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World Trigger Anime's Sunday Airing Replaced After Real-Life Floods (Updated)

posted on by Egan Loo
Episode 46 would have shown battle in heavy rain, before being pre-empted by rerun

The official website for the World Trigger television anime series announced on Saturday that the episode that would have aired on Sunday has been changed. Episode 46 "Ace no Iji" (Ace's Willpower) was originally scheduled to air on Sunday. The anime's episode 38 "B-kyū Rank-sen Kaimaku" (B-Rank Wars Begin), which originally aired on July 19, will re-air instead.

Episode 46 would have involved a battle in torrential rain. Many parts of eastern Japan have experienced heavy flooding in the wake of this week's Tropical Storm Etau, which led to at least three deaths, 23 missing, 13,000 homes flooded, and evacuation orders for about 200,000 people. In particular, the city of Joso in Ibaraki Prefecture suffered a levee collapse that stranded hundreds of families.

Toei Animation describes the anime's story:

World Trigger begins when a mysterious gate to another world is opened in Mikado City, letting invaders from another dimension called "Neighbors" overrun the area.

A new defense league called "Border" is created in order to protect the City from these apparitions. The fighters are equipped with an amazing weapon called "Trigger" allowing them to put on an armor and use special powers.

The story takes place four years after those events, when a young student, Yuma Kuga, arrives at Mikado City. He witnesses, along with another student Osamu Mikuno, a portal opening. To fight the creature, Osamu finds himself forced to reveal his affiliation to the Border and pulls his Trigger out. When Osamu is injured, Yuma joins the fight and saves him. Yuma turns out to be very powerful!

Who is really Yuma? Why did he come to Mikado City?

The anime series debuted last October, and new episodes air every Sunday on TV Asahi at 6:30 a.m. Crunchyroll and Hulu are streaming the series as it airs.

A new World Trigger television anime series, tentatively titled Isekai Kara no Tōbōsha (Fugitives From Another World), is slated to premiere on October 4. It will depict stories not seen in the original World Trigger manga.

Toei Animation premiered the first three English-dubbed episodes at this year's Anime Expo. The dub was not licensed by an American company at the time; Toei Animation itself commissioned the English dub of the first six to seven episodes. Toei Animation then streamed an English-dubbed trailer for the anime in August.

Daisuke Ashihara's original World Trigger manga debuted in 2013's 11th issue of Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Viz Media added the series to its digital anthology version of Weekly Shonen Jump, and also publishes the manga in print.

The manga is also inspiring the fighting game World Trigger: Borderless Mission for the PlayStation Vita on September 17.

[Via Hachima Kikō]

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