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When first introduced to Neku, little is known about him. He wakes up at the Scramble Crossing in Shibuya, lost and confused, until he takes notice of people disappearing. Neku then gets attacked by monsters known as Noise. By entering the site of Hachiko in hopes for help, he finds an unlikely ally in a stranger—Shiki. And this is where the Reapers' Game begins...

Name: Neku Sakuraba /
Age: 15
Hometown: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

In comparison to many of the other characters in The World Ends With You, namely Shiki and Joshua, Neku can be labeled as a loner. He prefers to spend his own time by himself, brushing away others who try to find out the person that is under the exterior. Evidence of this can be taken at the start of the game when Shiki tries to make a pact or partner, with him in order to defeat the Noise. Pact formed, the abilities necessary to make progress at hand, and continuously wanting to stray away from Shiki, soon Neku will understand the meaning of friendship.

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A boy comes to an intersection awash with people—alone, unaware of how he got there. Then he receives a message: Clear this mission...or face erasure.

And with that, Neku is thrust into a life-or-death Game that sends him scrambling down streets paved with one riddle after another...

At fifteen, Neku is an ardent fan of graffiti, but far less enthusiastic about forging relationships with other people. When the Reapers' Game throws him into contact with other Players, he has two choices, open up....or get picked off.