Having watched the first episode of World Trigger when it first came out during the fall season of 2014, it failed to impress me due it’s below average animation and the opinions of other people. However, feeling confident that I’ve matured as an anime watcher who doesn’t judge an anime just by the quality of the animation but for the plot and other elements which makes up an anime, I decided to give this show another go. And so here I am feeling glad that I did!
The world of World Trigger!
One tragic day, a gate opened in the city of Mikado allowing aliens called “Neighbours” to attack the defenceless world. However, with great losses, an organization which studies the alien neighbour technology called the “Border” was able to stop the aliens from completely destroying the city and minimize the potential damage they could have caused. 4 years later, Osamu Mikumo, a junior high student whose a trainee at the Border meets a transfer student Kuga Yuma who claims to have come from the other side of the gate.
The slow start…
Now, after watching the first few (or even the very first) episode(s) of this anime, many people have dropped it (including me) mainly because of the bad animation . While that is true to a certain extent there are many great things which this particular anime has that it should be praised for. One of those many great things is the setting. In the first episode the show gave a basic overview into the setting of the world but not much to keep the many people interested. This is mainly because the show needs a lot of time to reveal and explains things so it would make sense. The world the show is set in has a lot of things which have to be explained at certain time or place in the story in order for it make sense which is why it has a slow start. Nevertheless as the show goes on it reveals more of it self and about the weapons they use called the “Trigger” and also about the alien’s from the other world called the “Neighbours”.
In terms of the slow start this series has, I think nearly all shonen anime start off weak but got interesting as each episode passes. The best example I think of is the anime series Hitman Reborn. It only started to pick at around episode 20. Until then, the series was just introducing all the character and also explaining how certain things work in that world. Compared to Hitman Reborn, World Trigger starts picking up at around episode 13 which is must faster.
The show has a lot of likeable and there’s many to choose from but my favourite is Osamu. He is one of the main character but despite this he is very weak. A typical shonen series will have a strong main character that gets enough power to defeat the bad guys when it comes down to it, but with Osamu he doesn’t have the power of the main character to back him up. He is very different from all the main hero who we have seen such as Naruto, Ichigo and Luffy. He is weak physically and doesn’t have cool moves like the other characters in this show. The only thing that is good about him in terms of fighting is his ability to analyse the situation and come up with a solution but even that even that isn’t good enough in most fights he has been in. He has never really defeated an enemy on his (well at least so far he hasn’t). Instead of protecting the friends around him, he doesn’t have much power nor the ability to do so, instead he gets saved by others many times and even (unintentionally) gets someone in trouble. However even though he is weak and not exactly the hero type character, I still find him to be a likeable one. I see him to be the most realistic character in this anime who i can relate to and also because he breaks the typical shonen main character traits. Osamu also has a very strong sense of righteousness to save anyone in trouble even though he knows that he isn’t strong enough to do so.
This is one of the most underrated series I have watched. It has a lot to offer and also seem to be the better shonen anime to be around (well at least on the story department). I have to agree that the animation is bad (thank you Toei) but apart from that, this show is great. With a little more effort from Teoi and this anime has the potential to be part of the next “Big Three” anime series.
Should you watch it?
Yes. You should. Yes this anime has a lot of faults such as the bad animation and the pacing issues but that is something you would have to overlook as it what most series that are produced by Toei Animation suffers from. However if you want a good shonen anime with lots of action and an interesting plot I recommend you watch it and bear with it for a few episodes for it set it self up.