The World Ends With You Part Seven

January 3, 2017: Uzuki and Kariya started talking about how all of the thoughts in Shibuya began to coalesce. Suddenly, the Reapers were wracked with pain.

It was then that Sho revealed his new body.

Indelible Guilt – Chapter Closed

3 DAYS LEFT

I’m playing a handheld other than my 3DS? Whaaaaa?

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The World Ends with You Part Six: Unlucky 777

December 31, 2016: Konishi forgot to take Beat’s Lv. 1 Keypin, so we could get through this wall in the 104 Building area. Or did she?

She lifted the ban on Reapers attacking Players. But that and the Outlet Pin still did not help the Reapers that attacked us.

Beat freaks out when someone calls him by his real name.

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The World Ends With You Part Five: Gimme a Beat

December 30, 2016: Neku received a text saying that this Game only has one Player. He had to flee some Noise, only to be caught by Kariya and Uzuki. Neku apologized to Shiki and Joshua in his head, but then Beat arrived.

First you gimme some lame special op and make me snipe my friends, and now you gonna take down a defenseless Player? Ain’t you Reapers got any honor? Now you got me all kinds a’ pissed! Y’all goin’ down, yo!”

Kariya: “Oh, to be young and foolish again! Try switching on your brain, Freshmeat. If you fight now you’re treadin’ on thing ice.”

Shibuya ain’t cold enough for ice, stupid!”

The two Reapers heaved exasperated sighs.

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The World Ends With You Part Four: New Josh City

January 26, 2012: “Who the hell would want a mic with wings?” asked a Reaper. How about everyone?!

Especially CLAMP.

Neku and Joshua met 777, the leader of the band Def Märch. The Players had to retrieve the band’s stolen mic.

I got the First Gear Pin from an invisible Pig Noise! I also got a bonus for a “bottom screen-only win”. Thanks for pulling your weight, Josh! (Kidding.)

Joshua: “We’re like air, Neku. Invisible, but very real.” Duuude

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The World Ends With You Part Three: Face the Noise

January 18, 2012: Neku finishes the Game with Shiki by defeating the GM, only to wake up with the Scramble Crossing’s gritty pavement as his bed.

A new week has begun… A new Game, and a new partner: Joshua. His method of gathering Fusion Stars is pretty fun. MAAATH

Math quickly turns on you in the second week, as you’ll soon see…

Guess who else loves the maths? Sho Minamimoto, the new GM. HE SPEAKS IN MATHEMATICAL TERMS. Strangely enough, I understand some of them. My ratio is satisfactory!

Meet Sho Minamimoto, your new God.

Still, he represents all that is dark and unholy in mathematics, my old nemesis. As such, he is going down.
In a flashback, Neku recalls Shiki being declared the winner of the round and Beat electing to become a Reaper. Shiki didn’t want to return to life if it meant Neku staying in the Game, but he insisted.

I’ll be waiting for you – every day, in front of Hackio… till you come back,” promised Shiki.

I’ll see you there soon,” swore Neku. “That’s a promise.”

Once you see the real me, will we still be friends?”

Count on it. You’ll always be Shiki.”

They reached out to one another as Shiki was spirited away.

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The World Ends With You Part Two: Someone is Calling

January 14, 2012: 3rd Day

The proof is in the pudding. The pudding of their doom.”

Someone has a running gag of food metaphors.

I ❤ shopping in this game.

Neku may be opening up slightly.

Rhyme doesn’t have a dream, but after teaming up with Beat and seeing his energy, she thinks that, if she keeps moving forward, her dream will find her. Sweet.

Gotta get more YEN to get more SWAG~

Sometimes, the merchants’ thoughts are amusingly snarky. (“Uh, this is a store, not a museum.”)

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Pin Your Hopes on Me: The World Ends With You Part One: The Power is Yet Unknown

The box art. From left to right, bottom row: Joshua, Neku, Shiki, and Rhyme. Top row: Beat.

The World Ends With You

Japanese Title: Subarashiki Kono Sekai (It’s a Wonderful World)

Platform: Nintendo DS

Developers: Jupiter/Square Enix

Publisher: Square Enix

Japanese Release: July 27, 2007

European Release: April 18, 2008

North American Release: April 22, 2008

Australian Release: April 24, 2008

December 31, 2011: The game’s intro flashes a series of images as protagonist Neku Sakuraba runs past most of the characters in the story. The opening theme, “Twister”, is pretty cool and gets the game’s incredible soundtrack off to a good start.

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The 3rd Birthday: Introduction — What Came Before

Trigger Warning: This article discusses rape.

The 3rd Birthday

Developer: Square Enix/HexaDrive

Publisher: Square Enix

Format: PlayStation Portable

Released (Japan): December 22, 2010

Released (NA): March 29, 2011

Released (EU): April 1, 2011

Knowing plot details about the earlier installments in the Parasite Eve franchise is not necessary for enjoying The 3rd Birthday, but it does help, even though the games are not really direct sequels to the original novel. It’s… complicated.

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Live-A-Live Final Stats, Thoughts, and Trivia

At certain points, it may have sounded like I did not like Live-A-Live that much, because that was true. Certain scenarios have their annoyances, but overall, L-A-L is a lost, yet flawed gem.

Graphics

A mixed bag. Environments and protagonist sprites are pretty average, leaving some incredible enemy sprites to steal the show. Continue reading Live-A-Live Final Stats, Thoughts, and Trivia

Live-A-Live Part 10

June 13, 2016: Yuan wandered through the darkness until he saw glimpses of strange and unfamiliar places. Eventually, he found a staircase and went up it. The stairs led to a snowy mountain. He found a man who wore and odd hat and a poncho, who wandered off.

Huh, for the final chapter, some of the monsters sure are cute.

Yuan found an Iron Box.

I have to fight these cute little puppies?! But they’re so ADORABLE

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