World Trigger: Episode 24 – “Meeden’s Baby Birds”

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 24 sees Kazama Squad taking down a Rabit, opening it up, and finding a Trion cube inside instead of Suwa, who had been captured by this particular Rabit. The cube has to be sent to headquarters to the analyzed, but Kazama suspects that Suwa’s Trion body has been entirely condensed into the cube. If Kazama’s guess is right, then at least Suwa hasn’t died as part of this battle.

Meanwhile, Chika, Izuho, and the idiot trio of the C-Rank recruits are busy in the southwest of the urban area, helping people to evacuate. A Trion solider appears, and the idiot trio gets the bright idea to try and take down the soldier by themselves. At first, it looks like they succeed, but then a Rabit emerges from it. Fortunately, Osamu and Kitora arrive just in time to help out. But Osamu is forced to take on a Marmod while Kitora fights the Rabit. I have to admit that I was almost convinced that the idiot trio would meet their maker while fighting the with Trion solider after hearing how tough the leader of that group was talking.

Osamu’s battle with the Marmod is tied in with flashbacks of the training he did at Tamakoma to specifically help him hone his skills against Marmods. He also remembers words that his mentor, Karasuma, told him while he was in the simulations. While it takes Osamu a little bit, he’s actually able to defeat the Marmod on his own. This is a small step of improvement for Osamu when it comes to his skills, but this just isn’t enough to make him a more interesting character. It’s been rather frustrating that our protagonist still hasn’t received any real character development outside of being a high school student, the fact he has a connection with Chika’s older brother, as well as not being among the top in Border’s B-Rank. I’d like to know more about his background and why Osamu’s character is the way that it is. At least Yuma got this kind of development. And even Chika has received more of this kind of development than Osamu has. At this point, I’m much more interested in Yuma and Chika than I am in Osamu.

Right at the end of the episode, the Neighbors’ true motive behind their attack is revealed. If this wasn’t surprising enough, an unexpected development happens that takes Kitora out of commission.

Overall, this episode was paced very well, and the ending made for a great cliffhanger. It seems like the writers of World Trigger have finally started figuring out how to better pace the episodes so that they flow naturally and don’t get bogged down with the exposition. With this improvement in pacing, the writers have also seemed to figure out how to write the episodes so there’s more natural ways to end them that don’t feel abrupt.

Episode 24 is definitely one of the better episodes of World Trigger that I’ve seen. While I still wouldn’t rank this series among my favorites, it at least has become much more interesting and tolerable to watch and follow week after week.

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