A2 (narration): Everything that lives is designed to end.
A2 (narration): I am perpetually trapped ...
A2 (narration): ... in a never-ending spiral of life and death.
A2 (narration): Is this a curse?
A2 (narration): Or some kind of punishment?
A2 (narration): I often think about the god who blessed me with this cryptic puzzle ...
A2 (narration): ... and wonder if I'll ever have the chance to kill him.
2B (narration): She is A2. Attacker No. 2.
2B (narration): A test model for YoRHa.
A2: The first time I was deployed to the front lines was in the year 11941, on December 8th.
A2: During the 14th Machine War, in the Pearl Harbor Descent Mission.
A2: Decisive weapons created for the sole purpose of recapturing Earth from the machines.
A2: That was us ... That was "YoRHa".
2B (narration): The target of destruction was a server created by the machine lifeforms on the island of Oahu.
2B (narration): The server was the backbone of the network encompassing the entire Pacific Ocean.
2B (narration): And the plan, if it succeeded, would greatly influence the battle.
A2: However, due to an unexpected attack from the machines, our team suffered great losses.
A2: We joined with the area's resistance members, but one ... by one ...
A2: By the time I'd reached the server room, most of my companions had been killed.
2B (narration): And within that server room, A2 came to know the truth behind their mission.
2B (narration): Every one of their battles ... had been predetermined by the Commander.
2B (narration): Their true purpose was the collection of experimental data in order to create a more finished product.
2B (narration): Within the experimental bodies of A2 and her comrades ... bombs had been placed.
(A2, in despair.)
A2: Our bodies ... contain bombs ...
A2: That'll explode ... when we stop showing signs of life ...?
A2: N-No ...
A2: This can't ...!
2B (narration): Every battle had been planned.
2B (narration): Every death had been planned.
2B (narration): And as A2 fell into despair, her friend called out to her.
2B (narration): "Number 2 ... I'll destroy this place, so ..."
2B (narration): "Please ... live on."
(A2 screams out desperately while crying.)
A2: No! Number 4!
2B (narration): It was the final attack ... a suicide attack.
2B (narration): The server room was then enveloped in a bright flash.
A2: Number 4!!
(A2 hides her face.)
2B (narration): ... The enemy server was destroyed.
2B (narration): All enemies within a 250km radius went completely silent.
2B (narration): Their influence over the entire Pacific Ocean had been rewritten.
2B (narration): And ...
(A2 slowly raises her head.)
A2: I ... survived.
A2: I lost the goal I'd been fighting for, as well as betrayed the Commander I was supposed to believe in.
A2: And yet ... my life still remained.
A2: My comrades who lost their lives ... The YoRHa members who'd been shot down ... The resistance members ... Everyone ...
A2: Number 21, Number 16 ... Number 4 ...
A2: I ... I'll ...!
2B (narration): The black box belonging to the YoRHa member known as Number 2 was still online.
2B (narration): She was acknowledged as the holder of information for the most important, confidential YoRHa plan.
2B (narration): In order to prevent this information from leaking ... YoRHa test unit, Attacker No.2, was to be destroyed.
2B (narration): That was all.
9S (narration): Attacker No. 2. A2.
9S (narration): She actually had an obedient, kind personality.
9S (narration): She hated fighting more than anything else. She thought of her friends above anyone else.
9S (narration): Her type of thinking didn't fit a soldier at all.
A2: ... However, during my first descent mission, I lost most of my comrades.
A2: The Commander had planned those battles all along.
A2: While praying to those who died ...
A2: I lost who I was.
9S (narration): For a deserter like A2, there was no where she could return to.
9S (narration): But she couldn't just throw away the life they'd given her.
A2: I destroy more machine lifeforms each day.
A2: I don't believe a day will ever come where we reach a victory over them.
A2: But ... I can never forgive them for what they did to my comrades.
A2: So I'll continue to fight ... for myself.
9S (narration): She fought, she broke, she repaired herself ... and then she repeated it.
9S (narration): That pain ... and that pain alone ... was proof that she was alive.
9S (narration): But, one day.
9S (narration): She came face to face with an enemy she'd never imagined she would see.
(2B speaks with a cold voice.)
2B: YoRHa test model, Attacker No.2. A2 ... right?
(A2 looks astonished.)
A2: You're ...
9S (narration): The opponent A2 had been met with was a new, state-of-the-art YoRHa model.
9S (narration): And her face ... was exactly the same as A2's.
(A2 speaks, overcome with surprise.)
A2: The same face ... as me ... A No.2 model ...
A2: They can't be ... Are they mass producing new YoRHa units based on my battle data ...?
2B: A2, I have orders from the Council of Humanity for your termination based on the leakage of confidential information and the failure to manage said information.
A2: Orders ... for my termination?
2B: My name is ... 2E. No.2 Type E. I was dispatched from the Bunker to carry out your termination.
2B: Kindly cease function and hand over control of your body immediately. Otherwise, I'll be forced to destroy you.
A2: Hah .... Hahahahahaha ...
(A2 begins laughing, with anger in her voice.)
A2: You were dispatched from the Bunker, were you?
A2: To terminate me? You said you were an Execution model?
A2: So they created a YoRHa unit with the same face as me, and then sent her to kill me ...
A2: ... just so they could cover up their sins?
A2: Hah ... Hahahahaha!
2B: A2. I don't have the time to listen to your ...
A2: Shut up!
(A2 suddenly becomes enraged.)
A2: If you people really are going to try to kill me ...
A2: If you're truly going to hide the truth ...
A2: Then so be it. I won't show any mercy either.
A2: Machine lifeforms, the Bunker, the Commander, even the humans on the moon ... I'll kill them all.
9S (narration): In her hand, she gripped a sword which was meant to kill machine lifeforms.
9S (narration): In her eyes, the light of her old self was gone.
9S (narration): Suffering from her loneliness, focused only on revenge ...
9S (narration): She gazed quietly at her new "enemy".
2B (narration): Fearing a leak of confidential YoRHa information, an order was issued to terminate A2.
2B (narration): However, she was able to shake off pursuers, and survive countless battles with machines.
2B (narration): To her, everything had become an enemy, and she truly had no where she could run.
A2: Dammit! Sit still, would you!
9S: Hahah! Just throwing out random attacks like that isn't gonna work, you know.
A2: Then fight me head-on like a man!
9S: Well what do you expect? I'm a Scanner! Combat was never meant to be my forte!
A2: Geez, you talk way too much!
9S: And if you keep getting distracted like that, you're gonna show your weak point!
A2: Quit screwing around, dammit — auugh!
2B (narration): 9S managed to hack into A2.
2B (narration): He broke through her logic barriers, and ended up in her personal data.
2B (narration): All around her was nothing but white walls, closing her in.
A2: Th-This is ...?!
9S: Hacking space. I've sealed your personal data inside your head.
9S: Okay then. Let's see here ... YoRHa test model A2. Attacker No.2 ...
9S: Due to the possibility of confidential information being leaked, the Council of Humanity has ordered your termination.
A2: Heh. So you're one of the Commander's little dogs, huh.
9S: Man, you don't pull any punches.
9S: But it doesn't matter how much you shout in here, you're not gonna run away from me.
2B (narration): A black fog began to wind around A2.
2B (narration): It was a trap designed to restrict her personal data.
9S: That barrier's an installation type, but it faces inward.
9S: So no matter how much you thrash about, you're not getting out.
A2: Dammit ...!
9S: Don't you think you say that a little too much?
A2: What the hell did the Commander tell you ...?
9S: I just told you, didn't I? You deserted, so there's an order for your termination.
9S: But playing rough's not really my thing, so I'm thinking I'll send you back like this.
A2: That's all, huh ...
A2: You couldn't get more information than just that? You Scanner models are always curious, after all.
(9S's voice becomes cold.)
9S: Are you ... taunting me?
9S: I prepared that barrier so I could detain you, but ...
9S: I think I've changed my mind.
9S: I'll be destroying your personal data here, like I was ordered.
(9S holds his hand out.)
9S: I'm going to make you regret talking to me like that.
2B (narration): 9S issued a command for A2's erasure.
2B (narration): However, the black fog surrounding A2 wouldn't react beyond a certain point.
2B (narration): On the contrary, something began to happen to 9S's body instead.
2B (narration): He suddenly realized multiple black snake-like bits of data wrapping themselves around him.
9S: N-No way ... It can't be ...!
9S: A counterattack-type logic barrier?!
9S: H-How did you ...?!
(A2 speaks, as she recovers from her damage.)
A2: To put it simply ...
A2: I got it from you.
9S: From ... me?!
2B (narration): Those bits of data wrapped further around 9S, slowly eliminating any possible chances of escape.
A2: YoRHa No.9 Type S ...
A2: This is the fourth time I've met that model.
A2: You were rather difficult to fight in the beginning.
A2: But ... after fighting you so many times, I became increasingly aware of a Scanner's habits.
A2: The others before you were the same ... They fought with various patterns, but ...
A2: You always end up trying to detain me with that damn hacking.
A2: It was a pretty close call the first time, but after the second time, I learned to block it with a barrier.
A2: This program was made just for you. A form of insurance.
(9S speaks up as he suffers.)
9S: No ... No! Dammit, I have to ... release the barrier ...
(A2 responds coldly.)
A2: It's no use. That barrier was made in order to collapse your own personal data.
A2: You're not getting out of that no matter what you do. That's how you made it to be, isn't it?
(9S, still suffering, collapses.)
9S: G-Guaaaah ...!! Damn ... Dammit!!!
(Once his screams die out, A2 begins speaking quietly.)
A2: This is the fourth time ... I've heard you scream like that.
A2: You should pray that we don't meet again.
9S (narration): We were wandering around a place known as the "Forest Kingdom".
9S (narration): Looking for the leader of the area's weirdly aggressive machine lifeforms, the "Forest King".
9S (narration): And we finally found it within a broken down castle. It was ...
9S (narration): It was almost like a baby, in appearance.
2B (narration): We were caught off guard.
2B (narration): It couldn't even walk on its own, much less carry a weapon.
2B (narration): This thing ... was the Forest King?
2B (narration): And as if sensing our hesitation, she came ...
A2 (narration): I was only there by chance.
A2 (narration): I had been disposing of machine lifeforms in the area, and their leader only happened to be there.
A2 (narration): The machine looked so small and weak.
A2 (narration): But I didn't hesitate to run it through with my sword.
A2 (narration): Its cries of death rang from its core to my sword.
A2 (narration): This is the enemy. This is the enemy. This is ... the enemy.
A2 (narration): I repeated that over and over to myself.
2B (narration): The android that had just dropped down before us ... had the same face as me.
2B (narration): YoRHa model No.2.
2B (narration): Her eyes gazed in my direction.
2B (narration): With a look of utter resignation.
9S: 2B! That's ... an android!
9S: A YoRHa-type android!
A2 (narration): I knew exactly who they were.
A2 (narration): Because I'd already killed them countless times.
A2 (narration): And just like always, I knew the order would once again be given to terminate me.
2B (narration): I had no memories of ever encountering her before.
2B (narration): But for some reason ... I could feel a deep discomfort rise up from within me.
9S (narration): Although she was a deserter, we were ordered to kill one of our own ... A YoRHa android.
9S (narration): Doubts began to sprout in my heart.
9S (narration): Was the YoRHa unit standing before us really our "enemy"?
A2 (narration): No.9 Type S ... No. 2 Type B. The YoRHa units I should've already killed so many times before.
A2 (narration): When I met them that time ... they were completely different from how they'd been in the past.
A2 (narration): I don't know why, but ...
A2 (narration): It seemed like they saw each other as old friends.
A2 (narration): ...
A2 (narration): It could've been some kind of premonition.
A2 (narration): That this was the end ... or maybe even the beginning of something.
A2 (narration): Number 21, Number 16 ... Number 4.
A2 (narration): If I die ... I'll be joining all of you.
(A2 looks forward.)
A2 (narration): So just ... wait for me, okay?
2B (narration): We YoRHa are weapons created to fight.
9S (narration): We YoRHa are a madness created to kill.
A2 (narration): This world is full of curses.
A2 (narration): And we are all links in a chain of killing one another.
2B (narration): Even so, we have to keep fighting.
9S (narration): That's why, we have to keep killing.
A2 (narration): Even if our fates are wrong, we can't stop.
All three (narration): Because that is the meaning of our existence.