In 2007 Gainax, the Japanese anime studio that brought the iconic 1996 series “Evangelion” (and its “Rebuild” movies during 2007-21) released the over-the-top space opera “Gurren Lagann,” the visuals of which were realized by an animation team led by “Evangelion” veteran Hiroyuki Imaishi. Shortly after finishing “Panty & Stocking w/ Garterbelt” in 2010, Imaishi left Gainax with many of the animators who worked with him, forming Studio Trigger in 2011. Trigger quickly shot to fame with its own breakout anime hits such as “Kill La Kill” (2013) and their 2018 adaptation/spinoff of the 1993 Tsuburaya tokusatsu series “Gridman.” And did we not mention Studio Trigger was formed back in 2011?
That means, as Comic Book Resources tells us, Studio Trigger is celebrating their 10th anniversary in the anime production business, as of this past Sunday, August 22. To celebrate, the studio has released a special anniversary video, showcasing all of the productions they have released to significant international acclaim since parting ways from the older and legendary Gainax. Scenes from the aforementioned anime series that Trigger worked on plus anime films like “Little Witch Academia” were showcased in the studios signature frenetic action scene editing.
Aside from the anniversary video, Trigger also put up a message to their fans on social media over the weekend. A Twitter post, dated August 22, depicted an original Studio Trigger character and mechanical design along with a few words from the their Representing President Masahiro Otsuka. Otsuka thanked Trigger’s fans for their 10 years of loyalty, adding that with their continued support, the studio will be able to continue “firing bullets of animation for the foreseeable future.” “While we cannot better the situation physically, we hope that our animation will bring everyone enjoyment and joy, even if only in a small way,” says Otsuka.
And indeed, Studio Trigger’s plate looks full for the rest of this year and the next. Having just released “SSSS.Dynazenon” this past April, they are now hard at work on two episodes of the anime-inspired “Star Wars Visions,” a collaborative production between Lucasfilm and several top Japanese anime studios including Trigger, Production IG, Science SARU and more. Next, they will produce an anime spinoff to CD Projeckt’s 2020 action RPG “Cyberpunk 2077,” itself based on the “Cyberpunk” tabletop game series. “Cyberpunk: Edgerunners” is slated to premiere on Netflix in 2022.
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