For the most part, this year’s convention season is canceled. Lots of expos, studios, and media outlets are doing online events instead, and Anime Expo is no exception. On July 3-4, otaku will be able to check out a massive livestream featuring all sorts of news about Japanese animation and related entertainment. It’s nothing like going in person, but I’m sure it’ll be a fun affair for all watching. Good times had by all. Oh and also, this piece of artwork from Square Enix’s The World Ends with You was going to be on the cover of the program:
While we're not able to see you in person this year, Anime Expo will continue to celebrate all things Japanese pop culture with #AnimeExpoLite – a FREE livestream event on July 3-4 ? https://t.co/pVFRK9Uqx3
PLUS!! Check out our 2020 key art collab! ? ? ? pic.twitter.com/vaZye4AhWU
— Anime Expo (@AnimeExpo) May 27, 2020
Consider my drool glands activated. There’s been no official word on anything involving TWEWY from Square Enix, so it’s hard to know why Anime Expo would use this as key promotional material. Could it be a sequel to The World Ends with You? Another lackluster port for upcoming consoles? An anime series? What do they know that we don’t?
The World Ends with You is a cult classic RPG released for the Nintendo DS in 2007. It was notable for its stylish design (some of Tetsuya Nomura’s finest), contemporary setting, killer soundtrack, and innovative battle system that utilized both screens simultaneously. There was a mobile port in 2012 that took away the top screen action and a Switch remaster in 2018 that was based on the mobile entry. That last sentence makes me incredibly sad, as I was a huge fan of the original.
While I’d like to see a proper port, I think the best possible way to do The World Ends with You justice would be a sequel or some sort of animated series. The setting is rife for exploration, and it would be cool to see what’s going on in the Shibuya Underground these days.
All I know is that it’s going to be a long month.