The subtle hints and teasers of something on the horizon for The World Ends With You are finally building up to something concrete. A new Twitter account, established today, indicates that an animation of The World Ends With You is on its way.
A new account posted to Twitter with a simple post of "The Animation" and a link, leading out to an official site, with a countdown to Friday, July 3 at 6 p.m. PDT. Given the hashtags, account names, and general decoration of the site, including the 104 and Hachiko statue, it's pretty clear that it's The World Ends With You.
This answers the question of why The World Ends With You mysteriously appeared in the art for the upcoming Anime Expo Lite, though it raises a few new ones. What exactly does The World Ends With You: The Animation look like? A re-telling of the narrative could be interesting (though I'm wondering how you go about visualizing battling ambient noise monsters with fashionable pins), or it could tell more story beyond.
The former seems likely, as despite The World Ends With You being an exceptionally good RPG, it's still fairly niche. I'm just excited for anything that drives up general interest in the game, and maybe directs more people toward its Nintendo Switch port, to hopefully drum up some interest for a follow-up.
We'll know more about what the plans are for this animation on July 3. But if you want more about why a revival of any kind for The World Ends With You is such a big deal, check out our own Editor in Chief Kat Bailey's retrospective on one of Square Enix's more interesting experiments in RPG development.