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    Hanekoma 

Sanae Hanekoma

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"If you want to enjoy life, expand your world."
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Voiced by Bart Flynn (EN)

The humble owner of the WildKat coffee shop on the upper-east side of Shibuya.


  • All-Powerful Bystander: The Producer is supposed to be this, but Hanekoma decides that drastic times call for drastic measures and ends up taking action behind the scenes.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He’s incredibly chatty, snarky, and is pretty much constantly messing with people, especially Neku. He’s also one of the most powerful characters in the story, the Fallen Angel, and one hell of a chessmaster.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Towards Neku and, shockingly enough, Joshua.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Stops Neku from erasing Shiki on Day 2, and keeps Beat from succumbing to erasure on Day 4. If the Composer's words can be taken at face value, Joshua has also been on the receiving end of this trope from him in the past.
  • Big Good: Kinda-sorta-maybe. He's a third party actively working against both Joshua and Kitaniji, but he's willing to dip into some morally grey areas to accomplish it, such as helping Minamimoto summon Taboo Noise. He's also the Producer of Shibuya, a position above even the Composer. The fact that he's one of the biggest reasons for Neku's character development helps him fit the position a bit better.
  • Bonus Boss: Of Another Day. He hits hard.
  • Broken Pedestal: Neku initially sees him as a good source of advice, and is amazed to learn that he's CAT, but his faith in him is shaken as he believes that he is the Composer. It ultimately turns out that while he has had a hand in the backstory behind the game, his actions were ultimately for the goal of preventing Shibuya from being erased.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's an extremely wise, competent guy but he's also pretty much constantly messing around.
  • The Chessmaster: Even more so than Joshua, who he was helping out while secretly doing his own thing off to the side.
  • Cool Shades: Sports a small pair of shades.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Has some shades of this, as evident by his interactions with Neku.
  • Fallen Angel: He is confirmed to be an Angel, to contrast the Composer and the Reapers but he showed Minamimoto how to create Taboo Noise and ended up with this trope for it.
  • The Gadfly: He’s constantly messing with Neku and Joshua in small ways and revels in it, much to their ire.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Sanae is normally a female name.
  • Have a Nice Death: "Open up your world!"
  • Hipster: He's got the vibe going in his fashion sense and playful attitude. He even owns a coffee shop!
  • Lightning Bruiser: He zips around the battlefield like he's on a caffeine rush, hits hard enough to nearly kill Neku in a single shot, and is tough enough to tank four level 3 fusion attacks to the face and keep on going.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Is ultimately the one that taught Minamimoto about Taboo Noise, hoping that he would be able to stop the Composer from winning the Game and destroying Shibuya.
  • Mr. Exposition: Offers Neku and Shiki something of a lecture about the Game on Day 2, an offer they gladly take him up on. His Secret Reports also serve as something of a Mind Screwdriver to the main game.
  • Necessarily Evil: In his own opinion, becoming a Fallen Angel is a price he gladly pays for teaching Sho about Taboo Noise and fixing the refinery sigil as part of Chessmastering Shibuya out of erasure.
  • Neutral No Longer: Due to his job as the Producer and the circumstances of the Game between Joshua and Megumi, he was expected to do nothing but watch from afar. However, due to his intense love for Shibuya, Hanekoma decides that desperate times call for desperate measures and ends up interfering a lot with the Game in order to try and save Shibuya from erasure.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Final Remix reveals that his backup plan to save Shibuya by teaching Minamimoto how to make Taboo Noise might have brought about something drastically worse than anything the villains were planning to do.
  • Odd Friendship: With Joshua. Hanekoma is a Nice Guy with a penchant for giving out inspiring life advice (and coffee) to troubled teens in need of it and Joshua is, well, Joshua. Yet, despite this, the two of them get along quite well for the most part and Hanekoma even acts as a Big Brother Mentor to Joshua. Considering how they both know of each other’s identities and are entangled in the grand scheme of the Angels, it does make sense, however.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Revealed in the Secret Reports to be an Angel, a higher order of being than the Reapers and the Composer.
  • Out of Focus: Doesn't appear at all during the last week, save for a brief glimpse after Joshua and Neku's final shootout. There's a good reason for this, to the point where the entire post game is essentially piecing together what he was doing during that time.
  • Panthera Awesome: His Noise form Panthera Cantus.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Somehow, nobody has figured out that Sanae Hanekoma, who runs a cafe called Wildkat on Cat Street, is the famous street artist CAT.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has one to go with his slick look.
  • Properly Paranoid: If the Secret Reports have anything to go by, Mr. H can't even trust his Another Day self in revealing the crime he has committed to become a Fallen Angel. This is why he hides in Pork City while searching for Joshua. Turns out that if you talk to Another Day Mr. H without witnessing the real one hiding in Pork City, he warns Another Day Neku to not trust the person who wrote the secret reports scattering around implying that Another Day Mr. H does not want this Neku to be involved with the main Mr. H and will resort to erasing his original self if he has to in order keep the peace.
  • Red Herring: He's not the Composer. Turns out it's way, way more complicated than that.
  • Rousing Speech: Done in a rather strange way. His Bonus Boss fight has him yelling motivational one-liners like "Don't let limits slow you!" and "Enjoy the moment!" while he beats you six ways from Sunday.
  • Spanner in the Works: In A New Day, Coco failed to project an illusion of Hanekoma in her Shibuya Noise because the real Hanekoma projected his own mind into his body double to aid Neku and Beat in finding out it was all Coco's doing. For his troubles, Coco angrily kicks his illusion out and sics her dissonance Noise on the pair.
  • Title Drop: In the English translation, in his speech to Neku telling to kid to expand his outlook on the world. It's quoted at the top of the main page of the game.
  • The Watcher: What his role as the Producer of the Reaper's Game entails. That said, Hanekoma violates the "thou shall not interfere" rule a good bit. First he takes Beat to WildKat and crafts Rhyme's soul into a pin ensuring that he doesn't get erased for losing his partner. Second, it's he who taught Minamimoto how to create Taboo Noise granting him his "Fallen Angel" status. Third, he is seen fixing Minamimoto's Taboo refinery sigil on Day 1 of Week 3 (though it isn't directly known at the time the player sees this in a cutscene) and lastly, he hides the Level 5 Keypin (which unlocks the Shibuya river) in a safe so that only Neku can find it though it doesn't end up mattering all that much seeing as how Taboo Minamimoto uses his new powers to smash open the barrier blocking entry to said river.
  • Unreliable Narrator: His Secret Reports, particularly when he refers to the "Fallen Angel" in the third person as if it were someone besides him. He drops it for the Secret Report obtained in Another Day, as well as for the Secret Addendums acquired in A New Day.
  • Waistcoat of Style: Fitting, considering he's a hip coffee shop owner.
  • Wild Card: Hanekoma helps both Kitaniji and Joshua accomplish their completely opposite goals while secretly planning to have both of them fail. However, this could be because the Producer's job is to keep things equal.

    Sota and Nao 

Sota Honjo and Nao

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Nao on the left, Sota on the right.
A pair with uncertain circumstances surrounding their death. Both are genuinely nice people, who tell Neku not to give up hope after what happens to him during the second week. Hinted to be a couple but never explicitly mentioned what their relationship is.
  • Battle Couple: Being partners with someone comes with the setting for the Reaper's Game, but these two have a lot subtext that implies that they're actually a couple.
  • Character Death:
    • They briefly appear in the RG alive and well during week 1, but are both Players in week 2. The implications are... unpleasant.
    • Neku doesn't take their erasure by Minamimoto's Taboo Noise very well.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: They're seen in the RG briefly during the first week.
  • Dark Horse Victory: While Neku considers his semifinal Tin Pin Slammer match against Shooter the linchpin of whether or not the Players are erased that day, Sota ends up winning in the finals. With help.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Both of them are Ganguro.
  • Kawaiiko: Nao-Nao looks a good bit older than the stereotype, but she's a cutesy kogal through and through.
  • Nice Guy: They are shown to be nothing but incredibly kind and supporting to each other and other people, to the point that even Joshua finds them incredibly charming. They sympathize with Neku’s circumstances on why he has to play the Game again and encourage him to continue on, even giving him a free pin to use. Even when being Erased, Sota has nothing but supporting words for Neku and Joshua and genuinely wishes for them to get back to the Realground safe and sound.
  • Spanner in the Works: An indirect example only visible in hindsight. Talking with Sota and Nao causes Neku to realize other people have just as much value as he does, turning him away from the cycle of isolation Joshua has been coaxing him to continue along. This in turn changes Joshua's mind at the very end.
  • Surfer Dude: Sota talks like one to compliment Nao's Valley Girl lingo.
  • Those Two Guys: They don't do much for the story until the second week.
  • Together in Death: Both of them were alive in week 1, and both of them are Players in week 2. Then Minamimoto's Taboo Noise happen, and they end up Together in Erasure.
  • Valley Girl: Nao is, like, one of them?

    Eri 

Eri

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Picture from Shiki's phone
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Eri is Shiki's best friend. Shiki uses a picture of Eri and herself as the wallpaper for her cellphone. Eri is described as charismatic and popular and she thinks of Shiki as a great friend and seamstress with a keen eye for details.
  • The Fashionista: She's very much into the latest fashion and is even a designer herself. She relies on Shiki to make her designs come to life, though.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: The last time the two spoke she suggested that Shiki isn't suited to designing, which she later realized ended up hurting Shiki's feelings. Shiki died before Eri got a chance to apologize for it.
  • Nice Hat: The hat she and Shiki wear was designed by her and sewn by Shiki, just like everything else in her wardrobe. Shiki uses her "incarnation" of it to wear her Pins.
  • O.C. Stand-in: Very little is known about her, since she only actually appears in one day, mentioning that she misses Shiki and that she regrets her taking her advice the wrong way.
  • Plot-Based Photograph Obfuscation: On Shiki's cellphone-wallpaper, a glare obscures her face or so we think. It's really hiding Shiki's face.
  • Satellite Character: Played for heartwarming. Her character is largely based around her relationship with Shiki. The only things we know about her is that she is (working to be) a fashion designer, she encouraged Shiki's own ambitions, and she thinks just as highly of Shiki as Shiki does of her.

    Shooter 

Shuto "Shooter" Dan

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A young NPC who is a major fan of Tin Pin Slammer.

    Yammer 

Itaru "Yammer" Yokoyamada

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A young NPC who is a major fan of Tin Pin Slammer along Shooter.

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    Ken Doi 

Ken Doi

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The owner of the Ramen Don shop in Dogenzaka. He is a friendly businessman who is always looking for ideas on how to improve his ramen. He doesn't like to talk a lot about his past.
  • Berserk Button: Mentioning his role in developing Tin Pin.
    • Also asking about his past in general gets him relatively angry.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: See above. He also gets them in Week 3, Day 7 if you enter his shop, under the effects of the Red Skull Pin, though he manages to snap out of it.
  • Hypocrite: He hates the Shadow Ramen store for deviating from traditional ramen recipes, only to realise that he's been doing the exact same thing himself.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Possibly Sho's father if Another Day has anything to say about it. At one point Sho calls him pops and Ken Doi later asks "When did my kid grow up so fast?"
  • Retired Badass: In Another Day, he turns out to be the elusive Dr. Pin Sr.

    Mick 

Makoto "Mick" Miki

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Originally a timid and unsuccessful businessman, he quits his job for Gatito (or, at least, a subsidiary of them) and opens up the Shadow Ramen store in the second week to rival the Ramen Don shop. He is also responsible for helping spread around the Red Skull pins, their purpose becoming much clearer by the end of the game.
  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: After becoming a success in Week 2, he sports an entirely new appearance and becomes quite arrogant.
  • Alliterative Name
  • Character Development: He starts off as a meek and timid businessman that gives up rather easily before transforming into a real Jerkass after he temporarily lets his success go to his head. After his next business venture fails and he is left back at square one, the player can help him decide what to do with his future and should you go for the right choice, he resolves to go back to the drawing board with renewed passion and comes out the whole ordeal stronger for it.
  • Mistaken for Gay: After opening up Shadow Ramen, where he takes up work, watch what he says (and his facial expressions!) when you increase his Friendship Gauge. Well... he mistakes Neku for a gay mistaking him for gay, anyway.
  • Salary Man: What he started out as, then he tried to be a business mogul, but that backfired on him.
  • That Came Out Wrong: His use of pop-culture catch phrases leaves something to be desired.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: When you first meet him, he comes across as fairly meek and unremarkable but genuinely earnest guy who wants to make his customers happy. Due to his newfound success thanks to Neku and Shiki helping to spread the Red Skull pin around, he becomes way more arrogant and condescending and even tries to bribe Eiji to get him to promote his shop. Thankfully, however, he lets go of this mindset after his business ventures go up in smoke and he reverts back to normal.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He has a short but critical role in Kitaniji's Assimilation Plot. By spreading the Red Skull pins and making them popular, he almost dooms all of Shibuya into becoming a hive mind.

     777 

777 (Triple 7)

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Leader of the band Def Märch, which also includes fellow Reapers B.J. and Tenho.
  • Anti-Villain: Type IV. 777 is pretty nice overall and seems more worried with his band and bandmates than actually being a Reaper. The only time he fights you, he's even honourable enough to give you a key after Neku spares him. His subsequent erasure by Konishi is used as a big Kick the Dog moment.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: Tenho steals the band's microphone, which, in turn, is swapped by Minamimoto for his megaphone. The band ends up attempting to incorporate the megaphone into their act.
  • Face of the Band: Invoked by 777. BJ seems to resent this.
  • Famous Last Words: "Hey, anybody in here? I said, HEEEY!!! See? Nobody —"
  • Informed Ability: Apparently his music is great... but you never get to hear it.
  • Mauve Shirt: Ends up getting erased before the end of the game.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Less violent variant: Tenho ends up stealing Def Märch's microphone in order to stop 777 and BJ from fighting and possibly breaking up the band.
  • Nobody Loves the Bassist: BJ is resentful that 777 is always the singer. Until the Microphone gets stolen.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Very much so, as noted above he seems to view reaping as a side job to his band.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Unfortunately ends up facing Konishi's wrath after he lost to Neku and Beat.
  • Street Musician: Def Märch is an indie band, and all three members got their start by singing on the streets.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When he enlists Neku and Joshua's help to find their lost microphone, he pays them in advance: Three ¥10000 pins and a ¥5 pin.

    Oji 

Eiji Oji

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A big-time celebrity and "Prince of Ennui" in Shibuya's RG whose blog, "F Everything", gets 100,000 hits per day.
  • Bandwagon Technique: Whenever he discovers something he likes, he "F's it", and that thing instantly becomes super-popular among his readers.
  • Bishōnen: A tall pretty boy with legions of screaming fan girls trailing him. A random thought from one of the NPCs has the NPC wondering if his girlfriend, who looks like Eiji, is really a woman.
  • Celebrity Blog: Runs one.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Subverted; the "F" of "F Everything" stands for fabulous.
  • Dreadful Musician: He has an album out, but he can barely stay on key.
  • Hidden Depths: While he may come off as snobby and incredibly high class at first glance, he’s actually very down to earth and a helpful ear to his friends as shown with Makoto.
  • Non-Indicative Name: His title of "Prince of Ennui" makes more sense before you learn that the F is for Fabulous.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: He decides to stop promoting Shadow Ramen once he realizes he's been nothing more than Mick's shill.

    Futoshi 

Futoshi

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The backstage tech of the Def Märch. He is unusually forgetful.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He doesn't react to Makoto's sales pitch, until he hears "Come get some hot stuff!" Then he starts grinning and gets really close to Makoto before taking a pin.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": In the main game, he's known only as the Tech. His real name can be discovered in a side chapter, though.
  • Forgetful Jones: He forgets the fuse needed to light up the stage on Day 3 of Week 1.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: He gets right into Makoto's personal space. Possibly because he kept saying "Come get some hot stuff!"
  • The Resenter: Implied to resent 777 a little for stealing the spotlight all the time.
  • The Slacker: Perceived as this because of his rampant forgetfulness, which leads him to do things other than what he was tasked to.

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    Ai and Mina 

Ai and Mina

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Ai
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Mina
A pair of schoolgirls who are good friends. Lately, their friendship has been put under some strain when Ai suspects Mina is trying to steal her crush, Makoto, away from her, although it all gets cleared up with Neku and Shiki's help.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Ai, to an extent. However, it turns out she does appreciate her friendship with Mina deeply.
  • Fangirl: Mina in Another Day.
  • Friendship Moment: Mina buys some tickets to a Tin Pin Slammer event to give to Ai so she can go out with Makoto. Unfortunately, Ai misunderstands her intentions at first, but apologizes as soon as she finds out.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Ai gets suspicious of Mina the minute she sees her talking to Makoto alone.
  • Nice Girl: Mina, which is contrasted by Ai's easily invoked jealousy.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Mina and Makoto really weren't doing anything together, apart from chatting, but Ai immediately starts to assume the worst when she catches them talking to each other. It didn't help that Mina was trying to keep quiet about her planned surprise, which only added to Ai's suspicions.
  • Recurring Extra: Mina, who shows up in more days than her friend Ai.
  • Joshikousei: Just your typical Japanese schoolgirls.
  • Those Two Girls: Played entirely straight.

    Tutorial Guy 

Another Day Tutorial Guy/The Wizard of Slam/Shinji Hashimoto

A Reaper-looking person who teaches Neku about Tin Pin.
  • Big Good: Of Tin Pin in the Another Day universe and possibly the main universe.
  • Catchphrase: "Like a bolt from the blue..."
  • The Chessmaster: He helped set up the events of Another Day so the Omega Slammer would be completed.
  • Creator Cameo: He helped invent Tin Pin in game's backstory, but in actuality he's The World Ends with You's producer.
  • Foreshadowing: You can find thoughts in the main game hinting at his appearance. More than that, you can encounter him yourself on Week 2/Day 3 of the main game, the day AFTER you're forced into a Tin Pin Slammer tournament as part of the plot.
  • True Final Boss: Of Another Day.
  • Walking Spoiler: The fact that he's anything beyond a random tutorial character is a twist in itself.
  • Warm-Up Boss: For the final Tin Pin matches when you first fight him.

    Spoiler Character 

"Hype-chan"

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A mysterious girl who bears some resemblance to Neku and Shiki. She briefly appears in The Stinger of Solo Remix and makes her proper debut in the plot in Final Remix.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She pops up in The Stinger of Solo Remix before having a plot-relevant appearance in "A New Day" in Final Remix.
  • No Name Given: She never actually appears in relation to anybody else, leaving her with no opportunity to introduce herself.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Her overall existence, and the fact she has her own Mr. Mew, even though Shiki specifically said her Mr. Mew is the only one. These questions are not answered at all in "A New Day".
  • Sole Survivor: She's the only one left standing after Shinjuku gets erased at the end of "A New Day".
  • Unknown Character: She is only ever seen in visions and discussed indirectly; everything about her, even her name, is an enigma.
  • Walking Spoiler: In the Solo Remix, she's nothing but a picture tagged on the end of the post-credits scene that plays after collecting all the Secret Reports. In the Final Remix, she's present in Neku's visions during "A New Day", which is only available after clearing challenge fights throughout the rest of the game.

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