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World Trigger Volume Seven – Review

World-Trigger-Volume-7-Cover-Image-01A Shonen Manga with an engaging storyline and likeable characters is what drives people wild. It’s why series’ like One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach rose to such high levels of fame so early on in their release. World Trigger has all that, if it didn’t, it wouldn’t have gotten it’s own Anime and Video Game. People are absolutely loving it, and so am I, but it’s not just a good storyline accompanied by good characters that makes a Shonen Manga so enjoyable, not even close.

A Shonen Manga has to have a certain level of edginess shown through countless battles that highlight the strengths and weaknesses of said characters, driving the story ever forward. A true Shonen staple is memorable battles, and in volume seven of World Trigger, well…we’ve found one of, I assume, many memorable battles.

In volume seven, World Trigger takes a huge step forward into the more exciting bulk of it’s story by introducing audiences to a team of antagonists that, while not yet entirely established, show clear signs of hostility, and come across powerful enough to push our heroes to the very edge, forcing them to learn and grow in the process. It also gives introduction to an interesting story branch that insinuates the death of main character Osamu Mikumo and outlines the clear mission to eliminate any chances of that occurring. The prosperity of the dimension is at stake, and it is only in life that Osamu Mikumo can prevent it, but what if it is in his future to die?

A special thanks goes out to Madman Entertainment who have, once again, given us the chance to continue experiencing this budding Shonen Jump series because, without their support, I would have never given World Trigger the chance it so very much deserves, and it has come to be one of my favorite Manga series’ of recent times.

Humanoid Neighbors from another dimension enter the battlefield for the first time! With strange Triggers that defy explanation, they make quick work of even top Border agents until the agents start to fight smart. Can Border turn the tide of battle in time to save Mikado City? – Madman Entertainment

World Trigger, while seemingly as typically Shonen as any other series from the genre, stands out of the crowd with it’s left-of-centre writing that has it’s characters rely on their own intellectual abilities and battle tactics to overcome the enemy rather than miraculous brute force that seems to appear just in time for the final blow. Characters work in tight teams, each consisting of different combat types, to be able to thwart any enemy advancement. To pull this off, Daisuke Ashihara must spend a great deal of his time coming up with unique characters with matching combat abilities that can be slotted into certain, appropriate, teams so that he can write interesting battles that utilise most, if not all, members present. This means, unfortunately, most of the characters that are active in are only introduced briefly, not giving the reader enough time to truly understand them as a whole and, in fact, care about them even in the slightest.

This is the one problem I have with the writing of World Trigger. Daisuke Ashihara has this grand vision of a Manga series populated by hundreds of unique and memorable characters, but unfortunately he has yet to find a perfect introduction method. Still, even in saying that, some of the characters (re)introduced in volume seven participated in the battle against the Aftokrators (the big bad guys of the series), and in doing so they have popped up on my radar as characters to keep an eye out for; something I truly believe was Daisuke Ashihara’s intention.

Volume seven is packed full of combat, moreso than a volume of World Trigger has ever featured before, yet at the same time Daisuke Ashihara was able to move the story forward in the small, worthwhile, dialogue pieces scattered throughout all the action. I’ve always said that Daisuke Ashihara’s illustration style is fantastic but feels as though it needs to be honed and properly mastered; in volume seven of the Manga it truly feels as though, just like the story, the visuals have taken a huge leap forward. Because the volume is full of combat scenes, it is a fantastic representation of just how skilled an artist Daisuke Ashihara is! He understand how to perfectly portray swift movements, and can really take an audience member by surprise with perfect panel placement and cinematic scenes of destruction and carnage. He’s a fantastic artist and I’ve only seen him get better and better. He’s truly coming into his own, and it’s been a pleasure being able to watch him grow.

I’m always so excited for the next volume of World Trigger to get a release. Out of all the people I know, I seem to be the only one interested in this series but I feel as though it deserves much more of a mainstream fanbase than it has. I suppose it lacks that because it’s not your typical Shonen Manga yet that’s, for some reason, the way it is marketed. As mentioned above; World Trigger is a fantastic science-fiction story that relies heavily on intelligence rather than brute force, and I think that’s something new and special, especially from that of a Shonen Jump publication.

I’ve been given the chance to experience this series as it has grown, and finally come to find it’s feet. World Trigger has only gotten better, and it has now hit it’s stride, meaning that it is only going to get better. Hopefully, like most other Shonen series’, it doesn’t trap itself in a corner, but until that happens I’m just going to appreciate it for what it is…simply a brilliant story.

Don’t just take my word for it. Check out World Trigger for yourself by going to Madman Entertainment’s official site: Click Here

Grade: B+

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