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 37 opens with Osamu regaining consciousness and seeing his mother and a sleeping Chika nearby. This is the first time the audience has been introduced to Osamu’s mother, and it becomes a running gag for her to be mistaken as Osamu’s sister due to how young she looks. The first thing Osamu’s mother does when he gains consciousness is to scold him about needing to connect more intimately with people because he got seriously hurt and Chika didn’t weep for him. But the thing is, when Osamu’s mother interacts with him throughout the episode, she comes across as distant and not intimately connected with him. I mean, her first concern wasn’t whether or not her son was all right, it was the fact that Chika wasn’t weeping over him. I think it’s safe to say that Osamu picked up some of her attitudes from growing up around her.
The first half of the episode sees Osamu and the audience getting caught up on what’s happened in the time he was unconscious, which was a little over a week. At first, we see Osamu trying to guess who came by to see him; I think this was in the manga, but it was done in such a way in the anime to stretch it out in order to fill air time. Usami shows up later and tells Osamu about the various Border members who received Distinguished Service Awards, and this included Osamu. I know that this was done this way in the manga, so it actually wasn’t included to fill out time. But as Usami announces various people, previously seen footage runs in the background. This reminds the audience of what happened, but it’s also a way for the animators to not have to animate quite as much for the episode. But as we see, Osamu doesn’t believe he should be receiving an award, because they’re giving him credit for actions that Replica did.
Karasawa from Border gets permission from Osamu’s doctor to take him out of the hospital to a press conference being held by Border. The organization has to try to deflect criticism for the six Border agents who died in headquarters and the 32 C-Rank agents who were kidnapped by the Neighbors. Osamu learns that in order to protect Border, it was decided to turn him into a scapegoat, since his actions early on the series most likely tipped off the Neighbors about the fact that C-Ranks don’t have Triggers. But what a crappy thing for the Border higher-ups to do: giving Osamu an award, and then turn around and use him as a scapegoat to try to save their own necks. The episode ends with Osamu walking into the press conference.
From the preview for the next episode, it appears the press conference will conclude and that the B-Rank Wars arc will be getting underway. From what I can tell, there’s probably about 20 chapters left before the anime catches up with the manga. There are still 13 more episodes remaining, and knowing what some of these chapters are from reading them in Weekly Shonen Jump, I’m not quite sure how they can make these remaining chapters last for 13 more episodes. Also, I don’t really see a good place for the anime to cut off with at Episode 50, since the B-Rank Wars are still underway in the manga. And with the mangaka having to take somewhat frequent breaks from the manga due to his health, there may not be too much more progression in the story before Toei catches up. It’s going to be interesting to see how Toei deals with adapting the manga going forward.