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WorldEnd: What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us?
Sukasuka.jpg
The cover of the first light novel.
終末なにしてますか? 忙しいですか? 救ってもらっていいですか?
(Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?)
Light novel
Written by Akira Kareno
Illustrated by Ue
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Original run November 1, 2014April 1, 2016
Volumes 5 + 1 side story (List of volumes)
Light novel
Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Mō Ichido dake, Aemasu ka?
Written by Akira Kareno
Illustrated by Ue
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Male
Imprint Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Original run April 1, 2016 – present
Volumes 6 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Akira Kareno
Illustrated by Kaname Seu
Published by Media Factory
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Comic Alive
Original run June 27, 2016May 26, 2018
Volumes 4 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Jun'ichi Wada
Produced by Atsushi Itō
Written by
  • Akira Kareno
  • Mariko Mochizuki
  • Shingo Nagai
  • Toshizo Nemoto
Music by Tatsuya Kato
Studio
Licensed by
Original network AT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS, TVA, SUN, TVQ, BS11
English network
Original run April 11, 2017 June 27, 2017
Episodes 12
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WorldEnd, short for What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? (終末なにしてますか? 忙しいですか? 救ってもらっていいですか?, Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka?), also known as SukaSuka, is a Japanese light novel series written by Akira Kareno and illustrated by Ue. The series' first volume was published by Kadokawa Shoten under their Sneaker Bunko imprint in November 1, 2014,[1] with the series ending with the release of the fifth volume in April 2016.[2] A sequel series titled Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Mō Ichido dake, Aemasu ka? (終末なにしてますか? もう一度だけ、会えますか?), also known as SukaMoka, began publication with the release of the first volume in April 2016.[3]

Plot[edit]

It's been over 500 years since the human race almost went extinct at the hands of the fearsome and mysterious "Beasts". The surviving races now make their homes, towns, and cities up on floating islands in the sky to keep out of reach of all but the most mobile of Beasts. Only a group of young girls, dubbed the Leprechauns, can wield the ancient Dug Weapons needed to fend off invasions from those dangerous creatures. Into the peoples' unstable and fleeting lives, where a simple call to certain death could come at any moment, enters an unlikely character: a mysterious man who lost everything in his final battle five hundred years ago, and had awakened from a long, icy slumber. Unable to fight any longer, the man, Willem, becomes the father those kids never had, caring for and nurturing them even as he struggles to come to terms with his new life, in which he feels the pain of helplessly waiting for his loved ones to return home from battle that his 'Daughter' once felt for him so long ago. Together, Willem and the leprechauns gradually come to understand what family means and what is truly worth protecting in their lives.

Characters[edit]

Willem Kmetsch (ヴィレム・クメシュ, Viremu Kumeshu)
Voiced by: Ryohei Arai[4] (Japanese); Micah Solusod[5] (English)
Willem is the main protagonist and only "alive" emnetwiht (人間族エムネトワイト, 'human'; from Anglo-Saxon) being in a world where humans have been driven to extinction by creations they call "Beasts". Known as the Black Agate Swordmaster, he is later found under a frozen lake after being cursed to petrifaction for five hundred years by the beast Eboncandle. He continues his fight against the Beasts, this time as the adviser to the "Fairies," since his body is too damaged to wield a Weapon after his battle with Eboncandle. As an active fighter he once wielded Percival, a mass produced version of the Dug Weapons (once called Carillons).
Chtholly Nota Seniorious (クトリ・ノタ・セニオリス, Kutori Nota Seniorisu)
Voiced by: Azusa Tadokoro[6] (Japanese); Amber Lee Connors[5] (English)
Chtholly is one of the Leprechauns (黄金妖精レプラカーン, 'fairy') who can use Weapons. She inherited the Weapon Seniorious, which once belonged to Lillia, a brave from Willem's past. She develops feelings for Willem when she meets him for the first time.
Ithea Myse Valgulious (アイセア・マイゼ・ヴァルガリス, Aisea Maize Varugarisu)
Voiced by: Machico[4] (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski[5] (English)
Ithea is a Leprechaun that has her hair styled like cat ears. She has a happy-go-lucky personalty, and often jokes that Willem only likes girls of her age; but she hides her true identity. She is the wielder of the Dug Weapon called Valgulious.
Nephren Ruq Insania (ネフレン・ルク・インサニア, Nefuren Ruku Insania)
Voiced by: Akari Uehara[4] (Japanese); Alexis Tipton[5] (English)
Nephren is a Leprechaun rarely showing emotions. She cares for Willem and helps him a lot but often sticks to him for some unknown reason. She loves flowers. She is the wielder of the Dug Weapon called Insania.
Rhantolk Ytri Historia (ラーントルク・イツリ・ヒストリア, Rāntoruku Itsuri Hisutoria)
Voiced by: Kazusa Aranami[4] (Japanese); Leah Clark[5] (English)
A Leprechaun wielding the Dug Weapon Historia. She loves to read poems and speaks in a poetic tone.
Nopht Keh Desperatio (ノフト・ケー・デスペラティオ, Nofuto Kē Desuperatio)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[4] (Japanese); Felecia Angelle[5] (English)
A Leprechaun wielding the Dug Weapon Desperatio. She loves meat, and shows brutality when killing Beasts.
Tiat Siba Ignareo (ティアット・シバ・イグナレオ, Tiatto Shiba Igunareo)
Voiced by: Tomomi Mizuma[4] (Japanese); Lara Woodhull[5] (English)
A young, battle-ready Leprechaun, but never paired with a Dug Weapon. She is a fan of romantic movies.
Pannibal Nox Katena (パニバル・ノク・カテナ, Panibaru Noku Katena)
Voiced by: Yurika Kubo[4] (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft[5] (English)
A Leprechaun, always ready for a fight. She attacked Willem while he is on his way to the warehouse to report for duty with a wooden sword.
Lakhesh Nyx Seniorious (ラキシュ・ニクス・セニオリス, Rakishu Nikusu Seniorisu)
Voiced by: Manaka Iwami[4] (Japanese); Jill Harris[5] (English)
A clumsy and shy Leprechaun kid who is often seen with Tiat, Collon, and Pannibal.
Collon Rin Purgatorio (コロン・リン・プルガトリオ, Koron Rin Purugatorio)
Voiced by: Hina Kino[4] (Japanese); Kristi Rothrock[5] (English)
An energetic Leprechaun who always speaks with exclamations.
Almita (アルミタ, Arumita)
Voiced by: Akane Kohinata[4] (Japanese); Jad Saxton[5] (English)
A Leprechaun who fell in a ravine but remained indifferent to her injuries, which made Willem question his true mission in the Warehouse and Facility.
Nygglatho (ナイグラート, Naigurāto)
Voiced by: Kikuko Inoue[4] (Japanese); Jamie Marchi[5] (English)
A Troll (喰人鬼トロール 'man-eating demon'), she lusts after Willem's flesh, but represses it. In the same way that Willem represents the military, she represents the Guild in securing the Facility. She knows Willem well because she led the expedition that found him in a petrified state.
Grick Graycrack (グリック・グレイクラック, Gurikku Gureikurakku)
Voiced by: Shigeru Chiba[4] (Japanese); Bryan Massey[5] (English)
A goblin (緑鬼族ボーグル 'green demon') who works as a salvager for artifacts on The Surface (the land below the sky islands where the Beasts are), a risky job. He wants Willem to join the Army. He was with Rhan and Nopht on the surface on an artifact recovery mission.
Limeskin (ライムスキン, Raimusukin)
Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi[4] (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat[5] (English)
A Reptilian (爬虫種レプトレイス) officer. Willem refers to him as "The Lizard."
Almaria Duffner (アルマリア・デュフナー, Arumaria Dyufunā)
Voiced by: Satomi Satō[4] (Japanese); Bryn Apprill[5] (English)
Willem's last mention before he became petrified, probably one of the children he cared for.
Phyracorlybia Dorio (フィラコルリビア・ドリオ, Firakoruribia Dorio)
Voiced by: Honoka Inoue[4] (Japanese); Tia Ballard[5] (English)
She is the Lycanthrope (狼徴人リュカントロポス) daughter of the mayor of the sky island city named Corna di Luce who asks Limeskin, who, in turn, asks Willem, to help against a group of activists, but due to his connections with the military, they cannot intervene in political matters, and since Willem is "busy with babysitting."
Lillia Asplay (リーリァ・アスプレイ, Rīria Asupurei)
Voiced by: Rina Satō[4] (Japanese); Giovannie Cruz[5] (English)
A high ranking brave from Willem's past who once wielded Seniorious.
Souwong Kandel (スウォン・カンデル, Suwon Kanderu)
Voiced by: Mugihito[4] (Japanese); Charlie Campbell (Older), Ryan Reynolds (younger)[5] (English)
Willem's former partner from 500 years ago. He died after a suicide attack and became an barrowwiht (喪死者), enabling Willem to disable a Poteau (地神ポトー, 'earthly deity') named Eboncandle (黒燭公イーボンキャンドル). Before his death he cursed himself, altering his life force in the process, stripping him of his humanity but gifting him with immortality. In this new state he will not die of injury or age. He has a deep fascination over white capes, naming him Great Sage by Eboncandle and Willem. Souwong, later working together with the powerful beast Eboncandle, created the Sky Archipelago of floating islands over 500 years ago to protect the remaining survivors from the beasts lurking on The Surface.
Elq Hrqstn (エルク・ハルクステン, Eruku Harukusuten)[7]
Voiced by: Hikari Okada[8][9] (Japanese); Monica Rial[5] (English)
She is Visitor (星神ヴィジトルス, 'star deity') who are said to have created the world, but has the appearance of a young girl.

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The light novel series is written by Akira Kareno with illustrations by Ue, the first volume was published in November 1, 2014 under Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint[1] and the fifth and last volume was released on April 1, 2016. A side story was released on February 1, 2017.[10] The sequel series started with the first volume released on April 1, 2016 (the same day as the launch of the last volume),[11] and it continues to be published.

During their panel at Anime NYC 2017, Yen Press announced that they have licensed the light novel.[12]

SukaSuka[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 November 1, 2014[13]ISBN 9784041022696July 31, 2018[14]ISBN 9781975326876
2 January 1, 2015[15]ISBN 9784041022702November 13, 2018[16]ISBN 9781975326883
3 July 1, 2015[17]ISBN 9784041032886
4 January 1, 2016[18]ISBN 9784041038352
5 April 1, 2016[19]ISBN 9784041040393
EX February 1, 2017[20]ISBN 9784041051795

SukaMoka[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 April 1, 2016[21]ISBN 9784041040409
2 July 1, 2016[22]ISBN 9784041046555
3 December 1, 2016[23]ISBN 9784041046562
4 April 1, 2017[24]ISBN 9784041046579
5 October 1, 2017[25]ISBN 9784041046586
6 June 1, 2018[26]ISBN 9784041068670

Manga[edit]

Kaname Seu launched a manga adaptation of the series in Kadokawa's seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2016.[27][28] The manga ended on May 26, 2018.[28]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 February 23, 2017[29]ISBN 9784040690407
2 June 23, 2017[30]ISBN 9784040692494
3 December 22, 2017[31]ISBN 9784040695808
4 June 23, 2018[32]ISBN 9784040698830

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of WorldEnd was announced with the release of the second volume of SukaMoka.[33] The anime adaptation was revealed as a television series that is scheduled to premiere in April 2017.[34] The series is directed by Jun'ichi Wada at studios Satelight and C2C, with scripts written by series creator Akira Kareno, Mariko Mochizuki, Shingo Nagai and Toshizo Nemoto, and music composed by Tatsuya Kato.

The opening theme is "DEAREST DROP" sung by Azusa Tadokoro.[6] The ending theme is "From" by TRUE,[35] Kinema by TRUE in episode 6 and Ever be my love by Tamaru Yamada in episode 12. Additionally, "Scarborough Fair" and "Always in My Heart" by Tamaru Yamada were played in episodes 1 and 12, as well as "I Call You" by Tamaru Yamada in episode 9.

The anime aired on April 11, 2017 on Tokyo MX, with further broadcasts on TVA, SUN, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting, BS11, and AT-X[36] then finished on June 27, 2017. The series ran for 12 episodes.[37] The series is licensed in North America by Crunchyroll, and Funimation released it on home video with an English dub.[38]

No. Title[a] Original air date
1 "Broken Chronograph"
"Taiyō no Katamuita Kono Sekai de" (太陽の傾いたこの世界で -broken chronograph-) 
April 11, 2017
2 "Late Autumn Night's Dream"
"Sora no Ue no Mori no Naka no" (空の上の森の中の -late autumn night's dream-) 
April 18, 2017
3 "Starry Road to Tomorrow"
"Kono Tatakai ga Owattara" (この戦いが終わったら -starry road to tomorrow-) 
April 25, 2017
4 "Dice in Pot"
"Kaeranu Mono to, Machi-tsuzuketa Mono-tachi" (帰らぬ者と、待ち続けた者たち -dice in pot-) 
May 2, 2017
5 "From Dawn till Dusk"
"Dare mo Kare mo ga, Seigi no Na no Moto ni" (誰も彼もが、正義の名のもとに -from dawn till dusk-) 
May 9, 2017
6 "No News was Good News"
"Kienai Kako, Kieteiku Mirai" (消えない過去、消えていく未来 -no news was good news-) 
May 16, 2017
7 "Home, sweet Home"
"Tadaima Kaerimashita" (ただいま、帰りました -home, sweet home-) 
May 23, 2017
8 "Slight Light, Slight Hope"
"Izure Sono Yō wa Ochiru to Shite mo" (いずれその陽は落ちるとしても -slight light, slight hope-) 
May 30, 2017
9 "Moonlit Sorcery"
"Tatoe Mirai ga Mienakute mo" (たとえ未来が見えなくても -moonlit sorcery-) 
June 6, 2017
10 "My Happiness"
"Ima Kono Toki no Kagayaki o" (いまこの時の輝きを -my happiness-) 
June 13, 2017
11 "Evidence of Existence"
"Dō ka, Wasurenaide" (どうか、忘れないで -evidence of existence-) 
June 20, 2017
12 "The happiest girl ever CHTHOLLY"
"Sekai de Ichiban Shiawase na Onna no Ko" (世界で一番幸せな女の子 -CHTHOLLY-) 
June 27, 2017
Willem is fighting with the beasts in hand-to-hand combat on the airship deck. Rhan has collapsed from exhaustion and using too much venenum; the beasts ready to devour her before Willem sprints to rescue her which causes him to collapse from exhaustion and blood loss. Chtholly watches on in her dream-like state before asking Elq for "one more favour" so she can fight for Willem. Meanwhile Nephren is embroiled in combat with the beasts on the ship's loading area before collapsing from using too much venenum, she starts to slip towards the open bay doors as Willem enters and sprints towards her and catches her hand. Nephren releases however, when she informs Willem that The Gate is about to open as a result of her venenum usage. Convinced that he won't lose another friend, Willem launches himself from the ship to catch her as they fall to the earth. Having been granted her wish by Elq, Chtholly awakens to find Nopht collapsed in the hallway, after a brief exchange she tells Nopht that she cannot carry on living to find happiness as she is already as happy as she can be. Chtholly locates her two friends in the sky and flies after them, creating a buffer as they land to the ground. Willem awakens to see the red-haired Chtholly stood over him; she somehow heals Nephren from her condition before attacking the beasts and activating her own Gate, causing a massive explosion. Sometime later, Ithea cries into Nygglatho's arms due to losing her two closest friends, Chtholly and Nephren. The younger leprechauns are seen below, playing and training. Another scene then plays showing Souwong searching for life signs of Willem in his crystal ball. He turns away just as the ball resonates, indicating Willem and Nephren are alive. The show concludes with the birth of Chtholly's reincarnated soul. 

Note[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

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