Friday, July 25, 2014

It's Finally Friday: It's Time to Pull the Trigger

Considering all of the times I've talked about either Studio Gainax in general or some specific works of
theirs, I thought that I should talk about the recently formed Studio Trigger and its close relation to Gainax, as well as some of the studio's work.

For those unaware, Studio Trigger is a very recently established anime studio, formed in 2011 by former Gainax employees Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ohtsuka. Of note is that Imaishi was a director for several popular series published by Gainax, including FLCL, Gurren Lagann, and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. After leaving Gainax and forming Trigger, the company initially worked on animation production for the anime The Idolmaster and the video game Project X Zone, as well as releasing their own original net animation Inferno Cop.

It wasn't until 2013 that Trigger released their first traditional animation project: an original short film titled Little Witch Academia. This film proved popular enough for Trigger to later launch a Kickstarter project to fund a follow-up episode; suffice to say that they met the funding goal, and then some. If you're curious, you can check out a trailer for the first episode here to get an idea of what it's about, although you'll need to look elsewhere to find a version with English subtitles:

Later on in 2013, Trigger released their first television series Kill la Kill, which concluded in early 2014; as with Imaishi's previous directorial series, the show proved very popular thanks to its particular brand of off-the-walls insanity. Currently, the first four episodes of the series have gotten an official English dubbing and a bonus OVA is expected to be released in late 2014. Once again, a trailer can be watched here, this time with subtitles:

As for the future, aside from Little Witch Academia 2, Trigger is reportedly working on anime adaptations of both the light novel series Ino-Battle wa Nichijo-Kei no Naka de (also known as Ino-Battle with Everyday Life) and the science-fiction novel series Ninja Slayer. With any luck, we'll be getting more information on these series in the near future. For now, I hope this is enough to convince you all to check out Trigger's works if you haven't already.

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