Originally developed as a Nintendo DS game back in 2007 in Japan and seeing mobile adaptations later on, the Final Remix version of The World Ends With You RPG arrived for the Nintendo Switch in 2018. We learned at the end of June 2020 that it’s making the leap to anime form and Funimation picked it up not long after that.
The show is making some very last minute changes when it comes to the the theme songs. The group Ali was set to handle the opening theme song “TEENAGE CITY RIOT” for the show but the drummer for the group ended up being arrested recently but no reason was given for it. The song has been pulled from the show and even some of the older promos that featured it have been removed from the official channel as well. No new performer has been named for it yet.
With it recently set with a firm April 9th, 2021 premiere date, Funimation is reminding folks that they did pick it up back in July 2020. The series has Kazuya Ichikawa on board to direct with Midori Gotou handling the scripts at Sanzigen. It’s worth noting as well that Takeharu Ishimoto is composing the music for it having done the game music. DOMERICA and Shin-Ei Animation are handling the production. Tetsuya Nomura and Gen Kobayashi are credited for the character designs.
The Japanese cast includes:
- Kouki Uchiyama as Neku
- Anna Hachimine as Shiki
- Subaru Kimura as Beat
- Ayana Taketatsu as Rhyme
- Ryouhei Kimura as Joshua
Plot Concept: The World Ends with You is an action role-playing game with urban fantasy elements developed by Square Enix and Jupiter for the Nintendo DS. Set in the modern-day Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo, The World Ends with You features a distinctive art style inspired by Shibuya and its youth culture.
Previous promos and key visuals: