World Trigger: Episode 25 – “The Most Powerful Squad in Border”

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 25 sees Chika becoming the Neighbors’ prime target after she grabs a nearby Trigger and shoots at a Rabit that had captured Izuho. While it was great to see her stand up to the Rabit to protect her friends and save herself, this was an unfortunate action since it focused the Neighbors’ attention on her. In the wake of her action, some of the humanoid Neighbors are dispatched to either capture Chika or to fight against the Border agents in the three battlefronts.

We get to see Kizaki, Karasuma, and Konami in action when their team is sent out to aid Osamu in fighting off the Rabits, procuring Kitora and the C-Ranks’ energy cubes, and protecting the remaining C-Rank agents. As they fight, we learn that Tamakoma Branch has special experimental Triggers that have not been approved by headquarters. In fact, we are treated to quite the explanation from Replica during the battle. So it was rather frustrating when, just a few minutes later, the omake at the end of the episode went over this exact same information again. I didn’t enjoy this particular omake because of the redundancy of information and how close the two explanations were. But I have to say that Tamakoma Branch’s weapons are actually rather impressive.

Episode 25 also sees battles just getting underway between the humanoid Neighbors and the Border agents located at the three battlefronts. The main focus here falls on Tamakoma Branch’s battlefront and Azuma Squad’s battlefront. More action takes place in Azuma Squad’s battlefront, which causes several Border agents to bail out. However, we get to see Tamakoma trying to take on Hyuse and Viza. It’s primarily Hyuse who is fighting them with his Trigger, though. Computer graphics were used to animate Hyuse’s Trigger, and the computer graphics just stood out too much and drew too much attention to itself. While computer graphics and regular animation will probably never truly mesh perfectly, I’ve seen better uses of the computer graphics in other anime where it wasn’t as obvious that I was seeing computer graphics being utilized.

Enedora comes face-to-face with Kazama Squad and their battle is just beginning as the episode ends. The preview for Episode 26 shows that their battle is going to be the main focus of the story, so I’m not too frustrated by this battle getting cut off like it did. In fact, it made for a decent ending point for Episode 25.

Now that the humanoid Neighbors have made an appearance, it looks like the battles will be kicked up a notch and taken to the next level. At least the story is moving along now, and the series seems to have finally found its stride. It’s just a little disappointing that it took almost 20 episodes or so for World Trigger to find its footing. This was probably due, at least in part, to the original manga source material. However, it also felt like the anime was trying to find ways to stretch things out in earlier episodes in order to delay the Neighbors’ invasion.

But World Trigger has become a more enjoyable viewing experience at this point. I’m starting to genuinely become interested in these characters and what they’re going through. Hopefully this will continue to be the case as the series progresses.

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