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May 272020

Although Anime Expo 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic, it’s been replaced with a live stream event called Anime Expo Lite that will take place on July 3 and 4.

Along with the announcement of Anime Expo Lite, they also revealed the cover for the Anime Expo 2020 program guide, which features… The World Ends With You?

The art shows Anime Expo mascot characters Ai and Xeno in Shibuya along with the main cast of The World Ends With You. No explanation has been given for why they picked The World Ends With You for this year’s theme.

(So don’t get too excited over those two in the back. They’re the Anime Expo characters.)

Looking back at past Anime Expo program covers, they usually focus on either the mascot characters specifically or Anime Expo experiences. I can’t find any examples where they picked a specific game as the central theme like they did this year.

So… does it mean something?

I want to believe it does. The World Ends With You hasn’t seen any news since the Switch port came out in 2018, so for Anime Expo to prominently feature it feels like a strange choice unless something is on the horizon. I’ve wanted a sequel ever since I finished the original, and I’d hoped the Switch version would make that possible.

On the other hand, maybe the people running Anime Expo are simply big TWEWY fans and wanted to highlight it in this year’s art.

Still, though, I want to believe.

Do you think the Anime Expo The World Ends With You art is a sign of TWEWY news to come? Will we finally get a sequel? Or do you think this will come to nothing? Either way, I’ll be looking forward to Anime Expo Lite on July 3-4 in the hopes that they really do have something planned.

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  2 Responses to “Anime Expo’s Program Guide Features The World Ends With You”

  1. […] The World Ends With You 2 feels possible now thanks to the Anime Expo art, so we’ll have to wait until early July to see if anything comes of […]

  2. […] month, the reveal of Anime Expo 2020’s program cover sparked hope that The World Ends With You news would be coming […]

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