“Mikumo Osamu’s Ability”
Ah, Toei Animation. Where to begin…
I did say in my first World Trigger post that I wouldn’t try and focus on the quality of art and animation that we have in this adaptation, but that’s proving difficult when we’re given an episode like this. For me, this was the worst of the three so far for visuals. Not only was there severely uninspired artwork throughout, but many shots lasted uncomfortably long; which resulted in an uncomfortable watch, for the most part
It does disappoint when you really enjoy the source material of a series and then it’s given a sub-par adaptation. It happens all too often, and World Trigger is another one of those cases. That being said, this is still early stages, and I do wonder what Toei’s plan for World Trigger is in the long run. Is this going to be ongoing like they are used to doing with anime originally from Weekly Shonen Jump? I really hope not, because not only is there not near enough manga chapters to do something like that, but if this is the quality we have right now, I fear for what we’ll have if we don’t have an eventual stopping point in the horizon. As a massive fan of the manga I want to be as optimistic as possible, but this is Toei Animation we have here…
Ah, deep breaths. Okay, the episode wasn’t all that. In fact, the fight scene with Yuma and the Marmods was probably the best animated sequence we’ve seen so far – which makes it a even more frustrating to think that the whole episode could be animated with that quality. Either way, the action was on point and Yuma yet again proves himself, despite using Osamu’s purposefully weakened C-Rank trigger this time around.
We also got a mixed bag of exposition this week. The hints between Osamu and Chika early on were done quickly and fairly effectively, highlighting that she has something to do with him training to become a Border agent in the first place. I personally can’t wait to see more of Chika in the near future; she’s probably my favourite character of the series and manages to impress a hell of a lot. As for poor exposition, I would point towards the explanation of how Yuma has more Trion at his disposal than Osamu, therefore allowing him to fight to a greater extent. There may have been lingering still shots throughout the three episodes so far, but I think this one takes the cake for how overly simple and unexciting it was.
Once the action is over though we find that Yuma – in his attempt to keep his identity hidden – has pinned it all on Osamu after using his Trigger to do the job. It shocks the classmates, who were not even aware that Osamu was a Border agent in the first place, and leaves Osamu in an awkward place where he can’t exactly tell the truth without selling out Yuma for who he really is.
Then comes in the Arashiyama Unit, arriving fashionably late. Here we finally have some A-rank Border agents that you’ll be seeing more of. Arashiyama Jun (Okamoto Nobuhiko) and Kitora Ai (Hanazawa Kana) are the two we get the best first impressions of this episode: a chirpy powerhouse, and your classic Tsundere with power to back it up. They may not be the most creative archetypes, but they’ll prove themselves as fun characters down the line (even if we have so many more characters to introduce!)
To round it off I should say that these adapted chapters are probably my least favourite of the series, so I’m not entirely surprised that this episode didn’t leave much of a positive impression on me. That being said, going by online reaction that I’m seeing, it appears people generally liked this episode most of the three. I’d be really interested to see what you all thought of this episode, whether you’re a fan of the manga or not. Do you agree with me, or do you think this was the best of the bunch so far?