“Each One’s Determination”
Karawaria & Yuma and Yugo’s Death
I mentioned it last week, but I feel like pointing out again that I’m getting some serious Shingeki no Kyojin vibes from the Neighbour nation of Karawaria. Anyone else? After visiting it near the end of last week’s episode, we spend most of our time this week following Yuma and his father as they continue to deal with the ‘Spintales’ that are invading the fortress. It turns out someone with a Black Trigger attacks the guards, and Yuma is told by his father to stay out of the ongoing raid. But as you’d expect with Yuma, he is confident enough in his own ability and decides to help out on the front lines – little does he realise the consequences of his actions…
We see a floating black skeletal robot-looking creature appear behind Yuma as he prepares to attack, and in an instant he’s knocked out. When found by his father after the battle is over, Yuma is missing chunks from his body, not far from his deathbed. As it turns out, this is where his father dies – sacrificing himself and giving Yuma a Trion body to replace his real, damaged one. That also explains his change in hair colour, in case any of you were wondering about that last week.
Even in his death, Yugo remains a mystery. His face was never properly shown to us, and when it was he was already turned to dust. If there is one thing I’ve learned from anime, it’s that if a characters’ face is hidden from the audience, then there’s a reason behind it. Will we see him again in the future? Will we recognise him? We’ll just have to wait and see…
Everyone’s Goals – Setup for the Future
I think it’s fair to say that World Trigger has been in setup mode for most of its run so far; you might even consider it a prologue to the story that is to come, but I think we’re past that point at the very least. This was probably the most setup-heavy episode thus far – in a good way. It feels like now we’re tying the knot on the groundwork that’s been laid out these past few months, before launching our characters into their own journeys that lie ahead.
Chika is the first to be vocal of her goal. It’s been known that her friend and brother were taken by Neighbours because they were attracted by her massive Trion. Since then there have been hints that they might still be alive, and now Chika knows the method to know for sure: becoming a Border agent. To be more specific, an A-Class Border agent, as they are the only ones who get to go on expeditions to the Neighbour Worlds. With that, her goal is made clear, and she has no intention of holding back.
Osamu’s goals seem to rely more on the needs of others, and so decides to assist Chika to help her find her friend and brother. Yuma, on the other hand, is left without a reason to stay after his plan to find his father’s friend proved fruitless, and so he is prepared to leave Mikado City and return home. Replica knows that Yuma isn’t in a good place right now, and asks for Osamu to give Yuma something to strive for.
A Team is Born!
This gives Osamu the wild idea to form a team with Yuma and Chika. Despite refusing not too long before, Yuma warms to the idea of sticking around – but only if Osamu is the leader. It’s a cute little scene, as Chika also chimes in by saying that Osamu should be in charge. All he can do is blush and accept, as the trio sign their papers – already laid out thanks to Jin’s side effect – and officially join the Tamakoma Branch!
Overview — What’s Next?
I’m happy that we’ve finally reached this point. In many a show, the forming of the team would have happened in the first few episodes, but oh no, not in World Trigger. It’s been a slow ride getting here, and I don’t think it’ll be speeding up any time soon. You may have already heard, but World Trigger has been confirmed for 50 episodes, a lengthy amount in this climate of seasonal anime. It’s not a surprise for Toei Animation, but I have to admit that I’m worried. I really do hope the pacing doesn’t get any slower than it already is. I’m not so confident on that one though. Either way, next week will have some well-appreciated exposition on the inner workings of Border, whilst also introducing the A-rank agents of the Tamakoma Branch. Look forward to it!
Making of Black Triggers:
Yuma is on Borrowed Time: