Back when it originally released on the Nintendo DS in 2007, the World Ends With You was seen as a competent, albeit unusual game from the minds behind Kingdom Hearts. Its following has grown over the bast decade though and it was re-released to a fair amount of excitement on the Nintendo Switch in October 2018. It turns out that we haven’t seen the last of Neku and the gang though, because now there’s an anime in the works!
According to the announcement, many of the original minds behind the game are coming back to help work on the anime; this includes Tetsuya Nomura and Takeharu Ishimoto. The series will begin airing in Japan in 2021, and I think it’s safe to assume that it’ll available to watch elsewhere via the likes of Funimation, Amazon or Crunchyroll.
For those unfamiliar with The World Ends With You, the game opens on Neku Sakuraba as he wakes up in the middle of Shibuya with no recollection of how he got there. Shortly after awakening, he’s informed that he’s been transported to an alternate plane of existence called “The Underground.” The reason he’s there: to participate in the seven-day “Reapers Game.” There are only two possible outcomes for those taking part in this game: survive and win, or die and be erased forever. Neku isn’t in this alone though, he’s been partnered up with a plushie-loving girl named Shiki. She, like everyone else in the Reaper game, is in the same situation as Neku, and it’s only by working together that they’ll have a chance to make it back to the real world.
Did you enjoy the World Ends With You On the DS or maybe on the Switch? Will you be watching this next year?
Lede image is official promotional art