When a gate to another world suddenly opens on Earth, Mikado City is invaded by strange creatures known as "Neighbors," malicious beings impervious to traditional weaponry. In response to their arrival, an organization called the Border Defense Agency has been established to combat the Neighbor menace through special weapons called "Triggers." Even though several years have passed after the gate first opened, Neighbors are still a threat and members of Border remain on guard to ensure the safety of the planet.
Despite this delicate situation, members-in-training, such as Osamu Mikumo, are not permitted to use their Triggers outside of headquarters. But when the mysterious new student in his class is dragged into a forbidden area by bullies, they are attacked by Neighbors, and Osamu has no choice but to do what he believes is right. Much to his surprise, however, the transfer student Yuuma Kuga makes short work of the aliens, revealing that he is a humanoid Neighbor in disguise.
People are too quick to call a series a “underrated”. This is because it’s not easy to gauge the popularity of a series in relation to the following you think it "should" have. If I were to make a list of underrated series, that list would be incredibly short. It would also include World Trigger which isn't a label typically attached to a Weekly Shonen Jump series. An up and comer in WSJ that drew interest in the when it began to air from the mere fact the it ran in that magazine, that interest almost immediately dissipated in the first couple of episodes. Suddenly,
everyone remembered that it's Toei animating the series, and being surprised that a bad animation studio badly animates TV shows, they dropped the series. This is a reminder of how heavily influential the actual animation of an anime is for viewers.
As per most WSJ series, World Trigger starts off slow introducing its world, concept, and characters, before kicking off into the actual conflict. Enemies come from another dimension, people set up an organization to stop them, right, yes, whatever. Fairly straightforward Jump exposition dumping. Mainly bizarre is the anime’s weird name sense, though does get better later. The series starts out as main character Mikumo Osamu finds out a neighbor, Kuga Yuma, transferred into his school. Things gets more interesting around 10 episodes in when Border finds out what he is and attempt to deal with him, and even more so later when Border comes into conflict with other Neighbor worlds.
Osamu is extremely weak but he’s well worked as a character. Initially introduced as a morally righteous individual, it was shown in initial scenes that simply being righteous was useless when he gets his ass kicked pathetically by his classmates while Kuga watches. He never gains anything undeserved and doesn't win just because he's more virtuous or emotional than his opponent. He struggles with his lack of strength and his goals in the story, often fearing inadequacy and failure. This is really one of the big things that Jump has traded away over the past few years. I certainly do not expect some inner turmoil on par with shows like Evangelion and others, but seeing protagonists struggle with themselves and make mistakes is always welcome. This combines with Osamu's efforts to improve which are well thought out and interesting to watch. Though somewhat smart his honesty, despite the potential self damage it incurs, is appealing. It creates a good underdog character. And most of the characters run along similar lines of characterization.
Shonen Jump has a tendency to constantly have the MC in the spotlight before all else as the recognizable face of the series. Whenever there’s a big fight, the MC is always in the lead, even if the fight has little to do with him. He may or may not give a big speech rebuking his opponent, often with little actual relevance to that conflict. Osamu is the antithesis of this. The MC doesn’t preach to the opposition, or the viewership, which gets highly annoying and silly if not meaningful. Characters are no longer shoved into some the unnecessary “good guy” and “bad guy” categories.
This means that characters have to more be defined by their thoughts and actions as people, not just as a hero or villain. This helps the author bring attention to the vast cast without having the audience first watch a huge amount of content. It’s frequent that a huge cast is introduced and only really make a small amount of that huge cast is interesting, or they all end up boring even if a huge amount of time is spent on the characters. They're all just there to make up numbers, but it doesn't feel that way with World Trigger. This is because they don't take up huge amounts of screen time or hold big 1v1 battles involving irrelevant characters.
The power system is actually quite interesting for the series. Fighting series are defined and remembered by their power systems. World Trigger is no different. Jojo, One Piece, DBZ, Hakusho are all examples of this done positively. Usually most shonen series which involve abilities usually center around everyone having their own unique ability, but that's not the case. The system is simple, but the way it's implemented makes it a great system as it still allows creativity but does away with individual gimmicks of one character having a silly overpowered ability, or powering up until he has one.
World Trigger’s trion system resembles a video game in its use. The show places tangible importance on the skills of the individual user, how they use what they have, the situation they are in, and how they fight with those around them. This is what make the battles truly exciting in World Trigger. They rely more so on strategy and very rarely if ever is there an outright power battle between two characters. It enticing to see how each character uses the weapons along with their own skills. And even if you're stronger, it's possible to lose in a way that's not an asspull designed just so the protagonist can win. While I do love to see a couple characters duke it out and try to kick each other’s ass every now and then, this is fun and refreshing in its own right.
I bring up Jump, the target Shounen demographic, and other shows that make these strange errors frequently because that’s the standard. Those are all the tropes and oft-used clichés. Those are all the unnecessary additives along with the annoying detractions that appear in this specific genre, particularly recently. These series hold a lot in common with each other and end up stiffly adhering to a formula to satisfy an audience and they fail to hold the entertain value that they strive for because of it. There’s definitely good in World Trigger, but that comes out because it doesn’t do basic things improperly. It doesn’t do things that are unnecessary, out of character, or out of line.
As for the animation, I mentioned that the first 10 episodes are quite slow, but any further pacing issues come down to how this show was animated and directed. World Trigger's first 10 or so episodes look god awful, plain and simple. Stills, the rehashed Trigger activation animation, and occasional strange lack of frames in scenes contribute to this. Luckily, they managed to get rid of 2 of these problems as the show goes on.
The main issue that persisted is the stills. I found them strangely endearing at times and they got me to laugh at their placement and how unbelievable it was. There are frequents moments in each episode where the frame sits on a character's face for several seconds as they say/do absolutely nothing. In most other anime, you'd see panning shots and some sort of camera movement or change in perspective when there is no dialogue to keep the viewer occupied.
Various scenes are also censored even though most action takes place in a fake body. It’s annoying, but bearable. Even with these problems World Trigger may be the best animated of Toei's TV works of the current century, particularly with how underwhelming One Piece is and what little I've seen of Dragonball Super. This should be fairly embarrassing. All fight scenes are done pretty nicely and it's nice to see that Toei at least doesn't slack off here.
This is the first time I've seen an OP/ED stuck in the middle of an episode. They're good though and for the most part the OST is as well. Toei still uses the same old not so dramatic sound effects that we've heard all the way back since DBZ aired. You'll also find it in One Piece. This helps to draw out various stills and take up episode time.
Really I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed the anime as I was expected to eventually drop it and just go with the manga like with One Piece, but it worth at looking into.
The filler sucks so don't watch it. It’s genuinely like they tried to put Pokemon battles in World Trigger. It’s insane.
Truly an amazing anime really balanced out as in everything is explained you can't question anything about any scene or something i loved how they done that..
Sadly it is underrated alot of people dropped it at the start? the art is kinda okay but what's more important are the fights and scenes very cool, there's no overpowered character like most animes or the true main guy owns all no everyone is accounted for everyone in it has a job to do not totally focused on main character
I heard that they didn't continue the anime cause people aren't talking about it? which is a lame reason..
I look forward to see the rest of the story it's amazing jumped to be one of my top 10 animes..
people need to give it a try atleast 10 episodes or something to see the story and the battles
The 2010s era of anime was a great time for shounen jump anime adaptations because, for the most part, all the shounen jump adaptations were not only great in terms of quality but they managed to be near perfect adaptations. Sure some of them had filler episodes in it but compared to other shounen jump anime adaptations from the past decade or two they were pretty good for what they are despite being non-canon. Haikyuu, Assassination Classroom, Bakuman, Hunter x Hunter 2011 and My Hero Academia are the some of the best examples of this of how to adapt the source maternal correctly as well
having its own charm in the mix.
Now out of all the anime series from shounen jump that came out in the last 8 years, I feel like World Trigger is the most underrated of the bunch.
Why is that you may ask?
You're soon going to find out.
Hello, everyone, this is Shawn aka KurataLordStage and welcome to my review of World Trigger and with that out of the way let's get started.
In Mikado City Humans are overwhelmed at first when their weapons are found to be useless against Neighbors, until a mysterious organization appears that is able to repel the Neighbors' attacks. The organization is called the National Defence Agency, or "Border," and has appropriated the Neighbor technology called "Triggers," which allows the user to channel an internal energy called Trion and use it as a weapon or for other purposes. By activating a trigger, the body of users is replaced by a battle-body made of trion which is stronger and more resistant. Members of Border are divided in three ranks, A, B, and C, with only the members of rank A possessing the most powerful triggers, comparable in strength to those of Neighbors.
Four years later Mikado City has gotten used with the occasional battles with the Neighbors, and have returned more or less to their everyday lives. The story follows a Yuma Kuga who transfers to Third Mikado City Middle School where he meets another boy named who is a Border Agent. However, it turns out that Yuma is actually a Humanoid Neighbor, and his arrival signifies that not all is what it seems in the war against the Neighbors.
The story is pretty good for the most part.
For starters, World Trigger does a great job at establishing its own world and setting.
Border is not like your typical shounen school setting which forces character interaction right down your through between set characters, it doesn't force countless written exams in such upon character for basic characterization but instead Border functions like an organization where no one is characterized solely of how overpowered and smart they but instead the method in which they come about them.
The power system for world trigger was very interesting as well being well expanded it great detail. The Trion system in World Trigger resembles like a video game where you have to master the class purpose in combat as well mastering its skills for that class to deal with situations that they are in so they can fight back. This reason alone is why I adored the fight structure in World Trigger because instead a of having a bunch of overpowered characters ganging up on strong foe where they will most likely get defeated unless the writer does a random asspull the characters in World Trigger actually have to work together by commutating with each other as well planning out strategies and tactics to defeat their foes. Thanks to the great fight structure the fights in World Trigger are extremely unpredictable to a point where you never know who is going to win in the end which adds more tension to the fights and because of this all the arcs minus that filler was all fun watch even if the pacing of the show can be a bit too slow at times which I will talk about in a bit.
The one thing that World Trigger was successful is its themes of teamwork and commutation where characters have to get along as well synergize with each other in order to win fights.
As much I praise the story of World Trigger as well how different it was in terms of setting, unfortunately, it has two flaws that completely hold it back from being one of the greats. Am honestly not going to pretend that World Trigger has great pacing, in fact, World Trigger at various times has pacing issues where it’s too slow to a point where certain parts of the show where there were no fights involve just seemed to drag on to a point where at times the show can get boring to sit through. Personality the pacing in World Trigger didn’t bother me all that much as I am used to shows that have slow pacing but I do acknowledge that it’s a problem especially for fans of the shounen genre who are very used to fast-paced shounen like Naruto, Fairy Tail, and My Hero Academia.
While the pacing issues in World Trigger didn’t bother me that all that much the second and final flaw almost completely ruined the show for me. The arc that I am talking about is the Fugitive Arc. As much I really liked World Trigger as a whole I simply cannot defend that arc. Not only it was a filler arc that was not good but the directing, writing and even the visuals were at an all-time low in that arc. Plus the new characters in that dreadful arc are contrived morons who were extremely unlikeable and they are just as interesting as watching grass grow. Am not joking. Lucky for me I skipped that arc during my re-watch of the show and as soon as episode 48 I jumped straight to episode 63 and nothing was lost in the progress.
If you’re planning to watch World Trigger skip episodes 49-63 because that’s where the cringe-fest filler arc begins and honestly the less you know about that arc the better.
Overall besides the horrendous filler arc that shouldn’t exist as having pacing issues at times, I really liked the story for World Trigger as it’s very different to many shounen series from the past in terms of setting.
World Trigger has a large characters cast but at the same time, they managed to a good job of handling it’s character cast minus the one in the Fugitive arc because they are shit and not worth mentioning in the slightest.
Yuma is a pretty interesting character. Despite his lack of knowledge of Japanese culture and customs acts as almost a social critique of Japanese society. Yuma openly states how he doesn't approve of specific traditions and the "way things are" in Japan, which really delivers a message to the audience in the form of social critique which was a nice touch to this series. I also adored his character interactions with the other characters in this series as they are often interesting as well being hilarious to watch. Yuma character interactions along made me chuckle a lot. Besides Yuma being funny he is also a strong character who get developed very well and his backstory overall was nicely told it honestly made me tear quite a bit.
Jin is a badass character that I loved. I loved his layback personality as well being a general badass on screen. I also liked his views of the Neighbor where despite losing his mother to a Neighbor he still thinks that not all Neighbor are enemies where he also thinks that humans and neighbors should be friends showing that both races could co-exist. This is the stuff that I love about anime.
I honestly have mixed feelings towards Osamu. I like the fact that he’s different when compared to most shounen protagonist where they are overpowered he starts off from the bottom where he is literally a weak fighter. While I like the fact he starts off as a weak fighter I thought he never really gotten stronger as a character. Yes did a bit stronger as the series went on the problem he always seemed to get ass kicked by many characters in the series. However, while he's is not a good fighter his determined to prove everyone wrong completely makes up as we the viewer can sympathize with. However, I will admit that he can quite be a boring character at times especially in the first couple of episodes.
Besides that, I thought Osamu was a decent character.
Now for my least favorite character in the series minus the god-awful filler ones Chika.
Okay, I don’t hate Chika by any means, in fact, she is an okay character. The problem with Chika is she is literally a coward in battle. I understand that she is a kid and all but there were moments in the series where Team Osamu could have won if Chika actually shot someone in battle. Also, Chika kinda of got on my nerves as the series get on as she never wants to shot someone in even though she has great sniper skills. Just like a shitty pacifist fighter where they hate violence even though they are in a war zone where they no choice to fight and that pacifist will only preach they lungs out of why war is wrong. Also out of all the charters in World Trigger she is the blandest character in the series. She’s is just eye candy for the viewer where she’s only cute nothing more nothing less.
When it comes to the rest of the characters in World Trigger I was honestly shocked of how well handled and unique they are. They are not the typical throwaway side characters that you will see in most other shounen like Naruto where they don’t get any real screen time. The supporting characters in world trigger all get adequate screen time alongside this show over the course of its run abandons focusing on its main trio multiple times allowing other characters in the show to shine as well consequently demonstrating it’s fantastic job in avoiding the creation of a story that where every event and character interaction just serves the purpose of affecting only one to two characters *cough Naruto Shippuuden.*
Some of my favorite side characters in world trigger include Souya, Shuuji, Kyousuke, Yousuke, Shiori, Shun, Ai and my personal favorite character in this series Kirie.
Overall apart from Chika the characters in World Trigger were pretty great and enjoyable for what they were.
When it comes to the visuals my thoughts on were rather mixed.
For starters, I really like how colorful it was. Instead of being very colorful like in a typical fantasy setting it uses a sci-fi color pallet as we see a lot a lot of blues, whites, blacks and greens are used for the background scenery. The characters designs are all pretty unique and they stand out very well from each other which was good because I was sick of tired at seeing similar character designs cough *Gundam Seed.* Unfortunately, since this show was done by Toei Animation the characters at times can go off model especially in the first couple of episodes.
As for the actual animation, it’s just decent at best. Sure at times this show can be well animated at that can deliver some great fight choreography but for the most part, the show uses basic animation with a quite a lot of still frames. It’s pretty sad really because if this show was done by Madhouse or Bones than the animation would be amazing. However, I will give Toei this it’s one of the better-looking shows especially when you compare to the likes of Digimon Xros Wars, Dragon Ball Super and Sailor Moon Crystal where they are consistently being a slide show filled with consistent art failures and choppy animation. Also unlike those shows, World Trigger visually gets better but it sadly will never be My Hero Academia good which is pretty sad. While the show is visually decent for the most part the battles make it up.
Overall the visuals in World Trigger are pretty decent and I don’t think it’s bad as everyone thinks it is and the strategic battles of the series completely make it up.
The soundtrack in World Trigger is fantastic. At first, I didn’t really care about the soundtrack during my first watch of World Trigger however as I re-watch this show I started to notice how great and well created the soundtrack is. Every single track in World Trigger is memorable and they fit well with the tone and setting perfectly. Easily in my top 30 favorite anime soundtracks.
World Trigger has 3 opening themes and surprising no ending theme whatsoever.
The first opening theme GIRIGIRI by Sonar Pocket is a good opening theme that fits with mood with the first 23 episodes. The second and third opening themes Ashita no Hikari by AAA and Dream Trigger by Pile are some of my favorite anime opening periods. They are just a joy to listen to.
Now for sub vs dub.
The sub is great overall that is filled with a lot of well known talented Seiyuus.
I only have seen some clips of the dub on YouTube and I thought it was good overall despite being a bit cheesy in nature. I hope the dub get’s release someday on the net as well having a Blu-Ray release because I would be the Blu Ray for World Trigger in a heartbeat.
So after re-watching World Trigger for the second time what do I think about it?
I still think World Trigger is a pretty good shounen series that has a lot of great things in it. The story, for the most part, was pretty good and interesting, the tone was great, and most of the characters are great that have a lot of charm into them and the music/voice acting was great. It does fall in the few areas though. The pacing was too slow for the most part, the animation wasn’t that constant and the filler arc overall was terrible that shouldn’t exist and you should completely skip it. Despite that, I still liked World Trigger for what it is. If this show was done by any other studio than this show would had been a lot more popular but since it was done by Toei it quickly dived in the underrated territory while Assassination Classroom, Food Wars, Black Clover, My Hero Academia and Haikyuu have gained the shounen jump spotlight which is a shame because I actually liked World Trigger more than Black Clover and Food Wars.
As a shounen jump adaptation, this was a pretty good one overall minus the filler arc and pacing issues in the beginning.
Despite its shortcomings, I still think World Trigger was a pretty damm good show that I recommend to people. Just make sure you skip episodes 49-63 because that's where that filler arc start and it's not worth watching in the slightest
Unlike most people, I personally loved this anime. I understand the first few episode wasn’t so great but we need to look at a bigger picture right. Most people say the art is terrible but I think it’s alright. As for the story, I find it very interesting. you will a little confused in the beginning but as you continue, you’ll fully understand it and enjoy it. The character development is a bit slow, however, I think are great for a shounen anime. I agree that sound aren’t really impressive but view as a whole, I think it was really worth it to watch it!
Sometimes, people have a negative point of view of an anime when they start watching it because of bad reviews but I think everyone should really try to have a good mindset and determine a anime by yourself. Just because other don’t enjoy it doesn't mean you would. Everyone has a different taste, right? As for the conclusion, I hope everyone can watch this anime by their self! Give it some time! You’ll enjoy it as the serie goes on!