The World Ends With You The Animation anime will release on April 2021. The information was revealed in a new trailer.
In addition, Japanese band ALI announced on Twitter that they will be singing the opening song for the anime, titled “TEENAGE CITY RIOT”. Their tweet was accompanied by a new The World Ends With You The Animation visual.
The anime, which will stream on Funimation, was first announced in July at Anime Expo Lite. The staff includes Tetsuya Nomura (Final Fantasy series) and Gen Kobayashi (Schoolgirl Strikers) as character designers, Takeharu Ishimoto (The World Ends With You game, Crisis Core Final Fantasy VII, Kingdom Hearts 3) as music composer, Midori Gotou (Attack on Titan: Junior High, Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun) as series composer, and Kazuya Ichikawa (Clean Freak! Aoyama-kun) as director. DOMERICA and SHIN-EI ANIMATION are in charge of the animation production.
The cast members, many of whom are reprising their roles from The World Ends With You game, include Kouki Uchiyama (Devilman Crybaby, Yuri!!! on Ice) as Neku, Anna Hachimine (Attack on Titan Part 1 live action film) as Shiki, Subaru Kimura (Hypnosismic -Division Rap Battle- Rhyme Anima) as Beat, Ayana Taketatsu (Noblesse, The Quintessential Quintuplets) as Rhyme, Ryouhei Kimura (A Destructive God Sits Next To Me) as Joshua, and Kenjiro Tsuda (91 Days, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments) as Hanekoma.
The cast also includes Satomi Arai (Re: Zero, A Certain Scientific Railgun) as Yashiro, Anri Katsu (Paprika) as Kariya, Kenji Yakahashi (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These) as Higashizawa, Takayuji Fujimoto (SD Gundam G Generation) as Minamimoto, Hitomi Nabatame (Arifureta: From Commonplace to World’s Strongest) as Konishi, and Hiroshi Shirokuma (Fairy Tail) as Kitaniji.
The game’s Google Play Store page describes the premise as:
Welcome to Shibuya, a mishmash of attitudes and styles in the heart of Tokyo.
A boy named Neku wakes up in a crowded intersection, alone and unaware of how he got there. Then, he receives a weird text: “Clear this mission…or face erasure.” With that, Neku is thrust into a life-or-death game that sends him scrambling down streets paved with one riddle after another…
What is the Reaper’s Game? Why is Neku a Player, and what is he playing for? Will the Game really end if he survives all seven days? Another mystery is always around the corner.
The staff and cast of The World Ends With You The Animation previously spoke about the adaptation at a special panel at Anime Expo Lite. According to Ichikawa, the anime will be mainly based on modern Shibuya and features current technology like smartphones, although some key buildings from 2007, the year the game was released, will be retained.
Update: included information about ALI’s opening song and the anime’s new visual.