World Trigger: Episode 11 – “Each one’s determination”

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 11 primarily focuses on a flashback that provides background information and character development for Yuma. I appreciated getting this flashback, because it finally helped me to understand Yuma better and answered some questions I had had in my mind regarding how he had a human father but had a Trion body. And through Replica narrating this flashback to Osamu, the audience also finally understands why Yuma came to our world in the first place. But from something that was revealed in Episode 10, we know that Yuma cannot accomplish what it was that he had wanted to do. Replica now asks Osamu to give Yuma a purpose to continue living.

As Osamu ponders how he’s going to accomplish Replica’s request, he learns that Chika has decided that she wants to join Border in order to have the potential to find her brother and her friend in the other world. Osamu tries to talk her out of it, but to no avail. Osamu reluctantly agrees to help Chika and to form a team with her so she can work toward becoming an A-Rank member of Border.

But in the end, Chika’s decision gives Osamu what he needs in order to convince Yuma to stay in their world and to live. At the end of the episode, Osamu, Chika, and Yuma officially become a team, with Osamu becoming the leader after Yuma insists and Chika agreeing with Yuma.

I have to say that Episode 11 is the strongest episode of World Trigger since the series started. Not only did we finally get background information and character development for Yuma, we also see a new layer added to the story when Osamu, Chika, and Yuma officially become a team. Looking back, it seems like these first 11 episodes were intended to set the foundation for the overarching story of the series, and that the story will hopefully start moving at a better pace now.

It’s kind of sad that it took 11 episodes for the series to truly get going. Viewers who weren’t already reading the manga and knew nothing about the story would have more than likely given up on it by this point. Let’s be honest, it generally doesn’t take 11 episodes in order to establish a series and get the story going.

But I really hope that the feel and pacing of Episode 11 will become more typical for the episodes going forward. I’ll be disappointed if the episodes return to the sluggish and nearly glacial pacing that the previous 10 episodes had. But since this series is supposed to run for 50 episodes and the manga is still ongoing, I’m almost afraid that the pacing issues will end up returning at some point.

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