The Snack World

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The Snack World
スナックワールド
(Sunakku Wārudo)
GenreFantasy[1]
Manga
Written byFujiminosuke Yorozuya
Published byShogakukan
DemographicShōnen
ImprintTentōmushi CoroCoro Comic
MagazineCoroCoro Comic
Original runDecember 2016August 2018
Volumes3
Manga
Written bysho.t
Published byShogakukan
DemographicShōnen
ImprintSunday Webry SSC
MagazineShōnen Sunday Super
Original runJuly 2017April 2018
Volumes2
Anime television series
Directed byTakeshi Mori
Written byAkihiro Hino
Music byRei Kondoh
StudioOLM
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run April 13, 2017 April 19, 2018
Episodes50
Game
The Snack World: Trejarers
DeveloperLevel-5
PublisherLevel-5
Directed byAkihiro Hino
Music byRei Kondoh
GenreRoguelike RPG
PlatformNintendo 3DS
Released
  • JP: August 10, 2017
Game
Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold
DeveloperLevel-5
h.a.n.d.
PublisherLevel-5
Directed byAkihiro Hino
GenreRoguelike RPG
PlatformNintendo Switch
Released
  • JP: April 12, 2018
  • WW: February 14, 2020
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The Snack World[2] is a multimedia franchise created and developed by Level-5. The franchise consists of a roguelike role-playing video game that was released for the Nintendo 3DS in August 2017, two manga adaptations that were serialized in CoroCoro Comic and Shōnen Sunday Super respectively, a CGI anime series produced by Dentsu, OLM, and TV Tokyo, and a toy line by Takara Tomy.

Overview[edit]

The Snack World is Level-5's fifth multimedia franchise, following Inazuma Eleven, Little Battlers eXperience, Professor Layton, and Yo-kai Watch. The franchise is a "hyper casual fantasy" that is set in Snack World, a traditional fantasy world combined with convenience stores, smartphones, and other elements of the modern world. It revolves around the adventures of Chup, a wandering hero with a strong sense of justice, who is determined to get revenge against Large-Scale Leisure Facilities after it destroyed his village in response to the villagers refusing to allow eviction of the village by the former. Madly in love with King Papaya's[a] daughter, Princess Melonia[b], he fulfills her selfish wishes by going on quests, accompanied by an inelegant witch, Mayonna[c]; a muscular warrior, Béarnaise[d]; a goblin-like creature, Gobsan; and a female pig-nosed dragon, Francene.[e][1][3]

Media[edit]

Video games[edit]

The Snack World: Trejarers (スナックワールド トレジャラーズ Sunakku Wārudo Torejarāzu) was released on the Nintendo 3DS on August 10, 2017 in Japan.[4] An expanded port for the Nintendo Switch was launched in the country on April 12, 2018[5] Versions for iOS and Android devices were announced alongside the franchise's reveal, but have yet to be released.[4]

Although the Switch version's ratings by rating boards in Western territories were revealed months earlier in 2019[6][7][8], Nintendo officially announced the Western localization, re-titled Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold, on November 20, 2019. The Switch version was released in Western territories on February 14, 2020.[9][10][11][12]

In South Korea, a MMORPG called Snack World Versus (스낵월드 버서스 Seunaeg Woldeu Beoseoseu) was released for smartphones on November 23, 2018 by Xth Planet.[13]

Manga[edit]

Written and illustrated by Fujiminosuke Yorozuya, a manga adaptation of The Snack World was serialized in Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic manga magazine between December 2016 and August 2018. Another manga adaptation, written and illustrated by sho.t, debuted on Shōnen Sunday's Webry website under the title TV Animation: The Snack World (TV Animation スナックワールド) on April 28, 2017. It eventually began serialization in the July issue of Shogakukan's Shōnen Sunday Super manga magazine, where it ran until the magazine's April 2018 issue.[14][15]

Anime[edit]

Level-5 unveiled a CGI pilot film of the anime series during their "Level-5 Vision 2015 -The Beginning-" presentation on April 7, 2015, which showcased the overall premise and the main characters.[16] The company later streamed an English dub of the pilot film on YouTube the following day.[17]

The regular series later premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates between April 13, 2017 and April 19, 2018 in Japan.[18] Level-5 president and CEO Akihiro Hino served as chief director and also handled the series composition, Takeshi Mori served as director, while Rei Kondoh composed the music. Dentsu, OLM, and TV Tokyo served as producers, while OLM Digital provided the animation production.

The first three English dubbed episodes were screened at Anime Expo 2019.[19] The series debuted on Cartoon Network channels in Australia and Southeast Asia in the fall of 2019.[20] Crunchyroll began streaming the English dub in select Western countries on February 14, 2020.[21] [22]

Merchandise[edit]

The toy line by Takara Tomy consists of a series of "Jara" (ジャラ) and "Snacks" (スナック) that are embedded with NFC chips, which are sold in "TreJara Boxes" (トレジャラボックス). Jara are key chain weapon replicas, while Snacks are monster summon tokens. Both can interact with The Snack World: Trejarers by placing them at the lower screen of the 3DS system, which grants players the same item or monsters in-game. Both can also be used in the Fairypon, a handheld device that allows users to hear special effects and play small games.[1][16][23]

Asomodee signed on to handle the European distribution of the toy line, along with other merchandise, which was set to launch in Fall 2018,[23][24] but has not come up since its original announcement.

Reception[edit]

During its first week, The Snack World: Treasurers ranked #2 and sold 97,534 units.[25]

Level-5 abby senior vice president Sandrine de Raspide stated in an interview that the toy line has "already trad[ed] at 500% above forecast", while the anime is one of the highest rated kids series on TV Tokyo.[26]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref(s)
2018 Japan Character Award Best Japanese Licensed Character The Snack World Won [citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Known as "Ōsama" (王様, lit. "King") in the Japanese version
  2. ^ Known as "Merōra-hime" (メローラ姫, lit. "Princess Melora") in the Japanese version
  3. ^ Known as "Mayone" (マヨネ) in the Japanese version
  4. ^ Known as "Peperon" (ペペロン) in the Japanese version
  5. ^ Known as "Butako" (ブタ子) in the Japanese version

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ramano, Sal (April 7, 2015). "Level-5 announces new cross-media project The Snack World". Gematsu. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  2. ^ スナックワールド Sunakku Wārudo
  3. ^ "Level-5's Snack World Video Reveals TV Anime's April Premiere". Anime News Network. July 28, 2016. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Ramano, Sal (June 26, 2017). "The Snack World: Trejarers delayed to August 10 for 3DS in Japan, 2018 for smartphones". Gematsu. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  5. ^ Romano, Sal (February 8, 2018). "The Snack World: Trejarers Gold for Switch launches April 12 in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved March 26, 2019..
  6. ^ Romano, Sal (29 April 2019). "Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold rated in Australia". Gematsu. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  7. ^ Romano, Sal (9 September 2019). "ESRB rates Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl Gold for Switch". Gematsu. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  8. ^ rawmeatcowboy (4 October 2019). "Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl - Gold gets a PEGI rating". GoNintendo. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  9. ^ Romano, Sal (November 20, 2019). "Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold coming west on February 14, 2020". Gematsu. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Nintendo News: Dish Out Damage With Friends While Exploring Deliciously Dark Dungeons in SNACK WORLD: THE DUNGEON CRAWL – GOLD on Nintendo Switch". Business Wire. November 20, 2019. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Watts, Steve (November 20, 2019). "New Level-5 RPG Snack World Announced For Nintendo Switch, Coming 2020". Gamespot. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Carter, Chris (November 20, 2019). "After several years of waiting, Level-5's Snack World series finally comes west to Switch". Destructoid. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Taek, Lim-Yeong (November 23, 2018). =엑스플래닛, 모바일 액션 RPG ‘스낵월드 버서스’ 구글 출시. Maeil Business Newspaper (in Korean). Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Snack World Franchise Gets New Manga Adaptation". Anime News Network. May 28, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "sho.t's Snack World Manga Ends Serialization". Anime News Network. February 27, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Level-5 Unveils Snack World With Game, TV Anime, Film, Manga, More". Anime News Network. April 7, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  17. ^ "Level-5's Snack World CG Anime Pilot Dubbed in English". Anime News Network. April 8, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  18. ^ "Snack World Reveals TV Anime's April 13 Premiere, Game Release Dates". Anime News Network. March 16, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  19. ^ "Family Day Track Programming at AX 2019". Anime Expo. June 26, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  20. ^ "Snack World sets sights on Australia". ToonBarn. October 27, 2019. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  21. ^ Hodgkins, Crystalyn (February 14, 2020). "Crunchyroll Adds Snack World CG Anime with English Dub". Anime News Network. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  22. ^ Luster, Joseph (February 14, 2020). "Take a Bite Out of the SNACK WORLD Anime on Crunchyroll Today". Crunchyroll. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  23. ^ a b "Asmodee brings Snack World toys to Europe". ToonBarn. December 26, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  24. ^ "The Snack World starts expanding internationally Fall 2018". ToonBarn. December 10, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  25. ^ "This Week In Sales: The Snack World Makes A Tasty Debut". Siliconera. August 16, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  26. ^ Risdale, Jack (November 13, 2017). "Japanorama: Yo-Kai Watch studio Level-5 abby talks its latest projects". Licensing.biz. Retrieved January 20, 2018.

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