It truly is an excellent day to be a fan of The World Ends With You. Square Enix’s cult classic action-RPG, which launched on the DS in 2007, is expanding its world in two different ways. The first is its anime adaptation. Square Enix first announced the project back in June. A teaser trailer dropped in July during Anime Expo Lite, with additional news stating it would air on Funimation in 2021.
Now, we know The World Ends With You: The Animation has narrowed its window to April of next year. Given how the coronavirus has impacted all manner of productions, fans will no doubt be pleased to hear the series is right around the corner. The anime looks to lovingly pay tribute to the game’s art style. Tetsuya Nomura, known for his work on TWEWY, Final Fantasy, and Kingdom Hearts, will act as a creative producer. Square Enix released a second trailer on Monday with the new release window. You can check it out below:
But that isn’t all. The very same day the anime’s trailer dropped, we also got news of a sequel featuring a whole new cast of characters. Titled NEO: The World Ends With You, the follow-up will release sometime next Summer on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The game’s official site is now live and you can check out the trailer below:
What is The World Ends With You?
For anyone wondering, The World Ends With You is an action-RPG set in the Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, Japan. It takes place in a different plane of existence where the dead compete in the Reapers’ Game. By fighting enemies and completing various objectives, the dead can earn the chance to either come back to life or move on to a higher plane of existence.
The game, and its anime adaptation, focuses on Neku, an anti-social teen who doesn’t remember how he died. He must partner with other teens to complete this twisted game. The World Ends With You received critical acclaim when it launched on the DS. It also received successful ports on iOS, Android, and more recently the Switch.
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