The World Ends With You
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The World Ends With You
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Overview

"Tradition? Tradition is garbage! CRUNCH! I'll add it to the heap! This is my Game. And I only allow two things. Flawless calculations... and beauty!"
— Sho Minamimoto on the second game, Week 2, Day 1

Sho Minamimoto (南師 猩 Minamimoto Shō) is the secondary antagonist in The World Ends with You and a main character in NEO: The World Ends with You. In the first game, he was a Reaper Officer, but in the sequel, he becomes a player and joins the Wicked Twisters.

Appearance[]

In The World Ends with You, Minamimoto is a tall tan-skinned young man with grey spiky hair hanging down and amber eyes. At the beginning of the game, he wears a black short-sleeved coat with an undone belt and yellow buttons, ripped grey jeans, black platform shoes, a black and grey cap with two silver buttons on the front, a red bandana, and a silver necklace and earring and bracelet. As he experiments further with taboo his outfit changes - he starts off with black taboo markings on his left hand, and after reviving in Week 3 it continues to grow over his body. The only clothes he keeps from his initial outfit is his ripped coat exposing his chest, his shoes, and his bracelet. His jeans are now fastened with a belt - the buckle is his Noise form, Leo Cantus. As the Taboo spreads further, Sho's hair begins spiking up. His clothes can be collected as Gatito threads: Pi-Face's Coat, Pi-Face's Jeans, Pi-Face's Cap, and Pi-Face's Bandanna.

In NEO: The World Ends with You, Minamimoto wears black laced platform boots with a red inside and white buttons, grey pants, a black shirt with a white zipper, a dark gray coat with a reptilian pattern, his cap, and his necklace. The reptile pattern is a reference to Megumi Kitaniji; the pattern used for Minamimoto is that of a crocodile, while Kitaniji's was from a python. Noticeably, he doesn't have any Taboo markings on him. He looks almost exactly like Elegant Strategy character Lord Tomonami, making Nagi obsess over him.

Personality[]

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"An 18-year-old whose cruelty is second only to his intelligence. His reputation as a Reaper has gained him notoriety in spades--along with a prestigious promotion within the Reapers' ranks."
— Game manual description

At 18, Sho Minamimoto is the youngest Game Master of the Reapers in Shibuya and the second Game Master Neku battles. It is revealed that he excels in all areas of leadership except one—cooperation with others. More of a mathematician than a brawler, Sho loves to speak in mathematical terms and cannot refrain from making a calculation or from telling a math joke during conversation, to the point of obsession.

Arrogant and willing to show it in whatever way necessary, he ceaselessly tries to prove his value and his strength. He has a strange habit of gathering together junk heaps when playing the part of game master, claiming that they are a precisely calculated form of art; this can be viewed as performance art reflecting his views that "The world is garbage" and lacks any beauty.

In Another Day[]

In the parallel universe of Another Day, Sho Minamimoto is known as Dr. Pin and is seemingly the son of the Tin Pin founder Ken Doi. Sho is far less cruel to Neku and his companions. He gives them advice on their quest to reclaim their pins and offers them his own exclusive Player Pin for them to use, in which Ken Doi was quick to point out that the pin was easily destroyable. He later rejoins the group after making a new Slammer for Shuto Dan.

NEO: The World Ends with You[]

"I couldn't care less which plane you exist on. That's your problem to solve. The only parameters that matter to me are the rules of the Reapers' Game. Anything else is a colossal waste of my time."
— Minamimoto to Rindo and Fret

As a 21-year-old under the new Reapers' Game by the Shinjuku Reapers, Minamimoto is less outgoing and arrogant (though he can still be condescending to those weaker than him) but still uncooperative and enigmatic. He describes himself as "not following the Associative Property like other Players" and moves in and out of the Wicked Twisters. While he helps them, he declares they have different goals and has ulterior motives beyond the Wicked Twisters. He can often be aloof to their problems or questions, considering them a waste of his time and beyond him.

Notably, one of the insults Minamimoto used in The World Ends with You was yoctogram, ten to the negative twenty-fourth power. In NEO: The World Ends with You, he uses zeptogram, ten to the negative twenty-first power. As long as being larger than a yoctogram, Minamimoto is more optimistic about his definition - while he acknowledges that a zeptogram is so infinitesimal that it almost converges with zero, its not precisely.

Story[]

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Background[]

Much of Minamimoto's history is a mystery, although he may have been a survivor of a Reapers' Game who won and chose to become a Reaper. At some point, he began to lust after the Composer's position for unclear reasons.

Sanae Hanekoma, a Fallen Angel, taught Minamimoto how to refine Taboo Noise. Minamimoto was Hanekoma's backup plan to ensure Shibuya's survival in case the Composer does not change his mind.

Minamimoto prepares to shoot Joshua.

Seeking to become the new Composer for quite some time, Minamimoto was aware of Joshua's form in the RG. Minamimoto was hoping to kill Joshua, believing the Composer would be vulnerable in the RG, but was unaware the Composer still had some power, even in the RG. Minamimoto chased Joshua in the RG. Joshua and Minamimoto end up in the Udagawa Back Streets, where Neku Sakuraba is admiring one of CAT's murals. Joshua shoots at Minamimoto, barely missing. Minamimoto retaliates with a repeated fire, but Joshua stops the bullets midair and drops them to the ground, prompting Minamimoto to flee back to the UG.

Week 2[]

Sho Minamimoto is selected as Game Master for Week 2, though he has little regard for the rules of the Game. For most of Week 2, he does not issue missions or report to the Conductor. He also begins creating Taboo Noise, erasing Reapers and Players alike. He personally meets Neku and Joshua on several occasions, mostly in order to insult them. Each time Sho approaches, Neku receives a severe headache for reasons unknown (It is thought that because Sho and Joshua were both present when Neku was killed, seeing them both in the same place stresses his mind and puts it on the brink of relapsing and remembering what happened to him. However, since Joshua has taken this memory, he cannot recover it on his own, and was stuck with just a headache).

In his first meeting with Joshua and Neku, he expresses surprise at one of the player's presences and says that this brings him one step closer to his desired result. Although Neku believes this refers to him in some way, it is later revealed as likely due to his recognition of Joshua (the Composer) as a Player, meaning that on Day 7 he could get a second chance to kill Joshua.

After Minamimoto is defeated by Neku and Joshua, he releases a powerful Level i Flare psych, which was supposed to erase both himself and both Neku and Joshua, though Joshua shoves Neku off of the building and escapes himself to an alternate reality.

Week 3[]

Sho's Taboo form

Minamimoto returns partway through the third week. He emerges from a Taboo Noise refinery sigil in a new body with far greater powers, claiming it "surpasses the Composer's" at the end of Week 3, Day 4. Later on, he makes his way to the Shibuya River to challenge the Composer. After a brief encounter with Neku and Beat, he is sent along by Mitsuki Konishi.

Minamimoto "crunched" under a pile of objects from Joshua's attack.

After Neku and Beat defeat the Game Master, they find Minamimoto further along the tunnel, crushed under a car and a soda machine, presumably by Joshua, apparently dead. Later it is revealed that in the RG before the game even started, it was in fact Joshua who killed Neku in search of a Proxy, and that Minamimoto's target had been Joshua, the Composer, the whole time. Joshua explains that Minamimoto was obsessed with taking over his position as Composer and had somehow discovered what his Realground self looked like even though he had suppressed his vibe. Joshua also comments that the only reason he kept Minamimoto around was because he found Minamimoto entertaining.

However, all previously seen Players, Reapers, and Noise disappear entirely upon being "killed" (erased), whereas Sho's physical body remained, thus leading to the conclusion that he was just knocked out. But it should also be noted that he would have needed to be erased before the start of A New Day.

It is also revealed in the secret reports after the game is completed that Minamimoto's Taboo Noise experiments were actually aided secretly by Hanekoma himself. The Taboo Noise Refinery Sigil that was to revive Sho upon his death was flawed, and would not have worked had Hanekoma not gone to Udagawa and fixed it.

Another Day[]

In the alternate universe of Another Day, Sho is known as "Dr. Pin," and seems to be the apprentice/son of ramen chef and former Tin Pin founder Ken Doi. This Sho appears much less malicious than his counterpart, and freely gives advice to Shooter, Neku, and company. Though the pins he develops are rather lacking, he does create a new Launcher for Shooter, taking on the appearance of his Taboo form in the process, giving him a more wreaked appearance (noting that he must have had some difficulty while creating the Omega Launcher).

A New Day[]

Coco reviving Sho Minamimoto.

Sho does not appear for the majority of A New Day. However at the very end the Reaper Coco Atarashi uses a new Refinery Sigil to revive Minamimoto again with the intention of making him Neku's partner in a new Reapers' Game.

NEO: The World Ends with You[]

"He calculates every possible future using his own unique formulas and acts in accordance with the values he discovers, but he remains a mystery to all around him. He seems to have his sights set on something greater than Rindo and the gang."
— Minamimoto's character profile

Minamimoto returns as a Player in NEO: The World Ends with You as a member of the Wicked Twisters.

Minamimoto first appears on the first day when Rindo and Fret get overwhelmed by Noise. He erases them all and berates Rindo and Fret for their poor fighting, saying they have a one zeptopercent chance of surviving. He explains to Fret that a zeptopercent is so infinitesimally close to zero that the two points almost converge, but not precisely. He tells them the Game's 142,857 (Rindo looks this up and finds it's a cyclic number) then announces that they have to follow his lead if they want to be part of the remainder. At Shibuya Hikarie, Minamimoto learns that pins are no longer restricted by psych level and any Player can use any pin. He helps Rindo and Fret defeat Drum 'n' Stinger, and leaves after.

Minamimoto returns on Day 2 after Rindo and Fret talk with Kubo. He states that he's not working toward the same goals as the Wicked Twisters, but will help them along the way. When Rindo and Fret ask what happens if they win, Minamimoto is apathetic and says he only cares about the rules of the Reapers' Game, telling them to ask the Game Master Shiba or one of his Reapers. Minamimoto realizes Fret's power to awaken memories and ponders what awakens this. He defeats the Go-Go Beringei with Rindo and Fret, and tells them to grab the pin afterwards to count their victory before leaving - the pin is taken by Kanon Tachibana, claiming the points for the Variabeauties.

Relationships[]

Joshua[]

Before the Reaper's Game, Minamimoto knew of Joshua's identity as the Composer and was able to recognize the Composer in his Realground form. After failing to kill the Composer, Minamimoto fled into the Underground. The only reason Joshua leaves Minamimoto alive is because he "really knew how to heat up a Game."

During the second week as the Game Master, Minamimoto had extensive interactions with Neku and Joshua, repeatedly following (and mocking) them after missions. At one point, Minamimoto saved Joshua from Taboo noise (only because he wanted to defeat Joshua personally on the last day).

On the final day, Minamimoto is ironically crushed by one of his "art projects" thanks to Joshua's intervention.

Mitsuki Konishi[]

Sho had met Konishi and nicknamed her the "Iron Frostiness" at some point. During week 1 the two interacted at the meeting, only for Sho to mock the rules and the meeting (as well as the Game Master and their boss the Conductor) and Konishi chastizing him for his mocking attitude. Konishi however has great respect for Minamimoto's genius.

On the final day, Konishi and Minamimoto interacted, and they agreed that if Sho became Composer, Konishi would become the new Conductor; in exchange, Sho could travel further into the Shibuya river.

Megumi Kitaniji[]

Kitanji and Minamimoto have at the very least an understanding. Kitanji adopts a laissez faire attitude allowing Minamimoto to run the game without missions during week 2. Also Minamimoto calls Kitanji "Megs" which Kitanji shows no signs of anger to in the game (in the manga he is less than pleased).

Shuto Dan (Another Day)[]

In the Another Day storyline, Sho is a much more friendly individual (and is believed to be Ken Doi's son). Shooter refers to Sho as Dr. Pin. While early on he sought to join Shooter's "Tin Pin spirits," Dr. Pin assisted the group by offering a pin he created (later proven to be a dud) and at the climax of the storyline, he assisted them by creating and handing over the recently developed Slammer Omega (at the cost of looking like his Taboo form in the main game). Shooter looks up to Sho as he believes that Sho is Dr. Pin. As such, Shooter goes to him whenever he needs advice. Sho also gives him Slammer Omega after Shooter's old Slammer breaks.

Wicked Twisters[]

Main article: Wicked Twisters

Rindo[]

Main article: Rindo

Fret[]

Main article: Fret

Nagi[]

Main article: Nagi

Rival Teams[]

Ruinbringers[]

Main article: Ruinbringers
Susukichi[]
Main article: Susukichi
Tsugumi[]
Main article: Tsugumi

Deep Rivers Society[]

Main article: Deep Rivers Society
Fuya[]
Main article: Fuya

Variabeauties[]

Main article: Variabeauties
Kanon[]
Main article: Kanon

Purehearts[]

Main article: Purehearts
Motoi[]
Main article: Motoi

Reapers[]

Shinjuku Reapers[]

Main article: Shinjuku Reapers
Shiba[]
Main article: Shiba
Kubo[]
Main article: Kubo
Ayano[]
Main article: Ayano
Kaie[]
Main article: Kaie
Hishima[]
Main article: Hishima
Shoka[]
Main article: Shoka

Shibuya Reapers[]

Main article: Shibuya Reapers
Kariya[]
Main article: Kariya
Uzuki[]
Main article: Uzuki
Coco[]
Main article: Coco

Others[]

Abilities[]

Sho as Leo Cantus.

Minamimoto is able to summon Taboo Noise. Hanekoma states in early Secret Reports that Minamimoto was taught the techniques to summon Taboo Noise by a "Fallen Angel." It is later revealed that the "Fallen Angel" was in fact Hanekoma himself. Minamimoto uses his abilities at the beginning of his battle against Neku and Joshua.

When he enters the battle himself, he transforms into Leo Cantus, his Noise form. Leo Cantus is an anthropomorphic (humanoid) lion. Unlike most Reapers in Noise form, Minamimoto transforms by absorbing Taboo Noise and is treated as one—he exists on only one screen, leaving the other partner to deal with the Taboo Noise he absorbed. Destroying all of the Taboo Noise causes him to revert to normal for a few seconds before he switches screens and repeats the process.

Sho's six wings.

Also, unlike most Reapers who enter Noise form, Minamimoto's wings shatter prior to the fight with him, suggesting that he is no longer a Reaper. Also of interest, most Reapers only have two wings, while Minamimoto had six, a possible reference to the Seraphim (the highest ranking angels of God). As a Reaper's powers are contained in his wings, it can be assumed from the number and size of his wings that his powers as a Reaper were extremely advanced. After his defeat, Minamimoto is revived through his Taboo Noise refinery sigil, becoming a corrupted version of his former self. The corrupted portions of his skin, especially around his midsection, bears some resemblance to the Leo Noise symbol upon closer inspection. The Leo Noise symbol can also be seen as his belt buckle, similar to Higashizawa. Though he no longer summons Taboo Noise, he is vastly more powerful in this second form and recovers some HP upon time.

In both forms, he attacks primarily using energy bursts (with a cry of "Infinity!") and will teleport to evade attacks. Additionally, in his Taboo form, he will do so when struck or touched at all with the stylus, rendering psychs that require direct stylus contact with the enemy (e.g. Shockwave, Thunderstorm) useless or inaccurate.

Items[]

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

Etymology[]

The kanji for Minami-moto Shō translate literally to: South, expert, orangutan.

Quotes[]

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  • "Cooperation is garbage. Anyway, I'm out. This is subtracting from my arts and crafts time."
  • "I said, you're zetta slow! How long does it take to crack a Z-class code, you factoring hectopascals!"
  • "Attention, all yoctograms! (It's X 2) DIE!"
  • "Damn right! That game was zetta dull! Are you trying to bore me to death? How about a little flair!? Give it some edge! You brain-dead binomials are pathetic!"
  • "No comments from the peanut gallery. Your opinions are garbage! CRUNCH! I'll add them to the heap!"
  • "This mic is zetta sexy!"
  • "Heh heh heh... Zetta fun times."
  • "The world's made up of numbers!"
  • "This is my latest masterpiece. I call it: "Myself"!"
  • "All that matters is MY beauty."
  • "Hey, who gives a digit?"

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  • "If those are the best equations you've got, your days are numbered!"
  • "You two supposed to be Players? Or are you just a couple pieces of trash that fell off the heap? Heh. Doesn’t matter. If it's the latter, then you're getting compacted with the rest of the pile!"
  • "Time for a little quiz: what's the probability of you two surviving the Game? One zeptopercent - if that."
  • "Not small - infiniteismal, so close to the zero the two points nearly converge. But not precisely."
  • "The Game's 142,857. Factor it out."
  • "Hmph. The name's Sho Minamimoto. I don't follow the Associative Property like other Players. No telling what would happen if I integrated myself with a couple of zeptograms like you."
  • "Listen up, zeptograms! You wanna be a part of the remainder? Then follow my lead!"
  • "...What?! Irrational! Who would make trash pins like these for the least common denominator?"
  • "So, did you zeptograms have time to process today's mission?"
  • "Don't get the wrong idea: we're solving completely different problems here. But I'll help you subtract some rogue integers."
  • "You want to boost your chances of survival, right? Then you either multiply, or face deletion."
  • "Beats me. I didn't write the function; I just plug in the numbers. If you want a real answer, try asking the Game Master - or one of his Reapers."
  • "How about you go over to those common denominators and jog their memories? That psych of yours should help solve for a variable."

Vocabulary meanings[]

  • "Any tree can drop an apple. I'll drop the freaking moon!"
    Written on a junk heap. Joshua describes it as meaning, "...saying he is better than gravity." They both make a reference to the myth that Isaac Newton founded the basic principle of gravity after an apple dropped from a tree branch above him.
  • "Any sound can shake the air. My voice shakes the heart!"
    Written on a junk heap. Joshua describes it as meaning, "...saying he is better than air." It is a reference to the Mach number, in which a sound can create a sonic boom if an object is fast enough. In other words, when an object is faster than sound, it is considered "supersonic."
  • "So zetta slow!"
    "Zetta-" is a prefix used for metric SI) measurements, and is equivalent to 1021, or one sextillion.
  • "Factoring hectopascals!"
    Pascal is a SI unit for pressure and thus, cannot be factored. Literally, he's claiming that the Players are an impossibility.
  • "You brain-dead binomials are pathetic!"
    Binomials are one of the simplest kinds of polynomial figures in elementary algebra, after the monomials. By using it as an insult, Sho is basically calling the players basic.
  • "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally!"
    A mnemonic for the order of operations: Parenthesis; Exponentials; Multiplication; Division; Addition; Subtraction.
  • "Some Old Horses Can Always Hear Their Owner Approaching/Slabs Of Ham, Celery And Horseradish, Tons Of Asparagus"
    These are mnemonic for SOH-CAH-TOA!, it was the text when he said, "SOH-CAH-TOA!" It refers to trigonometry. It is a mnemonic for trigonometric functions: Sine = Opposite/Hypotenuse; Cosine = Adjacent/Hypotenuse; Tangent = Opposite/Adjacent. It is also a play on the Japanese slang "sou ka" for the phrase "sou desu ka," meaning "really...?" or "I see..."
  • "Attention, all yoctograms/zeptograms!"
    "Yocto-" is a metric (SI) prefix that is equivalent to 10-24, or one septillionth. Literally, he's claiming that all of the Players in his Game are insignificant. In NEO, Sho calls his team zeptograms. Zepto- is equivalent to 10-21 showing that he hold his team in a slightly higher regard.
  • "Radian"
    The Radian is the standard unit of angular measure, used in many areas of Mathematics, including Trigonometry, which uses the above-mentioned SOH-CAH-TOA. It describes the plane angle subtended by a circular arc as the length of the arc divided by the radius of the arc.
  • "FOIL; First, outer, inner, last!"
    FOIL is an acronym for expanding quadratic equations in their factorized form: (x+a)(x+b). It's also a scramble for LIFO, which in turn is an acronym for "last in, first out," a term used both in accounting and computing for describing a method of working with the order the items are produced/arrive and are gone/sold. It could be referred also to this: FOIL is an algorithm used in computer science in the field of artificial intelligence and more specifically in the field of Inductive Logic Programming (ILP) for learning rules of first order logic describing a predicate from a knowledge base and a set of examples, called the training, which may have both examples positive and negative. This algorithm is very similar the coverage algorithm, used to learn rules propositional logic. Literally, he, as the Composer, wants the Players to follow his directions exactly as they are laid out.
  • "You fractals have no future! QED. Class is dismissed!"
    A fractal is a geometric figure that is made up of smaller versions of itself.
    Q.E.D. is an initialism of the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum, which translates as "which was to be demonstrated" or "as was to be expected." The phrase is traditionally placed in its abbreviated form at the end of a mathematical proof or philosophical argument when what was specified in the enunciation—and in the setting-out—has been exactly restated as the conclusion of the demonstration.

Battle Quotes[]

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  • "More trash for the heap." (entering battle)
  • "Well, you asked for it." (entering battle)
  • "I don't have time for uninspiring integers." (entering battle)
  • "Time to take out the trash!"
  • "Let's accelerate this."
  • "Stupid fractal!"
  • "Disappear!"
  • "Eh. Coulda gone worse."
  • "CRUUUNCH!"
  • "You've got the wrong vector."
  • "Fine, I'll integrate."
  • "Quod erat demonstrandum!"
  • "Just as I calculated." (winning a battle)
  • "Ah, naturally." (winning a battle)
  • "Perfect calculations lead to perfect results." (star-rank)
  • "Change our coordinates. It's that, or get crunched!" (when Go-Go Beringei climbs 104 for the second time)

Non-canon Appearances[]

Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance[]

In Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Sho Minamimoto is an opponent the player faces in the mini-game Flick Rush; he is present in the Tin Pin Tournament along with 777, B.J., and Tenho. His team consists of a Tyranto Rex, Necho Cat, and Sudo Neku. Minamimoto is the final opponent in the Tin Pin Tournament, but he is not actually seen in the game.

The Animation[]

"A cruel and destructive Reaper with a penchant for calculation. Made a name for himself thanks to his impressive feats."
— Minamimoto's description in The Animation's official website

Sho Minamimoto in The Animation.

Minamimoto's role is akin to the game's, although he is shown as being more watchful over Neku and Joshua. He first appears near the end of The Reapers' Game, arriving 9 minutes and 42 seconds late to an officer meeting at the Dead God's Pad. He jeers at Konishi and a new officer, Yodai Higashizawa.

In Reapers, he uses the first day's mission to reach 104 to gather the Players around his garbage heap. He orders the Players to erase their partners, the winners being spared. Neku fights off Carcinofolk and says that they need to trust their partners instead of trusting Minamimoto's lies. Minamimoto then tells the Players he'll save whoever defeats Kariya, who uses this to erase a large amount with House Rhinos. Later, on Day 2, Joshua and Neku are attacked by Taboo Noise emerging from a garbage heap Minamimoto built between Parco and Modi.

In CAT, Joshua uses his phone camera to take a video of Minamimoto stealing Def Märch's microphone at Tipsy Tose Hall. Elsewhere, one of his heaps is summoning Taboo Noise attacking Players and even Reapers like Uzuki.

Minamimoto watching his Taboo Noise.

In Turf, Joshua and Neku watch him draw a Taboo Noise Refinery sigil as he recites a pi mnemonic. He laughs and flies off. Joshua's phone tracker responds to the sigil and Kariya watching from a rooftop recognizes it. At the end of the episode, Uzuki and Kariya make a report to Konishi at Dead God's Pad about the Taboo Noise Refinery, suggesting Minamimoto is behind it due to drawing the unactivated sigil. Konishi rejects it as insufficient evidence. Uzuki admits she doesn't know if she could've survived the Taboo Noise on her own, and she is terrified of losing more Reapers. Konishi acquiesces to the investigation. At the very end of the episode, Minamimoto cackles and enjoys himself on a skyscraper rooftop at night, under the remains of erased Reapers and his Taboo Noise.

In Joshua, he flies down and taunts Neku and Joshua when they finish Day 6's mission, saying that on Day 7 he'll get to be hands-on and solve the calculation he screwed up "that day". At the very top of Pork City, Minamimoto is confused why they found him, but says they saved him the trip for a little "re-enactment". Minamimoto returns some of Neku's memories, making it seem like that after Joshua shot, Minamimoto appeared from behind and killed him. He shatters them into the Imaginary Number Plane, where Joshua notices Taboo Noise flowing into Minamimoto. He realizes Minamimoto used the Noise collecting at Mark City to manufacture Taboo Noise. He transforms into Leo Cantus. Minamimoto explodes into a flare. Joshua pushes Neku off the roof and supposedly sacrifices himself to it.

Minamimoto's final attack.

Hanekoma revives Minamimoto at the end of Rhyme and Beat, approaching his sigil at Udagawa on the night of Day 3. He notices the fundamentals are no good and fixes it. Minamimoto is raised from it, roars, and flies away.

Minamimoto reflects on his new Taboo body during The Countless Wrongs of Our Day as Neku and Beat run towards the broken Udagawa wall. He mentions his resurrection took longer than expected and he can't get the hang of his body. Later, he gets to Cat Street, destroys the wall, and destroys WildKat. Neku and Beat find the ruins when they get to Cat Street. On their way back, they find Minamimoto at the top of one of his heaps. He says the Composer is responsible for the situation in Shibuya and plans to overthrow them. He thanks Hanekoma for helping resurrect him, and asks Neku and Beat where he is. They fight, but Minamimoto overpowers them and flies away, leaving Neku and Beat's bruised bodies on the pavement. On Day 6, he tears down the Shibuya River barrier with a heavy punch. Neku and Beat see the red and black lightning thundering from it at the Scramble Crossing.

Minamimoto's Taboo form.

In The Hour of Reckoning Minamimoto sits on a pile of debris before the Shibuya River wall, telling Neku and Beat they're stuck by a barrier that only Konishi can take down. Beat insults her for hiding in the River, but Minamimoto points out she's been with them the whole time - Konishi reveals herself from Beat's shadow. Minamimoto demands Konishi to remove the barrier, and she relents on the condition he makes her Conductor after he becomes Composer. Konishi explains that a free spirit like Minamimoto will be the best at surviving the chaos. Minamimoto accepts, she takes down the barrier, and Minamimoto declares he'll become the Composer before disappearing. Later, Shiki notices someone in the distance, being Sho Minamimoto pinned to the ground via blue glowing spears of light.

In It's a Wonderful World, Joshua says he got rid of Minamimoto because he kept interfering with his plans. He gives Neku back the last memories he'd been withholding. Neku's memories start from when Minamimoto fired behind him - however, Joshua reveals he wasn't trying to shoot Neku but him, who stopped the bullets using his powers as Composer. Minamimoto kept shooting as Joshua simply stopped them. Joshua raises his gun at Minamimoto, and he runs away. He then shoots Neku dead and drops him a Player Pin. As they watch the optimal Shibuya at the end of the episode, Joshua asks Hanekoma why he fixed Minamimoto's Taboo Refinery sigil. Hanekoma explained he hoped Minamimoto could save Shibuya if Kitaniji lost. He accepted the stigma of falling from grace in the hope to let Shibuya survive.

Joshua wonders if Hanekoma's words of encouragement to Neku, Joshua starting the Game with Kitaniji, Hanekoma teaching Minamimoto Taboo, and Neku interacting with other Players were all necessary for Shibuya's salvation. Hanekoma agrees.

Trivia[]

  • His clothing in the original game is actually an outfit owned by Tetsuya Nomura.[1]
  • Sho is dubbed "Pi-Face" by Neku and Beat and is called that on several occasions. Fittingly enough, Sho's HP in his regular form is 3141 (the first four digits of Pi), and his Taboo form has 5926 HP (the next four digits of Pi). Sho is also called the "Grim Heaper" by Neku, a play on Sho's Reaper status and the garbage piles he builds during Week Two.
  • His attack against Joshua at the end of Week 2 is referred to as a Level i Flare. The i is in italics, referring to imaginary unit i. In the Final Fantasy games, there is a spell called Level x Flare which casts a specific spell on characters with a level at a multiple of x. As i is equal to the square root of -1, it is a factor of 1, which is a factor in all real numbers; and because i is the most basic imaginary number, it is also a factor of all imaginary numbers. In Final Fantasy terms, a Level i Flare would target a creature with any level, real or imaginary, in any area/plane possible. The Regular "Flare" Spell is generally one of the strongest spells in the games it appears in, inflicting huge amounts of non-elemental damage to the target. In the Secret Reports, this is expanded on, in which the Composer is only limited by his or her imagination.
    • To put it more simply, i is a non-real number. You can interpret this as the psych being "unreal." It can also be interpreted as imaginary since power comes from imagination in this game.
  • Minamimoto has been increasingly associated with the song Transformation - his Leo Cantus boss fight on the DS version of The World Ends with You has The One Star playing, but both The World Ends with You -Solo Remix- and The World Ends With You: Final Remix play Transformation during the fight. When Minamimoto first appears in NEO: The World Ends with You, Transformation -NEO Mix- plays.
  • Like the other two Game Masters (Higashizawa and Konishi) including Kitaniji, Minamimoto's name has the kanji affiliated with his Noise form hidden inside it. In this case, one of the kanji in Minamimoto is a radical in the kanji affiliated with his Noise form (the 師 [moto]) is part of the Japanese kanji for lion (獅).
  • Minamimoto is the only one of all the antagonists in The World Ends with You to have four threads that the player could obtain: his cap, coat, jeans, and bandanna.
  • In Neku's death scene, Minamimoto is shot in the right arm by Joshua. In Minamimoto's sprite where he holds a megaphone, he is incidentally holding it in his left hand, the non-affected one.
  • In Week 2, Day 4, Minamimoto swaps his megaphone for Def Märch's microphone. In Week 2, Day 7, Def Märch started using his megaphone in their shows. Why Minamimoto seems to have the same megaphone in NEO: The World Ends with You that he originally gave away is unknown.
  • Minamimoto has proved to be a fan-favorite and his quote "So zetta slow!" has become an internet meme.
  • In Japanese, he uses the term "ふじさんろくにおもなくたな" or "Parrots at the foot of mount Fuji" in English, which is a phrase made to remember the numeric sequence "2.2360679" because of the similar pronunciation between the numbers and the phrase, however this phrase can also be translated as "I'm sorry for the mount Fuji" this phrase, in context is a Japanese equivalent for "Slabs Of Ham, Celery And Horseradish, Tons Of Asparagus".
  • He also uses "ひといおひといおいひといごろてね" a rude way to call the attention of other, this is translated as "hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey" this phrase, in context is a Japanese equivalent for "Some Old Horses Can Always hear Their Owner Approaching".


Characters in The World Ends with You

Neku SakurabaShiki MisakiBeatJoshuaRhymeSota HonjoNao

777BJCoco AtarashiKoki KariyaMegumi KitanijiMitsuki KonishiSho MinamimotoTenhoUzuki YashiroYodai Higashizawa

Other Characters

AiEiji OjiEriFutoshiItaru YokoyamadaKen DoiMakoto MikiMinaMr. MewSanae HanekomaShuto DanTsugumi MatsunaeWizard of Slam

Characters in NEO: The World Ends with You

Rindo KanadeFretNagi UsuiSho Minamimoto

SusukichiTsugumi Matsunae

Fuya Kawahara

Kanon Tachibana

Motoi Anazawa

Koki KariyaUzuki YashiroCoco Atarashi

Shiba MiyakazeTanzo KuboAyano KamachiKaie OnoHishima SazakuchiShoka Sakurane

Other Characters

Eiji OjiEiruHonoka KondoItsuki KanedaKen DoiMKNMr. MewNeku SakurabaRyojiSwallow