Original released in 2007, The World Ends with You was an action RPG game from Square Enix and Jupiter for the Nintendo DS that won over a small-but-devoted fanbase for its soundtrack and visually arresting depiction of Tokyo’s flashy Shibuya district (you know, the place with that crossing).
There hasn’t been a heck of a lot of The World Ends with You since those fateful days of yesteryear, but that’s about to change real soon in 2021 with a brand-new game in the series set for release on the Switch and PS4, along with The World Ends with You: The Animation.
Set for release in April, the new anime incarnation of The World Ends with You is a collaboration between Square Enix, DOMERICA, and Shin-Ei Animation. As you can see (and hear) via this new trailer featuring the show’s opening theme “Teenage City Riot” by ALI, eye popping style and cool tunes are very much on the menu again.
The World Ends with You: The Animation is set to debut on Japanese TV on April 4th with the accompanying game expected sometime mid-year. In the meantime, here's the official story synopsis for the new anime.
Neku Sakuraba, a 15-year-old boy with a hobby for music and graffiti, wakes up in what seems to be the Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, Japan. With no idea why he's there, he opens his hand to realize he is holding a strange black pin. After flipping it with his hand, the thoughts of the people surrounding him begins to flow into his head at once. Surprised, Neku discovers he is able to read the minds of others and assumes it has something to do with the black pin he is holding.
A cell phone starts to ring in his pocket, and he can't tell whether it is his or not. A text message appears: "Reach 104. You have 60 minutes. Fail, and face erasure. -The Reapers." After discovering he can't delete the message, a timer of 60 minutes imprints onto his right hand. Neku is in Shibuya to play the "Reapers' Game," which spans a total of seven days. All Players of the Reapers' Game have a black pin with a skull embedded on it.