Nier creator and famously quirky game developer Yoko Taro has, as a part of his private model, a large grinning skeletal headpiece which he wears throughout public appearances. Or he had such a headpiece. 

Taro is at the moment in Los Angeles attending the 2023 Anime Expo, and selling his latest undertaking Kamierabi. When it got here time for his panel, he wasn’t dressed as followers have come to count on. This happened, per Taro, due to a bunch of ingesting classes between him and different creatives, which resulted in a drunk tv producer dropping the Emil head—an outsized recreation of the perpetually grinning spherical cranium of certainly one of Nier’s beloved characters—in a bar (thanks, GamesRadar+).

Regardless of the loss, Taro was not about to go on stage at Anime Expo and show his face. Showing on a panel, Taro drew viewers applause together with his alternative disguise, which is type of much more creepy than the Emil masks. It seems to be like a leprechaun, however one which’s been on a two-year bender and simply woken as much as the worst hangover on the planet. Taro’s look was accompanied by a slideshow of his adventures round LA

Hopefully this isn’t a long-term alternative. Emil was scary sufficient, however that is uglier than sin. And presumably this implies there’s somebody prancing round LA with a large moon head on.

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Taro’s different latest initiatives embody the Nier: Automata anime, which launched a number of episodes earlier than a delay blamed on covid. The remaining episodes are due in July. As for the Nier video games, Sq. Enix introduced this yr that Automata had offered 7.5 million copies, fairly unbelievable for such an uncommon game. Doesn’t suggest there’s going to be a sequel anytime quickly although.

If there ever is, hopefully the Sq. Enix advertising division simply type Taro out with a brand new head. After the panel on the Anime Expo, Taro himself ended by thanking individuals for coming, including: “Please let me know in case you discover a masks.” Please.