Here we are at “World Trigger” volume two. My likes and dislikes are, surprisingly enough, divided by pretty simple guidelines: Give me something that piques my imagination and allows me to escape just as much into my own head as into the world of the story I’m reading, watching or playing and it gets an everlasting spot in my “Like” list.
Give me something that is one-dimensional, ill-explained and overall boring, and I’ll simply forget it which, in turn, will land it on my “Dislike” list. “World Trigger” I never thought would be a series I’d continue reading.
In fact, I never even thought about picking it up until Madman Entertainment offered it to us but here I am, onto volume two and before I’ve even finished I’m already in the mood for more. Like any other Manga series, volume two continues directly off of volume one so I’d suggest you read the first before moving on, or at least read my review of volume one of which you can find by Clicking Here.
Destroy thy Neighbor! A gate to another dimension has burst open, and invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Osamu Mikumo may not be the best among the elite warriors who co-opt other-dimensional technology to fight back, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it. – Madman Entertainment
Volume two introduces us to a new level of threat; “Border”. Yes, the agency that has hired one of our main characters, Osamu Mikumo, has now started targeting Yuma because, after certain events unfold, it is made known that he is a neighbour. THIS I like very much because, while the threat of a “Neighbour” attack is always imminent, the tension between the main crew and “Border” make it so that there are no boring plot developments.
Instead, every small arc pushes the main duo into either life-threatening combat or verbal debates that could mean the destruction of Yuma and the departure of Osamu from “Border”. We’re introduced to a couple of new characters, all of which also work to drive the story forward. While the pacing is still a little slow it is, at least, not boring. Ever character matters and, at this point in time, none have gotten left behind which is something admirable especially seeing as this is a Shonen series.
Still looking great is the Manga’s visuals which, unless I’m seeing things, actually looks even cleaner in this volume. This could be because the first volume featured the pilot chapter which, as we all know, isn’t as good looking as the chapters that come after it. Once again, all illustration look crisp and neat, and all of the characters are well designed.
This, alongside the “Neighbours” and the action sequences that they bring with them, make for quite a visually exciting Manga. This volume had our main character go up against other “Border” agents and, despite the difference in enemy type between humans and “Neighbours”, Daisuke Ashihara somehow made a battle between a group of humanoids just as exhilarating as a human fighting any titan-like creature.
What volume two didnt’ have that volume one did was the high level of unnecessary exposition that makes any series so easy to hate. Most characters are still very basic but at least we’re getting a little bit of development which is a nice touch. The art is still great and the storytelling is still engaging enough to have you continue reading so, in my books, “World Trigger” isn’t too bad of a Manga. In fact, it’s actually pretty good.
Still, it is a Shonen series so there are certain things you’ll notice are a little cheesy or not as well-written as you’d imagine but, at the end of the day, it is what it is; a story for young men. This is the way they’re written. It’s how they’ve always been and it is how they will always be. Though it’s safe to say that I will be holding out for the volumes to come and I hope they stay true to the path of gradual development I believe the series is currently on.
Do you like inter-dimensional aliens? Do you like Shonen series’? Well “World Trigger” is for you! Buy it at the Madman Entertainment online store: Click Here