World Trigger Volumes 3 And 4 Manga Reviews
“World Trigger” volume 3 thrills while volume 4 is a mess.
After 2 engaging volumes, volume 3 kicks it into overdrive storywise. Not only do you get a much needed details about friendly neighbor Yuma, his past, his father and what he came to Japan for, but you get a whole lot more. Among the plots explored are: Chika’s high trion, a border agent (Jin) on the hunt for Yuma, Chika hoping to become a Border Agent in order to search for captured family members, the 3 Border factions (Tamakoma branch, Mr. Kido’s branch, and Shinoda’s branch), Yuma, Osamu and Chika training and vowing to become A-Rank agents, a rank wars competition, Kido desiring Yuma and his black trigger, and new character introductions (Yotaro, a pet Raijin-Maru and branch operator Shiori).
After the excitement of volume 3, volume 4 disappoints due to writer/artist Daisuke Ashihara’s set-up being a cluttered chaotic mess. Essentially, the volume is mostly one long battle piece with agents Kazama, Toma, Tachikawa, and other squads facing off against Jin, Arashiyama, and others to fight over Yuma. Since there are so many characters, it’s hard to keep track of everything. It is so sloppy in fact that there is even a map of where everyone is and who everyone is at one point! The only character who really stands out amidst this action overload is Jin who is undoubtedly the best character of the entire series. There’s also a rather surprising plot twist involving Jin as well.
The other portion of the story involves Border enlistment day activities which finds Yuma and co. working their way up the ladder. This section is easily the best part of the manga as it advances the story.
The other key moments in volume 4 involve a mysterious S-Rank agent (Amo), power/weapon mumbo jumbo about the trigger attack weapons and the 4 types of triggers, information about trion, and so on.
Overall Thoughts: Volume 3 offers much needed characterization while volume 4 feels like a step backward with its action heavy panels.
Note: Volumes 3 and 4 also contain bonus character sketches, a glossary, character profiles, illustrations, storyboards, and strips.
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