What is “YoRHa”?
- Quick Definition
The storyline of “YoRHa” was the product of Yoko Taro. He collaborated with MONACA and DearStage among others to create a story that involves traditional Japanese idols who sing, dance, and later perform in the YoRHa stage play. This story later became the basis for the game NieR:Automata.
- Collaboration between Yoko Taro, MONACA, and DearStage
“YoRHa” originally was the brain child of Yoko Taro with an association with MONACA and DearStage. He had the idea to “do something new” by getting involved into the “idol” scene in Akihabara. So, with his connections at MONACA and by extension DearStage, they selected three idol vocalists already performing in other groups produced by DearStage and created the group “YoRHa”. They performed the “First ACT” in May 2012.The group continued to meet an additional 6 times throughout 2012 and 2013. In 2014, they performed the “Second ACT” and also released a single CD of two songs: Normandy and Guadalcanal. This same group of vocalists is accredited by the name “YoRHa” for the boss battle themes on the Drakengard 3 soundtrack. The music for the YoRHa CD was composed by Okabe Keiichi (MONACA) with lyrics written by Kikuchi Hana. Mysteriously, a version of the Normandy song appears embedded in the data on the Drakengard 3 game disc.
- Yoko Taro’s Involvement with YoRHa
The YoRHa single CD came with a booklet containing a detailed storyline which was written by Yoko Taro, creative director of NieR and the Drakengard series. Because of this, I originally speculated that there could be a connection between YoRHa and NieR. This was in January of 2014.
- The YoRHa Stage Play
Yoko Taro later worked on creating the story for a stage play based on his YoRHa idea. This play was performed by an all-female cast managed by the production company Alicein Project. The original YoRHa vocalists, who sang the boss battle themes in Drakengard 3, performed the songs “Normandy” and “Guadalcanal” live at these shows. The YoRHa stage play had two major runs, the first in October 2014, and again in May 2015. The DVD of the first run of the play was released in February 2015.
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Source: Please understand that the information on this page has been translated and compiled by me from various sources such as the YoRHa Ver.1.1 pamphlet that was sold at the live performance of the stage play, the YoRHa CD and companion booklet, and others. I would appreciate it if you could cite your source should you like to share any of the information found here.