World Trigger 159-161 – Review
Reviewed by: Tom
Synopsis: A gate to another dimension opened and seemingly invincible monsters called Neighbors came forth, invading our world. The organization known as Border rose up and fought them back. Now years later, Osamu Mikumo has applied to border as an agent, but he’s easily one of the weakest applicants. However, his life changes when he meets Yuma, a boy who comes from the same place the monsters did: through the portal. He himself is a neighbor and together they’ll do whatever they can to defend the Earth.
(Warning: Spoilers to Follow):
Osamu and Yuma both survived and held back the invading Neighbors in a major assault to try and steal people who have high levels of Trion, the energy used to control triggers weapons. After a failed attack by Galapoula, Neighbors who sought to destroy the Away Ship and prevent Border from striking back against their enemies, the Rank Wars Tournament continues. Osamu’s team was lacking in power, carried by Yuma for most of their matches. Now, after some training, have Osamu’s own skills increased enough to prevent his team from losing the Rank Wars?
Jumping right in we’re treated to Hyuse acing his initial C-rank tests and coming in only second for ‘best time’ ever. We then learn that the second phase, which would normally be the probationary period Osamu went through, has been done away with in favor of a quick skill test. Seems a tad convenient and I wish there was a little more dialogue hinting that it’s because of Border bolstering its ranks to prepare for further conflicts. Otherwise the dialogue kind of skirts the issue. They split the group into teams of five and have then do a free for all against one another to wrack up extra points.
Hyuse, of course, makes short work of his opponents and wracks up quite a few points. He then goes up against a few cocky high point scorers for the main challenge of the C-rank Solo Wars and easily comes out on top, making B-rank in a flash.
That quick rise through the ranks doesn’t go unnoticed, and some of our B-rank B-characters challenge Hyuse to a little one on one battle to see just how impressive the newbie is. I think this part gets a tad tedious and repetitive, as the entire point here is to solidify how Hyuse compares to the rest of border. In fact, I might argue we could skip from the first couple matches and right to the Ikoma match up and not lose anything of significance. Hyuse schools his initial challengers, who then keep bringing in new fighters to test themselves out against Hyuse. Hyuse discovers that with each challenger they bring in he’s getting a better and better sense of how strong the human trigger users are, as his number of victories slips a little with each new opponent.
However, Hyuse is still easily coming out on top and the chapter ends with our lax bad ass, Ikoma, coming by to see what’s up. Ikoma is quickly becoming one of my preferred supporting characters. However, while I enjoy his inclusion in here, we jump past this match up so quickly it feels, well, perhaps a tad disappointing. I guess my feeling is if the entire point of these matches is to ‘power rank’ Hyuse, we don’t need this plot line really spreading over two whole chapters.
Ikoma is intrigued by Hyuse’s beast like battle ability and decides to give him a try. Despite Hyuse’s impressive skill, Ikoma schools him the first match. From there Hyuse tightens his game and the two find themselves almost even in battle prowess. Hyuse even berates himself a little, feeling himself out of practice and making a sham of his education in the art of combat. Hyuse ends up winning his match up with Ikoma, but only on a technicality as Ikoma used his whirlwind skill when it was meant to be a simple trigger sword vs sword match up.
Finally Tachikawa shows up to see what the commotion is and gets in on the action, challenging Hyuse to another fight. Hyuse loses this one hard, with a one to five score against. Again, for the information this plot line imparted it goes on a tad too long. We cut so much of the action out, but not enough of the run up that it spread out for longer than is really necessary. I’ll be honest though, it’s a minor complaint. In fact, me bringing it up is probably a sign that these are otherwise pretty solid chapters. Hyuse learns that Ikoma is Border’s sixth best attacker and Tachikawa is the number one, allowing Hyuse to kind of gauge where he sits in terms of ability against border. But Hyuse reminds himself that this wasn’t even with his opponents fully decked out in functionality as they would be. Everyone’s still super impressed with Hyuse however, and attempt to convince him to join their teams, but Hyuse declines, noting that he already promised somebody else.
Jumping over to Tamakoma headquarters everyone is super impressed Hyuse already made B-rank. They take an interest in the little combat sessions Hyuse went through before Shiori gives Hyuse his border uniform that she’d ordered and then forces Osamu and the others to all change into their uniforms, giving us a quick look at the team all together. I don’t have much to say to be honest. This part is kind of ‘ho-hum’ and provides little story progression, mostly build up to let us get a glimpse of Tamakoma-2’s fully formed unit now.
Despite how well things are going, Hyuse is quick to remind Osamu that he’ll only listen to his orders if he feels they’re smart ones. Kuga is quick to call out what bullshit that is, but Osamu is very easygoing and agrees to Hyuse’s stipulations. I feel like Osamu is too easy going about this, as is most everyone here, but I guess we’ll see if our Mangaka decides to make Hyuse’s order bucking a problem or not.
Kirie interrupts by asking Osamu and Co. to hang around tomorrow as she’d like to introduce the four to two members of Tamakoma’s staff, Yuri Rindo and Michael Cronin both returning from some scouting exercises. He’s from Canada, you know. I have to say this Michael Cronin, actually a Neighbor guy, plot gets sidestepped. We were alerted to him being a neighbor prior to his introduction, but even after he returns we avoid any conversation around it. It’s really weird. No one asks him why he joined Border, where he’s originally from and you’d think with two other Neighbor guys on the team that’d kinda be a topic of conversation.
Flashing forward to their return, Reiji is quick to set everyone on their best behavior as Yuri and Michael both come inside. Reiji is clearly very fond of Yuri as he dotes on her the second she steps inside. Yuri calls Osamu and his team each by their name, apparently already familiar with them all since Shiori has been filling her in. Michael also introduces himself, mentioning he’s from Canada.
Takumi Rindo, Branch Chief and Yuri’s dad, arrives with Yotaro in tow who insists that Chika is going to be his future wife as well as his older sister, getting Reiji all worked up for the kid getting so greedy. It’s some decent comic relief and probably sits as a highlight since these chapters, while good, move a tad slow. Michael is introduced to Hyuse, and we learn that his false identity is going to be as Michael’s son, or maybe nephew, whichever is more believable.
The conversation the moves onto Osamu’s future match ups, all with teams they’ve faced and lost badly to before. It sounds like an uphill battle, although Osamu is quick to point out that they’re not the same team that lost to them before, especially with Hyuse as a part of their team. I wish it concerned Osamu a little more that Hyuse’s unwillingness to accept orders might be a serious problem. It sort of feels like he’s blinded to concerns about Hyuse just because he’s scary strong.
Michael then takes Hyuse off to customize his trigger set and Shiori remembers that Osamu will be moving into their headquarters, and has Yuri, Chika, and Reiji go help set up Osamu’s new room.
Elsewhere Hyuse, with the help of Kuga and Michael, sets up his primary and second triggers. It kinda seems like choosing your load out before a video game match. He chooses: Kogetsu, Whirlwind, Shield, Viper, Escudo, Shield and Bagworm. Once getting it set up as he likes he then asks Kuga to help him do a test run.
Elsewhere Chika and the others finish setting up Osamu’s room. Yuri warns Osamu that there might be stuff left behind by the previous occupant. Osamu looks to the doors nameplate and discovers the room use to be Kido’s room. Masamune Kido, the Commander in Chief of Border itself, it use to be his room? Well that could be interesting. I wonder what Osamu’s going to find.
Outside of being a tad slow, and a few complaints scattered about, these are some pretty good wind down and wind up chapters that carry us between the next big rank wars. I feel like sometimes they’re a bit over the place, touching on certain topics that are less interesting than others, which go by without notice. I’m definitely interested though in knowing what’s in Kido’s old room, or how Hyuse and Kuga match up against each other one on one.
That’s it for this week! Let me know what your thoughts are for World Trigger 156-158 in the comments below.