World Trigger: Episode 7 – “Miwa Squad’s Assault”

World Trigger is set in Mikado City, where a “gate” to a different world opens one day and monsters known as Neighbors start appearing from it. Earth’s weapons don’t work against these monsters, but a mysterious group appears and starts fighting against the Neighbors. The group, known as the Border defense agency, creates a defense system against the Neighbors that emerge from the gates. Four-and-a-half years later, a 15-year-old boy named Osamu meets a strange boy named Yuma; Osamu is secretly a member of Border while Yuma turns out to be a Neighbor.

Episode Seven sees Osamu approaching Yuma and Replica for help to determine why Neighbors are attracted to Chika without letting on that they’re Neighbors. This section of the episode includes quite a bit of exposition, which helps to make this part of the episode to feel kind slow. The most important exposition comes when Yuma explains that Neighbors are attracted by Trion, and that they come to our world to take soldiers and Trion so they can fight battles in their world.

While that exposition was a little on the dry side, at least there’s a flashback that Osamu has that explains how Osamu knows Chika, as well as why Chika doesn’t approach Border for protection. The explanation in the flashback makes a lot of sense, and it doesn’t feel contrived or forced. It’s also revealed that the opening segment shown at the beginning of Episode Six where Chika’s friend disappears actually took place in the past and not in the present as it appeared to when this scene was originally shown out of context.

Replica measures Chika’s Trion level, and everyone is shocked when they discover how large it is. No wonder the Neighbors are targeting her so much! But even after being provided with this information, Chika still insists on dealing with the problem herself instead of approaching Border for help. While her hesitancy is understandable, Chika is probably going to come to regret this decision in the long run.

Near the end of the episode, Shuji and Yosuke from Border find Osamu and the others and are determined to execute the humanoid Neighbor as they were ordered to do. Because of when they walked in, they think Chika is the humanoid Neighbor. It almost looks like Chika’s in trouble when Yuma surprises everyone by admitting that he’s the Neighbor. This leads to a battle beginning between the Border agents and Yuma; unfortunately, the battle is just getting started as the episode comes to an end.

This episode suffers from the structural issue that several episodes of World Trigger have: the majority of the episode focuses heavily on exposition, and the action doesn’t kick in until right near the end of the episode. And just as the action gets going, it cuts off in the middle to create a cliffhanger. Admittedly, the cliffhanger ending for this episode actually works as a strong cliffhanger, but the same can’t be said about the other episodes that were structured in this manner.

World Trigger is now seven episodes in, and there’s still nothing to truly hook a viewer that’s never read the manga and keep them interested in coming back week after week to find out what happens next. Hopefully this series can find its stride sooner rather than later.

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