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 Eight jumps right back into the confrontation between Shuji, Yosuke, and Yuma. While Yuma was hit by one of the snipers, he was still able to react to it so the shot didn’t kill him. At one point, Yuma is attacked by a Trigger that converts Trion into weights to restrain an opponent. However, Yuma surprises everyone by using his Trigger, which allows him to not only copy an enemy’s move but to amplify its effects. It’s revealed that this is a Black Trigger, and Replica gives both Osamu and the audience an explanation of what that is.
During the actual battle, there are a couple of lengthy flashback sequences from scenes that appeared earlier in the series: one that Osamu has and one that Chika has. While the flashbacks were appropriate, they felt a little on the lengthy side. It almost felt as if this was being done as a cost cutting measure, since using lengthy flashbacks minimizes the amount of new animation that needed to be done for the episode. Shortened versions of these flashbacks would have worked just as well and probably would have been just as effective.
Once the confrontation between Shuji, Yosuke, and Yuma ends, the episode focuses more on exposition and provides a brief insight into why Shuji hates the Neighbors so much. And when Osamu and Jin go to make a report about the incident to help offset Miwa Squad’s report, it’s revealed that Jin also has a Black Trigger. The ante is upped when Jin is ordered to eliminate Yuma and to capture his Black Trigger.
By the end of Episode Eight, I finally found myself a little more interested in the story and the characters. Unfortunately, it took almost eight complete episodes in order to reach that point. The main weakness of World Trigger seems to be that it takes quite a while for the story to develop, and that it takes a long time to truly establish the world and concepts of the series. While readers of the manga already know what’s going to happen, viewers who are unfamiliar with it aren’t going to be as patient about waiting for this development and would have probably dropped the series by this point if they felt that the series was taking too long to get going. I have to admit that the main reason that I’m still going with it is due to trying to fill in the gap I have from jumping into the middle of the World Trigger manga when I started reading Weekly Shonen Jump earlier this year.
But it appears that the stage has finally been set for World Trigger to be more interesting, and hopefully Episode Nine won’t disappoint.
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