World Trigger

World Trigger

Vol. 1

Book - 2014
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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.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Viz Media, LLC, [2014]
Edition: Shonen Jump manga edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781421577647
142157764X
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL (PAPER) (TEEN) Ashihara, Daisuke
Characteristics: 188 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Olsen, Lillian - Translator

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Redheaded_Reader
Oct 24, 2018

This series has become a favorite of mine. I haven't totally finished the series yet, but I've thoroughly enjoyed what I've read so far. I like a lot of action/shonen manga, but so many of them are full of gratuitous eye-candy treatment of women or excessive gore, so I can't in good conscience recommend them to people. By contrast, in this manga, the women are pretty and tough, while still wearing uniforms that cover all the essentials (yay!), and since trigger-made bodies are artificial, there's no blood and such even when they get sliced to ribbons.

As far as the story goes, World Trigger is a fun and exciting sci-fi romp that treats the realities of war with a light hand - not ignoring them, but not accentuating them for cheap thrills, either. (I find it interesting that the R&D and PR aspects get touched on, too.) So there's plenty of action and adventure without the grimness that some shonen manga can have.

Characterizations are very well done. Osamu, Yuga, and Chika are all fully fleshed out, and a lot of secondary characters get their time in the spotlight, too - even some villains. If there's anything that I have a complaint about (and it's only a minor one), it's that there are SO MANY secondary characters. While I can recognize a bunch of them by sight, if they are referred to by name while "off-camera", I don't always know who's being talked about. (But that could just be due to the fact that the Japanese names tend to run together for me; so it's more of a cultural disconnect, rather than a failing on the writer's part.)

Scythers Sep 12, 2017

This comment is for the series as a whole.
Although the principle may seem high scifi, the plot is very simple, and at times quite unrealistic (such as having a relatively normal life in the middle of a war in the middle of the war zone). This creates a light atmosphere in the series and makes for lighter reading. The explanations for the extra dimensions and the "triggers" are adequate without being verbose and without being detailed enough to cause conflicting theories. Over all it's pretty good and nice to read just as is without thinking too hard about the behind the scenes.

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booksindalibrary
Aug 10, 2016

It's action and fighting/war without the bloodshed (so much).

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wechatwizard
Jul 02, 2015

Really fun book to read. Has some funny bits teasing some characteristics of the characters.

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Scythers Sep 12, 2017

Scythers thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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booksindalibrary
Aug 10, 2016

booksindalibrary thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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wechatwizard
Jul 02, 2015

wechatwizard thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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wechatwizard
Jul 02, 2015

Violence: Many fighting scenes are included within this manga.

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