World Trigger is set in Mikado City, where a “gate” to a different world opens one day and monsters known as Neighbors start appearing from it. Earth’s weapons don’t work against these monsters, but a mysterious group appears and starts fighting against the Neighbors. The group, known as the Border defense agency, creates a defense system against the Neighbors that emerge from the gates. Four-and-a-half years later, a 15-year-old boy named Osamu meets a strange boy named Yuma; Osamu is secretly a member of Border while Yuma turns out to be a Neighbor.
Episode 44 officially gets the next B-Rank Wars battle underway, which is a three-way battle between Tamakoma-2, Suzunari-1, and Nasu Squad. There’s more of a focus on the action in this episode, although there are still quite a few cutaways to commentary, both in the main B-Rank Wars area and at Tamakoma’s headquarters.
Chika does something that’s rather surprising, but it seems to minimize the advantage Nasu Squad had going into this battle. In addition to this, several important skirmishes seem to be set up over the course of this episode. But at this point, not a single competitor has been forced to bail out. This B-Rank Wars battle also introduces a new kind of Trigger that gets a small explanation from the commentators.
There was a scene early on at Tamakoma Branch that I have no real recollection of from the manga. However, what this scene leads up to is in the manga, so I know the entire scene wasn’t simply created for the anime. What I think happened here is that the anime decided to extend the scene in order to help fill up time in the anime so the storyline can be stretched out for 50 episodes.
The anime continues to get ever closer to catching up with the original manga source material. At this point, there are still six more episodes to go to reach Toei’s goal of 50 episodes. Obviously, this current battle in the B-Rank Wars will extend into Episode 45, but I’m not sure it’ll last for the entire episode unless they find ways to add scenes at Tamakoma Branch to help stretch it out. They might also find ways to stretch out the recap at the beginning of the episode as well. With Episode 44, they did the usual recap, and then backtracked to include about a couple of minutes of a scene that appeared at the end of Episode 43.
At this point, the main reason I’m continuing to watch World Trigger is to finish up this first series so I can say I’ve seen it in its entirety. If not for that, I probably would have already dropped it. I still feel no incentive to watch the next World Trigger series that’s supposed to launch in October 2015.