Composers are "Princes".This idea is reinforced by the fact that Koki Kariya alludes to Joshua Kiryu as being a "little prince".
Joshua is Mr. Twister.There are a few things in the Japanese lyrics which resound throughout the entirety of the game: English: Mr. Twister; moist with roistering. Japanese: Mr. Tsuisutā; "motto" to uzuku monsutā. The Japanese lyrics translate as "Mr. Twister; a monster which aches 'more'." Remember what Neku calls Joshua at the end of the game?
Neku's final entry fee was everyone.The reason why the game's name in English is The World Ends with You is because, at the last day, once Joshua challenges Neku, or, rather, forces him to enter a final Game to have a chance to kill him and take his place as Shibuya's Composer, and Neku refuses to shoot him, what Neku loves most (those he desires what's best for) is ALL PEOPLE - everyone, no matter how evil they are - and, consequently, once Joshua kills him (again), everyone is erased with him, and they all go to hell. This is reflected in Neku's soliloquy after the end of the game, during which he mentions how the city - the world - is physically the same, but the people are created anew. It may also have been the cause of Neku's unwillingness to kill Joshua (because he valued him as well), although that may also be the result of a personal anagnorisis that everything which has happened was all his fault, and that it simply demonstrates what hatred he held in his soul (as shown by Joshua's expression that he'd "rather just get rid of them" just as Neku did at the beginning), which he bore severe remorse for and let what happened happen, inadvertently proving that people do change and can understand each other, and that people just need to open up to, desire what's best for, and simply care about each other - that he was given a chance to kill the person he had every existential reason (every concern with the things of humanity, which people would typically be concerned about; a Composer has power over everything within his city's domain, and is probably the closest thing to a god anyone will know, and Neku knew he would be erased if he didn't try to kill Joshua, and he really did have a chance to become Shibuya's new Composer if Joshua was actually sincerely offering him the opportunity to kill him and wasn't screwing with him) to want to kill, and, furthermore, every incentive to outright hate (to hope his soul would wither in hell, that Sheol-like state of erasure), and he refused. The possibility that Neku's final entry fee was all of humanity is also strongly suggested by Hanekoma's claim that he created a new, optimal parallel world in the game's final Secret Report.
The sequel will be about Joshua's rise to the rank of composerA silhouette that has an odd similarity to Joshua's hair has shown up on the countdown, with a second very vague silhouette with what appears to be reaper wings on the right side of the 104 building. It would also contain a little piece information that never showed up in the original: just how could mere mortals beat someone as obscenely strong as a composer? would they just concede defeat easily? or take the route Josh took and leave it to a game of chance? or some other explanation that will end up being explored if this theory is right?
Joshua was Neku's Dead FriendOn floor 13 of Pork City in Another Day, Neku mentions having a friend who died a few years back, and this is implied to be the reason that the main Neku is antisocial. The friend died while Neku was at a CAT mural, the same place Neku was when he was murdered by Joshua. Composer Joshua sees other humans as wastes of space, similar to Neku and in the vein of many teenagers, while his knowledge of youth culture far exceeding his knowledge of adult culture indicates that he became composer very recently, or hasn't aged emotionally in the same way he still looks 15 . He acts very different to the way he did while playing the game on Week 2, which could be interpreted as proof that his player persona was a charade. The only way to become a composer is to defeat the current composer, and while it is not known if Joshua did that or was the original, his knowledge of "Jacking Shibuya" seems to imply that he dethroned his predecessor. The fact he knows so much about Neku tells me that either his powers are much greater in the RPG than we are lead to believe, or he's known Neku for a long, long time. Combined, these details lead me to believe that Neku's friend who died on the way to the CAT mural actually overthrew the then-composer and became Joshua. Though Neku doesn't recognise Josh even with his memories, shape-shifting is a common reaper power, so it isn't unrealistic to assume that he isn't using his real body, or that, like Shiki, his most prized possession was his appearance, the one thing that tied him to his old life. Plus, Square Enix RPGs do tend to use these sort of twists based on relationships a fair amount- Final Fantasy VIII has the infamous "Orphanage" revelation, or Doan being the descendant of Crono and Marle in Chrono Trigger.
Red Skull pin in RG is the equivalent to the Player pin in UGThink: Makoto popularizes Red Skull pin, and, meanwhile, gives one to Nao and to Sota. Then, OH SHI-, Nao and Sota die. Probably, while holding onto Red Skull pins. And - bingo! - they enter the Game, because they were holding onto them. So, if you die while you happen to have a Player or Red Skull pin, you enter the Game. Pro argument is that Red Skull pin is based specifically on a Player pin, and Megumi didn't notice this feature of a pin, or didn't want to change it to maximize the quantity of Players in the Game.
The lyrics to "Twister" make perfect sense, and the Conductor is Mr. Twister himself.Oh, that Kitaniji. Always... mixing things up. Oh, and the candy cane was a canned recovery pin. What else... Oh yeah, Transformation is a message from the Conductor to the Reapers, Neku, and the Composer. My interpretation.
The sequel will take place in another city.This is basically a given; dialogue states that each city's game is completely self-contained, implying that every city has its own Game.
Mr. Mew is a demon.Shiki points out that she can't really control him at all (presumably, he slashes while she carries him to the target with telekinesis). And apparently, Shiki animated him with a process called "psychomancy"...
Mr. Mew is Shiki's soulIt's not her body she's using, but a psychic shadow of Eri's, therefore the only thing from the Real Ground is Mr. Mew. The psychic connection is so strong, she just thinks the body she's in is the Eri Shadow.
Rhyme's Entry Fee was her own DeathOkay, so Rhyme, in addition to being The Messiah, is also deeply suicidal. Due to the many problems at home, she welcomes death and oblivion open armed. This is the reason why, in spite of being consumed by Noise, which The Secret Reports state will destroy the soul, and the associated imagination forever, she comes back in the end.
Rhyme's death was a suicide, due to an unattainable dream that was her Entry FeeShe had thrown herself into traffic, not intending for Beat to unsuccessfully try to save her. According to the Secret Reports, the original reason for the Entry Fee was to force Imagination to players; her losing her previous Dreams also will hopefully enable her to move on and pick something more attainable.
Neku is a reincarnation of Haruhi Suzumiya.His past was evidently as someone who thought of other human beings as nothing more than chaff to be discarded — so he forced himself and a few others, those he found it worthwhile to care about, even by proxy, into a Closed Space where most people WERE nothing more than empty, hollow figments. He created both the Composer and Creator, as well as most of the Reapers, as a way to ensure that he would have something to do, and someone to care about, through his trials in that Space.
The Reaper Game is indeed part of Haruhi-sama's plan, but she's not Neku.The Reaper Game is how Espers are actually made in the Haruhi-verse. When Haruhi-sama's subconscious chooses a follower, you don't think she'd let something as paltry as death excuse them from her service, do you? No! They're put through a grueling training process where they have to fight lesser people's negative emotions; and they have to justify themselves as unique beings in a world Haruhi-sama sees as full of conformity. Should they win, they return to life as an Esper; prepared to deal with the Celestial Beings that are Haruhi's Noise. There is the option of going up the ranks of Reaper/Conductor/Composer/Angels but that's delving into places mortal minds can scarcely comprehend.
Sho Minamimoto is still alive.Note, Neku and crew see his "body" under a car and vending machine while heading towards the Composer. It seems Everything Fades after dying; so he was just incapacitated, not killed. Despite being such a massive jackass, he's the only Reaper who is really interested in art, which is the supposed reason for the Game; this probably is what saved him.
The current batch of Reapers were corrupt, resulting in the Conductor's interferenceThey were cheating, essentially. Most Players are killed on the first day by Noise without even being told about the Game and that they had to get Partners. Reapers relied on Noise far too much and their conversations imply they didn't expect any Players to succeed. The Secret Reports imply that normal Games have a more equal Player/Reaper survival rate to ensure Imagination is the cause of survival; to either recruit new Angels or else resurrect Artists. The reason that Shibuya wasn't generating any Candidates lately was because the current Reapers were destroying them.
Joshua is Neku's Best Friend who died in an accident and has since ascended to GodhoodAnother Day, Pork City makes it clear that Neku, in that world, had a friend, his only friend who died going to meet him. This mixes well with what Neku says after Rhyme died "I feel terrible, it's just like that one time", plus the whole "You start to care about them and then you get hurt" and then at the end when Neku said that Joshua was a friend he could relate to. So... Neku and Joshua were God Buddies, and when Neku eventually actually dies, they'll both be Angels together, just in time for the Sequel.
The events of The World Ends With You are simply part of a pen and paper RPG cooked up by a sufficiently clever GMThe Reapers keep referring to one of them running that week's Game as the Gamemaster. The Reapers also speak about the various rules of the game (and being constrained by them), even though they themselves dangerously powerful, can live lives in both the RG and UG, and supposedly rule over life and death itself. Even though the game should last 7 days, many missions refer to having a 60 minute time limit, suggesting that time is as flexible as needed by the Game. All these facts are also common features of pen and paper RPGs! Neku and the other main characters (Beat, Rhyme, Shiki, Joshua) are all PCs, and Mr. Hanekoma is the GM. Obviously the system they're using has some form of permanent death system (Rhyme's death); Mr. Hanekoma setting up the Rhyme Pin was just the GM creating a clever workaround for the pact rule; Beat's defection to the Reapers was just character development and a way to avoid the problem of what would happen to the Beat/Rhyme pair for the next week; Shiki winning the Game and later returning was simply due to her player bowing out of the group and later coming back. Neku's ability to use so many pins is a result of NOT min-maxing: all the other PCs did and as a result reduced the number of pins/abilities they could use, in return for more power for the attacks they COULD use. Co-incidentally, this actually sounds like an awesome pen and paper RPG, and this troper would actually like to play it...
The Conductor's entry fee is his life in Shibuya.Dialogue never establishes what Megumi Kitaniji lost in order to play the 30-day game against the Composer. However, it makes sense. An entry fee was paid. Kitaniji says several times how much Shibuya means to him, and that's why he's competing against the Composer in the first place. And yet, of all the Reapers in the story, he is the only one who is never seen on the streets of Shibuya. At no point does he cross "the river". For someone who cares about the district so much to never set foot in it, the most likely explanation is that he can't. Because it truly was the most valuable thing to him...
Neku's Composer-induced amnesia results in feedback when meeting with similarly powerful individuals.This is bizarre, but hear it out. Almost every time Neku talks to the Conductor or Producer, he blacks out and can't remember the details of the conversation until the next day. This doesn't happen when he talks to any other people. And the only times this doesn't happen, the Composer happens to be nearby. The same Composer who is forcibly keeping him from remembering certain important details. There has to be a connection.
Joshua possessed Mr. Mew during Week 1Shiki says that she's not really controlling Mr. Mew, and Neku wonders if it's possessed. How else would Joshua, hiding out in the RG, be able to watch Neku? Plus, when first reaching the Statue of Hachiko, you see him in the background, but once the pact is made, he vanishes.
The Composer was really just trying to get a worthy successor and quit.Joshua never really intended to destroy Shibuya; that was just a goad to get Kitaniji involved. Being who he is, Joshua framed it so one of two things would happen: (1.) Kitaniji would erase Neku and — because Joshua became Neku's partner — end up erasing Joshua, as well, and so become Composer, or (2.) Neku would win, at which point Joshua would hand him a gun and challenge him to one last game. Neku would shoot and so become Composer. His plans derailed when Neku didn't shoot, and he somehow ended up changing his mind on the matter, probably by Hanekoma talking and/or knocking some sense into him. And why he didn't just let Minamimoto shoot him? He probably liked Neku better, or else just wanted to see how the game he'd set up would play out.
The Composer was in fact planning to destroy Shibuya, but had changed his mind by the endgame.Somewhere along the line, during his observation of Neku and his attitude towards the world, the Composer changed his mind. He resolved that regardless of how everything turned out, he would not destroy Shibuya. Perhaps additional inspiration came from meeting AD Neku and Joshua? Hmm.... By this token, the last Game in the epilogue was not a bastardly secret test of character, it was a JOB OFFER. Either Neku shot and killed him, becoming the new Composer and creating a "new" Shibuya, or he shot and defeated Neku, remaining the Composer and taking "his" Shibuya in a new direction.
The "Last" Game had an entry fee for both as well.Related to the above: Every Game in the UG has an entry fee, regardless of whether it's the Reaper Game or between Reapers. So what do Neku and Composer!Joshua pay? For Neku it's his friendship with Joshua. If he won their Game, then he might understand what Joshua was up to (by virtue of Joshua's Composer..iness being passed down to him), and would still be able to see Joshua a friend. However, Joshua would be dead, so... For the Composer, it's Neku's trust in him. If Neku won, then Neku would lose his trust in Joshua by virtue of the fact that Joshua would be dead. Trusting a corpse to do much is a losing prospect at best. If Joshua won, then when Neku woke up back in the RG, he could start to trust Joshua again, because he wouldn't actually be dead anymore. But, their friendship would be forfeit, because this troper is incapable of believing that Neku would want to be friends with someone who had killed him once.
The Music that plays is actually what Neku is listening to at the time....On his headphones.
Neku isn't listening to music on his headphones.It's my theory that Neku only wears the headphones so that people will leave him alone. Why would he toss them away in the ending if they had good music on them? Also, have you ever tried to talk to someone while wearing headphones like Neku's? It's not easy.
Joshua and Near are brothers separated at birth.Think really hard about this one. Joshua and Near are too much alike for it to be pure coincidence. Both of them are young, white-haired, Insufferable Genius pretty boys who nine times out of ten will refuse to give a straight answer, enjoy using people as tools to get what they want, have girly voices, and enjoy toying with their easily-pissed off partner. Don't you dare try and tell me it's a coincidence! They could actually be twins, considering we don't know Joshua's real age.
Sho Minamimoto is a savant with a mental disorder.He's obviously a very talented mathematical genius and a reaper prodigy, able to recite three columns of Pi at a whim and summon Taboo noise thanks to Hanekoma at will. At the same time, he's anti-social, arrogant, and shows the general make-up of a young sociopath. He frequently collects heaps of junk to the point of hoarding. He's shown narcissistic, sadistic and obsessive-compulsive tendencies, and in Another Day devotes his time almost exclusively to pins. Keep in mind this troper has no psychological expertise, but Sho can be summed up as Joshua if Joshua had been dropped on his head at birth.
Minamimoto is actually a Heartless.It would explain a lot about him. Comparing him to Xehanort's Heartless: He has the golden eyes, the dark skin, the tattoos on his chest, the insanity. He summons the Taboo Noise because they attack anyone, similar to regular Heartless, and when he came back through the Noise refinery, his appearance changed because he became a purer form of Heartless. That would also explain why he didn't fade away when trapped under the scrap heap. He wasn't destroyed by a Keyblade.
The world Neku and friends inhabit is a parallel to Sora's world.Considering the general premise (battling creatures that exist solely because of the negative emotions people feel) and the similarities between the protagonists and antagonists (Neku=Sora, Shiki=Kairi, Sho=Heartless, etc.) not to mention the game and the series were made by the same devs...
Shiki is a Bount.Mr. Mew is her doll. She's just too nice to suck the souls out of people. Among other things, it explains Mr. Mew "doing his own thing" in fights.
Neku's final entry feeNeku's entry fee for his final shootout with Joshua was his previous three weeks in the Reapers' Game. By revealing that everything had been a set-up to stop the Conductor, and let the Composer destroy Shibuya, Joshua took away everything that those three weeks had meant to Neku — learning to trust people, having that trust broken, finding out the town he pegged as small and stifling and empty wasn't any of those things. (Because Neku made the right choice in that final Game, his entry fee was repaid in full.)
Joshua's Entry FeesEveryone who plays the game has to have one. Yet they never talk about Joshua's. He has to have paid them, otherwise he wouldn't have been able to play. And the price had to be what he valued most. Now, what could the fee be, for who is basically God and is planning to destroy the place he's in charge of? His entry fee for the first game was his control of Shibuya. Basically he was no longer the Composer until he won, having grown bored of it all and seeing it all as a waste. The only thing he valued was his power and position. However, the entry fee for his second Game is something he finally found even more valuable. His friendship with Neku. He gave it up to play that final game. That's why he's so sad in The Stinger because, having lost his final game, he can never interact with his friend again.
The entire game is one massive jab/cheap shot at fashion trends.
Shiki committed suicide.I think this is kind of a given. Consider Shiki's lines about hating herself. Consider Eri's pauses around the word 'accident' when talking about her death — they seem to indicate that there's something more to it. After finding herself in the UG as Eri, she may have decided that life was worth living after all and set out after a partner.
Joshua is Haruhi SuzumiyaHaruhi finally had it and destroyed her universe, only rebuilding Shibuya, complete with people coming back from the dead, a lot of espers and psychos, alternate universes, death-gods, angles, ect. ect. Of course, she set herself in the center of everything as the great, almighty Composer, who everybody envies and knows. (Thous restoring her own world back to what it was like, before the baseball-stadion incident) She made herself a boy, since she didn't want any more male admirers, they just annoyed her. Neku is Kyon, but Haruhi/Joshua made him indifferent and sociopathic, so he wouldn't fall in love with no-one else, because he/she wanted him for her/himself, but undid this via character-development, when his/her unconsciousness realized, that he/she liked him better when he was still normal. Shiki is Mikuru, he/she made her unattractive and plain, so nobody would ever fall in love with her again (especially not Neku/Kyon), but that was pretty much blown by the entry-fee thing. Notice that Mikuru loved to buy clothes SHE(not Haruhi's cosplay-madness) liked, as much as Shiki does. Probably the trauma of Haruhi's forced cosplaying with her is still there and this is, why she pays such deep attention to trends, never to be embarrased again. Where the other characters ended up? That's still open for speculation!
Neku played the Reaper's Game for four weeks.After Joshua shot him in the ending, there's a seven-day delay before we see Neku again. There's also a seven-day delay between the end of the third Game and the point when Neku finally goes to meet Beat, Rhyme, and Shiki. The Reaper's Game lasts... yep, seven days. This is probably to allow for Neku to appear in the inevitable sequel to provide a tutorial, and take the first Game's come-back-to-life-free card so that the new lead gets stuck in a similar series of multiple Games.
Yuuko Ichihara has something to do with the Reaper's Game.The whole business with the entry fees sounds suspiciously similar to her 'price equal to the wish' thing. Perhaps she's the one who takes the entry fee (along with any memory of her involvement from Reapers and Players alike, as her price for the Reapers hiring her). Or maybe it's just that whoever invented the Reaper's Game in the first place knew her and modeled the entry fee after her way of doing business.
Hanekoma and Joshua are related.Hanekoma is in fact Joshua's older brother, and they staged a coup of Shibuya UG as partners a long time ago. In addition, this would make The Mormons right.
Neku becomes a famous author or artist by the sequel.His "fiction" series The Reapers' Game was a smash hit. The main character loves his work. Alternatively, he could go into art like Mr. Hanekoma.
"Players" of the Game are in a coma.This would explain how they can come back to life without everyone in the real world getting all confused by dead people being resurrected, and why Eri talks about Shiki having had an "accident", as opposed to having died. While their souls are playing the game in the UG, their bodies are lying in a hospital somewhere, unconscious. If they're erased, they die for real.
Multiple Reapers' Games are run each weekThe reason Beat and Neku fall asleep before completing the mission in Week 3 is to prevent them from getting involved in other games.
In the Another Day universe, the Reaper's Game is...You guessed it, Tin Pin Slammer. Because why not.
Neku's final entry fee is his determination to winThat's why he couldn't shoot Joshua; it's similar to the third entry fee in that it makes winning impossible.
Kitaniji was a poor judge of character.Kitaniji acts as if Joshua is correct in every decision he makes, including erasing him and destroying Shibuya. But really, wasn't Neku's entire character development about learning that Shibuya and the people in it always had potential, he just had to see it? Joshua needed to learn the same lesson as Neku did — neither of them saw worth in the city, while it really wasn't so horrible all along. Even with the powers of the Composer, he still had the maturity of a bratty and isolated teen, and Kitaniji's worshipful attitude was a big mistake.
The sequel will take place in another part of Tokyo, possibly MinatoWhy Minato? The Tokyo Tower is there! Also, in the sequel Shiki and Eri will be a famous Desinger-Duo and will have their own brand, called "Sherry" (Notice the pun?), Rhyme will be a famous singer (because of her name, her sweet voice, and how much I think the song "Someday" fits her), Neku will work for Gatito and be married to Shiki. Beat will be dead and has been playing the Reapers game in cycles for almost 20 years (Therefore, an important NPC in the game). Why? Because I like the idea!
The Game works much differently in other regions' UG.The Composer's position is used to create the rules of the Game. Given unlimited power to change the workings of the world, two different people would probably not decide on identical rulesets. Given the significant differences between the personalities of the named Reapers in Shibuya, there probably isn't a particularly Joshua-esque Composer to every region of the UG, so...
Joshua only shot Neku in the end to remove his last entry fee from himI think, Joshua wasn't wanting to destory Shibuya anymore, since he made friends with Neku. However, when he revealed that he was the composer and the one who set up this whole chaos, Neku's character-development may not have dropped to zero, but he was so shocked that he probably thought that he should never have trusted anyone and that trusting people is just a way to get hurt over and over again. And THAT'S what Joshua took for Neku's final entry-fee: The experience, that he can't trust anyone on this world. Then, he shot Neku, erasing his entry-fee. Afterwards, he reset Shibuya to the first day of the first week bringing everyone back to life in the process. Notice that Joshua never said "If I win, I erase Shibuya". He says "The winner get's to decide. Of course, I've already decided." He never said, WHAT he decided. In the end, Neku stated that he didn't forgive Joshua, but trusted him. This makes much more sense, if you consider this theory. Also, many people think that Neku had to play the game again, since he woke up on the scramble in the end. But I think, that he actually woke up in the RG version of the scramble. You should notice how the sounds in the background suddenly decrease, as soon as Neku opens his eyes. I think, that's not a "dramatic pause", but just the people going all like "WTF? Where'd that kid come from?!" Neku himself probably thinks, that he's still in the UG (like the last three times he suddenly woke up in the scramble. Additionally, he's just REALLY confused, giving him a good reason to shout "WHAT THE HELL?!".
Ex-Player are the some of the ShopkeepersThink about it, Why would they sell the Pins all over Shibuya, if the Pin make the Player Psych work (More better), and give clothes that help the Player, Food to feed the Player, tag that No Employee see to remove, and how thay seem to be kind to the Player if the Player shop that long enough? I not saying all the Shopkeepers were Players in the Games. I mean Maybe some (like Makoto) are clueless about the games. But Just Think about it.
Rhyme is able to move between the upper and lower Noise PlanesIn the first week, it's established that players can't see each other's battles when they're fighting the noise, but Beat claims Rhyme is the one who figured out how his attacks work. Since Beat doesn't appear to have the ability to move between planes when he's your partner, Rhyme must be the one with that ability.
The Ministry of Finance and equivalent groups around the world are run by the angelsThe various mints exist solely to explain where new currency comes from, when they need to change the amount of currency available they simply ask the Composers to change drop rate and or value of the pins.
Neku and his partner's shared HP is a side effect of the Harmonizer pin.Thus explaining why Beat didn't get erased when Rhyme did.
The ability to spend any amount of time on a mission is not a case of Gameplay and Story SegregationIt is a side effect of the Composer's absence, which as noted in the Secret Reports makes the rules of the Underground invalid.
This story is backwards.Kitaniji is The Hero, and Neku is The Dragon, not the other way around. Working under the assumption that destroying Shibuya is BAD, that would mean the person trying to save it— Kitaniji— is the real Hero of the story. Because Neku is— however unwittingly— both protecting and fighting for the Composer, he would be in the role of the Composer's dragon (up until his Heel-Face Turn once he understands the situation. However, because (a.) Neku is the viewpoint character and (b.) Kitaniji comes across as a jerk with the limited information the character is given the first time through and (c.) Kitaniji is loyal to the Composer despite the current situation, things come across the other way around.
Shiki's actually played two weeks of the Reaper's Game. Furthermore, the first week playing was with Eri as her partner.Shiki knows WAY too much about playing the game, even if we assume that of course she'll know more than Neku does thanks to his Laser-Guided Amnesia; there's no way she'd understand not only how to use the pins, but also that ONLY Mr. Mew worked, prior to making a pact unless she had already discovered this while in a pact in a previous game. This is why Eri not only refers to Shiki's death as though she could return (because she knows Shiki could still be playing), but also why Shiki gave up her appearance; the first time around, Shiki felt so worthless in comparison to playing beside Eri (who sounds like she'd be a total "psych whiz" like Neku) that she wanted to become Eri in subsequent games rather than admit that she wasn't good enough as herself. The Shiki/Eri week was several weeks if not months before Neku started, as otherwise Eri wouldn't have been able to return to life in the RG otherwise, but everything else fits (including why Eri rocks as a designer — she developed her soul / Imagination while playing the game, thus when she came back, she was an artistic genius!)
Another Day Shiki is ERIThink about it: If Neku was just seeing her as Eri, Joshua wouldn't just call her Green because of her Skirt, and she wouldn't say that her Boots are not made for sewer. Yeah, the real Shiki have Green Shirt, and Sandals are not made for Sewer (or even walking outdoor a lot), But Neku sees her as Eri, I don't think that he hear what he want to hear too, as for the name well it just a name.
The reason why Joshua didn't erase Shibuya was because he in fact lost the Game.When I refer to Game, I mean the one between Kitaniji and Joshua. Joshua limited himself to letting a proxy, Neku, play for him, and he himself had no bearing on the Game as far as winning and losing THAT SPECIFIC GAME went. If Neku wins, he wins. If Neku loses, he loses. Since Neku didn't shoot, and therefore lost that final game, Joshua lost his Game with Kitaniji. He might have won the final Game against Neku, which lets him do what he had already decided to do to Shibuya. And so, the next point.
Joshua lied to Neku in "Another Day"In "Another Day" Joshua claims to have already beaten "you". If he is talking to Neku then this is false because "Another Day" has to take place before Neku's fourth game (when they played Tin Pin Slammer, Neku won). If he is talking to the player its false because both of Neku and Joshua's battles are non-interactive.
Mr. Mew is posessed by the soul of Neku's dead BFFEven though we learn that Death Is Cheap, we still don't find out whatever happened to Neku's BFF (the one, who caused his trauma) after his road-accident. If he got erased in his game-run, his soul is eighter still in Shibuya or has become a noise, as the secret reports implie. And Mr. Mew is a really, REALLY good fighter for a stuffed cat and seems to give his, errmm... very best. Ever seen this determination in his little button-eyes when fighting? And those CLAWS are surely NOT the doing of Shiki's grove-palm pin. At least I have never seen a car growing those when using such a Pin. Also, Shik said, Mr. Mew was "doing his own thing", she was just lifting him up. Therefor, Stuffed piggy... errmm, kitty is probably more than just a stuffed kitty. Since Shiki probably doesn't have any dead friends, it maybe Neku's. Or it's possesed by the "mean kitty" from Youtube. Eighter way, it would explain the mystery of "Nyan-tan" (Mr. Mew's japanese name)
'Good Omens' is a distant AU of this game and at least one creator of the game has read it.The End Of The World As We Know It, all on the whim of a young boy, which is narrowly averted! Angels with rarely-opened shops! Snakes who wear shades and black clothing! Although 'Good Omens' has a distinct lack of math fetishists, and TWEWY seems to lack Nice and Accurate Prophecies.
Mr. Mew is possessed by EriSpecifically, Another Day's Eri, thus explaining why she doesn't appear at all in Another Day.
Wild-Kat is always closed because Hanekoma is avoiding the reapers.In particular, if Uzuki decided to go there after the first week his cover would be blown since she'd know that he wasn't a player or a reaper.
Uzuki will be the next ConductorIt's established that Uzuki wants to make the game more rewarding for the Reapers and from what we see being the Conductor would be the best way to accomplish that.
Mr. H is possessing Mr. MewIsn't everybody?
Everybody is possessing Mr. MewOriginally, Neku and Shiki was erased in the first week and the red skull pins spread around the world eventually causing all of humanity to merge into one collective mind which decided that the current world was wrong and travelled back in time to possess Mr. Mew so that it could change the future.
Pokémon Mew is possessing Mr. Mew.Or a demon. Or a cat. Or maybe it's a heartless. Or Axel. Or the Beldam from Coraline (it is stuffed, after all).
We are possessing Mr. Mew.After all we are Playing as the Player, and we have a DS, D-pad (or ABXY Button)...
Haruhi Suzumiya is possessing Mr. Mew, as are Shinji Ikari and some random TimelordAnd Light Yagami, and Konata and Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Danny Phantom....
Spock(!!!!!) is possessing Mr. Mew.After all those years of bottling up his emotions, they have to come out somewhere. And besides, it makes about as much sense as anyone else who's claimed to be possessing it. On that note...
Darth Vader is possessing Mr. Mew.Why not?
Kamina is possessing Mr. Mew.Because he's just that Hot-Blooded. Geno, Kefka?, or Shiki herself possessing Mr. Mew.
____ is possessing Mr. MewLet see:
Mr. Mew is possessing us
Mr. Mew is Shiki's PersonaMr. Mew, whilst being a physical object, is also posessed by Shiki's facade. From all the evidence avaiable (ie: He's a cat) Mr Mew is clearly a Neko Shogun meaning in a Persona game, Shiki's social link would be of the Star Arcana. This makes sence in a way, because Teddie's Social Link was that of the Star Archana and he has quite a few things to hide about his true self. Also, Instead of using Personas, players (due to thier current status) are instead like personas and use thier powers directly. The pins just allow a better focus on said attacks. This also means:
The Noise are Shadows taken from wherever Shadows come from (Tartarus, Midnight Channel, whatever place they'll pop up in in Persona 5) and agitated as to attack any player they see
The sequel will be a fight between angels and demons.If you fight over 7500 rounds of battles (yes I get it, I'm obsessed)your ESP'r rank is Demon. Seeing as the pervious rank is Angel, Demons probably exist but havenâ€™t come into play yet.
Shiki and Eri are one of the Same.Just think about it.
Neku's final entry fee was the bullet in his gun.Joshua had already decided to save Shibuya upon seeing Neku change and obviously wouldn't allow himself to die instead opting for last final mind-screw to see what Neku would do.After all, from Joshua's point of view, the one thing Neku would desire most at that point would be to kill Joshua and become the Composer.
The first tracking application added to Joshua's phone tracks not only the Conductor's Imagination, but any Imagination directed against the Composer.Hence its reactions to Sho's trash heaps and the Taboo refinery sigil. Relatedly, said trash heaps could possibly be concealing the sigils used to create the ordinary Taboo Noise.
Haruhi Suzumiya is Joshua's motherBecause she's god and he's Jesus....
It's not the clothes themselves that give you stat bonuses.Instead, they can act as more or less efficient conduits for your Bravery, turning it into raw power that grants you bonuses. Each item has a specific output range, i.e. there's both an upper limit to the amount of bravery it can convert into power, and a minimum amount necessary to make an item work.
Secret reports is all a lie.Make a Good Discontinuity don't you think? You never know If he was really telling what he is saying, and if the Games was really about Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence them why the Games was about winning a New Live?
Each of the higher-ranked Reapers owns a chain of clothing.Hanekoma, the Producer, has control of Gatito, which has the best pins and clothing in-game, while the others have less powerful items. Minamimoto has control of Tigre Punks (Note the messy art style and the "2" in one of the pins), Kitaniji owns Dragon Couture, Konishi has Pavo Real, and Higashizawa owns Sunshine Burgers (alright, not clothing, but...).
Neku's fourth Game did not existEndgame: The duel between Neku and Joshua was not a Game, it was a test of Neku's character growth. If Neku could undergo such a dramatic change for the better, there would be hope that the rest of Shibuya could do the same, and there would be reason to spare it from destruction. So if Neku chose not to shoot his killer, or allowed himself to be shot, that would be proof enough that Shibuya was worth saving. Thus Joshua fabricated a situation in which Neku would feel the most pressure to shoot: a Game. The Secret Reports confirm that Neku was defeated. Failing a mission means getting erased, which clearly did not happen, and thus Neku did not lose. But he could not have won, because he did not become the Composer. If he neither failed nor completed the mission, it stands to reason that the mission did not exist. Furthermore, Neku did not have a timer. He had the same trick pulled on him in W2D3; he was so caught up in the prospect of a mission that he didn't bother to verify it.
Neku's Best Friend is Joshua very first partner.From Neku's Friend being Joshua, How about Neku's Dead Friend being Joshua's very first partner in the Games?
People disappear in the Bermuda Triangle because there's a game area there.To be more general, almost every single area on the surface of the earth is in part of a game area, but the Bermuda Triangle area is the only area where there is no land at all. Since no one lives in there, and thus no one dies, the Composer of the BT area has some different rules than Shibuya's Composer, mainly in that Reapers of the Bermuda Triangle area can go into the RG and kill people. Every single disappearance in the Triangle is due to Reapers killing them, and then removing the evidence by wrecking whatever the people were riding in. The only challenge is a week-long challenge, to stay afloat for seven days, by whatever means they can use. After seven days, the GM challenges all those who managed to survive. It's not impossible to fight Noise because there's an island on the Noise plane. If you manage to survive, the Conductor rewards you with a lifeboat; it would be ridiculously sadistic for someone to win, only to drown immediately and have to play over and over until you die. On a side note, because of the rarity of Players, there are few Reapers, and everyone instantly becomes a Harrier. Points also increase a Reaper's lifespan significantly more there than in Shibuya.
The Composer regularly brings back Reapers who were erased.IIRC, while thinking about Sho, Konishi mentions that he has an "impeccable player erasure record". Reapers need to erase players to live, so mentioning that about a Reaper who is still... er, alive, is redundant, like saying "he has an impeccable breathing record" about someone who is alive. Therefore, it's possible for a Reaper to be "alive" and not have erased the players they faced, suggesting that the Composer brings back erased Reapers, and frequently enough that someone's perfect erasure record is notable. Kariya and Uzuki are exceptions to defeat=erasure because Neku holds back before they're erased, which is more than can be said for the other Reapers faced.
The Game is real.Or at least it would be, if the Reapers hadn't put up that pesky fourth wall.
Shiki is an Alternate Universe incarnation of Mine.They're both dark-haired, bespectacled girls who beautifully sew clothes that were designed by their much flashier partners. Both get rather... excited when it comes to their field (Shiki and Neku's loose button; Mine and wanting to dress every cute girl she meets in frilly dresses), and both have the Chinese Zodiac as a major presence in their lives. The key difference between them is Shiki's low self-esteem and envy; after making it through the Game, it's quite possible that she'll grow up to be much like Mine is now.
Shibuya is still screwed.In The Stinger, Hanekoma tells Joshua that it's "their" world and "they" decide what to do with it. The "they" that Hanekoma is referring to isn't Neku and his friends, but rather the Higher Powers That Be, who were actually backing up Joshua's plan all along. Even though Joshua changed his mind, the Plan's still in full swing but now without his consent, setting us up for the above mentioned sequel against the Angels.
Hanekoma controls all of JapanThink about it. Joshua, as the Composer controls all of Shibuya. Since the only rank above that which has been firmly established is Producer, it is likely that he controls Japan and every city within. This of course would mean that the next rank up controls all of Asia, and the next rank is God.
Joshua played the game before he became the composer, but his partner didn't make it and was erased.That's why his perception of people is just as negativ as Neku's. His partner had probably become his best (or possibly only) friend ever and he was so upset when this person, whom he shared his dream of escaping this hell of a game with, was just finally and completly gone, that he didn't take the offer to be revived. He was then instead made composer. Maybe he killed the current composer in an outburst of rage about the demise of his partner. Just like Neku was traumatized by the car-accident of his best friend, Joshua decided never to have such a close relationship again and hide himself under a mask of intrigues whenever he's talking to people, which is why we never actually saw Joshua's true personality.
Diego Armando is an incarnation of Hanekoma.They both love coffee and speaking in cryptic aphorisms. They both have that scruffy-cool look. They both know far, far more about the plot than they first appear to. Armando is ostensibly Hispanic and calls his girlfriend "kitten", while Hanekoma's brand is Gatito, the Spanish word for kitten. Think about it.
Neku's final entry fee was his status as the Conductor.Assuming that you become Conductor the same way you become Composer (via the Klingon Promotion), Neku defeating Kitanji made Neku the new Conductor. Joshua either did not want Neku to be his Conductor or did not feel that Neku wanted or was ready for the job. The entry fee he collected, therefore, was Neku's status as the Conductor.
Mitsuki Konishi is an Alternate Universe incarnation of Jihl Nabaat.Every new piece of information we learn about Jihl matches up. First, there's their appearance (same general fashion sense, once you allow for the different settings, same glasses, just give Jihl a haircut and they've got the same hair, too...) Then there's their shared "cool, calculating" type of intelligence. Both of them hold ranking positions on the antagonist's side, and both of them trap a protagonist's beloved family member in an inanimate form and gloat about it. Finally, there's one of Jihl's lines from the trailer: "for every task, there's a perfect tool." Sounds like it fits Konishi's preferred method of letting others carry out her schemes for her, doesn't it?
May Kurokawa is Joshua's mother/sister.Either or, depending on how old you imagine each of them is, but tell me you don't see the family resemblance◊. They have a very similar faces, from the jaw, nose, and brow, and the same hair colour, and they carry themselves with the same posture, too.
Joshua is Sho Minamimoto's older brother.They're far from close, but Joshua displays an uncanny personal understanding of Sho. He often shows off his knowledge of math and science, which is clearly equal or superior to Sho's, and there's a rather obvious connection between Sho's obsession with math and Joshua's math-related fusion combos. As for being older, Joshua only appears to be younger because his vibe must be reduced so much when he tunes down. On occasion he has patronized Sho as he only does with Neku, his proxy or subordinate figure. Sho has always resented Joshua and felt that he's been stuck in his shadow, and thus strives for personal victory by trying to dethrone him as Composer through any means necessary. As the older, responsible sibling, Joshua still has a sense of duty towards Sho, so while he still toys with him he spares him from erasure.
Prince won the reaper's game at one point.On Secret Report 7, a really good winning player will "soon make their mark upon society. His art, music, and other output become a part of culture, spreading and persisting through time, refining peoples' Imagination even without personal contact with the Player." It reminds me that sometimes people will think something like even though his voice isn't that great, he's still a big influence. And his blog gets about 100,000 hits a day! Not to mention all his talk about making the trends work for you which is an actual part of the gameplay
The last game was a Secret Test of Character for Neku, which Joshua had planned out since the very start.It's implied that the reason Joshua decides to not destroy Shibuya is because seeing Neku surrender convinced him that if an mega-emo like Neku could change then there was still hope for the people of Shibuya. But when you think about it, Neku had to change to survive. In a game that runs on The Power of Friendship being a brooding loner will only end up getting you killed. My theory is that while Joshua was playing the Game with Kitaniji he was in reality playing game with himself. Basically, to take the most emo kid in the city and make him care about people. If it worked, he'd spare Shibuya, if not, there always Instrumentality. Rather than being the Composer's proxy, Neku was in fact the proxy of Shibuya itself. Winning three Games in a row basically proved that he's learned to play well with others, but Joshua needed to see for certain if the bonds he formed were real, or if Neku just saw them as tools to win the Game. So at the end he played the Final Game with Neku. Revealing his true identity made him into someone who Neku truly hates , while making it a one-on-one gun dual made a game where friendship and trust is useless and the only way to win is to be cold and heartless. If Neku still showed mercy it would be proof that he had become a better person. Basically, when Neku lowered his weapon and told Joshua that he trusts him, he in fact won the Game and in turn saved Shibuya and all his friends.
Beat is much smarter when alive.His primary point of characterization is that he purposefully became a failure because of the way his parents treated him in comparison to the way they treated Rhyme. He acted out more and more in a series of failed attempts to make his parents leave him alone. In the UG, you're who you think you are, and after hearing what a dumbass he is so many times, Beat believes it. OH SHI-
The Reapers Game is being played in real life, by living, by people all over the World
After the last Game, the Composer had reality altered so that the rest of the world thought Neku, Shiki, Beat and Rhyme never died. But he couldn't do it himself... he requested help from Lain.
UG Shibuya is a setient being.Fact one: UG Shibuya is made of Soul. Fact two: erased Players, Reapers and Noise dissolve into Soul. Fact three: one's Soul can be reassembled ino previous form without much demage to personality or memories (like Rhyme was, mostly). Conclusion: SHIBUYA IS ALIVE. Paranoia Fuel ensues.
Joshua has a Stand.
Joshua is sulking at the end because none of the other characters became Reapers.It's stated in the Secret Reports that the intended path for those who win the game is that they become Reapers themselves, so at the end of the game Joshua made them that offer. What's more Joshua really wanted them to accept because whether he would admit it or not, he had grown attached to them and wanted them to stay in the Game and the UG with him. They refused, electing instead to return to their lives in the RG. This is why he is upset during the ending and why Mr H. is chiding him on how it's "their world" and he can't fault them for their decision.
Neku's final entry fee was the bullet in his gun.
Another Day is an alternate reality Joshua created to make up for what he did.
777 and Konishi are Beat and Rhyme's real parentsThink about it. How many naturally blond, light-eyed people can there be in Shibuya? And the fact that they both seem to be in their twenties at most can be explained away by Reapers not aging after they die. Who knows how long they've been that young?
Rhyme can use all the pins, too.Think about it. We never see her in battle, and the weapon she uses is never seen, either. Possibly, she also had a high amount of Imagination, just like Neku, thus making it so she could also use all of the pins.
The sequel will be about time travel.That's right, the cry "WHAT THE HELL?!" totally makes sense about it. Just think, an anonymous person saves Neku from Joshua's shot and time travels into 1st week (Neku has every pin he earned in the game, this is important). Neku, with his knowledge of the future (and having his memories doubled: Megumi has original memories as entry fee, and Neku has ALL the memories about his life AND about Reaper's Game's 3 weeks) can correct every mistake without generally changing the plot. Not falling for Uzuki's trap? Check. Saving Rhyme with invoking her pin and using Invisibility+Teleport combo of pins? Check. Destroying Red Pins on Uzuki and Kariya while battling for the fake Rhyme pin to make them valuable allies? Check. And, if Megumi analyzes Neku's most valuable things BEFORE the Game, he tricks Megumi into taking the same entry fees (Shiki and other Players) while leaving to Neku even MORE opportunities. Oh, and "7 days later..." actually means it's 7 days later after the 3rd week (in the objective view timeline, not in the subjective Neku's timeline. Correct my Engrish, if needed.
Tin-Pin Tutorial Guy in another day is Another Day!Hanekoma
The World ends with you is set in the same universe as Persona.
Mr. Mew is Shiki's Stand
TWEWY is an alternate reality created by Shinji Ikari during instrumentality
The Reaper's Game is at least partially based on, or dexended from, Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
Mr. Mew is possessed by this one certain black cat from Ghost Trick.Mr. Mew is a black cat who's protecting a red head. Sounda like Sissel alright.
The entire Game is a test that is being run by GLaDOS.
The sequel will be primarily a personal journeyWith no "saving the world/town/whatever".
Neku's success abolished the UG and the Reapers' Game entirelyHe killed the Conductor and many GMs, Joshua changed his mind about humanity, and Shibuya was metamorphosed as a result. To what degree? The Game is never brought up again after Neku's revival except in past tense, not even in the final two secret reports. Hanekoma and Joshua are seen sitting around doing nothing, and we don't see any more Reapers in the plot. It's possible that when Joshua decided humanity was capable of redeeming itself, he no longer needed a method to force the issue.
Neku wasn't really Joshua's proxy...He was Kitanji's. Hear me out here. In this explanation, Instrumentality wasn't his main goal, only a feint... or a fallback, if that's what it came to. He manipulated Joshua, who disproved of his plan, into choosing Neku to be his proxy. Why Neku? Because he was the perfect person for it. Kitanji wanted to prove to him that people could change and Neku was the best choice for this. He went to Mr. H and got his help on this, of course. This was why Kitanji didn't just erase Neku outright. Because Neku was still useful. He basically risked everything, to the point of 'What the Hell, Hero?' standards, including his own life. Why? For one, he admired Joshua. Another reason was that he was just too powerful. So he had to take another route. He used Beat to try and attack Neku and Joshua because He knew that he wouldn't really have it in him to kill his friend. Sho was made GM because he knew Joshua was going to enter. The Taboo Noise was the Spanner in the Works that killed off some of their forces and some of the players. And in the Third Week, he took the gamble to it's limits. He made it Neku's last week because he didn't want people getting suspicious. He instigated Emergency Call since the Reaper's Game really was in danger. If Joshua destroyed Shibuya, how the hell were they going to play it? He also started Instrumentality in full effect as his backup plan and to point the focus to him. He removed all of the other players to give Neku a reliable partner: Beat. The Iron Maiden being made the Game Master? He was running out of good canidates and she was the most ideal. It all came to a head AFTER his death during the last 'Game' between Joshua and Neku. Neku had changed, giving Joshua reason enough to believe humanity was actually worth believing in. Thus, not only was Neku spared but so was Shibuya. Kitanji died... but not for nothing. True Final Boss, he would obviously be using the Darklit Planets deck.
Ventus will appear in the sequel.Because now that Neku is appearing in Kingdom Hearts 3D, crossovers are in play.
ALL the angels are fallen.Think about it: All the "angels" are supporting a grand scheme to keep the players from the afterlife (not all of them, but a select few willing to obey them). If they were really angels, they would know what the afterlife is like and know what keeping the players away from it means. Hanekoma is either an Ascended Demon or never fell, as he is trying to help the players get to the afterlife. Kitaniji's plot, both in motive and effect, should be familiar to some people as well.
The TWEWY-verse is another world in the Kingdom Hearts universeWith Neku confirmed to appear in Kingdom Hearts 3D, it's basically confirmed that TWEWY is part of the Kingdom Hearts universe now. The only problem would be whether Shibuya itself (and perhaps Tokyo) would be a "world", or if the world would be Earth.
The TWEWY-verse is NOT another world in the Kingdom Hearts universePretty straight forward, as all the other Disney and Final Fantasy characters have been markedly different in KH than their original canons, Neku in 3D will be in alternate universe version of Neku from his original game in the same way Leon is an alternate of Squall, or the way Jack (both Jacks actually) is both different from, and didn't learn the lesson in, his orignal movie.
Joshua was not the Composer, but the Composer's Proxy.The Composer was looking for a proxy in his game and decided that the best possible one would be a sociopathic teen who already had a small amount of psychic power. The resemblance to the Composer was an added bonus, allowing Joshua to serve as a decoy target for Minamimoto's first strike, if it came to that. He found Joshua and granted him the ability to see into the UG. He then manipulated events such that Joshua would meet Mr. Hanekoma and told Mr. H to explain things to him. Finally, he planted the idea of trying to jack Shibuya into Josh's head and manipulated him into killing Neku, who would serve to help Joshua's goal. Josh would barge into the Shibuya River, find the Conductor, think he was the Composer, and Erase him. However, things didn't go exactly as planned. Josh killed Neku, but didn't realize that he could break into the game until Week Two. As a result, Minamimoto's plan to release Taboo Noise had already been enacted. So the Composer gave Joshua his Jesus Beams to fight off the Taboo Noise. The Composer also transported Josh to the Tin-Pin-verse immediately before Sho's i level Flare, thus why Mr. H had to go get him. Any questions?
Joshua never tells a lie in the game.Just because manipulating everyone without stooping so low as to lying sounds, to me at least, like the kind of thing he'd get a kick out of. I've replayed the game with this in mind and the only part I'm iffy about is that he does say "Yes, I'm alive." (end of W 2 D 6, I believe, after blasting off the rhino). However, since we never get clear rules of the Game system, much less how a regular one normally goes, I personally believe the bastard could have cheated his way into his first Game and become the Composer, not necessarily in the traditional way, without dying beforehand - thus his subsequent speech, which is in past tense, actually refers to an older Game than the current one. Technically not a lie. Alternately, maybe the Composer is a different state of existence that counts more as alive than dead, or it might have been Lost in Translation. (Anyone who has any clue - as opposed to me - is welcome to confirm or infirm this.) This would explain his cheerful tendency to not answer anything directly at the beginning and never denying that he killed Neku.
Joshua's mannerisms are meant to annoy NekuJoshua's Ambiguously Gay attitude toward Neku was just another way to bug him. Way to be a Jerk Ass Joshua!
Some of the music in the game is, in universe, Def Märch's music.This is going off the theory that the music is actually what Neku's listening to through his headphones. In that case, who's to say that some of the music (Three Minutes Clapping, Transformation, and Twister Gang Mix come to mind) isn't some Def Märch music? And I know that Neku didn't have a clue who they were when he and Shiki met 777 in Week 1, but maybe he just found the songs on some website and downloaded them without looking at the artists' name?
Neku's entry fee in his final game was his friendship with Joshua.Think about it. Neku's extremely upset when he finds out Joshua had been the Composer and put him and Shibuya through all the stuff in the game, and was going on about how he had thought he had made a friend he could trust. Plus Josh never really specified what the entry fee was, probably feeling it would be repetitive to repeat what Neku had just said.
At least a few of the major Reapers were remade by the Composer after the end.It would make some things in the potential sequel cooler. Plus, with his faith in humanity being restored in the final game, so he wouldn't erase Shibuya, maybe he felt that Kitaniji had won their Game after having lost, and decided to give him a second chance. The others could be from unfair erasure or something along those lines.
The ending wasn't about Joshua regaining his faith in humanity; it was about him seeing the error of his own ways.According to the Secret Reports, Joshua's change of heart at the end of the game is what caused the people of Shibuya themselves to improve. But didn't Joshua say that the only way to prevent Shibuya from corrupting the rest of the world would be to destroy it completely? What reason would he have to think that, when simply changing his own mindset would have sufficed? The ending was also about him growing up and learning the same lesson Neku learned; that simply wishing everyone else out of your life isn't going to solve anything. This is supported by the fact that Joshua seemed to be just as misanthropic as Neku, only his hatred of other people manifested in a different way. His experiences with Neku brought about an epiphany that other people's values matter just as much as his own.
The story is All Just a Dream for Eri.Let me put it this way. Maybe she has been placed in coma trying to cope with the guilt of Shiki's death. All the characters in her dream are aspects of herself.
Rhyme has Time-based psychesNo real point to this WMG, besides the possibility of making Rhyme Time jokes.
If Joshua is the Composer's Proxy, then the Composer is really Eri.Think about it. She went to the Reaper's Game before Shiki and has knowledge of it since. Knowing that saying "you're not meant to be a designer" wouldn't cheer her up, Eri has planned on showing her the Reaper's Game. Therefore, she planned her death. It would appear that she killed Beat and Rhyme to give her support. On the sixth day for Shiki, she pretends stupid of not knowing Shiki watching over her talking to Mina about her. At the end of her week, Eri plans on letting Shiki stay at the Reaper's Game for a little longer by making her Neku's entry fee. Throughout the second and third week, she's watching from behind the scenes while Joshua acted as her proxy in the end. When Shiki comes back to life, Eri has decided to quit on being the Composer and gave this position to Joshua.
An Expy of Sora or Riku will be added.That if Disney don't approval using Sora or Riku for the Next TWEwY Games.
Rhyme uses Dragon Couture pins.This is based on how Rhyme uses different proverbs, such as her "haste makes waste" comment to Beat. The names of many of the pins in the Dragon Couture line follow a similar theme, such as "Live Slow, Die Fast."
TWEWY is really a sort of humanity-test...Maybe TWEWY is really a test from Square Enix, to see if we'll actually listen to the point of the game ((aka: people are cool and stuff, go out and interact)) instead of going "Complete ALL the postgame stuff!" and "Must... get... 100%... completion...".
Eri is just a nickname for...
The sequel will be the events in Kingdom Hearts 3D from the point of view of the The World Ends with You characters.The appearance of the The World Ends with You characters in Traverse Town is actually canon - they're playing a Reaper's Game there (this is actually confirmed in Kingdom Hearts 3D, as an early cutscene shows a timer on Neku's hand). The next game in this series will take place in Traverse Town, and show what the TWEWY characters were doing. In Kingdom Hearts style, there will be two stories to follow - one from the point of view of Neku and Shiki, and the other from the point of view of Beat and Rhyme (Joshua will probably just be an NPC). The battles will be against Nightmares, but done TWEWY-style, and instead of pins and Psychs you would have Spirits (but which, gameplay-wise, would function the same way as the pins, with different actions (touching, slashing, etc.) required to use each Spirit's attack). In essence, the whole game would be a Reaper's Game in Traverse Town, complete with walls, Reapers and everything.
Possible partners for the sequel.
The sequel will have it's own "Another Day"It will be set in a dystopian future where Tin Pin Slammer has been outlawed, and it's up to the sequel's protagonist and her friends to reunite the Kindred Spirits to save the world!
Final Fantasy's Gilgamesh will be a Bonus BossBecause he has been conspicuously absent from the Kingdom Hearts series thus far.
Mr. Mew is actually possessing Shiki...And Mr. Mew will be the main character of the sequel.
The sequel won't involve multiple games...At least not as the same character. Rather than have one character go through multiple games, it will have the player playing as multiple characters, each with their own game.
The girl in the new Stinger is...
One of the new partners in the sequel will wear sunglasses.The sunglasses symbolizes the partner's attempt to ignore the world around him/her.
The sequel will take place X number of years in the future, with the original Players all grown up.The stitching on the Mr. Mew doll's nose is different than the original, so it's probably a reproduction. If that's true, it could be because Shiki finally made it big as a designer and Mr. Mew hit public. She needed time to become famous, though, so there'll be a timeskip from the original game.
The sequel will allow multiplayer co-opLike kingdom hearts 358/2 days, you will be allowed to go noise hunting as characters from the story mode. (Though, if you select the main character their pins will be reduced to combos similar to other partners.) Maybe you will even be allowed to create your own custo character using the main characters as a base, like in the mirage arena from kingdom hearts birth by sleep.
If Eri is the main character in the sequel, she'll be voiced by Jennifer Hale.Come to think of it, she is mostly portrayed as the shadow for Heather Hogan's light. Who knows? Maybe Eri is the red oni to Shiki's blue oni if they make a pairing. If you don't know of what I'm talking about, think of Tales of Symphonia.
Or The Real Shiki will be voiced by Jennifer HaleBecaseu Shiki was the Shadow in Eri's Light.
Gameplay in the sequel will involve benevolent monsters called SignalBased on the use of Spirits in Kingfom Hearts 3D.
Atarashi Koko well be one of the New Gamemaster
The girl in the teaser is the Composer of Shibuya from a parallel world...and somehow she ended up in the Shibuya we all know and love.
The Composer planned to destroy Shibuya by erasing himself.Because lies are more interesting when they're built up on truths, and Josh did say during week two that he planned to erase the Composer. Given that the Composer is implied in the Secret Reports to be something of a Fisher King and that the position goes by Klingon Promotion, this becomes logistically sensical— if someone else were to Erase him, that person would become Composer, but if he did it himself it could cause a feedback loop that could raze the District. If we assume he's telling a delayed truth rather than a blatant lie when, in week two, he claims to be in the Game "because he wants to be", it's possible he killed himself in the first place however many years or decades ago he became Composer, the Secret Reports reveal that his faked self-sacrifice at the end of the week was actually very dangerous, even for him, and handing a loaded gun to someone who has every reason to loathe him isn't a particularly self-preserving action either. The idea that he's self-destructively unstable is surprisingly plausible, though certainly not sure enough to be more than speculation.
Ken Doi is actually the father of Sho MinamimotoThis might seem like a farfetched theory but there is a lot of evidence to back it up.
Sho is Shinjiro Aragaki after death