NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 6 – Quick Summary
In NieR:Automata Ver 1.1a Episode 6, “[L]one wolf,” Lily, 2B, and 9S embarked on a mission to improve their anti-machine lifeform sensors. One of the sensors developed a glitch. While 9S attempted to repair it, Lily decided to disclose her past to 2B – a past in which someone who looked very much like 2B played a part. Why is Lily so conflicted about 2B? What does she remember from her past? And can 9S keep his sensor network running for more than five minutes?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 6
I give Lily points for courtesy. Not many, but some. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
This week’s favorite quote is a team effort. Though I have to say that 9S contributed more than his fair share, just by being 9S.
Lily, 2B, and 9S positioned canisters at regular intervals. Lily regarded them dubiously. It was clear she had no confidence they would work.
Noticing her expression, 9S said (02:38), “Perhaps you’re wondering if we can detect machine lifeforms with a device like this?”
He sounded like an excited kid who wanted a chance to explain his latest project.
Lily turned to 2B and said, “How should I answer that?”
“As you please,” 2B said. Her honesty impressed me.
“I am wondering,” she said, much to 9S’s dismay.
I think 9S has some work to do on his personal branding. Obviously, his audience doesn’t have a lot of confidence in his work!
Favorite Moment from NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 6
Without help from the resistance soldiers, No. 2 and her people could not have saved Lily. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: A Complex, Layered Narrative
It’s interesting to me that Merlin and I were just talking about machine lifeforms and growth in the comments for episode 5. And now, in this episode, it appears that Lily grew from a adolescent version of an android to her adult-sized version now. At least, that’s how it looked to me.
What do you think? Did Lily really grow, or is she the same size now?
That ED… that was tough to watch. It bothers me that so many androids and YoRHa soldiers sacrificed themselves – for a mission that Command abandoned while they were in the field. That’s got to be a plot point. There’s no way the theme of abandonment is an accident. I just have no idea where the show’s going with it. But the show’s earned my trust enough that I’m looking forward to learning!
Working together and teamwork were themes in my favorite posts from 2023 Week 9. It’s been on my mind a lot lately. I remember times in my career when I could depend on the people around me. I remember times when I could not. I’m a loner, so you wouldn’t think it would matter. But it does. Even without interaction, if I’m confident my team would help if I needed it, or would ask me for help if they needed it, it gives me a sense of peace. If that’s not there?
Building trust is difficult even under the best conditions. In wartime? It’s even harder. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
That experience helped me understand the word loathsome.
There was a moment in this episode when everyone came together. It happened organically because of a great need. Maybe the weight of the world has taken more out of me this week than I realized, but the moment brought honest-to-god tears to my eyes.
In Lily’s past, she had gone silent. No one noticed, but a red flash came from her eyes. By the time anyone saw, a virus had seized almost complete control of her.
Delivery: The Importance of a Shared Goal
Her company’s leader pointed her assault rifle at Lily. The entire company followed her example. The prototype for 2B stepped between Lily and the rest (10:52). That’s when the captain told No. 2 that there was no cure.
No. 2 told No. 4 and 16 to hold Lily down while No. 21 tried to cure her. The resistance androids had never succeeded saving one of their own from the logic virus. They had always killed those affected before they could kill the rest. The captain even fired at Lily. But No. 2’s sword deflated the bullet.
“You guys are family, aren’t you?” No. 2 said (11:40). On a side note, it was odd hearing No. 2’s voice, because it was so much higher than 2B’s.
No. 2 intervened to keep Lily alive long enough to try the anti-virus program. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
So the resistance watched, shocked into indecision, as the YoRHa soldiers struggled to keep Lily under control. No. 21 tried to install the anti-virus software, but it was difficult with Lily struggling so hard. Lily kicked No. 21 away, and the last vestiges of Lily’s personality spoke. She lamented that she was always a burden and that everyone had to protect her. She cried that she wanted to save everyone, just like they did.
As No. 21 returned to Lily’s side and tried again, the resistance soldiers dropped their weapons and came forward to help. Their combined effort held Lily to the ground (12:50) and gave No. 21 the space she needed to purge the virus from Lily’s system.
Moments like that remind me of what can be. Not only in fiction, but in reality. Sometimes the day-to-day battles drive out ideals. I’m not saying I forget morality; but exhaustion sets in, and habits fossilize. It’s good to have moments like this as a reminder. Sometimes that’s all I need to re-engage.
What did you think of the battle at the end? What were your favorite moments this episode? Feel free to share in the comments!
NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 6: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: NieR:Automata Ver1.1a – Episode 6 discussion
- RABUJOI: NieR: Automata Ver 1.1a – 06 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Lambs to the Slaughter?
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 1: or not to [B]e
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 2: city e[S]cape
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 3: break ti[M]e
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 4: a mountain too [H]igh
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 5: mave[R]ick
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 6: [L]one wolf
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 7: [Q]uestionable actions
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 8: aji wo [K]utta ?
- NieR:Automata Ver1.1a Episode 9: hun[G]ry for knowledge