World Trigger: Episode 23 – “The Holy Land, Aftokrator”

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 23 sees Shinoda at Border Headquarters having to make some tough decisions after discovering the Neighbors’ Rabits, which are a new type of Trion solider. Kazama Squad discovers some information on the Rabits as they try to attack it, which shows that these new soldiers are not going to be easy to defeat.

Even Yuma and Osamu come face-to-face with a Rabit, and Yuma goes against orders by activating his Black Trigger in order to take it down when it appears that it’s going to capture Osamu. Arashiyama Squad arrives and is able to help finish off the Rabit with a lot of gunfire.

The battle appears at Border Headquarters’ doorstep when some Ilgar, the flying Trion soldiers, are set to self-destruct mode and sent to crash into the building. It was actually fortunate that Chika had shot a hole through the wall during her training, because this spurred Border to fortify the wall armor with extra Trion. If they hadn’t fortified the wall armor, the Ilgar could have very easily destroyed the building. We also get to see Tachikawa take down two of the Ilgar before they can fulfill their mission, and proving that he is an impressive Border agent in his own right.

It was interesting to see near the end of the episode that Yuma wasn’t disciplined for using his Black Trigger without headquarters’ permission. Instead, Kido grants Yuma permission to use his Black Trigger by his own judgment in an emergency, with the understanding that Yuma has to follow Border’s orders. Yuma agrees, and then discovers that he won’t be able to accompany Osamu to help protect Chika and the others that are in the Southwest. Instead, Yuma is sent to accompany Arashiyama Squad. Yuma is obviously frustrated by this turn of events, but is unable to do anything since he has just agreed to follow Border’s orders. But when Kitora volunteers to help Osamu, Yuma seems to be less apprehensive about Osamu’s mission.

But one of the most important things about Episode 23 is the fact that the audience finally gets to see the Humanoid Neighbors that are behind this attack and start to have some names to attach to the enemy besides “Neighbor,” “Trion solider,” or “Rabit.” And for some of the Humanoid Neighbors, the audience gets to learn what their personalities are like. Hopefully future episodes will develop these Humanoid Neighbors out even more and that they will start being seen a little more consistently.

At this point, World Trigger isn’t quite halfway through its episode count yet, but the story has already shifted into the story arc that ended in the manga’s weekly serialization a little earlier this year. Hopefully they’ll have enough material to work with to reach the 50 episode count without having to stretch this story arc out to the point of ridiculousness or having to add filler just to reach that count. The pacing of World Trigger has gotten better in recent weeks, and I’d like to see the pacing continue in this direction.

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