Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Explaining "Da World Hens with U"

In the post directly preceding this one, I posted two The World Ends with You images meant to be spoofs of the series, using the character mugshots ripped from Solo Remix (which are obviously better quality) and the backgrounds from the original DS version. Since then, I made two more of these images.

Yea, The World Ends with You is just a series I can't get out of my mind. I beat it within the span of two Augusts, August 2008 and August 2009, playing through Normal up to Week 2 Day 5 and then Easy for the remainder of the game (this was long before I started forcing myself to select the normal difficulty for everything so that people don't think I'm noobish) with only 3 deaths. I defeated every Noise and Boss (except two Noise fights and one of the Kariya & Uzuki battles) in one attempt each. I simply adore it for that unlike other RPG's, you could easily survive any fight and dodge every attack, possibly coming out of a string of fights without a scratch. Nowadays I probably wouldn't have touched it due to extreme laziness, but I still beat it before such kicked in in later years. The double-character system was easy; just mash away on the Control Pad and watch the animals (that's what Noise are in most terms, but not in others) suffer.

My "report" is not 100% complete, and I have no plans of obtaining the game's Star Ranking in all categories. Especially considering how sharp the difficulty curve is if you went from Normal to Hard. But that's another story for another day.

While I doubt this'll become a recurring occurrence, Da World Hens with U are just gimmicky mugshot comics (an alternate to sprite comics) featuring obviously, The World Ends with You's cast of Japanese death-metal punk/goth-loving teenagers and adults, portraying the characters as actors with Hanekoma under the director's seat. Just like the game's Another Day, Da World Hens with U is non canon, and is also entirely fandom. The relationships between characters have changed, some have gone from enemies to playful rivals and frememies, while others... stay exactly where they are. No I'm not going to bring in any of the boy-on-boy relationships, so here are the actual pics themselves.

For this one I tried to go with the "Imagination Route" and depict all the character's dialogue as images. This is where the "changed relationships" this can really do justice, as it portrays Neku and Kariya as buddies, rather than enemies. However, Beat is still spamming death thoughts for what was done to Rhyme during the first week. The scene being depicted is Week 3 Day 5, the qurater-final chapter in the game, where Neku and Beat duel against Berserk Kariya and Berserk Uzuki, but Uzuki wasn't present at the time thanks to being stuck with "Taboo" Minamimoto right outside the Reaper's base; where here it's just Minamimoto's umpteenth attempt to woo Uzuki out of Kariya's grasp with a new look and more tattoos, but failing as he would many other time since he was introduced into the script in Week 2. Of course Uzuki isn't exactly the dumbest brick around and continuously explains she already has a boyfriend whenever Minamimoto's attempts don't go according to plan. I was originally going to put something else in Minamimoto's speech bubble, but I din't want this to become R-18. With Minamimoto's love for equations, you may get an idea on what it was initially.
One thing that I wanted to establish in Da World Hens with U was Minamimoto's obsession with pulling all the focus onto himself rather than any of the others, unintentionally making him one of the more disliked actors on the set. Here we have Minamimoto "borrowing" Mitsuki's hundred-dollar camera for doing what he does best, while the others enjoy(?) their break-time in the Reaper's hideout in-between shootings. This would probably take place sometime after the beginning of Week 2, where Minamimoto would be written into the plot, then continue to fool around with everyone else offset after  Neku and Joshua kill a mutated black lion meant to be Minamimoto's Noise Form. Can't really explain it any further than that.

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