World Trigger by Daisuke Asihara
Published by Viz Media
Volumes 1-4 currently available in English.
Volumes 5 & 6 publishing 2015
Summary: World Trigger is a sci-fi adventure manga originally published in Japan by Shonen Jump. It follows 2 unlikely friends who must work together to save the city from otherworldy monsters known as Neighbors. Osamu is a low-level Border agent, training to defend the city; he is generous to a fault and will do anything he can to save people in danger, even if it gets him in trouble with Border. Yuma is a quirky, seemingly young kid who helps Osamu out of a few dangerous situations and also attends Osamu’s school. Osamu quickly finds out that Yuma is a humanoid Neighbor. They’re found out by Border, the city’s defense agency, and we’re quickly introduced to a bunch of high-ranking Border agents that have to figure out what to do with the troublesome Osamu and potentially deadly, yet friendly, Yuma.
Review: World Trigger is a very Shonen Jump-style manga. The characters follow certain tropes, but each have their own slightly unique aspects. The action is flashy and large-scale, but not very thrilling or suspenseful. Instead, the reader is drawn to the cool weapons and interesting character and monster designs. The high level Border agents are flashy and cool, but there are a lot of them. Each volume of the English manga features extra content and the original character designs and backstories of most characters, which makes it easier to keep track of them all.
I really liked the futuristic city setting, with its isolation and personal defense force – it reminded me a lot of Attack on Titan and Neon Genesis Evangelion. The neighbors are cool monsters, but not too creepy and not gory at all. The hints of secrets and mystery about the world the Neighbors come from is a definite page-turning aspect, and will keep me reading once I can get my hands on volumes 3 and 4!
Verdict: Loved it! 5 big shiny futuristic laser-shooting stars for World Trigger.
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