B has had to kill 9S multiple times already and she’s having a difficult time controlling her emotions to perform her job effectively. This could potentially take place anywhere between when 9S is initially activated in 11942 and when WE begin the game in 11945.

      • Adam Wu

        ah that makes sense, still their relationship is so tragic, this short story just reinforces it. Critical hit to the feels…

  • nine

    Bless :/ She’s clearly already formed an attachment, hasn’t she?

  • Christian Q.

    Yoko-san confirmed there will be a DLC very soon 🙂

    • It’s only been 2 weeks since the initial release. We didn’t get any considerable DLCs in DOD3 for two months after the release… 😛

  • jord.ies

    i can’t wait for the next update, i love your blog so much (ive been following it for the past 4 years!!)
    Really happy with that twist at the end though since we all suspected that 2B had to kill 9S more than once in the past and now we can look forward to the upcoming DLC :}

    • Aww, thank you! I’m sorry for the long delay in my response here. I’ve been really busy! 🙁

  • nine

    Loving the stuff in the edits – thank you, Rekka.

    • Thanks! I know I suck for posting it in this fashion but… I can only work on little bits at a time, and I’m afraid if I waited until it was all finished, I’d be like months from now… lol This is a weird incentive for me to keep working on it! xD

      • nine

        Not at all, not at all. Keep plugging away as and when. We can fedex coffee for the late nights when you really shouldn’t be working on it, but want to anyway :p ^^

      • nine

        Part Four is great 😀

  • Tobias Thesecond

    Thanks for sharing these!

    I’d like your opinion on these please. Products of boredom <– take note of the facial and nasal structures, both are even wearing a flower on their hair.

    • Sorry, I don’t really know what you’re asking here…….

      • Tobias Thesecond

        Just some resemblances I wanted to show.

        • Ahh, I see! xD

          • Tobias Thesecond

            It’s something I do from time to time and enjoy. This interest sprung from my earliest years of having gone to different countries, where there were instances I encountered persons who resembled people I personally know. This also extends to matters beyond that, which cover fictional characters, public figures, etc. In a simpler way to say it, I like to look for stuff covering lookalikes or you could say, “separated at birth”.

            That aside, I admire your dedication/passion for this franchise (Drakengard/Nier). Apart from Drakengard II and Automata (which I’ll play around April), I have played all the games.

  • Dandylion

    Will you update the timeline with these and the “Inochi no Fusawashii” Short stories ???

  • Simon Shieh

    I have high resolution pages of the novella? anyone needs it?

  • Algernon

    Interesting that she is using the standard Type-4O Sword instead of Virtuous Contract… at what point did she start using her signature sword then?

  • Rion

    One question. Who is Accord ? I think we have the answer in Nier automata but Accord is very strange android x) She appears in Drakengard 3 but not in Automata. She have the power of go to the past and futur

    • jacob levenson

      she likely works for the people who established Yorha and sent her out to investigate other timelines and maybe through some kinda weird thing avoid the threats that the god of the drakengard universe presents across all timeline.

  • Near Baskara

    I don’t understand, why 9S attacking 2B all of sudden?

    • Tyrone_Mambalam

      He realized 2B was out to kill him before she was able to make the first move.

      • Made Rio Baskara

        But why 2B try to kill 9S? what did he do wrong?

        • Tyrone_Mambalam

          Pretty heavy spoilers here, but, basically, 2B’s purpose is to execute YoRHa models by the order of her commander. She focuses on 9s because his model type is extremely adept at gathering information, so much so that it puts YoRHa’s own secrets at risk of being exposed.

          She has executed him many times in the past, and each time 9s starts off as a brand new, freshly created unit. The cycle has worn on 2b’s psyche to the point that she represses her own emotions to prevent herself from just losing it.

          • ssj4maiko

            To be more specific, 2B is not 2B, that’s the answer, her real model is not B (Battler) but…

  • _Arch

    There is more content in this novella that still needs translation or it ends here? Thanks for translating it to us, btw!

    • I’ve written at the very top of the post that this is a Work In Progress. That message will be removed when I complete this.

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  • Catfish_Sam

    Thank you so much for what you do! You have made something previously inaccessible to many, something people like myself can enjoy now!

    Is it ok to ask for help translating this line? I don’t want to impose; it’s just that I don’t know anyone else I can ask.

    「 お前 は 2B を …… △ ※ し たい と 、 思っ てる ん だろ う ? 」

    Am I on the right track substituting the △ ※ with something like やる? I’m afraid my understanding of written Japanese is not great. So I am unable to pick out where one word ends and another begins in most cases; much less string the words together into a proper sentence. And google translate is well…pretty bad at it.

    I just found myself wondering how accurate the official translation was, and figured the best way to find out was by comparing it to the original. *sigh* So jelly of your talent. ;D

    If you don’t have the time that’s ok; I still appreciate you translating the novellas.

    • Not Adam

      Not the wonderful translator but やる definitely does not work in this case: it is in infinitive form while **したい implies a conjugated form of some -する or -す verb (ex. ころす to kill、おかす to f**k, あいする to love). A better explanation here.

      • Catfish_Sam

        Thanks for the help!

      • Catfish_Sam

        So やるする. Is that functional? Cause its the only variation of the word I’m trying to use that doesn’t seem to require any of the explicitly displayed characters be changed. I really need to get better at Japanese than just identifying simple ideas.

        • Not Adam

          Nope, する verbs take in a noun (also やるする would be infinitive + infinitive which isn’t a thing in Japanese)–they also both mean ‘to do’, so pairing them together won’t make any sense (the reverse, してやる does work but that would be another (irrelevant) topic). If やる was the verb, instead of したい it would be やりたい. That said I don’t think there is a problem with putting different words in there to fit the f**k/kill/etc. interpretations since there are a huge number of two-character words that fit the asterisks.

          The whole thing also feels more up in the air with the Japanese text imo, so it might not be necessary to ‘make room’ for a sexual meaning per say (やる in itself doesn’t inherently carry sexual connotations without a very specific context, and even then it’s more violent than anything else). When we see asterisks in English, we automatically assume it’s a censor for a bad word, and since there’s only one verb worth censoring it’s easy to jump to conclusions. This is not the case in Japanese however; I’ve seen a Japanese LP where the player thought it was 壊す (こわす, to break) and did not make any sexual connections for the rest of the game despite having repeatedly expressed lewd thoughts towards 2B both before and after this.

          NP, not the best at explaining things but hope that helped. : )

          • Catfish_Sam

            Ah I think I understand now. And yeah that had been my first instinct, now that you mention it. The text itself really doesn’t seem to imply anything but 9S believing he wants to do ‘something’ in relation to her.

            Heck I guess he could even have been implying ‘save’ or ‘free’. Huh. This has been educational. Thank you very much.

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