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Fashionable and fabulous at fifteen, Shiki knows clothes. While she puts on a cheerful face to lend Neku some much-needed moral support, deep down she harbors a secret... She never parts with her homemade stuffed animal, Mr. Mew; to survive, Neku can never part with her.
— Game manual description

Shiki Misaki (美咲 四季 Misaki Shiki) is one of the main characters of The World Ends with You and serves as Neku Sakuraba's partner during his first Reapers' Game.

AppearanceEdit

Shiki Misaki is a fifteen year old girl, tall and slender in stature. She has dark red hair that is concealed by her newsboy cap. Her attire consists of a red short sleeved shirt that exposes a very large portion of her midriff. Over this she wears a short yellow hooded vest. She wears a necklace around her neck with a puzzle piece-shaped pendant. She is in a low-cut green colored denim mini-skirt with a brown pouch around her waist. She also wears a yellow bracelet on her left wrist accompanied by a ring on her pinkie finger, and almost knee-length brown medium heeled boots with yellow stripes on the sides. All of these are hand-made by Shiki herself.

However, this appearance is "borrowed" from Eri. Her real appearance is of a girl with short brown hair wearing glasses, a dull green jacket over a black shirt, and a tan knee-length skirt with a light oak leaf pattern and black leggings

PersonalityEdit

Shiki tries to the best of her abilities to help others. She is generally positive and upbeat, always trying to make the best of a bad situation. However, despite her cheerful attitude, Shiki feels inferior and useless to others, making her jealous of her friend. Shiki attempts to turn these feelings into positive ones and not let them affect her. Shiki is shown to be a talented seamstress, even making her own clothes.

In Another DayEdit

In Another Day, Shiki acts almost exactly the same. The only notable difference is that she becomes more of a fangirl for "The Prince", and is a part of the (White Angels), a Prince fan group going so far as to become angry at anyone that insults him or her group.

She also enjoys Tin Pin Slammer a great deal more than she did during the main story.

In A New DayEdit

In A New Day, Shiki keeps her personality, and does not seem different in any noticeable way other than a few inconsistencies with her motivations.

BiographyEdit

BackgroundEdit

Shiki was Eri's best friend, and often felt inferior to her. Despite this, the two were good friends. Eri was exceptional at designing clothes and Shiki helped make Eri’s design’s a reality. Shortly before the game began, Shiki died in an unknown accident. To enter the game, she was forced to sacrifice her physical identity, and took up Eri's appearance while in the Underground.

Week 1Edit

Shiki meets Neku on the very first day of the game at the Statue of Hachiko, where she makes a pact with him. She explains the situation (including how to form a pact and the basics of the game) to her partner and teaches him how to use his first battle pins. No reference is made to how Shiki knows the rules for the game, or how the other players (aside from Neku) also know the rules, or at least enough to play. Though Neku is at first resistant to her, she constantly remains a source of positive support for him and teaching him of the value of friendship. The two then make it to 104 to complete their first mission.

During the second day, Shiki meets Beat and Rhyme, whom she quickly makes friends with and learns several tips from. However, Neku's antisocial behavior makes Beat mad and the two leave. At the end of the second day, when Uzuki convinces Neku to kill Shiki to escape the Game.

On the third day, it is revealed she was saved by Hanekoma, who educates the two on being a team. However, she is constantly hurt and shocked by Neku's total lack of empathy, especially when Rhyme is erased. When she meets Yodai Higashizawa on day five, he mocks her, taunting her about the jealousy in her heart. Because of this, Shiki becomes unsure and unfocused for an entire day; Neku is then forced into a difficult role for him as being the positive and driven member of the partnership.

On the sixth day, she finds her best friend Eri in Shibuya. Surprisingly, Shiki looks exactly like her friend. After fleeing, Neku confronts her, and she confesses that the person he sees is not her real appearance—it is really Eri's body. Forfeiting her appearance as a fee for the game, it is revealed that she has always envied her friend, who she felt was better than her in every way. Upon finding Eri again, Shiki realizes that Eri loved her very much, and wished she could have her skills as well. Realizing how lucky she is, the jealousy disappears from Shiki and her spirit is renewed. She and Neku go on to defeat Higashizawa on the final day and win the Game.

Realshiki

Shiki's true appearance.

Unfortunately, only one of them can move on, and Shiki is chosen. She protests, but Neku urges her to leave and meet up with Eri. Shiki is concerned that Neku will not like her anymore when he sees her true form, but Neku reassures her and encourages her to meet him at Hachiko after the game concludes. Tearfully, Shiki leaves for the RG—only to be taken as Neku's entry price for his next Game (Regardless, Shiki could not be brought back to life due to the Composer's absence).

Week 2Edit

Shiki is not present during the second week, since she is being used as Neku's entry fee for the second week but continually serves as the main driving force behind Neku's determination to win the Reapers' Game.

Week 3Edit

Shiki awakens deep within the Shibuya River on the last day of the 3rd week (after Neku wins his third game by defeating Konishi; since Shiki was Neku's entry fee, she is returned to the UG), where Neku and Beat are passing through to find the Composer, after Neku and Beat break enough rules to disqualify themselves. Upon finding the Reapers' hideout, the Red Skull pin she had gained during her Game is activated by Kitaniji, and without her Player Pin she is mind controlled.

Shiki Possessed

Shiki attacks Neku

She is then forced to fight Beat while Neku attacks Kitaniji. During battle, she attacks on the top zone and uses her standard attacks with Mr. Mew to fight Beat. After Neku defeats the Conductor, she continues to attack, sending multiple Mr. Mews at Neku. She is blocked by Beat, who is knocked out in the attack. Neku takes the opportunity to cut her Red Skull pin in half. Shiki loses consciousness along with Beat, and Neku goes to fight the Composer alone. Shiki and Beat wake up shortly after and rush after their friend just in time to find him about to fight Kitaniji once more.

Together, the trio fight the Conductor. Joshua then enters and is forcibly fused with the Conductor, stealing away both Beat and Shiki. Fortunately, all three partners manage to sync up with Neku while he fights alone, giving him enough power to defeat the Conductor and save them. Sadly, Joshua then reveals himself as the Composer. Joshua decides to spare Shibuya, and Shiki, Neku, Beat, and Rhyme all meet up at Hachiko, where they happily reunite.

Another DayEdit

Shiki is an avid player of Tin Pin Slammer, like everybody else in the alternate universe. She joins Neku to help him find the stolen pins during the Tin Pin Tournament. While she seems to have inexplicably kept Eri's appearance, Another Day's Joshua explains that she does in actual fact look like her RG self, and the player simply sees what they expect, even though it isn't the truth. He also hints that he is aware of the real-world development process of The World Ends with You, and obliquely claims that creating battle sprites of Shiki's RG appearance exclusively for the semi-canon bonus chapter would have been a lot to ask of an already-taxed development team, for not much added value.

A New Day Edit

In A New Day, Shiki appears as a player in the Reaper’s Game. She partners with Rhyme this time around, and she doesn’t appear to be any different from the first game’s Shiki. She still keeps Eri’s appearance. It is theorized that her entry fee was her appearance yet again. After Rhyme is erased, Shiki disappears after the ensuing battle.

Shiki calls Neku after he escapes Coco's Shibuya. She says one of the seams on Mr. Mew ripped and felt like something bad was happening. She and Neku then agree to go shopping later to buy materials so they can stitch up Mr. Mew.

RelationshipsEdit

NekuEdit

Neku and Shiki's relationship is incredibly complex, like all Neku's partners. While Neko is extremely cold with her, calling him a stalker and even trying to kill her (albeit at the behest of a Reaper), until they measure it the following week, they develop a friendship. By the end of the week, they get closer and promise to meet at RG. Neku's relationship with Shiki is further emphasized when she is revealed to be his entry fee in the second week.

EriEdit

Shiki is best friends with Eri, as the two of them bonded through making clothes together. Shiki became jealous of Eri's good looks, popularity, and skills as a designer. This jealousy was one of the driving factors behind her appearance during the Reaper's Game and Higashizawa's interest in her. Later, on Week 1, Day 6, Shiki and Neku learn that Eri had just as much respect and admiration for Shiki.

Mina and NaoEdit

Shiki is friends with Mina and Nao in Another Day. They are all part of the Eiji Oji fan group, the White Angels. Rhyme Shiki and Rhyme are not very close but they have some conversations throughout the game worth noting. On Week 1, Day 4, Shiki ask’s Rhyme about Her Pendant, which Rhyme explains to be a gift from her brother.

In A New Day, Shiki and Rhyme are partners in the game.

AbilitiesEdit

Mr. Mew

Shiki's stuffed animal, Mr. Mew, is her sole method of attacking in battle.

Shiki's psych involves her animating Mr. Mew through Groove Pawn, a Psychokinesis-type pin. The stuffed animal comes alive and becomes a ferocious, clawing beast that attacks enemies. She also seems to be capable of duplicating Mr. Mew. This has only been done during her fusion attacks with Neku and in the storyline, but not in battle as a special attack. While Shiki seems to be able to command Mr. Mew, her control is indirect at best; she states that he "does his own thing" in Week 1, Day 4. Her ability to animate objects only works on Mr. Mew.

She can also jump and attack enemies in mid-air by pressing up on the D-pad or X, dealing double damage once. Reversing the direction she attacks while in the middle of a combo results in a counter, dealing double damage. She can block attacks with her arms by pressing down or B. If she manages to pull off a successful ground attack, Shiki gains brief invincibility as she cheers herself while Mr. Mew is uppercutting enemies.

Through him, she has the ability to jump and attack enemies in mid-air by pressing up on the D-pad or X, dealing double damage once. Reversing the direction she attacks in while in the middle of a combo results in a counter, dealing double damage. She can also guard against attacks by pressing down or B.

ESP CardsEdit

Shiki gains Fusion Stars through her ESP Cards (also known as Zener cards). There are three ESP Cards displayed face down at the top of Shiki's screen. The player has to randomly guess each card at the end of the combo map, starting from the right to the left. Guessing the right card moves the cursor to the left. Guessing the wrong card keeps the cursor in place, requiring the player to retry. If the wrong card selected was one of the facedown ESP Cards, there'll be a quick glimpse of where that card is.

Difficulty settings change the amount of available cards: Easy or Normal mode chooses from Waves, Circle, or Cross. Hard mode will add the Star (a filled star) card, and Ultimate mode will add the Square (a hollow square) card.

Fusion StarsEdit

Guessing the correct card without a mistake earns Shiki two stars. Guessing incorrectly then guessing the right card later earns only one star. If the player chooses the wrong card and it is revealed being in another place, guessing this card at the first try will still earn two stars. Although there is a bit of randomness in Shiki's fusion star generation (the first card always has to be guessed), she can potentially generate two at once; only Beat can generate more than two stars per combo, but this is often difficult to pull off.

FusionsEdit

  • Fusion-S1 Level 1: Neku and Mr. Mew attack all enemies. (Solo Remix adds Shiki throwing Mr. Mew and him growing into a giant)
    • Shiki: "Ready to die?"
    • Neku: "Then die!"
  • Fusion-S2 Level 2: Shiki and Neku ride Mr. Mew, while Mr. Mew attacks.
    • Shiki: "Neku, come on!"
    • Neku: "Right behind you!"
  • Fusion-S3 Level 3: Mr. Mew grows to Godzilla-like proportions and fires lasers from his eyes, while Shiki and Neku stand on his shoulders.
    • Shiki: "Go, Mr. Mew!"
    • Neku: "Get 'em, Piggy!"

Tin Pin DeckEdit

In Another Day, Shiki's pin deck is shown during a Tin Pin Match against her. As she can only be fought once, there is no rematch and only one of her decks is known.

Pin #1: Tin Pin Thrift | Weight: 7, Spin: 5, KO Length: 4, Stinger x 7, Bomber x 4, Hammer x 4, Hand x 1
Pin #2: Tin Pin Thrift | Weight: 7, Spin: 5, KO Length: 4, Stinger x 7, Bomber x 4, Hammer x 4, Hand x 1

Solo Remix Edit

In The World Ends with You -Solo Remix-, all partner characters saw their combat abilities altered into usable Partner Pins. Shiki's pin uses targeted attacks that are activated by tapping an enemy and which function similar to her original ground combo. Her various other abilities are replaced with abilities that upgrade the pin's usability or improve the pin's attack mechanism. See Shiki Partner Pin for full details.

Final Remix Edit

In The World Ends With You: Final Remix, Shiki, like all other partners, keep their pin usage style from The World Ends with You -Solo Remix-. Week 1, Day 2 and onwards another player can control Shiki with a second Joy-con in Co-op mode, giving her two extra moves on top of her partner pin.

Fusion CardsEdit

In Remix versions, Shiki’s Fusion attacks are powered by a card minigame. A card with a symbol is shown on top, and the player must pick the two matches from a set of cards displayed. The cards will flash for a second before displaying a card with a cat. There will be 4 cards at first, then five, then six for the rest of the mini-game. A multiplier bonus is given for picking out both matches with no incorrect picks.

ItemsEdit

SwagEdit

The following is all of the Shiki-related items the player can get in the game:

ThreadsEdit

There are several Threads that give bonuses when worn exclusively by Shiki. Listed in order of their item number, they are:

FoodEdit

Shiki will react differently to certain foods, giving her more or less Sync than the food's description states. She dislikes fatty and fast foods and likes healthy foods and sweet foods. Shiki has the least hates with 5, shares with Joshua for most dislikes with 8, has the least neutral foods with 6, ties with Joshua for most likes with 13, and has the most loves with 10.

Shiki’s line eating food she loves with a 200% sync multiplier is “It’s delicious!” Her 10 loved foods, listed in order of their item number, are:

Shiki’s line eating food she loves with a 150% sync multiplier is “So yummy!” Her 13 liked foods, listed in order of their item number, are:

Shiki’s line eating food she's neutral on with a 100% sync multiplier is “Food's food.” Her 6 neutral foods, listed in order of their item number, are:

Shiki’s line eating food she's dislikes with a 75% sync multiplier is “Yuck!” Her 8 disliked foods, listed in order of their item number, are:

Shiki’s line eating food she hates with a 50% sync multiplier is “You finish it.” Her 6 hated foods, listed in order of their item number, are:

EtymologyEdit

The word "Shiki" translates directly to thread, reflecting on her talent for sewing, and her knowledge of trends in Shibuya. She is the only Player in the game who visibly cares about fashion and trends beyond their effects in battling Noise. The kanji Shi-ki Mi-saki translate literally to: four, seasons, beautiful, blossom.

Battle Quotes Edit

  • This won't be hard. - Begin battle
  • Not good! - Begin battle at low HP
  • There! - Combo finisher
  • Die! - Combo finisher
  • Why don't you back off? - Combo finisher
  • Got it! - Catching the puck
  • What a rush! - Catching the puck at 5x power
  • Here it comes! - Activating the partner pin in Solo or Final Remix
  • We won't make it... - Low HP
  • Neku, you okay? - Neku recovering from knockdown
  • No! Not like this! - Game Over
  • AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! - Game Over
  • We did it! - Noise erased
  • Was that close or what? - Noise erased at low HP
  • Talk about seamless! - Noise erased
  • Losing's not an option! - ★-rank victory
  • Nice! - Finishing a combo and passing the puck
  • Huh? - When using (S) Backlash
  • I wasn't feeling it - E-Rank Victory

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TriviaEdit

  • Interestingly, Shiki's fighting style is very similar to that of Lulu from Final Fantasy X, both of them use dolls to physically attack their opponents. However, Lulu's dolls are most likely possessed or controlled by black magic as opposed to Mr. Mew who is controlled with Groove Pawn.
  • It is also interesting to note that Mr. Mew bears a slight resemblance to Cait Sith, a recurring character/summon from the Final Fantasy series. Cait Sith also appeared as one of Lulu's dolls.
  • It is strange that even though Shiki says Mr. Mew "does his own thing," he doesn't help her if she gets captured by jellyfish Noise; he just stands there in his battle pose.
  • Shiki is Neku's only partner to not largely go by a nickname (although Neku calls her "stalker" before getting to know her).
  • Shiki's appearance doesn't change into her real appearance in Another Day, despite not being in the Reapers' Game. However, this is easily explainable, as this story takes place in another universe. As another explanation, when Neku talks to Joshua, he says a parable which basically says that "a certain young lady may look different to you than she actually is," claiming that Neku has a filtered view on Shiki's look.
  • Shiki's nickname in Another Day, "Green" is said by Joshua to be based on the color of her skirt. But interesting it also reflects her true form's main color (the green jacket).
    • Though this is possibly coincidental, it also appears to reflect her motivation (envy toward Eri, as in the phrase "green with envy").
  • Shiki's real form's eyes are never shown. On her phone, they are hidden by a glare. During the credits, only half of her face is shown.
  • At the end of a battle, Shiki will hold her phone to her ear. This is strange as there is no one to call in the UG. It's possible that she is listening to music on it, but she can be seen dialing, and every few seconds she shakes as though with laughter.

GalleryEdit

Shiki Misaki/Gallery

Players
NekuBeatJoshuaRhymeShikiSota and Nao

777BJCoco AtarashiKoki KariyaMegumi KitanijiMitsuki KonishiSho MinamimotoTenhoUzuki YashiroYodai Higashizawa

Other Characters

AiEiji OjiEriKen DoiMakoto MikiMinaMr. MewShuto DanSanae Hanekoma

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