The first teaser trailer of Square Enix’s anime adaptation of The World Ends with You has been revealed along with few more details of what fans of the 2007 Nintendo DS classic can expect from this new animated project.
As per a report by Funimation, The World Ends with You: The Animation will release in 2021 and follows “Neku Sakuraba as he’s thrust into a video game scenario in Shibuya called Reaper’s Game that will have him fighting for his life. Along with the allies he teams up with along the way, Neku will have to make it to the end to see his humanity again.”
The Reaper’s Game is about to begin…
The World Ends with You The Animation is coming to Funimation in 2021!
— Funimation (@FUNimation) July 4, 2020
The first teaser trailer falls back to the original’s art style and the anime adaptation will be a retelling of the original game with expanded scenes.
The official description follows – 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”…?
Directed by Domerica’s Kazuya Ichikawa, The World Ends with You: The Animation is being produced by Domerica x Shin-EI Animation and Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts‘ Tetsuya Nomura who is also working on the project, and is responsible for the main character designs and orchestration of the game.