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The World Ends with You
The World Ends With You.jpg
Clockwise from top: Beat, Rhyme, Shiki, Neku, and Joshua.
Developer(s) Square Enix
Jupiter
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Ubisoft (Australia)
Designer(s) Tatsuya Kando (director)
Artist(s) Gen Kobayashi
Tetsuya Nomura
Composer(s) Takeharu Ishimoto
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) JP July 26, 2007
EU April 18, 2008
NA April 22, 2008
AUS April 24, 2008[1]
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) CERO: A
ESRB: T
PEGI: 12+
Media Nintendo DS Game Card
Input methods D-pad, face buttons, microphone, stylus and touchscreen

The World Ends with You, released in Japan as It's a Wonderful World (すばらしきこのせかい Subarashiki Kono Sekai?, "This Wonderful World"), is an action role-playing game developed by Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts team and Jupiter for the Nintendo DS handheld console. 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. Development was inspired by elements of Jupiter's previous game, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. It was released in Japan in July 2007, and in PAL regions and North America on April 22, 2008.

In the game, Neku Sakuraba and his allies are forced to participate in a game that will determine their fate. The battle system uses many of the unique features of the Nintendo DS, including combat that takes place on both screens, and attacks performed by certain motions on the touchscreen or by shouting into the microphone. Elements of Japanese youth culture, such as fashion, food, and cell phones, are key aspects of the missions.

The World Ends with You received positive reviews, which praised the graphics, soundtrack, and integration of gameplay into the Shibuya setting. The few common complaints were related to the steep learning curve of the battle system as well as the imprecise touch-screen controls. In the week of its release, the game was the second best-selling DS title in Japan, and the top selling DS title in North America.

Contents

Plot

Setting

The game takes place in a fictional version of the Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo, Japan. While everyday life goes on in the Realground (RG), the chosen dead are brought to an alternate plane of existence called the Underground (UG). The UG is also the venue for the Reapers' Game.[2] By offering their most treasured possession to enter the Game, the dead (players) gain the chance to contest for the prize: to be brought back to life or to transcend to a higher form of spiritual existence. Most of those who choose to transcend become Reapers, the opponents of players in future Games.[3] Lasting a week, each Game is a contest to judge the worth of humanity.[2] Players set out to accomplish objectives under the rules created by the Composer, who is a god-like entity who maintains Shibuya. Another Reaper, the Conductor, tasks other Reapers to obstruct the players' efforts. Failure to complete a mission will disperse the mind and spirit of the player or Reaper, thus erasing his or her existence.[4]

A player in the UG is invisible to the living in the RG, though one can sometimes read and influence their thoughts. The UG is frequented by creatures called "Noise", which are attracted by the negative feelings of the living. To progress in the Reapers' Game, players are often required to defeat Noise by killing or "erasing" them.[5] However, each Noise exists in two "zones" simultaneously, and can only be defeated by two players fighting the Noise from separate zones; Players are therefore required to form a pact with another player to survive the Noise.[6] Players receive assignments via text messages sent to their cell phones, and their right hands are imprinted with a countdown indicating the time left in the mission.[5] After a day's mission is complete, the remaining players find themselves at the start of the next day's mission, having no sense of the intervening time in between.

Characters

The player assumes the role of Neku Sakuraba (桜庭 音操 Sakuraba Neku?, ネク Neku), an anti-social teenage boy who claims he does not "get" people, and rarely interacts with others. Computer-controlled characters make up the rest of the cast, which includes Players who are paired with Neku.[6] In the first Game, Neku is paired with Shiki Misaki (美咲 四季 Misaki Shiki?, シキ Shiki), a teenage girl who takes on the form of her best friend; her physical appearance was her price of entry for the Game.[7] Subsequently, Neku's partner is an intelligent and sly teenage boy, Yoshiya Kiryu (桐生 義弥 Kiryū Yoshiya?), who prefers to be called Joshua (ヨシュア Yoshua?). Neku's final partner is Daisukenojo Bito (尾藤 大輔之丞 Bitō Daisukenojō?), a Reaper who calls himself "Beat" (ビイト Biito?).[8] Beat became a Reaper to find a way to bring his younger sister, Raimu Bito (尾藤 来夢 Bitō Raimu?) (nicknamed "Rhyme" (ライム Raimu?)), back to life. Rhyme had sacrificed herself to save her brother from a Noise attack.[9] Sanae Hanekoma (羽狛 早苗 Hanekoma Sanae?, ハネコマ Hanekoma), the Producer, bound her soul to a pin from which her Noise could be summoned, and gave it to Beat. The final Game Master, Mitsuki Konishi (虚西 充妃 Konishi Mitsuki?, コニシ Konishi), crushes her Noise form and transformed it back into a pin.

Besides the Composer and the Conductor, there are other high-ranking Reapers.[10] For each week of the Game, Game Masters are assigned by the Conductor to lead the opposition to the Players. Of the Game Masters opposing Neku, Sho Minamimoto (南師 猩 Minamimoto Shō?, ミナミモト Minamimoto) is the most dangerous. He willingly circumvents the rules in an attempt to supplant the Composer.[11] Participating in the Games with the aim of earning promotions for their performance, the Reapers' goal is to ascend to the highest form of spiritual existence, the Angels.[12] Angels supervise the Games and if the stakes of a Game are particularly high, they send down one of their own to serve as the Producer.[13] For the three weeks of the game's story, Sanae Hanekoma is the Producer. Disguised as a Shibuya cafe owner, he guides new players and narrates the "Secret Reports" that are obtained by completing additional missions after completing the game.

Story

The game's story follows Neku over the course of the three weeks that he plays the Game, paired with partners Shiki, Joshua, and Beat for each week, respectively. Neku is confused at first, lacking knowledge of how he died or how he arrived at the UG. As he develops friendships with his partners and starts to understand the rules of the Game, he recalls small details of his death; eventually, he recognizes that he was shot at by Sho Minamimoto, one of the Reapers he faced during the Game. After the first week, only Shiki is allowed to return to the living, and she promises to meet Neku at the statue of Hachiko.[14][15] However, Shiki has become what Neku values most, and she is used as his entry fee for the second week. At the end of the second week, Joshua seemingly sacrifices himself to save Neku from a bomb created by Minamimoto.

Due to Neku and Joshua bending the rules for the game, the game is ruled null and Neku is forced to replay the game a third time. His entry fee this time is all of the other players, meaning Neku cannot form any pacts and stands no chance against the Noise. However, Beat immediately defects from the Reapers and rejoins Neku. Neku and Beat find that the Reapers and the entire population of Shibuya are wearing special red pins that cause them to think the same harmonious thoughts. Without any missions to complete, the two venture to the fabled "Shibuya River", which Joshua was looking for during the second week. At the river, they find Megumi Kitaniji (北虹 寵 Kitaniji Megumi?, キタニジ Kitaniji), the Game's Conductor. Kitaniji explains that he created the red pins in an attempt to remake Shibuya, which the Composer challenged him to do; if he fails, Shibuya will be erased.[16][17]

At that moment, Joshua reappears and reveals himself to be the Composer. Joshua returns the missing part of Neku's memory of death: Joshua himself shot Neku, choosing him to be his proxy in his challenge with Kitaniji. Minamimoto, who had been trying to usurp the position of Composer, was trying to kill Joshua in his weakened state as a human. After failing to defeat Neku by using his friends against him, Joshua gives Neku one last challenge: To fire upon Joshua to determine the fate of Shibuya. Neku is too conflicted to make a choice, and is shot down by Joshua.[18] Neku finds himself once again at the scramble crossing, confused by events.

The game's credits show scenes seven days later. Neku meets Beat, Rhyme, and Shiki (in her real body) by the statue of Hachiko, indicating that Neku and his friends have finally been returned to the RG.[19] Secret reports that can be obtained by completing additional missions after beating the game reveal that Joshua, after seeing the change in personality of Neku over the weeks of playing the game, decides to spare Shibuya, now believing the city to be ideal.[20]

Gameplay

The World Ends with You is an action role-playing game, arranged into three chapters following the three weeks that Neku is involved in the Reaper's Game, with each chapter further divided by each day of the week. The player controls Neku and his partner as they explore Shibuya to complete each day's mission. Although most missions require completion within a certain time for Neku and his partner, this timer is not correlated to the passage of time for the player.[21]

Shibuya is divided into several districts, some of which may be inaccessible on certain days or blocked by a wall that can only be removed by satisfying the request of a nearby Reaper, such as erasing Noise symbols, putting on a certain brand of clothing, or bringing an item. Neku can scan the area by activating a special pin. This scan reveals the thoughts of the non-player characters in the Realground and memes, which may help to progress the plot.[5] The scan also reveals random Noise symbols that drift about the area, or in some cases, float around a specific character. The player initiates a battle by touching Noise symbols; each symbol constitutes one round of battle. Selecting more than one Noise symbol at a time results in a multi-round battle that gradually increases in difficulty with each round, but conversely leads to greater rewards upon success. Altering the difficulty of the Noise and the amount of health for Neku and his partner also alter the benefits conferred.[22]

Each district has fashion trends that affect gameplay. By wearing pins or clothing from the more popular brands in that district, items' effects will be improved; wearing the least fashionable items will do the opposite, and items from brands in between are not affected. However, the player can increase a brand's popularity in one district by repeatedly fighting battles in that district while wearing items of that brand.[5] The player can enter shops to buy new pins, clothes, and food items that are gradually consumed during battles to improve the characters' basic attributes.[5]

After completing the game, the player can return to any day in the story and play those events again, keeping the characters' current statistics and inventory. "Secret Reports", written segments that reveal background elements of the story, can be unlocked through this mode by completing specific missions during each day.[23] Completing the game allows the player to access "Another Day" from the game's menus, an additional day of missions that explains certain events related to the main storyline. The World Ends with You has one minigame called Tin Pin Slammer (or Marble Slash) that can be played against computer opponents or with up to 3 others via a wireless connection. Tin Pin Slammer is similar to the marble game ringer in that each player attempts to use their pins one at a time to knock the other players' pins off the gameboard.

Pins

The World Ends with You features "psych pins", decorative pins which possess powers that only Neku can activate while wearing them. Psych pins are used for combat, for "Tin Pin Slammer/Marble Slash", or as trade value for money or equipment. Most pins, particularly those used in combat, can become more powerful as the player accumulates "Pin Points" (PP) which can also lead to evolution of the pins into more potent versions. Pin Points are commonly earned through battle, but can also be earned through a period of inactivity with the game, or by interacting with other DS players or random wireless sources. Each of these methods influences the growth of pins within the game.[5]

Combat

Neku and Shiki fighting Noise in different "zones" near the same landmark. Neku's "psych pins" are displayed on the upper left of the bottom screen, and Shiki's card system is displayed along the bottom of the top screen. Their shared health bar splits across both screens on the right side.

The game's combat system is called the Stride Cross Battle System. The combat takes place across both screens on the DS, with Neku on the touchscreen and his partner on the top screen, representing the different "zones" of the same local area; the two characters battle the same enemies that exist in both "zones" simultaneously. Neku and his partner are synchronized during battle; they share the same health bar so that even if one character does not take any damage, the pair can fail in battle if the other takes too much.[5] A green "light puck" will pass between the characters during battle; when the character has this puck, the damage they inflict is increased. The movement of the light puck is determined by the "sync ratio" between Neku and his partner; the puck stays longer with the character with higher ratios. The player can equip Neku and his partner with clothing that can alter the light puck's speed.[21]

The player controls Neku by performing touchscreen actions based on the currently equipped pins. These actions may include slashing across an enemy, tapping the screen rapidly to fire bullets, or holding down on an enemy to inflict damage. Other pins need to be touched to activate them, such as for health restoration.[5] Each pin has a limited number of uses before it must recharge for a certain time. Other pins may only be used a fixed number of times during a series of battles, and do not recharge until the battle sequence is over. Neku can only be equipped with a maximum of two pins at the game's start; this can eventually be upgraded to a maximum of six.[21]

Neku's partner on the top screen can be controlled by the player or the game itself. Each of Neku's partners has a card game-based mechanic; for example, Shiki's card game requires the player to match face-down Zener cards.[5] The partner can make a basic attack after the player navigates through a pathway of arrows to select one of several shown cards using the directional pad or face buttons. By navigating to a card that fits within the card game rules, the player earns a star. Once enough stars are collected, the player can launch a powerful "Fusion" attack using both Neku and his partner through the "Harmonizer Pin" that appears on the upper right of the touchscreen (assuming that the player has not rearranged where it's displayed).[5] The player can also help the partner character dodge attacks.[5]

Development

The World Ends with You was developed by the same team that created the Kingdom Hearts series, with input from Jupiter,[24] the company that developed Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. The development of the game started two and a half years before its Japanese release, during the development of Kingdom Hearts II and the end of development of Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.[25] At that time, Nintendo had announced the DS, but it was not yet on the market; Square Enix asked the team to make a game specifically for the handheld system.[25] The creative team—consisting of Tatsuya Kando (director), Tomohiro Hasegawa (co-director), Takeshi Arakawa (planning director), and Tetsuya Nomura (character design)—was able to experience the DS during the "Touch DS" event in November 2004.[26] From this demonstration, they had envisioned a version of Chain of Memories in which the card game aspects would be present on the bottom screen and an action role-playing game on the top. As they continued to work on the game, the developers realized that they wanted to use the touchscreen more, to make "a game that can only be played on the DS".[26] However, they also encountered the problem that by focusing heavily on the touchscreen, the top screen would be ignored. From this, the idea of the dual screen battle system arose.[26] Several other options were explored for the top-screen game, including command-based battles or a music game, but once they reviewed the game from the eyes of the player, they ultimately settled on the card-game approach with the player having the option to control the game if they wanted to.[27] Even with the completion of the Japanese version of the game, the team felt the dual screen system was too much for overseas audiences, and attempted to change the card-game mechanic into a special meter that would fill up with normal attacks from Neku, but this was not completed in time for release.[27] However, the team was able to alter the "information overload" of the numerous tutorials at the start of the game in the North American release, reducing the amount of text presented as well as allowing the tutorials to be skipped. The "Active Encounter" system, the ability for the player to select when and how to go into battle, was developed specifically to avoid the issues of "grinding" that are common with most standard RPG systems.[27] While they included the mechanics of being able to scan non-playable characters to see their thoughts, the team was not able to integrate this mechanic more into the game.[27]

Many of the game's sets are modeled after the real Shibuya. The scramble crossing near the 109 department store (far left above) is extensively featured in the game and can be seen in the background of the game's cover.

In addition to creating unique gameplay, the designers wanted to build the game around a real location.[26] Initially, they had planned to use a large number of locations across the entire world as the setting. They narrowed down the settings to specific cities due to practicality issues. Ultimately, Kando selected Shibuya as the main setting within the first year of development, despite concerns that overseas players would find the setting unfamiliar.[27] The team wanted to make sure the city was represented accurately within the game,[26] and went on "location hunts" onto building rooftops without permission to get photographs.[28] The layout of Shibuya was duplicated for the game, retaining the real-world landmarks while rebranding the names of stores and buildings for copyright reasons; for example, the 109 Building was renamed to be the "104 Building", while one of the busiest Starbucks, adjacent to the scramble crossing, was renamed "Outback Cafe".[5][27][29][30][31] The success of the game has led to fans going on tours of the district to match physical locations in Shibuya with those in the game.[27] The selection of Shibuya led to the incorporation of much of the game's other features, including food, clothing, and cell phone usage.[29] The team initially thought of the idea of using graffiti around Shibuya as the source of the player's power in the game but had difficulty representing it; this led to the creation of the psych pins used in the game.[28]

The team decided to stay with two-dimensional graphics instead of three-dimensional graphics, believing it would help differentiate themselves from other Square Enix titles as well as better represent their vision for the game.[27] When first approached with the task of creating the art for the game, background art director Takayuki Ohdachi thought the modern-day setting would be too boring, and opted to use highly skewed and angular images of Shibuya to avoid this; the rest of the creative team found this approach to fit the game quite well.[28] For combat, the background of the top screen was selected for visual interest, while the bottom touchscreen background was designed to emphasize the gameplay.[32] Ohdachi was also responsible for the artwork for the psych pins, and used a mix of pop art and tribal designs for the various graphics.[28] Character designs were handled by Tetsuya Nomura and Gen Kobayashi.[33] Character designs were made to match with the real-world Tokyo setting, after which their outfits were designed based on the character's personality.[34] Kobayashi was also in charge of designing the game's non-player characters and noted how most designs made it to the final product.[35] Hasegawa was responsible for creating the designs for the Noise creatures, and wanted to have them recognizable as creatures before they decay into skeletons.[28] In keeping with the theme of human emotion in the game, Hasegawa selected creatures that conveyed such feelings, such as wolves and crows.[28] Representation of the Noise in the game required drawing the 2D sprites from several angles to match the action on screen as well as using rotoscoping on pre-rendered sprites,[28] and took several iterations between Square Enix and Jupiter to make sure that the sprites' art matched the style of game, with Kando making the two-hour trip between Tokyo and Kyoto weekly to check on the progress.[27]

The developers knew that for the story, they wanted to "throw the player right in the action, with things he had to do without explanation",[28] in addition to creating a sense of urgency and mystery for the player.[28] They developed an initial draft of the game's plot and gave it to script writer Sachie Hirano and scenario event Planer Yukari Ishida to expand on. The returned version was very close to the initial vision for the game's story.[28] However, there were still difficulties in filling out the story, only achieving some smooth development about halfway through the process, and even then, there were still changes made just prior to creating the master image for the game.[27] Several inconsistencies with the game's story were found in the final quality checks that had to be resolved.[27] The Square Enix localization team, while translating most of the dialog and interface items into English and other European languages, preserved many Japanese elements to avoid losing the culture of the game.[36] The team was also limited by the size of the dialog balloons used within game, and took several steps to avoid losing the meaning of the story within the game.[36]

The Japanese title, translated as It's a Wonderful World, was not used internationally due to copyright issues.[36][37] Instead, the game was released in North America and Europe under the name The World Ends with You. The game was officially announced on September 13, 2006 by Square Enix,[38] and premiered at the 2006 Tokyo Game Show two weeks later.[33] On December 5, 2007, Square Enix announced that the game would be released for Europe and Australia in April 2008,[39] while a similar announcement was made for a North American release on December 17, 2007.[40]

A special "Wonderful World" edition of the "Gloss Silver" Nintendo DS Lite was created and sold as a bundle with the game as part of its Japanese release.[41] The game's early plot was adapted into a two-chapter one-shot manga by Shiro Amano, published over two issues of Monthly Shōnen Gangan. In North America, the manga has been released online via the Square Enix Members website.[42] Tatsuya Kando stated that he hoped they would be given the opportunity to create a sequel to the game.[43]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack to The World Ends with You was composed and produced by Takeharu Ishimoto.[44] The game's music encompasses many genres, combining rock, hip hop, and electronica, designed to fit the various moods of Shibuya.[27] The song appearing during the credits of the game is "Lullaby for You" by Japanese pop artist, Jyongri. Vocal artists featured in the game include Sawa, Makiko Noda, Leah, Ayuko Tanaka, Mai Matsuda, Wakako, Hanaeryca, Cameron Strother, Andy Kinlay, Nulie Nurly, and Londell "Taz" Hicks.[45] The developers used CRI Middleware's Kyuseishu Sound Streamer, a compression algorithm normally used for voice-overs, to compress the soundtrack and fit more songs on the game media, while replacing full motion video cutscenes with Flash-style animations to save more space. The soundtrack on the final version of the game takes up approximately one-fourth of the game media.[27]

The official soundtrack of the game, The World Ends with You Original Soundtrack (すばらしきこのせかい ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Subarashiki Kono Sekai Original Soundtrack?, meaning "It's a Wonderful World Original Soundtrack") was released in Japan on August 22, 2007[45] and is on sale in most English-language iTunes Stores.[46] This release, however, does not include the four tracks unique to localizations outside Japan and is simply a digital version of the Japanese soundtrack.

The World Ends with You Original Soundtrack
Track Title Length
1. "It's So Wonderful"   1:39
2. "Twister" (vocal by Sawa) 1:17
3. "Underground" (vocal by Nulie Nurly) 0:49
4. "Long Dream" (vocal by Makiko Noda) 3:12
5. "Calling" (vocal by Leah) 3:25
6. "Despair"   0:27
7. "Hybrid" (vocal by Sawa) 3:04
8. "Fighting For Freedom"   2:06
9. "オーパーツ" ("Ooparts"; vocal by Ayuko Tanaka & Mai Matsuda) 3:34
10. "Forebode"   0:28
11. "Give Me All Your Love" (vocal by Wakako) 4:21
12. "サムデイ" ("Someday"; vocal by Sawa) 3:40
13. "Satisfy" (vocal by Ayuko Tanaka) 4:01
14. "Someday" (vocal by Hanaeryca) 3:39
15. "ツイスター" ("Twister"; vocal by Mai Matsuda) 3:38
16. "Let's Get Together"   0:17
17. "Slash and Slash" (renamed "Slam Brothers" in the international game release) 1:03
18. "Amnesia"   0:49
19. "Rush Hour"   0:34
20. "imprinting"   1:07
21. "オワリハジマリ" ("Owari-Hajimari," Japanese for "Ending-Beginning"; vocal by Cameron Strother) 2:17
22. "psychedelic"   2:24
23. "Game Over" (vocal by Andy Kinlay) 2:50
24. "Dancer In The Street"   0:34
25. "ハイブリッド" ("Hybrid"; vocal by Nulie Nurly) 3:05
26. "Detonation" (vocal by Londell "Taz" Hicks) 2:33
27. "Black Market"   0:33
28. "Junk Garage"   1:27
29. "It Is Fashionable"   0:34
30. "Noisy Noise"   2:14
31. "Economical Shoppers"   0:28
32. "Shibuya"   2:08
33. "Make or Break" (vocal by Hanaeryca) 4:08
34. "Twister-Remix" (vocal by Mai Matsuda) 4:32
35. "Emptiness and" (unnamed bonus track; the title is taken from the game) 3:03
36. "Twister-Gang-Mix" (vocal by MJR; bonus track on the iTunes Store release) 3:31

Square Enix, however, released the digital 6-track EP Subarashiki Konosekai + The World Ends with You (すばらしきこのせかい + The World Ends with You Subarashiki Kono Sekai + The World Ends with You?, meaning "It's a Wonderful World + The World Ends with You") on June 25, 2008 through the Japanese iTunes Store. This release contains the four songs unique to the international version of the game, along with the English version of "Owari-Hajimari" and a remix of "Twister". A 19-track version of the album was given a physical CD and iTunes release on July 30, 2008.[47]

Subarashiki Konosekai + The World Ends with You – EP
Track Title Length
1. "Déjà Vu" (vocal by Joanna Koike) 4:07
2. "Three Minutes Clapping" (vocal by J.D. Camaro) 3:10
3. "The One Star" (vocal by Cameron Strother) 3:26
4. "Owari-Hajimari" (vocal by Cameron Strother) 2:23
5. "Transformation" (vocal by Andy from "Sixpin") 3:21
6. "Twister -The Twisters-" (vocal by MJR & Sawa) 4:10
Subarashiki Konosekai + The World Ends with You (album version)
Track Title Length
1. "Twister -Original ver-" (vocal by Sawa) 2:14
2. "Calling -1960s-" (vocal by Leah) 4:04
3. "Give Me All You Love -All my love-" (vocal by Wakako) 4:19
4. "Long Dream -1980s-" (vocal by Makiko Noda) 3:37
5. "サムデイ -Unplugged-" ("Someday"; vocal by Sawa) 4:37
6. "Make or Break -Black box-" (vocal by Hanaeryca) 4:10
7. "Game Over -Busy Dizzy and Lazy-" (vocal by Andy Kinlay) 2:53
8. "オーパーツ -Give me a chance-" ("Ooparts"; vocal by Ayuko Tanaka and Mai Matsuda) 3:59
9. "ハイブリッド -New born-" ("Hybrid"; vocal by Nulie Nurly) 4:09
10. "Twister -That Power is Yet Unknown-" (vocal by Sawa) 3:56
11. "Déjà vu" (vocal by Joanna Koike) 4:10
12. "Transformation" (vocal by Andy from "Sixpin") 3:26
13. "Three Minutes Clapping" (vocal by J.D. Camaro) 3:15
14. "Twister-Gang-Mix" (vocal by MJR) 3:35
15. "The One Star" (vocal by Cameron Strother) 3:35
16. "Owari-Hajimari" (vocal by Cameron Strother) 3:30
17. "Three Minutes Clapping -Live-" (vocal by J.D. Camaro) 3:22
18. "Transformation -Transformed-" (vocal by Andy from "Sixpin") 3:45
19. "Déjà vu -Discoteque-" (vocal by Joanna Koike) 4:49

Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 89%[48]
Metacritic 89/100[49]
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A- [50]
Edge 8/10[51]
Electronic Gaming Monthly A-, A-, B[52]
Eurogamer 8/10[21]
Famitsu 35/40[53][54]
Game Informer 8.25/10[55]
Game Revolution A-/A+[56]
GameSpot 9.0/10[57]
IGN 9/10[5]
Nintendo Power 9/10[58]
X-Play 5/5[59]

The World Ends with You received positive reviews and has been commercially successful. Game Informer named the game its Handheld Game of the Month award for May 2008. IGN gave The World Ends with You its Editors' Choice Award, and named it the DS Game of the Month for April.[60] In Japan, the game premiered as the second-best selling DS title during the week of July 27, 2007.[61] Nearly 193,000 units were sold in Japan by the end of 2007.[62] The World Ends with You sold 43,000 copies during April 2008 in North America.[63] The first shipment of the game sold out mid-May[64] and a second shipment was made in mid-June 2008.[65] The game was the top-selling DS title the week of its release[66] and again two weeks later.[67] As of September 30, 2008, The World Ends With You has sold approximately 140,000 copies in North America and 20,000 copies in Europe.[68]

Critics praised the departure from other popular titles such as Square Enix's Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series.[5][60] Both the graphical presentation and the soundtrack were very well received.[5][21][57] Reviews also commented that, initially, the character designs were too similar to previous Square Enix titles and may be off-putting to some[22][57] though in the Shibuya setting they were "absolutely in their element."[22] Some reviewers also complained that the Stride Cross Battle System was too complex for new players;[22] Eurogamer's review felt the "sink or swim" reliance on learning the complex battle system was a significant stumbling block for the game.[21] GamePro noted that the stylus input was imprecise, often mistaking movement and attack actions.[69] On the other hand, the system was praised for its approach, and for the ability to alter the difficulty of the system within the game.[22][57] 1UP.com's review summarized that the game is much more than the sum of its parts: "By all rights, The World Ends With You should be an annoying disaster, a bundle of tired gimmicks and trite clichés. Yet somehow all the things that should be unbearable fall into place and create a game that's far more unique, interesting, and addictive than it has any right to be."[22]

The World Ends with You won several awards from IGN.com, including best Nintendo DS role-playing game,[70] best story for a Nintendo DS game,[71] best new IP for the DS,[72] as the best Nintendo DS game of the year.[73] It was also nominated for other awards, including best original score for a Nintendo DS game[74] and best artistic design for a Nintendo DS game.[75]

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  7. ^ Jupiter. The World Ends with You. (Square Enix). Nintendo DS. (2008) "Shiki: Because this is what I always dreamed of—a new me. I hated who I was. All I wanted was to like myself. To be cute, and smart, and perfect…like Eri. / Neku: …… Then why would the Reapers take your appearance? Your entry fee is supposed to be what you value most. But you just said you hate yourself. / Shiki: At first…I didn’t get it either. I was so excited to be Eri that I even acted like her—all bubbly and cute. But it was just an act. Inside, nothing changed. I’m still the same person I’ve always been. Then I realized. I’ll never be Eri. Deep down, I never wanted to be. I was just jealous. The Reaper was right. What I value most is ME!"
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  13. ^ Square Enix, Jupiter. The World Ends with You. (Square Enix). Level/area: Secret Report 5 — Empty Urban Legends. (2008-04-22) "Conversely, there exists an even higher plane than the RG and UG. That is where I am from, the plane of the Angels. As in the RG and UG, Angels have created a web of social schema to guide their activities. Their role of Producer is just one cog in the Angel machine. Angel vibes are extremely high-frequency; not even the Composer can catch them all. In actuality, he can pick up only that of the Producer."
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  15. ^ Jupiter. The World Ends with You. (Square Enix). Nintendo DS. (2008) "Shiki: Neku? See you on the other side. You know the meeting place. Hachiko! / Neku: Heh. It’s a date."
  16. ^ Jupiter. The World Ends with You. (Square Enix). Nintendo DS. (2008) "Kitaniji: End…Shibuya? But Composer…Sir! Why!? / Joshua: I’ve decided to wash my hands of it. It has no future value to me or anyone else. So, I’m shutting it down."
  17. ^ Jupiter. The World Ends with You. (Square Enix). Nintendo DS. (2008) "Kitaniji: By tearing down the differences between us, I can make the world a paradise! / Neku: By making everybody think alike? That’s not even pos— / Kitaniji: It IS possible! With these pins. / Neku: The Red Skull pins. You’re behind that, too!?"
  18. ^ Jupiter. The World Ends with You. (Square Enix). Nintendo DS. (2008) "Neku: Huff…huff… It was you! …… I thought… I thought I finally found a friend I could relate to… But it was YOU! You killed me! / Joshua: Hee hee. Now, Neku, why don’t we play one last Game? / Neku: You tricked me… / Joshua: The winner gets to be the Composer, and do whatever he likes with Shibuya. If you win, you decide. If I win, I’ll decide. …Of course, I’ve already decided."
  19. ^ Jupiter. The World Ends with You. (Square Enix). Nintendo DS. (2008) "Neku: I can’t forgive you, but I trust you. You took care of things, right? Otherwise, Shibuya would be gone and my world with it. Hey, did I mention I’ve got friends now? We’re meeting for the first time in a week. See you there?"
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The World Ends with You, known in Japan as It's a Wonderful World (すばらしきこのせかい, or Subarashiki Kono Sekai}, is an action RPG for the Nintendo DS handheld video game console. The game is set within the "modern world" of Shibuya, Tokyo as Neku Sakuraba awakes to find himself in a struggle for his existence within a mysterious game constructed by a group known as the Reapers. Under a seven-day time limit, Neku must complete missions assigned to him along with an eclectic group of people playing the Reaper's Game.

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Neku Sakuraba

  • [Joshua: Hmm, no microphones here...] Thank you Captain Obvious.
  • Outta my face!! You're blocking my view.
  • Just go the hell away!!!
  • All the world needs is me.
  • I don't get people. Never have, never will.
  • I just met you. I don't like you. And I don't give a rat's ass if you think I'm rude!
  • I'm sorry, Shiki. They made you my entry fee when I came back.
  • Are you high?! (preceding the following)
  • I'm not taking off my pants in the middle of the street! Shiki, DON'T!
  • Don't screw with me, Joshua!
  • I've got my values...so you can keep yours, alright?
  • I feel epic...
  • ...Why...What the HELL!?!?
  • Yoshiya Kiryu...Private dick extraordinare.
  • (Joshua: Follow my lead!) Screw that!
  • (Joshua: Work for you?) What do you think?
  • (Beat: Pick it up, Phones!) I'm there!
  • (Beat: The beat is on!) Bring it!
  • (Beat: Let's start it up!) No! Let's end it!
  • (Shiki: Ready to die?) Then die!
  • (Shiki: Neku, c'mon!) Right behind you!
  • (Shiki: Go Mister Mew!) Get 'im, Piggy!
  • Urgh...Seven days with you? Kill me now.
  • You've missed a lot these last two weeks, Shiki. And I mean a LOT.
  • No one sees me. No one bothers me. No one expects anything of me. It's like a dream. Once I survive seven days...does the dream end?
  • Alright, now today is gonna totally kick ass! ...Or...is it? Oh no...I can feel my inner-emo stirring...Must...fight...emo...urges...I know! I just need to think about the light of my life--my beacon of hope...My purpose! Tin Pin Slammer is my purpose!
  • Aah! Bad man! Mustn’t make eye contact… Ohh, please don’t hurt me!
  • Is it true steroids can shrink your.....nevermind.
  • Why would you want to be a crayon?
  • You've got a ramen doctor at your secret ramen base?
  • Apparently he didn't just name us after crayons, he's been eating them, too.
  • Shiki's out. They made her my entry fee. Joshua too- took the bullet for me. Rhyme's gone. Noise got her. And Beat left to join the Reapers. One Player after another...gone...I'm the only one of us left--the only hope we have.
  • I am not a...a spicy tuna roll!
  • You mean...you use that piggy as a weapon?
  • "Mr. Mew"? How old is she? Three?
  • (To Shiki about her inferiority complex) Well...I like you the way you are.
  • (In response to learning that Mr. Mew is Shiki's psych) Couldn't you pick something more powerful? Like a knife, or a...a lead pipe or something?
  • The pig moves on its own? What if it's possessed - waiting to pork-chop us in the back of the head?
  • And this is where this all goes to hell.
  • --{Saying goodbye to Shiki, after she requests they meet up in the RG}-- Sure. It's a date.
  • Full of fail, as usual.
  • Hello, dead kid speaking.
  • outta my face!
  • I got my values, so you can keep yours, all right?
  • tears? who are you and what have you don with beat
  • I suppose you're an ass...All the time.
  • You mean as in 'I see dead people' kind of seeing?
  • Then I wish I had more zippers...so I could tell you to zip it.
  • That´s how it´s done.
  • At least we won, right?
  • Don’t go the distance for other people. Do it for yourself.
  • (In response to calling a girl a Reaper had a crush on a "tramp") Damn, Josh. Remind me never to tick you off.
  • Same streets, same crowds too. Yeah, Shibuya hasn’t changed a bit. But still, I don’t think I can forgive you yet. You don’t see it, but... those few weeks were very hard for me. Learning to trust people, having that trust broken... Finding out the town I pegged as small, and stifling, and empty... wasn’t any of those things.
  • I’m glad I met you guys. You made me... pick up on things I probably would’ve just gone on ignoring. "Trust your partner." And I do. I can’t forgive you, but I trust you. You took care of things, right? Otherwise, Shibuya would be gone... and my world with it. Hey, did I mention? I’ve got friends now! We’re getting together for the first time in a week! See you there...?
  • (when you get Game Over) I'm...I'm fading...
  • Uh, dude... she's making fun of you.
  • (x5 Light Puck) Any last words?!
  • Neku: Eek! Holy crap, it's a dude! With...wings!? (Higashizawa: C'mon, now. Dilly-dally, shilly shally.) Neku: Dilly...what? What the heck does that mean? And more importantly, who thought that costume was OK? Guy's got a ram on his crotch. What is this, Freak Fashion Friday? Tin Pin, yours is a mysterious world...
  • Har har. You're killing me, Josh. Oh, wait...

Shiki Misaki

  • Sometimes all people need is a good listener.
  • Let me in! Tell me what you're thinking!
  • (To Neku) But your clothes... They're um... ..... Not, like, bad, but...
  • ARGH! Just LOOKING at you makes me cringe!... It's coming loose. That button on your shorts!... OFF! Take your shorts off! I'll fix the button.
  • (In reaction to Neku's heartless response to Rhyme's erasure) That’s inhuman... You’re inhuman, Neku. No better than those Reapers!
  • Pants. Off. NOW!
  • Neku...That's the first time you used my name...
  • AHH! You scared the living crap out of me!
  • I'm scared...scared of getting a second chance!
  • Once you see the real me, will we still be friends?
  • Please...Don't kill me...
  • Go Mr. Mew!
  • Why don't you back off!?
  • It's been huge, huh? These last seven days. Neku, you're a great partner.
  • (to the Prince concerning Neku) If he pleases you sir, he's yours to play with anytime!
  • He's not a pig! He's a cat! Mr. Mew the cat!
  • It's nothing. I've just never seen you act so... nice.
  • (After getting a Star Rank) Losing's not an option!
  • (After getting an E Rank) I wasn't feeling it...
  • Don't be silly. I'm not going anywhere without you.
  • Yes! Jealous! I was jealous! But...it takes only a great friend to make you jealous!
  • No! I thought we all got to come back to life!?
  • I'll wait for you everyday. At Hachiko. I'll bring Mr. Mew, so you can recognise me! ...See you there?
  • It's so dark in here...and creepy...and stinky.
  • You both look so serious.
  • Blue and Pink?! I mean, they go together but I didn't think they went like THAT.
  • I'm coming too. If anything happens I wanna be there to see- I mean stop it.
  • Let the White Angels bless you!
  • BLESSED!
  • OMIGOSH OMIGOSH OMIGOSH OMIGOSH OMIGOSH OH. EM. GEE. I-it's the puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-pri-PRINCE!!!
  • Sure, you may butt heads now and then, but life is more fun that way.
  • You don’t lie to MAKE friends. I agree, that wouldn’t be right. But sometimes, you need to tell a fib because you ARE friends. Not all secrets are bad secrets.
  • There was nothing special about me at all. I hated myself. I wanted to change, to be somebody else. To be Eri.
  • I hated who I was. All I wanted was to like myself. To be cute, and smart, and perfect...like Eri. At first... I didn’t get it either. I was so excited to be Eri that I even acted like her, all bubbly and cute. But it was just an act. Inside, nothing changed. I’m still the same person I’ve always been. Then I realized. I’ll never be Eri. Deep down, I never wanted to be. I was just jealous. The Reaper was right. What I value most is ME!
  • The truth is, I’m scared! I keep trying to sound brave, saying we need to win the Game, but I’m scared of getting a second chance! What if it’s like the Reaper said? I don’t want to come back to life it means being jealous of Eri all the time. I don’t want to be that person.
  • Food's food

Joshua (Yoshiya Kiryu)

  • Mother and Father call me Joshua. I guess you can call me Joshua, too...Since you're my dear, dear partner.
  • But Neku, I thought you couldn't afford to lose. Give up on yourself, and you give up on the world.
  • Did you think you were special? Every Player had to give up something. Everybody makes sacrifices.
  • Only by allowing strangers in, can we find new ways to be ourselves.
  • Look out! That psych’s a Lv.i Flare!
  • I suppose it's inevitable...Sometimes...Hee hee...
  • (Neku: Another world awaits...) And you're going!
  • Oh, I think not. Life's little crossroads can often be solved by a pull of the trigger.
  • It was me. All of it. I'm Shibuya's Composer.
  • Dibs on the rainbow.
  • Predictable...
  • That was a nice distraction.
  • Have fun, Neku!
  • Don't make this worse for yourself...
  • Good work, Neku!
  • Neku, do you need a break?
  • (x5 Light Puck) Now we're talking...
  • Because he was in Molco chatting up some tramp.
  • Say, Neku...How did you die?
  • (When Neku asks if Joshua killed him) So what if I did?
  • Neku... your face is priceless.
  • Let's have one last Game- to determine who will be Composer. You win, you decide what happens to Shibuya. I win, I decide. Of course, I've already decided.
  • I'm just waiting for my lift home back to my world. The Neku in my world is involved in the Game right now, and I don't fancy bothering him...
  • No no no, I call Pink. Pink is love, and a humanitarian like me loves people.
  • Actually, I should be gold. The color of wisdom.
  • Let's spend some quality time together.
  • I don't see how this is my fault. You're the one who refuses to call me Pink.
  • (In the Shibuya River, when he and Neku are accused of being gay) Shut up and walk, dear.
  • Don't be depressed, Yellow. Blue's already got the emo thing covered.
  • I think Green is having a stroke.
  • Black-and-Blue, you're demoted to plain Blue. (Turns to Rhyme) Welcome to the Spirits, Black.
  • She's hyperventilating. GIRLS...
  • The spirit of Shibuya runs through these walls.
  • It's not hard to get people, Neku--it's impossible.
  • (when you get Game Over) How could you... Neku...
  • Yes, but you got your clippings from fashion magazines, not comic books.
  • And here's me, playing the world's tiniest violin.
  • (When you feed Joshua one of his favorite foods) Mmm, I'm in paradise.

Beat (Daisukenojō Bitō)

  • Let's step it up! [Lv 5 Light Puck]
  • Wow, Phones! That was spestacular! (During 4 Days left - 3rd symbol box = Completed)
  • Hey! Very imprecious, Phones! (During 4 Days left - 2nd symbol box = Completed)
  • BWAAAAH! Phones, you've doomed us man! Who's gonna play Reaper Creeper now? [When the player chooses not to play Reaper Creeper during 5 Days Left]
  • 'Sup man, what now? [When both players are idle, and the player touches Beat's ...]
  • My name is Daisukeno...Aw screw it, jus' call me Beat. [During Another Day]
  • Pick it up, Phones! [Lv 1 Fusion]
  • The beat is on! [Lv 2 Fusion]
  • Let's start it up! [Lv 3 Fusion]
  • [Neku: My hero]. Tha's right. Wait, you're makin' fun a' me! *shocked*
  • Come back when you grow a pair.
  • BWAAAAAAAAAAH!
  • Listen up Phones! Cause I ain't asking twice! Please...You gotta help me save Rhyme.
  • You aint my partner anymore man...you're...my friend...
  • STUPID F***IN' WALL!
  • Yo yo yo yo yo yo yo! NO! Men don't run! Men fight! [After the battle, when the player has hit "Let's Bounce"]
  • I'm not treading on thin ice! Shibuya's not cold enough for ice!
  • [After Neku says Beat's combo system is confusing] Well...un-fuse it! I can't figure it out, so you gotta!
  • But...I ain't strong enough to stop a car, man.
  • Move move move move move move move muh-WOOOVE!!!
  • Hell yeah! That was tight! [when the player has achieved a * ranking after battle]
  • Yo, man.... we in trouble. [when Beat's HP has become Critical]
  • I'm diggin' it!
  • Rhyme... Rhyme, RHYME! I’m so sorry. This is all my fault. I’ll never let you go again! Jus’ you wait. I’m gonna give you that second chance, I swear!
  • Oh yeah? Then wha’s wid the “unforeseen circumstances”? Sounds like you can’t predict jack, yo. ‘Sides you missin’ something’ hella crucial. Next Composer gonna be ME, yo!
  • When I was alive, I took everythin’ at my own pace. Yeah. I wasn’t crazy about nothin’. Tha’s why my folks always bitched at me. “You gotta get into a good school! You gotta think about your future!” All they wanted was results, man. Like I really give a crap, you know? They kept expectin’ stuff I ain’t got, then made me feel like trash when I didn’t give it. They’d say, “Why can’t you be like your sister?” I hated it. So I quit tryin’ altogether. Give up on myself, so my folks would, too. And the funny thing is, they did. Not Rhyme, though. Yo, I could rob a bank and she’d still be there for me. She always had the right words. “I know you have a dream,” she’d say. “You just haven’t dreamed it yet.” But it got old; bein’ pitied by my lil’ sister. So I started to push her away, right up to the day we died.
  • Oh yeah? Well... He who stays an' fights away lives today another fight!
  • [when you get Game Over]) RHYME!!!!
  • [when you get Game Over] AAAAAAAGH!
  • [when the player has taken too many enemy kills] Quit hoggin'!
  • You're not my partner anymore man, you're... my friend. So trus' that yo!
  • It's a party in my mouth! [When you attach a food sticker on Beat]
  • Ugh, barf! [When you attach certain food stickers on Beat that he does not like]
  • That hit the spot! [When you attach certain food stickers on Beat that he likes]
  • I ain't done yet! [Victory quote]
  • Damn, no more of that [When both partner/player has ended the battle with their HP near critical]

Yōdai Higashizawa

  • Time for a taste test!
  • The plates have been licked...dessert is imminent.
  • The proof is in the pudding. The pudding...of your doom.
  • NOW WE'RE BOILING!
  • WE'VE SIMMERED LONG ENOUGH!
  • Mr Kitaniji.....(death quote)
  • Welcome to my kitchen!
  • Prepare to be spicy tuna rolled!

Uzuki Yashiro

  • Don't bother struggling!
  • Going somewhere?
  • That is so whatever!
  • And now for the promotion!
  • Who made today's mission for ages 3 and up!?
  • I've got a new mission: "Beat the pissed-off Reaper!"
  • That man seriously frosts my cookies!
  • I'm off to listen to bands you kids have never heard of, and when they go major I'll be there to complain about how much they've sold out!
  • I love this town just as much as you. So I’ve decided. I can’t leave Shibuya like this. I have to change it. All Reapers deserve to enjoy their work. To feel rewarded!
  • Keep my hair out of this!

Sho Minamimoto

  • I can think of a decillion better ways to spend our time...than by having MEETINGS.
  • How long does it take to crack a Z-class code, you factoring hectopascals!
  • This is my Game. And I only allow two things. Flawless calculations...and beauty!
  • You brain-dead binomials are pathetic!
  • No comments from the peanut gallery.
  • Zetta slow!
  • So Zetta slow!
  • Heh. Every inch of my work is flawlessly calculated. Look at the perfectly understated silhouette. How can you not see the beauty!?
  • You fractals have no future! QED. Class is dismissed!
  • Why, hello! This mic is zetta sexy! Perfect for my opus!
  • 3 is the point of the 1. 4 the 1-5-9 are 2. 6-5, 3-5! 8-9, 7-9! 32384 62643 38327! And...perfect.
  • Heh heh heh... Zetta fun times.
  • The world’s made up of numbers! I’ve been reverse-engineering my desired solution all along! And here it is!
  • But I was refactored, through the refinery sigil, into...this! This body, this power...all through the magic of Taboo psycho-animation!
  • Sine!
  • Cosine!
  • Tangent!
  • You're out of your vector!
  • Prepare to be iterated!
  • Infinity!
  • n factorial!
  • This is subtracting from my arts and craft time.
  • You zetta sons of digits! [When the player has dropped his HP into Critical]
  • You're so zetta slow!
  • S.O.H.C.A.H.T.O.A.
  • The world is garbage!
  • Where's your beauty?!
  • Inverse Matrix!
  • Hey, who gives a digit?
  • Drown in the sea of imaginary numbers!
  • Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally!
  • Some Old Horses Can Always Hear Their Owners Approach!
  • Slabs of Ham, Celery and Horseradish, Tons of Asparagus!
  • What the factor took so long?
  • Attention, you ramen-raiding radians!
  • Attention, all tasteless tetrahedra!
  • Attention, all yoctograms!
  • You stupid hectopascals!
  • 3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164 062862089986280348253421170679821480865132823066470938446095!!!
  • You planning to erase them, or EAT them?
  • Cooperation is garbage.
  • CRUNCH! I'll add it to the heap!
  • PINS!
  • Any tree can drop an apple. I'll drop the freaking moon.
  • Any sound can shake the air. My voice shakes the heart.
  • Die, radian!
  • FOIL! First outer, inner last!
  • Stupid zeroes!

Mitsuki Konishi

  • Tick, tock, Minamimoto. You’re 9 minutes and 42 seconds late.
  • Sho Minamimoto...A true genius. Youngest Reaper officer in history. Tactics, intel, willpower, decisiveness, performance... His numbers are just short of Mr. Kitaniji’s. Except for cooperation. A whopping zero... I’ll admit he has talent, but his quirks are beyond control. What is he after? My analysis suggests--
  • Mr. Kitaniji, far be it from me to question you, but...the boy’s been on duty for all of eight days. He hasn’t earned a single point. Why trouble the Composer when he’s doomed anyway?
  • Something’s wrong. Why such alarm over one artless rebel?
  • Oh, don’t act like a child.
  • Since I can't reverse evolution and speak your language, I'll keep this brief.
  • We call this Reaper Sport 2: “Hide-and-Seek.” I picked something at your age level.
  • “Run”? Oh, Mr. Kariya, you need to fix that erroneous assumption. I intend to ATTACK--from the last place they’ll ever suspect.
  • Unforeseen circumstances aside...my plans are proceeding without a hitch. You’ve yielded far more data than even I projected.
  • You vexatious monkey! You’re right. No analysis could ever plumb the depths of your fatuity.
  • Arrrgh! Enough of your chimp-speak!
  • Fools.
  • I'm over here
  • Here, chimp!
  • Vexatious worm!
  • Claim it if you can.
  • It's not...possible!! (death quote)
  • All of this...on account of that stupid chimp! If only I’d destroyed him!
  • Just as I projected! (If you die by her)

Megumi Kitaniji

  • I have a feeling that tomorrow’s Game will be very entertaining.
  • (response to Minamimoto's comment on Higashizawa) Yes, crack your jokes.
  • (response to Konishi's comment on his name) Konishi. Salt. Wounds. Stop.
  • You know, enough with this "proxy" business. Too formal.
  • Hello, and congratulations. You all are victors. How did you find our Game? Enjoyable?
  • Any and all specifics are decided by the Composer. That is His exclusive and incontrovertible right.
  • Out of the question. As I mentioned a moment ago. This was decided by the Composer Himself. Your wishes don’t mean a damn.
  • (after Neku decides to re-enter) Excellent. No doubt you’ll make it an exciting one.
  • Memories are the single greatest determinant of a person’s identity. A worthy entry fee, wouldn’t you say?
  • What could I possibly stand to gain from depriving you of that memory? Hmm?
  • (about Minamimoto) He’s not a social animal. Give the man space.
  • ...Heh. Sakuraba, of course! Just when I thought I had Him figured out!
  • Kudos. Victorious yet again. You play the Game well.
  • (about Joshua) He took the brunt of Minamimoto’s attack. Both boy and lion vanished. Nuked to oblivion, no doubt.
  • I can see you’re taking this hard. But you needn’t blame yourself. Technically, he never entered the Game. He didn’t actually exist in the UG. How could he disappear...if he was never here in the first place?
  • Ha ha! Konishi, talking back? Has hell frozen over?
  • Welcome, Players. Ex-Players, that is. Your Game has ended. Now you are simply Dead.
  • Oh, is that why you’re here? And why would you kids want to meet the Composer?
  • The Composer’s utmost concern is mankind’s happiness. He exists to shepherd the human race toward the right future, and thus all His Acts are motivated by boundless love. You think egotists like yourselves have the right to lay your eyes--let alone a finger--on a being so far above you? You’re not even on the same plane!
  • Submit!
  • Time, be still!
  • Now, Player, we play for keeps.
  • Such...Such power... (death quote)
  • Ha ha ha ha! I’m amazed! Here you stand on the final stage--and still don’t know who’s playing what!
  • Oh, Neku...Don't you like music?
  • Music requires many things. Melody, performers, instruments... But the key element in the most divine music is a Conductor, to hold it all together. The world is very much the same. Under one Conductor, one ideal the world of men marches toward bliss.
  • Didn’t you feel it in Shibuya? Rage. Hate. Misery. Envy. Fear. Self-deprecation. A cacophony of countless selfish wants. As that noise swells, it turns into crime, warfare... All the world’s ills can be traced to individuality!
  • Save your energy. A partnerless Player has little to no power.
  • Welcome to the new Shibuya.
  • I owe you no more explanations! Only destruction!
  • I’m this close... Once I erase these three, Shibuya will be saved...
  • Com...poser!! (death quote (Anguis Cantus))
  • Let the light save you!
  • I must not fail.
  • Now, Shibuya will be saved. (if Neku dies against Draco Cantus)
  • Wait, Sir! Shibuya is still full of so many possibilities!

Sanae Hanekoma

  • The world ends with you. If you want to enjoy life, expand your world. You gotta push your horizons out as far as they'll go.
  • Enjoy the moment with all your might...whether it’s gloomy, whether it’s bright!
  • You know, this is gonna have repercussions upstairs. But hey, at least things are back to normal, right?
  • Hey, it's their world. They get to decide what to do with it.
  • Haha, some folks just don't take no for an answer.
  • Knowing it in your head doesn't mean much if you don't act on it.
  • Enjoy every moment with all ya got.
  • Enjoy the moment!
  • The world ends at your horizons.
  • Open up your world! (if Neku dies against Panthera Cantus)

Shooter

  • Watch out Shibuya! When I'm on. I am ON!!!

People Possessed by the Red Skull Pin

  • To right the countless wrongs of our day, we shine this light of true redemption, that this place may become as paradise. What a wonderful world such would be...

Rhyme (Raimu Bitō)

  • Two heads are better than one, so four has got to be better than two !
  • Beat! Stop it! They're not reapers!
  • We don't have time for mistakes either. Haste makes waste!

Side Mission: Another Day

Beat

[when the player goes and do something else during in a middle of a mission] Wassup! We busy. Go do it on your own free time.

Neku

  • Must... fight... emo urges...
  • (Stardust Ramen? What does that taste like?) I, um... I'm looking for Doctor Pin.
  • Tin Pin Slammer is my purpose!! I will become the greatest slammer that ever lived! To Molco! I must hurry! They're holding a slam-off there this very day.
  • (He looks ready to nab my wallet. Don't look him in the eye!)

Ramen Don

Yellow (Beat)

  • Yo, is it true they sell curry here? A secret base ain't nothin' widdout curry, yo!
  • Hey Red, where's the curry you promised?

Dr. Pin (Sho)

  • Silence! Do you wanna eat asphalt?!

Black & Blue (Neku)

  • Yellow, Red... Are we reading off the crayon box? Green? Why?
  • Ahhh! Bad man! Mustn't make eye contact... Ohh, please don't hurt me!

Green (Shiki)

  • I can make any hue look good

Red (Shooter)

  • Okay, everybody eyes on me! Divided, we were no better than Pinpricks. But together, we can reach our Pinnacle! (GET IT?)
  • Stop your tummy-rumbling Yellow. We're still doing introductions!
  • Oh, black 'n' blue. You're like a bruise on the tomato of my heart.

Miyashita Park

Beat

Rhyme... You really do love me... *cries*

Rhyme

Welcome to the realm of intentional comedy.

Shibuya's Citizens

  • Aieee, so nervous... I hope the movies was a good idea. What if she doesn't like the movies? Or what if she doesn't like guys who can't make up their minds? ("Confidence")
  • MY HAIR IS GONE! ... Oh wait. My extensions came out, that's it.
  • AMERICA no tomodachi ni nihon no SAMURAI SWORD wo motte kaeru to yakusoku shita no ta... Dote de utterun darou? Eigo ga tsuujinai kara ko matteru ne. ("English?")
  • So he comes up to me and says, "You're venom, baby, and I've contracted your poison." What is that!? A compliment? A put-down? I don't know what to feel!(WTF?)

Shop Keepers

  • Thank you good day
  • Bienvenido
  • Muchas Gracias
  • (... window shopper)
  • (... i thought so)
  • (...Just browsing?)
  • (...Ugh! I detest loiterers.)
  • (...Is this kid here to shop or not?)
  • Good day (Hardly suprisng. We don't carry much in a child's budget.)
  • Thank you very much. (Wow...)
  • Hai, Irrashai
  • You look like an only child. (Cosmic Corner)

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The World Ends with You
Developer(s) Square Enix, Jupiter
Publisher(s) Square Enix
Designer(s) Tatsuya Kando (game director)
Tomohiro Hasegawa (co-director)
Takeshi Arakawa (planning director)
Tetsuya Nomura (character designer)
Gen Kobayashi (character designer)
Platform(s) Nintendo DS
Release date(s) JP July 27, 2007
PAL April 18, 2008
NA April 22, 2008
Genre(s) Action role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) CERO: A
ESRB: T
PEGI: 12+
Media Nintendo DS Game Card
Input methods D-pad, face buttons, touchscreen, microphone

The World Ends with You, released in Japan as It's a Wonderful World (すばらしきこのせかい Subarashiki Kono Sekai?, literally "What a Wonderful World") is an action role-playing game made by Square Enix and Jupiter for the Nintendo DS game console.

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