World Trigger

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World Trigger
Cover of the first volume of World Trigger, featuring one of the main protagonists Yūma Kuga.
(Wārudo Torigā)
Genre Action, Comedy, Science fiction
Written by Daisuke Ashihara
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original run February 9, 2013 – present
Volumes 14 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Mitsuru Hongo
Produced by Kei Mizutani, Daichi Nagatomi
Written by Hiroyuki Yoshino, Yuuichi Nomura, Natsuko Takahashi, Masahiro Yokotani
Music by Kenji Kawai
Studio Toei Animation
Licensed by Toei
Network ANN (TV Asahi)
Original run October 5, 2014April 3, 2016
Episodes 73 (List of episodes)
Anime and Manga portal

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 5 October 2014, with the series ending on April 3rd, 2016.


In Mikado City (三門市 Mikado-shi?) (280 000 inhabitants), a "gate" to a different world is opened suddenly one day. Monsters called "Neighbors" (近界民ネイバー Neibā, lit. "Near-world people"?) start appearing from it, everyone is afraid of them because Earth's weapons don't work against them, but a mysterious group starts fighting off the Neighbors. They, the "Border" defense agency, create a defense system against the Neighbors. Since then, regardless of the Neighbors still emerging from the gates, people of Mikado City were living normally today. Four and a half years after the gate is opened for the first time, Yūma Kuga (空閑 遊真 Kuga Yūma?), a humanoid Neighbor, comes to Mikado City, where he meets Osamu Mikumo (三雲 修 Mikumo Osamu?), a Border agent.



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 2016, fourteen volumes have been released in Japan. Viz Media has licensed the series [1]


An anime adaptation of World Trigger was announced on May 27, 2014[2] and was to start airing in October 2014.[3]

On July 8, 2014, it was revealed that the anime adaptation would be produced by Toei Animation.[4]

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 will be held on Roppongi Hills Arena (TV Asahi "Summer Festival" venue) to reveal the full cast and the characters they will be playing.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

On August 20, 2014, Weekly Shōnen Jump's 39th issue revealed more of the anime's cast.[8] On August 25, 2014, the anime's official website revealed the anime would premier in October 5, 2014.[9]

On August 29, Weekly Shōnen Jump's 39th issue revealed the staff. Mitsuru Hongo is directing the anime at Toei Animation with series composition by Hiroyuki Yoshino. Toshihisa Kaiya and Hitomi Tsuruta are designing the characters and will also serve as animation directors, while Kenji Kawai will compose the music for the soundtrack.[10] The series is slated to run for 50 episodes.[11]

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").[12]

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.

Before the original anime ended, 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.[13]

In August 2015, it was announced that Toei would be producing an English dub using actors from Ocean Productions.

On March 7, 2016, it was confirmed that the World Trigger anime would end, after it was announced that TV Asahi would be replacing their anime block with a sports programme.[14]

Video game

A PlayStation Vita action game titled World Trigger: Borderless Mission was released in Japan on September 17, 2015 with an iOS and Android game titled World Trigger: Smash Borders.[15][16]


  1. "Viz Media Announces Print Edition for World Trigger Manga". Anime News Network. April 18, 2014. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  2. "Shonen Jump's World Trigger Manga Gets Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 27, 2014. 
  3. "World Trigger TV Anime Slated to Premiere in October". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  4. "Toei Animation Produces "World Trigger" TV Anime Adaptation". Crunchyroll. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  5. "Yuuki Kaji, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rie Kugimiya Star in World Trigger Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 4, 2014. 
  6. "Yūichi Nakamura Joins World Trigger TV Anime Cast". Anime News Network. August 6, 2014. 
  7. "World Trigger Gets Commemorative Video for Upcoming Anime". Anime News Network. August 11, 2014. 
  8. "Tomoaki Maeno, Masakazu Morita, Kana Hanazawa Join World Trigger Cast". Anime News Network. August 20, 2014. 
  9. "Anime's premiere date". Toei Animation. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  10. "Outlaw Star's Mitsuru Hongo Directs World Trigger Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  11. "World Trigger Anime Listed With 50 Episodes". Anime News Network. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  12. "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. 
  13. "World Trigger TV Anime Gets New Series in October". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  14. Green, Scott (March 7, 2016). ""World Trigger" Anime Wraps Up In March". Crunchyroll. Retrieved March 7, 2016. 
  15. "World Trigger game announced for PS Vita". Gematsu. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  16. "World Trigger game announced for iOS and Android". Dengeki Online - Dengeki App. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 

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