The Conductor serves as the Composer's representative, transmitting orders from the Composer to the Reapers. Their respective roles are analogous to that of their musical counterparts: just as a composer writes music and a conductor interprets and communicates that music to the orchestra, so does the Game's Composer create plans and orders, and it falls to the Conductor to give those orders to the Reapers and ensure they are followed. He can also serve as a last line of defense, as he guards the entrance to the Composer's lair.
Among the Reapers, only the Composer is considered more powerful than the Conductor. He possesses lesser versions of most of the powers held by the Composer.
- Can communicate with the Composer.
- Acts as Second-in-Command in the Composer's absence.
- Selects the Game Master
- May admit new Reapers.
- If the existence of the UG is threatened, the Conductor can override the Composer's rules with an Emergency Call.
- Authority over all other Reapers. As the Composer rarely (if ever) gives orders to most Reapers, high-ranking Reaper officers answer to the Conductor, and meet with him to receive their orders.
It is important to note that the Conductor cannot restore Players to life.
Achieving the Rank
While it is never revealed how one achieves the position of the Conductor, it is assumed that the Composer typically hand-picks him or her out of the Officer-rank Reapers; Mitsuki Konishi's request that Sho Minamimoto make her Conductor if he should achieve Composer status supports this. The current Conductor at the time, Megumi Kitaniji, was erased by the Composer at the end of the game, leaving the position of Conductor open.
In this situation, there were no officers left to take the position so a lower-ranked Reaper may temporarily step into the position of an acting Conductor (and, by extension, Game Master) until a qualified Reaper appears. A presumed example of this is how Uzuki Yashiro was the acting Game Master prior toNEO: The World Ends with You until Shiba Miyakaze took over from her.