“Neighbour and Trion Soldier”
World Trigger is doing something that many anime adaptations nowadays don’t usually do – taking its time. It’s a lot more common these days to have anime that rush through the source material, packing in as much as they can into an episode without time to breathe. World Trigger is the exact opposite, taking a much slower approach; one could also argue too slow. But this was always inevitable considering that is exactly how the corresponding chapters of the manga were originally.
But for now, we have an episode focusing entirely on Osamu and Yuma. First of all we get an explanation between the differences of Neighbours and Trion Soldiers – information that is seemingly new to Osamu, despite being a Border agent himself. It does beg the question whether Border are keeping more secrets than they’re sharing, especially since they were able to originally able to fight back against the Trion Soldiers with the Trigger technology that the Neighbours possess. There is most certainly something going on behind the scenes that hasn’t been shown yet – further proving that Osamu is very little in the grand scheme of things.
But aside for learning those simple facts, the rest of their night together is spent showcasing how our unlikely duo bounce off one another. Osamu is without a doubt the Straight Man, whilst Yuma is the wild child who is still unaccustomed to the world he’s living in. It makes for nice comedic moments, and allows Yuma to beat up several thugs after he can tell that they are liars with a simple stare. Oh, and Yuma and his cheeky (=3=) face is here to stay! Don’t worry though, you’ll get so used to it that you’ll find it weird whenever he’s not doing it.
Comedy aside, there is certainly something bizarre about this alien child, who walks right onto the road when a car approaches. But the only injury he has is a crack on his face – like that of a porcelain doll – that heals itself after a few seconds with a puff of black smoke.
Back at school we also see the same bullies from last episode (there are a lot of generic bullies and thugs for Yuma to beat up in this series, right?) and it’s revealed that when they were taken in by Border their memories were wiped – adding to the list of foggy details that we know of the Border defence agency as of right now. But as they were still being punks, Yuma went for a pacifist approach of getting them to move out of his way and leave them quivering. Awesome!
In his amusing attempt to try and not stand out and be caught by Border, Yuma avoids the questions of his classmates by giving wacky answers, though reveals that the country he is from and many that he has visited have all been at war. He knows no different than fighting every day and being in a constant war zone, meaning that even if the Neighbours are doing the same to Mikado City right now, it suggest that they have their own internal problems that have shaped Yuma into the strange boy that he is today. I agree with generic classmate #3… Heavy stuff.
But just when Osamu is trying to keep his Border agent status hidden, a Trion Soldier appears at the school – a considerable distance from where they usually appear around the Border base of operations. Will this be Osamu’s time to shine, or will Yuma have to step in again and show him how it’s done?
All in all, a better episode than the first, I felt. There were less still frames this time around, even if there was not much action to animate. We’re still at the very beginning of the set-up here, but that’s just how I like it. World Trigger is not giving away all its secrets just yet. Instead, it’s opting for slowly – very slowly – building a foundation for a grand story to take place when the time comes.
Different types of Trion Soldiers:
Trion Soliders in the Forbidden Zone: