World Trigger

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World Trigger
World Trigger Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of World Trigger, featuring one of the main protagonists Yūma Kuga.
(Wārudo Torigā)
Genre Adventure, science fiction[1]
Written by Daisuke Ashihara
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Jump Comics
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original run February 9, 2013 – present
Volumes 18 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Mitsuru Hongo (01−48)
Kouji Ogawa (49−73)
Produced by
  • Kei Mizutani
  • Daichi Nagatomi
Written by
Music by Kenji Kawai
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by
Toei Animation
Original network ANN (TV Asahi)
English network Primo TV
Original run October 5, 2014April 3, 2016
Episodes 73 (List of episodes)
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World Trigger (Japanese: ワールドトリガー, Hepburn: Wārudo Torigā), also known in short form as WorTri (Japanese: ワートリ, Hepburn: Wātori), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Daisuke Ashihara, and serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2013. An anime adaptation of the series produced by Toei Animation started airing on October 5, 2014, with the series ending on April 3, 2016.


In Mikado City (三門市, Mikado-shi) (280 000 inhabitants), a "gate" to a different world suddenly opens one day. Monsters called "Neighbors" (近界民ネイバー, Neibā, lit. "Near-world people") start appearing from the gate. Humans are overwhelmed at first when their weapons are found to be useless against Neighbors, until a mysterious organization appears that is able to repel the Neighbors' attacks. The organization is called the National Defense Agency, or "Border," and has appropriated the Neighbor technology called "Triggers," which allows the user to channel an internal energy called Trion and use it as a weapon or for other purposes. By activating a trigger, the body of users is replaced by a battle-body made of trion which is stronger and more resistant. Members of Border are divided in three ranks, A, B, and C, with only the members of rank A possessing the most powerful triggers, comparable in strength to those of Neighbors.

Four years later, people in Mikado City have grown used to the occasional battles with the Neighbors, and have returned more or less to their everyday lives. Border has become popular. One day, a mysterious white-haired student transfers to the local school, named Yūma Kuga (空閑 遊真, Kuga Yūma). Kuga is in fact a strong humanoid Neighbor, a fact that he wants to hide from Border. In the school he meets another student, Osamu Mikumo (三雲 修, Mikumo Osamu), who is secretly a C-class Border trainee. Since Kuga is completely oblivious about life in Mikado City, it falls to Mikumo to guide him through it, and to prevent him from being discovered by Border.



The manga was written and illustrated by Daisuke Ashihara. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2013, and are collected into tankōbon volumes published by Shueisha. As of March 2017, eighteen volumes have been released in Japan. Viz Media has licensed the series.[2] Due to health issues, on the part of the author, it was put on hiatus after the 50th issue of 2016. As of October 21, 2017, it remains on hiatus.[3]


An anime adaptation of World Trigger was announced on May 27, 2014[4] and was to start airing in October 2014.[5]

On July 8, 2014, it was revealed that the anime adaptation would be produced by Toei Animation.[6]

On August 4, 2014, the anime's official website revealed the voice cast (in Japanese alphabetical order): Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rie Kugimiya, Hideyuki Tanaka, Nao Tamura, Jun Fukuyama, Tomo Muranaka and Yūki Kaji. It also revealed that the anime would be broadcast on TV Asahi. An event was held on Roppongi Hills Arena (TV Asahi's "Summer Festival" venue) revealing the full cast and the characters they would be playing.[7] On August 6, 2014, the combined 37-38th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealed the roles for some of the cast, as well announcing the addition of Yūichi Nakamura as Yuichi Jin.[8] On August 11, 2014, the official website for the anime was updated to reveal the rest of the cast members' roles and a PV for the anime was posted.[9]

On August 20, 2014, Weekly Shōnen Jump's 39th issue revealed more of the anime's cast.[10] On August 25, 2014, the anime's official website revealed the anime would premier in October 5, 2014.[11]

On August 29, Weekly Shōnen Jump's 39th issue revealed the staff, with Mitsuru Hongo directing the anime at Toei Animation with series composition by Hiroyuki Yoshino. Toshihisa Kaiya and Hitomi Tsuruta were announced as character designers and animation directors, and Kenji Kawai composing the music for the soundtrack.[12] The series was slated to run for 50 episodes,[13]but ended with 73 episodes.

On September 10, it was revealed that the Nagoya trio Sonar Pocket would perform the anime's opening theme, "GIRIGIRI" (ギリギリ, lit. "Borderline").[14]

Like in most of the TV anime that are broadcast on TV Asahi in Japan, the World Trigger anime incorporates all the credits into the opening theme and there is only an opening for the show and no ending for the show.

In summer 2015, the "World Trigger Natsu Matsuri 2015" (World Trigger Summer Festival 2015) event announced World Trigger: Isekai Kara no Tōbōsha, a brand new series with an original story not presented in the World Trigger manga, and with new characters and concepts.[15]

In July 2015, it was announced that Toei would be producing an English dub with Ocean Productions.[16][17] The series began airing in the United States on Primo TV on January 16, 2017.[18]

On March 7, 2016, it was confirmed that the World Trigger anime would end, after it was announced that TV Asahi would be replacing the time slot airing it with sports programming.[19]

Video game[edit]

A PlayStation Vita action game developed by Artdink titled World Trigger: Borderless Mission was released in Japan on September 17, 2015.[20] An iOS and Android game developed by Ganbarion titled World Trigger: Smash Borders was released on July 21, 2015.[21] It was later released on PlayStation Vita on February 17, 2016.[22] Both were published by Bandai Namco Games.


In the year of 2016, a survey conducted by Oricon found that World Trigger was the 18th best-selling manga, with about 2,234,851 copies sold.[23] Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network said that "World Trigger is an exciting read that distributes its information organically rather than relying on info-dumps."[24] In a 2016 reader's poll on goo, the series ranked the fifth most likely to become a Weekly Shonen Jump signature series.[25]

However, the anime received criticism stemming from Toei's handling of the adaptation. Gabriella Ekens from Anime News Network referred to the production as "incompetent" and "baffling", stating "World Trigger isn't a bad show, but it's a terrible adaptation."[26] The series ranked 10th in the Tokyo Anime Award Festival's top 100 TV anime series of 2016.[27] During NHK'S top 100 anime voting, World Trigger placed 158 out of 400, tied with Detective Conan: The Darkest Nightmare.[28]


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  2. ^ "Viz Media Announces Print Edition for World Trigger Manga". Anime News Network. April 18, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "World Trigger Manga Goes on Indefinite Hiatus Due to Author's Poor Health". Anime News Network. November 17, 2016. Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Shonen Jump's World Trigger Manga Gets Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ "World Trigger TV Anime Slated to Premiere in October". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Toei Animation Produces "World Trigger" TV Anime Adaptation". Crunchyroll. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Yuuki Kaji, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rie Kugimiya Star in World Trigger Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Yūichi Nakamura Joins World Trigger TV Anime Cast". Anime News Network. August 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "World Trigger Gets Commemorative Video for Upcoming Anime". Anime News Network. August 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tomoaki Maeno, Masakazu Morita, Kana Hanazawa Join World Trigger Cast". Anime News Network. August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Anime's premiere date". Toei Animation. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Outlaw Star's Mitsuru Hongo Directs World Trigger Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "World Trigger Anime Listed With 50 Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  14. ^ "主題歌にソナーポケットの新曲「GIRIGIRI」が決定!!コメントも到着!" (in Japanese). Toei Animation. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ "World Trigger TV Anime Gets New Series in October". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  16. ^ "Toei Screens 1st 3 World Trigger Episodes with English Dub". Anime News Network. 2015-07-03. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  17. ^ "World Trigger Anime's Main English Dub Cast Revealed". Anime News Network. 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  18. ^ "Bilingual Hispanic Channel To Feature "World Trigger" Anime". Crunchyroll. 2017-01-24. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  19. ^ Green, Scott (March 7, 2016). ""World Trigger" Anime Wraps Up In March". Crunchyroll. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  20. ^ "World Trigger game announced for PS Vita". Gematsu. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ "World Trigger game announced for iOS and Android". Dengeki Online - Dengeki App. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  22. ^ Romano, Sal (February 17, 2016). "World Trigger: Smash Borders for PS Vita now available in Japan". Gematsu. Retrieved January 24, 2017. 
  23. ^ "Top-Selling Manga in Japan by Series: 2016 (First Half)". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  24. ^ "World Trigger GN 1 - Review". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 19, 2016. 
  25. ^ Green, Scott (December 28, 2016). "Japanese Readers Suggest Which Manga Will Be Next "Shonen Jump" Signature Series". Crunchyroll. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Episodes 1-3 - World Trigger". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 21, 2016. 
  27. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (December 28, 2016). "Tokyo Anime Award Festival Announced Top 100 Anime of 2016". Crunchyroll. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  28. ^ Template:Cite report/101.html

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