'NEO: The World Ends with You' Has Style but Lacks the Edge of the Original

I played The World Ends with You when I was a very messy teenager. Seventeen was a rough age to be in general, but it was doubly so for an immigrant kid who constantly struggled with their queerness. Anime offered me an escape from aggressively American gender roles, and I was notoriously protective of it. I was quick to judge people based on their favorite series. Remember the “Normal People Scare Me” meme on Tumblr? That was my personality, but unironically.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/n7bky8/neo-the-world-ends-with-you-review