“The Organisation Known as Border”
Everything is coming together nicely in World Trigger, and even if its production quality is not on the same level as other anime airing right now, it certainly deserves more attention than it’s getting.
The scene with Yuma and Chika at the shrine, as simple as it may be, was probably the moment when my interest in World Trigger first spiked. It was then in the manga that it really showed that there was so much out there left to explore in the Neighbour worlds that are being set up. That excited me then, and it excites me now. In the cute scene between our two shrimps, we learn more about the different countries that would often be lumped together as ‘Neighbours’. As Yuma explains though, none of them are the same – each has different methods, intents, and their own problems to solve. it just so happens that the need for Trion is shared between them, and so it’s easy to think that they’re all the same enemy.
Interestingly enough, there is a parallel between the Neighbours and Border this week, proving that neither is as straightforward as they seem once you take a closer look. But before I delve into that, I just want to say again how sweet Chika and Yuma are with one another. Yuma’s lie-detecting side effect has been used as a threat to everyone else up until now, but here he points out Chika’s lie to her face in a different manner, making her flustered and asking him not to ask Osamu what she is hiding. But as it turns out the truth is just a confirmation of what we already suspected: her brother and her friend where taken by Neighbours because they were around Chika, due to her insane amounts of trion. Yuma does manage to cheer her up though, by pointing out that there is a good chance that they may still be alive.
Back at Border, things are really heating up. Jin blatantly refuses to kill Yuma, and won’t take the order from Commander Kido as Jin is in the Tamakoma Branch. That means that Kido has to ask Rindo (head of the Tamakoma Branch) to give the order to Jin, albeit a filtered one that alters the request to better suit both of their opinions on the matter. It’s a smart move, using the superiority of the Border Branches to change the order like that. But if Rindo can do it, then so can Kido and Shinoda, as we learn that they are the heads of the three Branches that make up Border, each with differing perspectives of Neighbours and how to deal with the threat of their attacks.
Things start to link together as Yuma’s father is brought up, after he was talked about in the very first episode. As it turns out, the mention of his name is enough to confirm that the three heads of the Border Branches are more than familiar with Kuga Yugo – a man who was none other than one of the founding members of Border.
Yuma goes on to tell Chika about his dad, about how they travelled together across the various Neighbour countries until he died four years ago, before telling him to come to Japan – more specifically, Border. Given how Yugo seems to have thought that Border served as a safe link between the two worlds, it suggests that if he was part of any of the three factions, it would be the Tamakoma Branch, which begs the question: just who is the Border agent that was friends with Yugo?
Was it the three leaders of the factions, as we saw this episode, or is there more to it than that? The mystery is lingering over everything right now, and I’m liking that a lot, but it does make you wonder whether Yuma knows who his father really was. He thought he was just aquatinted with Border, but it obviously wasn’t as simple as that.
As Karasawa presents an unbiased opinion – presumably not belonging to any of the Branches – he is asked by Kido to give his take on the matter. In doing so, Kido is convinced to hold back despite his earlier declaration to kill Yuma, and instead wait until the top three Border units return from their missions (presumably in the Neighbour world?) to deal with Yuma personally. Doesn’t sound like much a compromise though, does it?
Thankfully, Jin has a very simple plan to prevent any of this from happening: have Yuma join Border! A Neighbour becoming a Border agent… who would have thought it? Either way, thanks to Jin’s idea, we’ll be taking a closer look into the Tamakoma Branch next episode, and I can’t wait. Expect some interesting characters ahead as we take a dive into the Neighbour-friendly faction!
Chain of Command:
Three Border Factions:
Could Jin take down Yuma?: