- "Uh-huh. And here's me playing the world's tiniest violin. Did you think you were special? Every Player here put up something they loved. Everybody makes sacrifices."
- — Joshua to Neku (Joshua, Day 2)
Yoshiya Kiryu (桐生 義弥 Kiryū Yoshiya), nicknamed Joshua (ヨシュア Yoshua), is Neku Sakuraba's second partner in the Reapers' Game during its second week. He is a major character in The World Ends with You and has a small role in NEO: The World Ends with You.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Biography
- 4 Relationships
- 5 Abilities
- 6 Items
- 7 Etymology
- 8 Quotes
- 9 Battle Quotes
- 10 Non-Canon Appearances
- 11 Trivia
- 12 References
As a human, Joshua's hair is also a tad wavy and thick, which is colored platinum blonde but in a light shade it looks almost white. He has a pale skin pigment and a slender build. Joshua sports a wrinkly, powder blue dress shirt paired with dark grey trousers and white sneakers.
As Composer, Joshua is shown to have a taller, spiritual form in which he appears shrouded in a white mist, his features indistinct. This form and the Secret Reports imply the appearance he had during the game was due to him shapeshifting to appear as a teenager.
In NEO: The World Ends with You, Joshua appears slightly older with his hair covering more of his right eye and it is now flared at the back. He wears a white dress shirt with grey lining on its pockets and sleeves, and its sleeve has five black stars. He wears jeans, a lighter shade than his previous, and white sneakers.
- "It's quickly evident Joshua is clever beyond his fifteen years—as sly as they come. Unfortunately, his insufferably snotty attitude only serves to widen the gulf between him and Neku...but his knowledge, especially about the Game, does earn him some points."
- — Game manual description
Joshua is extremely intelligent, boasting a refined taste in addition to vast knowledge of both the Realground and the Underground. Unfortunately, these traits are often overshadowed by his air of arrogance. He thinks and acts on his own, always keeping his intentions mysterious, and is difficult to predict. Joshua is often blunt with his words which can make him seem insensitive, even if he does have a point. He also tends to tease when he is not sharing information. Joshua rarely gets truly worked up about anything, usually faking it even when he appears to be exerting effort, and he never shows extreme anger or even basic sadness. These snobby qualities often make him appear condescending and antagonistic—especially to Neku. However, he usually treats people other than Neku or Megumi Kitaniji with a degree of cordiality and is easily amused by the people of Shibuya.
While much wiser and more mature than his appearance suggests, Joshua's attitude masks his deep-seated misanthropy, as he was willing to eradicate all life in Shibuya and often passively encouraged Neku to give in to his own hatred of others to help justify that decision. He feels that Shibuya is filled with shallow, unchanging people, and states on several occasions that he would rather not interact with others at all. This attitude changes a bit over the course of the game when he sees the possibility of change within Neku.
In spite of this, Joshua does seem to have an interest in the progression of mankind as a whole. Kitaniji has stated that Joshua's utmost concern was humanity's happiness, and that his work was motivated by a boundless love. Joshua may have only considered wiping out Shibuya as a last resort, in order to protect the remaining grounds. He wishes for Kitaniji's success in his quest to save the city, and later laments his failure to do so. Finally, on more than one occasion, he gave chances to others to save Shibuya from extinction, namely Kitaniji and later on, Neku. These are indications that he does value Shibuya, much like many of the other characters in the story.
Deep down, Joshua is simply lonely. Hanekoma reveals that Joshua had been alone most of his life without many friends. At the end of the game, Hanekoma notes Joshua's sadness while looking down at his friends (Neku, Shiki, Beat, and Rhyme) possibly because he is not able to attend the reunion. When Hanekoma asks about his feelings, Joshua remains silent and flees.
unsure and nervous than his original counterpart.
In A New Day
In Another Day
"Another Day" Joshua's personality is much the same as "main" Joshua, unlike most characters, who have slight personality changes. He occasionally makes cryptic remarks, such as explaining that Shiki still appears in Eri's form because the player refuses to acknowledge Shiki's true form. It is implied that he has a similar position or powers to "main" Joshua, as evidenced by his remarks and knowledge. He is slightly more flamboyant than the "main" Joshua, but this may be simply acting to rile up his friends.
The two Joshuas meet in the Room of Reckoning. Unlike the rest of the group, neither Joshua is surprised by the other's existence.
According to Sanae Hanekoma, before becoming directly involved in the UG, Joshua had the ability to see the UG while residing in the RG. Joshua had been "alone his whole life," presumably because no one believed what he was seeing and isolated him as a result. He would often visit Hanekoma to learn more about the Reaper's Game.
By the beginning of the events in The World Ends with You, Joshua is already the Composer of Shibuya's Reaper Game. Roughly a week before Neku is sent to the Underground, Joshua begins a game with Megumi Kitaniji, his Conductor, to decide whether or not to erase Shibuya because Joshua felt that humanity was becoming increasingly clouded and corrupt, and that Shibuya was a major origin point of this corruption. Kitaniji is given thirty days to save Shibuya from its corruption and impotence, but his Entry Fee is not explicitly revealed.
Later, while being chased through the RG by Sho Minamimoto, 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, and shoots Minamimoto in the arm. After Minamimoto flees, Joshua shoots a petrified Neku dead, to use him as his Proxy against Kitaniji as Neku has a great amount of Soul and a vivid Imagination. Joshua drops a Player Pin on Neku which accounts for Neku's second Player Pin (in addition to the one he received for playing the Reaper's Game).
Joshua spends most of this week hiding from Kitaniji. Neku runs past Joshua as he is fleeing the Noise on the first day. Joshua takes notice of his proxy and smiles. Joshua also observes Neku and Shiki throughout the first week after they form a Pact and battle the Noise at the Statue of Hachiko. Joshua keeps in touch with the Producer, Sanae Hanekoma, and constantly requests items from him, including improved phone functionality for the following week.
Joshua waits for Neku at the Statue of Hachiko on the first day and when he finds Neku looking for a partner he "helps himself." Joshua becomes Neku's partner for three reasons; to confirm Kitaniji's strategy, to teach Neku, and to protect him. Right from Day One, Joshua's attitude and behavior both irritates Neku and strikes him as highly suspicious. Joshua makes and receives calls on his phone, which had proved impossible for Neku and company in the last week. Joshua raises further suspicions when he reveals that he has been watching Neku, and that he is participating in the Game voluntarily. These irritations and grounds for distrust prove to be a psychological strain for Neku, who only manages to stay in the Game motivated by his Entry Fee.
Throughout the week, Neku scans Joshua with his Player pin and is led to believe that Joshua shot him from the images seen in his mind. This is even more suspicious because Players are not capable of scanning other Players or Pin holders, implying that Joshua does not have a Player Pin. Meanwhile, Joshua regularly nags Neku to visit Hanekoma's coffee shop to receive items and upgrades for their phones. One upgrade allows them to detect Kitaniji's Imagination, and another upgrade provides the phone cameras with inter-temporal picture recording capabilities. Towards the end of the Week, an attack by Taboo Noise forces Joshua to reveal a greater portion of his powers.
On the final Day, Joshua and Neku go to Pork City to fight Minamimoto. At this point, Neku reads another thought from Joshua which implies Joshua never killed Neku. The two gain the upper hand and defeat Minamimoto, therefore winning the Game. However, Minamimoto lets loose the Level i Flare. Joshua shields Neku from the nuke, pretending to sacrifice himself. In actuality, Joshua had teleported away to another dimension: the dimension of Another Day. Before leaving Neku, Joshua tells Neku, "But Neku... I thought you couldn't afford to lose. Give up on yourself and you give up on the world."
During most of the week, Joshua is in an alternate dimension until the final day of the third Week. When he arrives at the Shibuya River on the final day, he finds that Neku had defeated Kitaniji and reveals his identity of Composer to Neku. He is integrated by Kitaniji along with Shiki and Beat to form Draco Cantus, and Neku is forced to defeat Kitaniji once and for all.
Having won the bet with Kitaniji, Joshua is free to destroy Shibuya, but instead wagers a game with Neku: both wielding a revolver, whoever shot each other first would decide the fate of Shibuya by becoming the Composer. Neku cannot bring himself to shoot Joshua, and so Joshua wins, but because Neku had changed and showed trust in Joshua, he decides to spare Shibuya, deciding that if the worst person in Shibuya can change, then so can Shibuya itself.
In a secret epilogue unlocked after collecting all Secret Reports, Joshua in his true form is seen observing Neku and his friends meet up at the Statue of Hachiko with Hanekoma at 104 Building's rooftop. When Hanekoma says it's their choice to be with Joshua, he abruptly leaves in a ball of light.
This Day Ends with You!
There are two versions of Joshua in This Day Ends with You!: one from the main universe that teleported to this one after the battle with Minamimoto, and one born in that universe. Joshua plays Tin Pin Slammer for a while, and hides in his base in the Shibuya River as well. It is implied Hanekoma eventually finds him and brings him back to the Underground, most likely after letting Neku play a "game" with him: the Final Time Attack.
A New Day
- "Y-you know, it's quite uncouth to accost s-someone out of the b-blue like that. A-and another thing! You seem to b-be mistaken about my n-name. The p-proper pronunciation is "Yoshiya" - er, for my first name. "Kiryu" is my last. S-so uh... "Joshua"? Is not exactly a-accurate. Heh heh..."
- — Yoshiya introducing himself
In A New Day, Joshua's illusion has no recollection of Neku and his friends, the Reapers' Game, or of being Composer. In the middle of being questioned by Beat and Neku about the "Expert Mode" Reapers' Game they're in, Yoshiya runs off into the Shibuya River to escape their harrowing interrogation. They chase after him, and he insists he has no idea what they're talking about, and that he isn't the Game Master. However, he mentions Hanekoma, whom he still has connections with in Coco's Shibuya. Yoshiya calls Hanekoma on his cell phone for them, and Hanekoma tells them to meet him at WildKat. After Hanekoma hangs up, Neku and Beat discuss Neku's visions. Yoshiya says it's gotten awkward then takes off again without saying goodbye. Hanekoma later says about Yoshiya to Neku and Beat "If that kid is who I think he is, then he probably doesn't know a thing. If he's who YOU think he is, then he probably won't say a thing."
Once Beat and Neku have destroyed the Dissonance Tapir and return to the RG in Udagawa, Coco shoots Neku in the back and kills him. The real Joshua appears slightly too late, and shoots Coco, only hitting her in the shoulder, and she manages to escape. Afterwards, Joshua and Hanekoma talk at the Pork City rooftop. Hanekoma says that Shinjuku has been erased and Noise are beginning to appear in the RG. Joshua mentions that Tsugumi-Matsunae is responsible for the precognitive visions Neku has, and with Coco's interference for some unknown plan of hers, he refers to these events as "the calm before the storm." Joshua, however, says nonchalantly that it isn't his problem anymore what happens to Shibuya, but theirs, presumably referring to the inhabitants of Shibuya. When Hanekoma asks him about Neku, he simply responds that Neku "served his purpose" and that he doesn't need him anymore.
NEO: The World Ends with You
Joshua appears in the prologue as the passerby who gives back the Reaper Pin to Rindo Kanade after he dropped it, though he is not explicitly revealed here. He reappears again during the climax of the Final Day to Neku and Beat, claiming to invite himself to the reunion and hoping to observe their efforts in person. Due to his role as the Composer, he does not dare to helped them with their plan in waking up Shibuya's citizens (especially when Hazuki Mikagi made some direct interventions in his attempt to lure Joshua into doing the same). Instead, Joshua chose to let Neku be aware of his presence with him, allowing the latter to stabilize his mind while focuses on connecting to the people's minds.
After Phoenix Cantus is defeated, Joshua formally introduces himself to Rindo and Shoka Sakurane with the same line he used to introduce himself to Neku in The World Ends With You. Under the pretense of playing a "game" with them both, he sends Shoka back to the RG without warning, much to Rindo's shock. He is later shown talking to Neku in the Udagawa Backstreets, explaining his own role in Neku's time in Shinjuku. He sends Neku back to the RG as well, so as not to keep "her" waiting.
Joshua is last shown in the Secret Ending with Hazuki Mikagi. He ribs Hazuki for his shortsighted pursuits of purification in an apparent attempt to "follow in [Joshua's] footsteps" and discusses the irrationality of humans--an irrationality which, he says, even the two Composers have fallen victim to. When Hazuki asked for the reason why, Joshua could only say the one thing he noticed is that every time he watch the people trying to overcome the absurdity of their world, he "can't help but hope they succeed."
At first, Joshua shows no true relationships to anyone other than a mocking fondness towards Neku and a shared past with Mr. Hanekoma.
Joshua selected Neku to be his Proxy in the month-long game between himself and his Conductor, Kitaniji. His goal was to Erase Shibuya's UG, which he viewed as infected and incapable of growth and change, while Kitaniji aimed to prove it was worthy of saving. To do so, Joshua picked someone he viewed as similar to himself, in order to represent him in this game. He shot and killed Neku at the CAT mural in Udagawa, however, Neku does not remember these events until the final day.
During Week 2, Joshua partners with Neku in order to protect his Proxy, and forces the pact, something only he has been shown as able to do.
Joshua is abrasive to everyone, but during his week with Neku, Joshua plays into this side of his personality. He makes it his goal to antagonize Neku, oftentimes using flirtatious remarks to provoke him. Neku, still struggling to open up to others, is easily annoyed and frustrated by these antics. However, the two bond over their shared misanthropy, preferring to shut others out rather than risk getting hurt. By the end of Week 2, Neku has started to challenge his outlook, voicing this to Joshua. In turn, this makes Josh question his own views on people.
Throughout the week, Neku tries to scan Joshua, and sees partial visions of his own death. He slowly comes to believe that Joshua is the one who killed him, confronting him about this on Day 5. Joshua shrugs off the accusations, neither confirming nor denying them, and forces Neku to realize that if he wants to win the week, he still needs to work alongside his (suspected) murderer. On Week 2, Day 7, Neku sees another vision of his death, which (incorrectly) leads him to assume that Sho Minamimoto is his killer instead. Thus, when Joshua sacrifices himself at the end of the day, Neku is consumed with guilt and views him as a martyr for protecting him from Minamimoto's final attack.
On the final day of the Game, Joshua returns from the parallel universe he had hidden away in, and reveals himself to be the Composer, returning the last remnants of Neku's memory. At this point, Neku has been flirted with and antagonized by Josh for a week, never sure of anything during that time. This revelation following Joshua's supposed sacrifice is a betrayal, another (possibly unintentional) thing Joshua has used to make Neku hate him.
It is after all of this that Joshua explains himself, and forces Neku into a duel for the fate of the city. Either Neku can shoot him—someone who has done everything in his power to make Neku hate him—and become Composer, or Joshua will destroy Shibuya. In the end, Neku doesn't take the shot, and Joshua shoots him for a second time. Neku chooses to trust his partner, rather than shoot. Neku can't Erase him, and values him more than the rest of the city, even after all Joshua has done.
Neku's trust, belief, and value in Joshua, is what kept him from destroying Shibuya. Because Joshua has watched his misanthropic Proxy grow and change. Neku went from someone who would kill their partner on Day 2 of the game with very little prompting, into a person who had all the reason in the world to shoot Joshua, and yet he couldn't. Neku is also the only one of the people Joshua knows by this point who chooses to value him more than Shibuya (Kitaniji instigated the Long Game rather than take a look at the deeper issues; Hanekoma gave Minamimoto Taboo Noise and helped assist him in his failed coup).
A week after being revived, Neku states to an absent Joshua that while he can't yet forgive him for his actions, he trusts him, and invites him to meet with his friends at Hachiko. Joshua does not attend, instead watching the meet-up from afar in his Composer form. It is implied that he wishes he could join them, but is incapable of doing so. Hanekoma remarks that he looks sad while they watch, unable to interact, and sulkily leaves when Hanekoma tells him it's their world.
In A New Day, Joshua appears armed to protect Neku from Coco - he is too late and Neku is killed and recruited into Coco's game. After he informs Hanekoma he served his purpose but doesn't need him anymore.
In Another Day, both incarnations of Joshua are much more overtly flirtatious with Neku, and act less abrasive to him as well.
It is established throughout several of the Secret Reports that Joshua may only have direct contact with Mr. Hanekoma and Kitaniji, both of whom share similar ideals and mutual respect. Although Kitaniji's relationship could be seen as a form of worship, his love of Shibuya outranks that for Joshua. Mr. Hanekoma's relationship could be seen as a mentor, or a guardian, but once again his love of Shibuya outranks Joshua.
When working as the Composer, Joshua only has contact with the Conductor and the Producer, and only may communicate directly with the Producer during games, and even then, he may only commission inventions. Further, he is idolized by the Conductor (all pronouns relating to Joshua, when said by Kitaniji, are capitalized in the biblical tradition; eg, He, Him), indicating that their relationship is not particularly personal. In spite of the idolization of Kitaniji, they imply that they've known each other at least for an amount of time, and not simply through their positions.
Despite all this, Hanekoma and Joshua are shown to have a close relationship. Joshua states that Hanekoma "has been in the business of saving [his] ass for a long time," indicating that they go far back, and that Hanekoma has been looking after him. While Joshua was alive he was presumably the only person who truly understood him.
The Other Players
Joshua has no meaningful relationship with Shiki or Beat; he paralyzes the both of them at the end of the Game to duel Neku one-on-one for the fate of Shibuya. He apparently never met Rhyme but Joshua knows Beat through their battles in the second Week; he jokingly states that if Beat is one of Neku's friends, he doesn't want to meet an enemy. Beat has low regard for him, referring to him as "that prissy kid [Neku] was partnered with."
During the epilogue, Joshua does not join the friends as they gather at Hachiko, instead observing them from the roof of the 104 building, despite Neku's desire for him to be there.
Kariya believes that Joshua is an illegal entry after observing him, and confirms his extra power by baiting him into a situation where he would need to use those powers, though he incorrectly assumes that Joshua is alive.
Sho clearly recognizes Joshua as the Composer, and is aware of even his Realground form, and attempts to kill him in the Realground as Joshua searches for a Proxy to become the next Composer. Most Reapers have little to no contact with the Composer at all, though the Conductor may be the only exception, although he doesn't realize that the illegal player in Week 2 is Joshua; at the end of the game, he somehow instantly recognizes Joshua in his human form: therefore, it is unusual that Sho would know exactly who Joshua is, and his various appearances. The secret reports indicate that Sho likely learned of this due to the interference of a Fallen Angel. Sho, however, is quite pleased that Joshua is a Player in his game, and believes that he may have a chance against the handicapped Composer, especially given his expertise of Taboo Noise, though this ultimately fails. Joshua sees Minamimoto as good entertainment but crushing him as necessary self-defence for both Shibuya and himself.
- "What, me and Josh? I've known him for a while now. He'd swing by when he was bored, and we'd talk. See, he's a little special... Yeah. He sees things. Pretty much. That's how he knew about the Game. He saw Players and Reapers and all when he was still alive. And when he wanted to talk about it, he came to me. There aren't many folks who'd listen, if you know what I mean. In a way, he's been alone all his life. He's pretty aloof, and can get prickly from time to time, but he's not a bad kid."
- — Hanekoma about Joshua and their relationship, Joshua, Day 3
During Week 2, the relationship between Joshua and Mr. Hanekoma begins to become apparent. He even says that Joshua would come to Hanekoma's café and talk to him about the UG. Throughout the course of the week, Hanekoma talks to Neku about Joshua, and Neku comes to realize a bond between the two, while obtaining one with Joshua. Joshua also frequently requests phone upgrades to be given to the Players. In the secret ending, Joshua and Hanekoma watch over Neku, Shiki, Beat, and Rhyme and Hanekoma shows surprise at Joshua's desire to join them.
The game states that only the Producer and the Conductor directly communicate with the Composer normally. As such, Mr. H knows Joshua quite well. He seems to be friendly towards Joshua, but the extent of this friendship isn't infinite; when Joshua challenges Kitaniji to a game for the fate of Shibuya, intent on erasing it, Mr. H begins developing a plan to prevent Joshua from doing so by giving Sho knowledge of Taboo Noise (in the hope that if all else fails, Sho will kill Joshua). It is never made clear if Joshua found out about this betrayal in The World Ends with You - in The Animation, Joshua talks about punishing Hanekoma for helping Minamimoto.
Hazuki is revealed to have been a proponent of Shibuya's cleansing, and a rival of sorts to Joshua. Not much is known concretely of their dynamic and relation to each other, though it is insinuated that he might have been trying to draw Joshua out and tempt him into breaking the higher plane's non-interference rule during the events of NEO's Week 3. Joshua did not take the bait, however, and the two have a conversation in a post game scene. Hazuki seems unsure of why he provided assistance to Rindo Kanade, allowing for the last replay of the game. Joshua comments that he, too has fallen victim to such irrationality and comments that for some reason, he can't help but hope for the main cast's successes.
In The World Ends with You, Joshua attacks by using his phone to summon random objects to bombard enemies from above. He has two ways of fighting: ground and levitation. When Neku first forms a pact with him, Joshua will only attack on the ground. Joshua does not block attacks but dodges them instead, and only at the end of a combo does he truly attack. However, after Joshua, Day 5, Joshua will be able to levitate in combat. When Joshua is in the air, every input to his combo tree inflicts damage and is generally stronger, especially against groups of enemies.
While on the ground, as you progress through his combos he will target enemies. When he finishes the combo, debris will fall on each enemy that was targeted, with more and larger objects falling on those that are targeted multiple times. Additionally, by locking onto at least three enemies a minimum of two times each, Joshua will drop a single car to attack all enemies on one side of the field for tremendous damage. Later on, he gets a camera on his phone that has a chance of bringing targeted enemies to the opposite side and immobilizes them, which can be used to gather and restrain enemies as a setup for this finisher.
- Left/Y while attacking Right/A or vice verse (During a combo): Phone Camera - stuns/switches the position of Noise
- Down/B (When idle): Sidestep - momentary invulnerability
- Up/X (When idle): Levitate
- Any button (When knocked in the air): Safe Landing - prevents knockdown damage
During Joshua's Levitation, he is immune to almost all ground attacks. However, if he is hit while levitating, he will be knocked down, then returned to the ground (if an attack does no damage, unless it has a knockback effect, it will not knock Joshua back down). When progressing through his combos, each button press causes a beam to attack an enemy. At the end of the combo, a larger beam comes down on one side and hit all enemies on that side twice. However, if you go through enough steps in Joshua's Combo Map (specifically, enough so that a single enemy is hit at least six times), then the finisher will change from his basic air finisher to a massively more powerful one, in which two colossal beams will fire down on either side of Joshua. This advanced finisher damages all enemies on the top screen three times. It is recommended that a Combo Map Upgrade II effect be used, such as Pi-Face's Jeans, to help guarantee the effect.
- Down/B (When levitating): Return to ground
His abilities outside of combat are not truly seen. As the Composer, it can be inferred Joshua also has several incredibly powerful abilities, such as the ability to move between dimensions and the ability to erase the whole of Shibuya. He is also shown to be able to stop objects in mid-air, such as when Minamimoto tries to shoot him. The full scope of his abilities is not revealed; he is known to be suppressing himself during his week in the game, and Kitaniji admits that he would be no match for Joshua if the two were to fight against each other without handicaps. However, given that erasing the Composer is the only way to become the Composer, Joshua is most likely not immortal (he may live forever, but he can be dethroned). His power in relation to an Angel's is not fully understood, though it is clear that Angels have a higher Vibe than he. Because of his high amount of Imagination, only the Composer retains the ability to reincarnate Players at the end of a Game.
During the game, Joshua is revealed to be handicapping himself, not using his full powers, as stated during the dialogue between Kitaniji and Joshua as they decide to play a game. He is not bound by the rules of the Game, seeing how the Game is played in the UG, but he had lowered his Vibe in order to suppress himself, as well as change his appearance.
The way Joshua gains Fusion Stars is through Highs and Lows. At the end of Joshua's combos, there is a number. That number goes up to the number at the top that the arrow is pointing to. The goal is to get the combo numbers less than, greater than or equal to the number at the top, depending on the symbol in the corner of the top numbers.
- Red arrow pointing up - greater than that number
- White equal sign - equal to that number, i.e, get that number
- Blue arrow pointing down - less than that number
Joshua gains a single fusion star when reaching a card at the end of the combo tree that fulfills the condition of his card. This is offset by the fact that his stars tend to be among the easiest to generate (he can see both the target number and the ones at the end of the combo tree; Shiki can see her combo finisher, but not the card to match it, and Beat must race against the fires to avoid getting his cards burned).
- Level 1: Neku and Joshua drop various street objects on enemies.
- Joshua: "Follow my lead!"
- Neku: "Screw that!"
- Level 2: Joshua attacks the field with ice and Neku attacks the field with fire.
- Joshua: "Work for you?"
- Neku: "What do you think?"
- Level 3: Crashes a meteor onto the surface of the Earth, inflicting massive damage to all enemies. Notably this is the only fusion where Neku speaks first.
- Neku: "Another world awaits."
- Joshua: "And you're going."
As with all partners, Joshua's abilities were redesigned into a Partner Pin in Solo Remix. His attacks are activated by swiping down on an enemy where he will drop random objects. When levitation is unlocked, Joshua is permanently in the levitating state and uses beams of light exclusively. His various other abilities are replaced with abilities that upgrade the pin's usability or improve the pin's attack mechanism. See Joshua Partner Pin for the details.
In Co-op, Joshua has 3 abilities at the beginning of Week 2, and switches to a different moveset after Week 2, Day 5. near the end. In his grounded combat moveset, he can send single objects that progressively get stronger, send a cascade of multiple objects, or use telekinesis.
After Week 2, Day 5, Joshua's co-op controls change to his Levitating moveset, and cannot be changed back. He can send down a column of light down on enemies, use telekinesis, or fire a dragging, multi-hit laser.
In The World Ends with You -Solo Remix- and The World Ends with You Final Remix, Joshua’s Fusion attacks are powered by a card minigame. A series of cards numbered one, two, and three appear. Tapping the cards in ascending order will increase a multiplier bonus. However, some cards are inverted, and tapping them will not work.
In The World Ends with You The Animation, Joshua no longer attacks using his phone, instead using Psychokinesis controlled by a blue flame in his hand to ram objects into enemies as well as deflecting incoming attacks. He also uses small, light based psychs that allow him to shoot projectiles and attack in unison with Neku. His Psychokinesis can also be used to create blue barriers similar to Neku's Fire Barriers.
Whenever Joshua Syncs up with Neku during a joint attack, Joshua displays the ability to use Ice, allowing them to perform an attack similar to his Level 2 Fusion in the game. At their strongest sync up, Joshua and Neku were able to perform an attack similar to their Level 3 Fusion from the game by merging various floating fragments in the Imaginary Number Plane. Neku notes that he had never felt that much power from Joshua before when using said attack.
Joshua is also able to use his Angelic lasers like in the game. Like in the game, he is forced to unleash this when they are cornered by Taboo Noise that they could not erase with their normal attacks. When he uses this technique, he releases a bunch of angel feathers into the air before multiple beams burst out from the sky. Following Day 5 of his week, Joshua began to use his lasers more over his psychokinesis. In the animation, Joshua is capable of creating smaller beams in various forms. From the standard lasers that falls from the skies to arrow like beams that he can shoot forward, and even rain down smaller bursts of blue projectiles from the sky.
In the Animation, Joshua also displays a little bit more of his power as Composer compared to the game. Like in the game, he easily incapacitates Minamimoto during the last day, pinning him down with searing arrows of lights. During his final confrontation with Neku, Shiki, and Beat, he is able to stop Beat's attack from connecting without so much as moving. Here, he restrains Beat and Shiki before forcibly knocking them unconscious with nothing but a snap of a finger. Further demonstration of his power is seen when he creates two pistols out of thin air, whereas the game implies he had simply brought it out.
The following is all of the Joshua-related items that the player can get in the game:
There are several Threads that give bonuses when worn exclusively by Joshua. Listed in order of their item number, they are:
Joshua will react differently to certain foods, giving him more or less Sync than the food's description states. Joshua mentions being "a shio guy, myself" in unavoidable dialogue on Week 2, Day 3, hinting to the fact Shio Ramen is one of his favorite foods. This is one of the only in-game clues on foods characters enjoy, the other two being Neku asking for "a plain old shoyu" in Week 2, Day 3 or Beat's memorial in Miyashita Park Underpass having a can of Cola. Another interesting part of Joshua's tastes is loving the Sync Bar, a food that every other character hates. Joshua has the least hates with 3, shares with Shiki for most dislikes with 8, ties with Shiki for most likes with 13, and shares with Neku the least loves with 7.
Joshua's line eating food he loves with a 200% sync multiplier is "Mmmm. I'm in paradise." His 7 loved foods, listed in order of their item number, are:
Joshua's line eating food he likes with a 150% sync modifier is "Compliments to the chef." His 13 liked foods, listed in order of their item number, are:
Joshua's line eating food he's neutral on with a 100% sync modifier is "It'll have to do." His 12 neutral foods, listed in order of their item number, are:
Joshua's line eating food he dislikes with a 75% sync modifier is "Whatever doesn't kill me..." His 8 disliked foods, listed in order of their item number, are:
Joshua's line eating food he hates with a 50% sync modifier is "No thank you." His 3 hated foods, listed in order of their item number, are:
The kanji of Joshua's Japanese name (桐生 義弥, Kiryū Yoshiya) literally translate from left to right as paulownia, birth, justice. Pawlonias are a symbol of the Japanese government and can only grow after fires due to their sensitivity to infection, evoking themes of authority, death, and rebirth. Joshua is derived from Hebrew name Yehoshua - an alternative of this name, Yeshua, can be transliterated in Greek as Iesous which through the Latin spelling Iesus comes the English spelling Jesus.
- "Howdy. The name's Yoshiya Kiryu. But Mother and Father call me Joshua. I guess you can call me Joshua, too-- seeing as how you're my dear, dear partner. Hee hee..."
- "Is this going to be a problem? I need you to pull it together. Unlike some people, I'm new at all this. I'm expecting a bang-up job from you, Mr. Escort."
- "Oh! I can't say I'm particularly interested, but... I'll go ahead and ask, for the sake of convenience. Do you have a name?"
- "Sigh... I don't do the whole sweating thing, Neku."
- "Very impressive, Neku. Show those fifth graders who's boss."
- "Kinda, yeah. I'm surprised it worked this well." (about lying to Neku)
- "Neku, you have Reaper friends, too? My, my. You certainly do get around."
- "I should be careful, hanging out with you. If that was a friend, I'd hate to run into one of your enemies... Brr!"
- "Everyone has their own little internal world-- a secret garden only they can enter. Each world follows its own internal logic--individuality. And the logic of one world means nothing in another. Understanding other people isn't hard, Neku. It's impossible."
- "Maybe everyone in Shibuya is here searching, struggling for a peek into their neighbor's worlds. When those neighbors change, they get scared, feel they have to change."
- "We can't go through life alone. We're part of a community. We have to live by its rules. And the move we connect with people, the trickier those rules get."
- "Who needs other people's values? It's easier to just live by your own rules."
- "It was a gift. The island of Niijima presented it in 1980 to commemorate a century under Tokyo administration. The name sounds like the Easter Island Moai statues it resembles-- but, as it happens, in the Niijima dialect, "moyai" also means "working together." Just like you and me, Neku. The very picture of "moyai.""
- "Ever read Edogawa Rampo's "The Fiend with Twenty Faces"? You should. I mean, just think! You're walking through the pages of literature and history."
- "Only by allowing strangers in, can we find new ways to be ourselves."
- "But Neku, I thought you couldn't afford to lose. Give up on yourself, and you give up on the world."
- "Hee hee... It was me, Neku. I'm Shibuya's Composer. I know that must unsettle you. Especially since we spent all that quality time together. Still, it's the truth, and I need you to face it. Megumi and I decided to play this Game to determine if Shibuya should exist or not."
- "Life's little crossroads are often as simple as the pull of a trigger."
- "No no no, I call Pink. The name is Yoshiya Kiryu. I should be Pink, because Pink is love, and a humanitarian like me loves people." (in Another Day)
- "Hee hee... Shut up and walk, dear." (to Neku in Another Day)
- Have fun, Neku. - Begin battle
- Don't make this worse for yourself. - Begin battle
- Why even bother? - Begin battle at low HP
- There! - Attacking
- You are done! Combo finisher
- Just die. Combo finisher
- Smile! - Phone Camera
- This is nothing. - Catching the puck
- Now we're talking. - Catching the puck at 5x power
- How's my aim? - Activating the partner pin in Solo or Final Remix
- Keep it up. - Neku erases a Noise
- Neku, do something! - Low HP
- What?! - Knocked down
- What's wrong? - Neku recovering from knockdown
- How could you, Neku? - Game Over
- AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! - Game Over
- Heh. Predictable. - Noise erased
- That was quick. - Noise erased
- Neku... do you need a break? - Noise erased at low HP
- That was a nice distraction. - ★-rank victory
- You need to do better, Neku. - E-rank victory
- Oh, we’re running? You didn’t seem the type. - Flee from Battle for the first time
- "A boy who watches over the Players in the Game. He summoned Traverse Town to save Neku and the others before their existences could blink out."
- — Joshua' character file
Joshua appears in Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, as Aaron Spann reprises the role. Prior to the events of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Joshua saved Neku and the others from the brink of obliteration by bringing the remnants of their dreams to Traverse Town when it appeared before him and uses Rhyme's dream to open the portal into it. However, Joshua did not expect the dreams to assume physical form in that world, and he decides to help in their restoration after learning that they have been separated from each other in what he believed to be two Traverse Towns existing in the same space. But through Rhyme's dreams, Joshua was able to exist in both versions at the same time.
When Joshua meets Riku in the Third District of Traverse Town, he tells him of the goings-on in town while offering his assistance. While Riku initially rejected his offer, he accepts once Joshua tells him that he knows Sora and that he is in the same world with them. The two are then confronted by Beat soon after, who challenges Joshua in the belief that he can return to his own world with Rhyme if he beats him. Joshua stands aside, watching with amusement as Riku fights and defeats Beat's Dream Eaters, and chuckles after Beat concedes the fight in frustration. Neither of them notice Riku passing out, and neither are there when he comes to. After Sora defeats the Hockomonkey in the Fifth District, Joshua appears before him and explains that he and Riku are in two separate versions of Traverse Town, as Sora sees an illusion of Riku and the Young Xehanort Riku sees a similar image of Joshua, Sora, and Rhyme after he defeats his side's version of the Hockomonkey.
Later, Joshua speaks to Sora and Riku simultaneously, revealing how he brought the others to Traverse Town and the world being splintered in two. He also tells them about how they are able to see each other is because of the strong bonds between, using Neku, Shiki, Beat, and Rhyme as examples. After answering Sora and Riku's shared question of "who he really is" with an ambiguous answer, Joshua sprouted wings and flew off.
On Sora and Riku's return trips to Traverse Town, Joshua coordinates between them in order to help Neku and the others defeat the Spellican. He leads Riku into the Third District to trap Spellican in the Traverse Town where Sora attempts to take it out. It was by that time, after Neku and Beat are reunited with their respective partners, that Joshua confided to Riku that his previous theory, of the two Traverse towns being parallel worlds was incorrect but more like the dreams of two different people. This leads Joshua to warn Riku to be on his guard as either version could be a trap.
Other Kingdom Hearts Titles
Joshua appears in several medals in Kingdom Hearts Union X:
- Neku & Shiki & Joshua
- The World Ends with You Art
- The World Ends with You Art 2
- The World Ends with You Art 3
- Prime - Neku & Joshua
- Trait Medal #51
Joshua, Neku, Shiki also make a brief appearance at the start of Kingdom Hearts III along with Sora's memories.
- "A smart-yet-smarmy boy whose intellect is equally impressive as it is unsettling."
- — Joshua's description in The Animation's official website
Prior to his week, Joshua made two appearances in Week 1. Similarly to the game, he can be seen on the first day briefly, observing Neku's first game from the RG. He can be seen for a split second after Neku witnesses a Player being erased.
During the fifth day, after Neku and Shiki complete the mission, a massive Anguis Noise symbol appears and fires massive beams from the sky to erase Players. Joshua can be seen snapping his fingers from atop of a building to stop these lasers from erasing Neku, Shiki, and other players that managed to survive the carnage. After the events of Week 1's final day, when Shiki is taken as Neku's entry fee, Joshua can be seen atop of another building, laughing to himself.
During Neku's second week in the game, Joshua finds Neku struggling to fight Carcinofolk Noise, unable to use his Psychs without a partner. When he is knocked away, Joshua catches him and forces a pact without Neku's consent. While Neku is surprised at this, he quickly focuses his attention on the Noise. Joshua slaps away a stray Noise coming for him and applauds Neku's abilities and introduces himself and nonchalantly tells him he's been monitoring him, not even pretending to ask what his name is anymore. After quickly deducing Sho's mission, he urges Neku to follow him to 104, but is pulled back by Neku who scans his memories. Suspicious of his new partner, Neku is forced to follow along to survive.
When they reach 104, the Game Master personally greets them and expresses shock at seeing them in the game. When Neku asks if he knows him, Joshua shrugs it off. Once other players began to gather at the building, Sho sics Dub Rhino Noises at them and blatantly tricks Players into attacking each other and Uzuki by telling them he'll save them if they do. When Neku is attacked by a Dub Rhino, Joshua fends the incoming Noise by slamming debris at it with his Psych. After Kariya summons more Dub Rhinos and the two are surrounded, Joshua excitedly tells Neku that it's their time to show what they can do. The two sync up and perform a Fusion Attack, raining down fire and ice at the Noise, quickly erasing all the Dub Rhinos surrounding the players.
During the second day, Joshua talks to Hanekoma on the phone. After they receive their mission mail, Neku asks Joshua to solve it and he explains the routes that Reapers refers to in Shibuya's UG. Joshua also tells Neku about Reaper Decals (something originally Hanekoma does in the first week for Neku and Shiki in the game). He demonstrates this by buying ice cream for the two in a shop marked by a decal. The two later encounter Taboo Noise and struggle to defeat them until they attack in unison. He watches Neku as he follows Eri to a flower shop. When she leaves, he tells Neku that he should listen to him if he wants to survive. Neku grabs him, venting out his suspicions against him, and accidentally scans him again. Joshua proceeds to ask Neku if he scanned him.
On the third day, Joshua tricks Neku into going to CAT Street after the latter refuses to go despite not having a mission. He later reveals that he faked the mission mail when they arrive at WildKat. Joshua has Hanekoma upgrade their phones. As he does so, Joshua tells Neku about what he thinks about the game; a thrilling recreation that can't be found in the Underground. Hanekoma tells Neku about Joshua's ability to see the game while he was alive later on.
On the fourth day, the two go to Udagawa and Neku has a vision of Joshua killing him.
On the fifth day, Neku discovers Joshua's powers due to playing the Reapers' Game while living.
On the sixth day, the duo solve a puzzle and on the seventh day, Neku and Joshua defeat Minamimoto on the top of Mark City. Unlike the game, Neku weeps for Joshua's supposed death.
Joshua appears in the final episode, It's a Wonderful World. Unlike the game, Joshua never appears to fuse with Kitaniji's Noise form to become Draco Cantus. Joshua reveals himself as the Composer to Shiki and Beat, and telekinetically incapacitates both of them after Beat tries to punch Joshua. Joshua challenges Neku to a shoot-off duel to determine the fate of Shibuya. Neku remembers Hanekoma's advice to trust his partner, so he drops the gun and tells Joshua he trusts him, and Joshua shoots him. Unlike the game, Neku does not see Hanekoma standing beside Joshua. The episode ends with Hanekoma and Joshua explaining various plot mysteries of the series.
- Joshua's official ages are the physical ages of the forms that he takes on in the lower planes. It is unknown what his age is his true form or how many years it has been since he was actually born.
- Joshua's birthday, November 1, is also known as All Saints' Day, may refer to his Jesus concept.
- According to Tetsuya Nomura, Joshua's nickname was decided before his real name but then his nickname became his real name.
- It is unclear exactly what Nomura meant. It could imply that Joshua is his real name and that Yoshiya is a nickname or that Yoshiya was his nickname in development before becoming his real name.
- All the main characters have brands associated with them. Joshua's brand is apparently Dragon Couture due to the items associated with him.
- This also coincides with the dragon-like Draco Cantus boss. Joshua's association with the brand and dragons can also be seen as foreshadowing his status as being "different" as the Composer, as dragons are the only animal of the Chinese Zodiac which do not truly exist. The brand's items are also expensive, a possible nod to Joshua's power.
- In Shiki, Day 1, right before Shiki forms a pact with Neku, the player may look at the crowd in front of the Statue of Hachiko and Joshua will be standing right next to Neku. He is no longer present there after the pact is formed. He is also present in the same spot at the beginning of Week 2.
- Upon first meeting Neku on Joshua, Day 1 he calls Neku by his name twice before asking what it is, but Neku doesn't catch on to this.
- However, it should be noted that this is only present in the North American/European localization of the game; in the Japanese version, he never uses Neku's name until they are properly introduced. The English translation of The World Ends With You: Final Remix edits out these mentions, implying it was an error rather than a deliberate choice.
- Joshua was an illegal Player in his second week, notably lacking a Player Pin. Because of this, and his status as Composer, he may not have had to pay an Entry Fee to participate in Week 2.
- Joshua's third level Fusion is the only one in which Neku speaks first before attacking.
- Characters when defeated against Noise will cry out, either in anger (Beat) or despair (Shiki). Joshua of note will occasionally state, "How could you, Neku..." as an expression of disappointment in his Proxy.
- Joshua is the only partner character that Neku does not fight directly in a battle. However, Neku does fight him indirectly.
- An interview revealed Joshua smiles before being captured by Kitaniji in the final battle due to him being humored by Kitaniji's desperation: "He was surprised for a moment when he was about to be captured, but he soon realized that it was [Kitaniji's] last attempt to defeat Neku. So for a moment, Joshua grinned. [Kitaniji] had already lost to Neku once and was dying, so Joshua thought, "This is all he can do."
- Joshua has an unused bottom screen sprite for This Day Ends with You! where his Angel Feather is mistakenly layered in front of his hand rather than behind it.
- Oddly enough, Joshua is the only Player among the main Players to not be wearing a wrist, neck, or head accessory, such as necklaces, bracelets, hats, and headphones.
- Joshua's rise to the position of Composer or previous history is not discussed. One possible hint is the description on the Eden pins, stating the equal judgement of the five kings, or the five different sets of pins of Gatito, and the goddess blessing her light upon a single individual. Some of Joshua's dialogue in Joshua, Day 5 resembles suicide ideation, implying Joshua may have taken his life as a human. Ultimately, his past is currently left to interpretation.
- During the Secret Ending, a closeup of Joshua's face in Composer form is shown. In DS, he is seen frowning, but in both The World Ends with You -Solo Remix- and The World Ends With You: Final Remix he is smiling. The reason for this change is unknown.
- Joshua: People racing across the city in a life-or-death struggle? Find me another rush like that in Shibuya. Life for me was one giant bore. Just the same thing, day after day... Now THAT felt like death.
Neku: So you... came here?
Joshua: Yeah. I decided I belonged in the UG.
- Neku: What about you? How did you die?
Joshua: Hee hee... Not telling ?
Neku: What? (Ugh, nice.)
Joshua: I'm here because I want to be. End of story. Ready to go?
|Characters in The World Ends with You|
|Neku Sakuraba • Shiki Misaki • Beat • Joshua • Rhyme • Sota Honjo • Nao 777 • BJ • Coco Atarashi • Koki Kariya • Megumi Kitaniji • Mitsuki Konishi • Sho Minamimoto • Tenho • Uzuki Yashiro • Yodai Higashizawa Aily Ueno • Akira Yoshii • Anna Aoi • Ayu Hamaguchi • Banzai Ayanokoji • Fumi Gotoda • Fumiko Nishimura • Hideki Kikuchi • Hikaru Koike • HT Masuoka • Jun Odajima • Keiichi Okada • Ken Doi • Kyo • Makoto Miki • Masanori Ito • May Kurokawa • Mie Suzuki • Miki Kosaka • Nana Majima • Princess K • Rayca Hoshi • Rikako Toda • Sanae Hanekoma • Shigemi Konno • Shigemori Iwata • Shinta Iwata • Tadafumi Sato • Tak Kimura • Tatsuya Omura • Tsubasa • Yoji Iwata • Yosh Ishino • Yumi Sheena • Yuu Narumi Ai • CAT • Eiji Oji • Eri • Futoshi • Itaru Yokoyamada • Ken Doi • Makoto Miki • Mina • Mr. Mew • Pin Prof • Sanae Hanekoma • Shrimp • Shuto Dan • Tsugumi Matsunae • Wizard of Slam • Vice Wizard of Slam|