“Border’s Top Teams”
Filler and Flashbacks:
Ever since the 50 episode announcement I’ve noticed the increase in filler, and this episode just took the cake. Episode 10 was potentially the worst offender, adapting just over one chapter and stretching out what little there was, but the one-time increase in animation quality was enough for me to overlook it. As for this episode, there was no smooth animation, no artistry present, it was just flat and it could have been so much better. Whilst it followed the same two chapter per episode formula that most of the episodes have, we really could have done with a serious speed up and covered some more content. But this is Toei, and they’ve cursed the series with its ridiculous length, which means they’ve already starting adding filler. The very first scene was one of those moments, and much like Osamu’s extra cleaning/card game it was an attempt at comedy that was completely unfunny. The cheap sound effects didn’t help either.
And when there wasn’t filler, there were flashbacks. Sure, they weren’t as annoying, but when you’re basically given a rehash of what we already know and have seen in the recap at the start of the episode, it becomes very redundant. it’s cheap. It’s Toei. What more can you expect at this point?
Fan Favourites Appear:
Even if I did find this episode lacking in content, at the very least we got to see members from the strongest squads return from their mission, bringing back foreign Triggers that I’m sure will be relevant to the plot in the long run. Kazama Soya (Midorikawa Hikaru) is one of the most popular characters in the series, who I’d consider a much more easygoing Miwa (I always get the two of them mixed up in the manga). Another popular addition is Izumi Kohei (Ishikawa Kaito) who may not leave much of an impression now, though I’m sure fellow manga readers have their own thoughts on him. I like these characters; I don’t love them, but I appreciate the growing cast of World Trigger and if I were say one positive for the anime, it would be that it’s a lot easier to tell everyone apart than it can be in the manga. That being said, the manga is much better in nearly every other way.
Tachikawa Kei (Namikawa Daisuke) is the one character that sticks out the most, if only for his position. He’s the leader of the very top Tachikawa Squad, and holder of the No.1 Attacker title – he’s essentially the strongest melee-range Border agent, so you know he’s someone to keep an eye on. There’s obviously the few S-Rank agents such a Jin who are higher again, but that has more to do with Black Triggers. Still, the promised fight between two of the top Border agents is probably the most exciting event in the series so far. It’s just a shame that we never actually got to see it in this episode like I had hoped (because, again, poor pacing). But that’ll be for next week…
Overview – Dropping Coverage:
Sadly though, my weekly coverage of World Trigger stops here. You could argue that things are only starting to get good, but even if we are at the better material now, this adaptation is simply not going to capture what made the manga so enjoyable. World Trigger may not be the best performing manga in Weekly Shonen Jump (right now that we be One Piece, Haikyuu!!, and Ansatsu Kyoushitsu) but it really got the short end of the stick when it comes to anime adaptations. Toei can produce great stuff – I mean, a few of my top 10 anime are done by Toei – but this was clearly not something that they cared enough about to give it the anime it deserved.
To all those who are enjoying the anime, I hope you keep watching and consider reading the manga as well. To all those who hate it and are still watching, I also think you should read the manga if you haven’t already. World Trigger is fun, and I’m glad it’s gotten new fans out of this, but we could have had so much more. This could have been the next big thing but that’s impossible now – we’ll need to wait until a Boku no Hero Academia anime comes out in 2016/2017 before that happens.
Note: If you’re still wanting to see what I think about World Trigger, I’ll be covering it in the Monthly Impressions posts from now on.
New Character Introductions: