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.
While Episode 27 opens with recap (first with a verbal report by Shinoda about what happened in Episode 26, followed by the usual overall story recap, and then a small recap of the end of the previous episode), it didn’t feel quite as bad as all the recap in Episode 26. Technically, this recap was only about 30 seconds shorter, but it didn’t feel as long as the recap last week. There were a couple of instances of flashbacks being used in the episode as well, but I suspect this came from the original manga source material rather than being inserted simply to make the story last longer.
Most of the episode focuses on fighting a humanoid Neighbor named Ranbanein. Midorikawa, Yoneya, and Izumi are the main ones up against him, but they have support from Arafune and Azuma. Ranbanein is definitely a tough opponent, but Midorika manages to cause some damage to him after remembering something he learned from his rank war against Yuma. And it appears that Yoneya may have caused some major damage to Ranbanein right at the end of the episode, but we’ll see whether or not it’s as major as it seems when the story continues in Episode 28.
There’s also a small section of the episode that shows a humanoid Neighbor named Hyuse trying to capture Chika. Her mentor, Reiji, is able to pull off something that surprises Hyuse and allows Chika to escape. At this point, Karasuma and Osamu are trying to take Chika and the other C-Rank agents back to base, and headquarters has asked available personnel to back up Karasuma and Osamu. Miwa hears the order and remembers what Jin told him about saving Osamu during the battle, but Miwa seems to decide to ignore the order from headquarters for now. I’m sure that at some point later in the battle, Miwa will end up helping Osamu out somehow even though it doesn’t seem like he intends to do that right now. The conversation with Jin just felt like it was major foreshadowing.
I have to give Episode 27 credit for the fact that even with the recap and the two flashbacks, it felt like the story was actually progressing. I didn’t end the episode feeling frustrated by the pacing and the tricks being used to stretch out the story.
As this battle with the Neighbors continues on, I hope to have more episodes with this kind of pacing instead of Episode 26’s tricks to stretch out the story.