We recently reported that a The World Ends with You anime was in the works, and now, Square Enix has officially revealed the first The World Ends with You The Animation trailer at Anime Expo Lite 2020. The Nintendo DS game that first released in Japan 13 years ago is now finally, and somewhat randomly, receiving a TV adaptation, to air in 2021. A website for the show is already live.
Domerica’s Kazuya Ichikawa is director, Sanzigen’s Midori Goto is the screenwriter, Thrill’s Takeharu Ishimoto is providing music, and Square Enix’s Tetsuya Nomura and Gen Kobayashi are credited with character design. Domerica and Shin-Ei Animation are responsible for the production.
As you can see from the trailer, The World Ends with You The Animation has a slick art style. It’s striking how the anime has chosen to retain the thick black outlines of the characters that were present in the game, adding more oomph to every character design. Likewise, the story appears to agree with that of the video game as well:
Make your way through “SHIBUYA” and survive the seven-day “Reaper’s Game”!
The main character Neku wakes up in the middle of a busy Shibuya Crossing Intersection unaware of how he got there. He’s in an alternate plane of existence called the Underground (UG). Unknowingly forced to participate in the “Reaper’s Game”, Neku must partner with Shiki, a teenage girl player whom he meets. Neku must fight to survive by completing the missions thrown at him and defeating the creatures called “Noise.” By doing so, he will confront the “Reaper’s Game” along with the truth buried deep inside his memory.
“The only way to survive is to trust your partner”
Will they survive the “Reaper’s Game”…?
Weirdly, The World Ends with You The Animation might be the rare case where the anime actually works better than the video game, but that’s just my perspective. What do you think of this Square Enix reveal trailer?