Axe of the Blood God: The World Ends With You is 10 Years Old!

PODCAST | We celebrate The World Ends With You and examine Pyre and Miitopia in the latest episode of the RPG pod.

Article by Kat Bailey, .

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford. You can find the previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), we celebrate one of the best Square Enix RPGs of the past 15 years: The World Ends With You!

The World Ends With You turned 10 years old yesterday, and Nadia, Caty, and I celebrate its ambition, its clever storytelling, and most of all, its kickass soundtrack. It's a real gem, and best of all, you can play it on mobile! (Not often that I write those words)

Also in this episode: We discuss Pyre, Miitopia, and the weirdness that is Final Fantasy XV's multiplayer announcement!

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Kat, Nadia, and guest Caty McCarthy get together to discuss Final Fantasy XV's weird new multiplayer (2:00), rag on Miitopia (12:45), and review Pyre (26:14). That's all leading up to the main topic: The 10th anniversary of The World Ends With You! (36:30). Why is Square Enix's cult RPG such a beloved favorite after all these years? We discuss!

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at Check it out!

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  • Avatar for riderkicker #1 riderkicker A year ago
    Caty, good luck with your homework!

    Anyway, I remember playing "The World Ends with You" after I spied it at the video game store for $20. I spent more of my DS time playing Pokemon instead but was really intrigued by the premise, as I watched that Shibuya 15 tv show around the same time. Do you guys remember it? It starred some supporting cast of the era's Kamen Rider shows and it took place in a dark version of the neighborhood where they had to deal with a conspiracy and Mark Musashi rambling in broken English. Who'd thunk that the area of Shibuya would become such a pop culture trope, with SMT: Devil Survivor?!

    Anyway, I thought it was a fun game, but quite daunting as I'm a one screen at a time kind of player and the best feature was leaving the game alone for long periods of time would GIVE you EXP. It sounds kinda like Bravely Default, but unlike that game, you could turn off the DS and it would be fine, or better as you can save on electricity.

    I should pick it up again, but I'm just too busy.Edited 2 times. Last edited July 2017 by riderkicker
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  • Avatar for link6616 #2 link6616 A year ago
    @riderkicker I think it's been delisted, but the iOS port of TWEWY is actually very good and if you didn't gel with the two screen set up, it might work better for you. (I thought it would be much worse without the dual screens, but it actually works out pretty well)
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  • Avatar for The-Challenger #3 The-Challenger A year ago
    How about you report on a new series altogether.
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  • Avatar for Jonnyboy407 #4 Jonnyboy407 A year ago
    Did Nadia just pronounce "genuine" like an old prospector?

    When do you find time to play these RPGs while you're panning for gold?

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  • Avatar for Jairo-MC #5 Jairo-MC A year ago
    Fantastic episode, Kat, Nadia and Caty!
    The World End With You is my favorite game on DS and one of my favorite RPGs and games of all time. The story spoke so much to me at the time and I try to replay it as much as I can. Like was said on the pod, it has the perfect lenght, don't feeling too short or too long. The battle system is a bit confusing, and I did as Kat, pressing forward and paying attention mostly on the bottom screen.
    The graphics are nice and it oozes style like no game before Persona 5, which is a feat, considering it's a handheld game. The soundtrack was astounding and I fell in love with it the minute I started listening to the game. It's one of the games that I delete all my data so I can play it again.
    Again, great episode and, like Nadia and Caty said, just writing about it makes me want to play it all over again (which I probably will).
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  • Avatar for LilSpriteX #6 LilSpriteX A year ago
    Hi Kat, hi Nadia, hi Caty!

    I want to say a couple words to defend Miitopia. It's a slight game to be sure, and Caty's criticisms mostly ring true. It has severe pacing issues and could easily have been cut in half. But it also enthralls me in a way that Tomodachi Life never did, for one simple reason: I can put Miis of myself and my husband in the game and make them fall in love with each other.

    Tomodachi Life is a good game, but notoriously doesn't allow for gay characters. Miitopia, on the other hand, is queer as all get out. There's no romance system, per se, but the “friendship” system makes your whole party seem ready to kiss one another at any moment. It's hilarious and wonderful.

    I also love the battles. Miitopia doesn't really have skits in the way Tomodachi does because the battles are the skits. It's fun to watch my Mii get pissed because his best friend shot him out of a tank, and then have that quarrel spill out into the battlefield and affect everyone else involved, while the player scrambles to give them time outs before anyone dies.

    I'm sure I'll get bored eventually, but I've already put a lot more hours into Miitopia than I ever expected to. For anyone on the fence, read Caty's excellent review, and then try the demo. It gives you a few hours worth of playtime which should show whether the game is for you or not.
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