OP: 「ギリギリ」 (GiriGiri) by Sonar Pocket
“Visitor From the Other World”
I should begin by clarifying that I am a pretty big fan of the World Trigger manga and it is undoubtably one of my favourite weekly reads. It’s an easy series for me to get behind considering how it danced on the edge of possible cancellation in its early months, only to prove that there is an audience for it and that as it has only gotten better and more nuanced along the way. World Trigger was by no means a success story from the starting signal, but that just makes it even more satisfying to see it getting its own anime and proving it’s worth. I’m going to be behind it every step of the way, cheering it on and hoping that it makes its name as one of the next generation of fist-pimping, adrenaline-fuelled Battle Shonen!
Starting with the setup, we get a clear idea of the setting and situation that we’re diving into here, whilst the episode itself mainly focuses on introducing two of our four main characters to the audience as well as to each other. The first being Mikumo Osamu – arguably the central character of the series – a student from Mikado City, where the alien Neighbours appeared 4 years previous to wreck havoc and destroy everything they could, until a group of individuals called “Border” came together and defended the population from the alien invaders and created their base of operations right in the centre of the city. It is now the job of the Border agents to protect the citizens of Mikado City, and it turns out that Osamu is one of those agents, albeit a low-ranking and fairly weak one.
That leads onto our second character, Kuga Yuma – also, arguably the central character of the series – who arrives as a transfer student who is moving to the city, only to later reveal that he has in fact moved from the other world… meaning that he, himself, is a Neighbour! And so begins the story of our Human-Neighbour combo!
Now, to talk about this episode as an adaptation… well, with Toei Animation in charge I was never expecting the best of the best. In recent years they just haven’t been able to keep up with what various other studios are managing to produce, and whilst there were very nice parts to this episode, there were also a lot of inconsistencies and laziness when it came to in-betweens as well as the actual animation. That being said, I’m not going to try and focus too much on that – this is the adaptation we’ve got, so might as well get used to it. I just hope that it doesn’t worsen and bring the series down as a result. I’ve got my fingers crossed here, Toei!
What I can say though, is other than Replica (who I imagined would have a high-pitched robotic voice, but this was a pleasant surprise) every character so far sounds exactly as they should – each of our key Seiyuu truly fit their characters perfectly. The Neighbours being CG is a slight disappointment, but if there was anything in the series for that to be present, it would be with them. It doesn’t look too bad I suppose, but it could always look better. I’ll be curious to see how the other Neighbours look when done in the same style.
All I can say right now is that if this first episode didn’t exactly blow you off your seat, then don’t worry. Neither did the first chapter of the manga, which is what this episode was. In fact, the series never found it’s audience until around Chapter 14, but I’d say the potentials of World Trigger became evident even before that. I don’t want to give away too many details, because other than the set-up exposition at the start of the episode, we haven’t even taken a step into the grand story that lies ahead. One way to think about this first episode is to imagine that we’re looking through a telescope and we can only make out tiny bits and pieces that add together. But once we focus on them for a while and understand those essentials, we’ll zoom out and see the grand scope of that which awaits!
P.S: Thank you to Zephyr for letting me use his lovely post format he created last season. Since World Trigger becomes a series with lots of details, characters, and information to keep track of I might keep using it!