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. As part of the spring 2021 season, Movic is handling the home video release for the show. The twelve-episode series is being released as two sets on July 30th and August 27th, 2021. The DVD sets are priced at 18,000 yen each while the Blu-ray sets are priced at 20,000 yen each.
We’ve got a bit to go until the first set lands yet but we now have our first look at the cover for it, which has us wanting to see the full packaging spread even more.
The first set comes with a booklet, promo, and an audio commentary, the latter of which is on the Blu-ray only. The second volume has the clean opening and closing sequences and the commentary as well but also only on the Blu-ray release for the commentary.
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
The show made some very last-minute changes when it comes to 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 just before broadcast. 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.
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.
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