World Trigger

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Middle schoolers defend planet in anime adventure.

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Positive Messages

Protecting the planet, self-sacrifice, death, teamwork, courage all themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main cast is committed to defending Earth. 


Fire power includes rifles, lasers; fighting sticks, daggers, and other weapons used.


A crush here and there. 


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that World Trigger is an anime series that’s geared towards teen viewers. It features lots of talk about threats of planetary invasions, war, and related themes. There’s lots of fantasy violence, which includes the use of large defense weapons, fighting sticks, daggers, etc. Themes like self-sacrifice, death, and vengeance are also addressed.

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What's the story?

WORLD TRIGGER, an anime series adapted from the popular manga series of the same name, features the efforts of a group of middle-school students to help protect Mikado City from dangerous invasion forces. An organization known as the Border Defense Agency is protecting Earth from Neighbors, a world comprised of individual, technologically sophisticated planetary countries that can independently force their way in through the planet’s gates. Border is always on guard to protect the planet, but only full-fledged members are permitted to use special weapons known as “triggers” to defeat them. Meanwhile, a group of teen members-in-training, including Osamu Mikumo (Yuki Kaji), Chika Amatori (Nao Tamura), and Yuuichi Jin (Yuuichi Nakamura), are anxious to work up the ranks and help defend the world. But things get complicated when it is discovered that new transfer  Yuuma Kuga (Tomo Muranaka) not only possesses a trigger, but is a Neighbor that crossed the gateway. Nonetheless, the young Border members work together, and are willing to sacrifice everything to fight Neighbors and save the planet. 

Is it any good?

This fun adventure series, which is offered in Japanese with English subtitles, features a strong storyline that underscores patriotism, courage, and self-sacrifice. The loss of a parent and avenging the deaths of loved ones are also discussed. 

Like most shows of this kind, much of what is offered is futuristic and technology-driven. But World Trigger also features lots of universal themes that gives it a broad appeal. Chances are that anime lovers will find it very entertaining. 

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  • Families can talk about anime like World Trigger. Where does it come from? What is it so popular? Are anime series more fun to watch when they are dubbed in English, or when they keep the original voices and include English subtitles? 

  • How are the main characters in World Trigger able to work together, despite their personality differences? What are some of the challenges they face when doing so?

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