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Founded in 1984
is one of the better-known
studios, having created such series as
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
. Which caused the creation of terms such as
Gainax is known for impressive visuals, gripping storylines, confusing plot points, and running out of money before the series is finished. This last tendency has been a particular problem in the past; the last episodes of Gainax series tend to be
lower in quality
and take a lot of shortcuts. The last two episodes of
were produced when the studio had been cut off by the main sponsor, and mostly
reused clips from previous episodes
with different dialogue. Still shots are frequent as well. The final episode of
Top o Nerae!
(also known as
) is due to the black and white presentation often thrown into this bin, a common misconception as the black and white animation was actually more expensive. Thankfully, they seemed to have learned their lesson by
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
A crowd picture ◊
for some of the many characters created by Gainax over its lifetime is available.
As a small note, they have a good relationship with
, who did quite a lot of work on
End of Evangelion
. The director of
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
, and one episode of
also worked with
They seemed to have switched to doing
shonen anime with smaller budgets and routine animation, rather than the expressive style they were known for
, due to most if not all of their best animators quitting and moving to other studios like
and to do work for themselves.
Studio Gainax has created the following: Daicon Film era (pre Gainax). Two original animated introductory films for Daicon III and Daicon IV, two iterations of a major science fiction convention in Japan. These were their first creations, before they had really formed the studio. Due to the truly staggering amounts of shoutouts to both anime and American science fiction in both, plus the latter using Electric Light Orchestra's song "Twilight", any release above and beyond a laserdisc version in the early '80s have been vetoed by pretty much every license holder. Pre-Evangelion Gainax , Gainax's first feature film. Like the Daicon shorts, the short pilot version of this was animated and shot on 8mm film in Hiroyuki Yamaga's garage. Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnęamise Top wo Nerae! (Aim for the Top!), a.k.a. GunBuster There is also a sequel - Top wo Nerae 2! (a.k.a. or DieBuster GunBuster 2) which was released 16 years after the original. - The original 1988 Appleseed OVA. Produced in cooperation with AIC. Sakyo Komatsu's Animation Theater - Produced in cooperation with AIC. Beat Shot!!, a one shot OVA based on a Manga of the same name. Co-Produced with Magic Bus. Circuit no Ohkami II: Modena no Tsurugi , animation co-produced with Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water Group TAC and Korean studio Sei Young. The videogame series, which had the player take responsibility for raising an orphaned girl to adulthood. Princess Maker The anime was Petite Princess Yucie an adaptation of several of the games in the series. Also produced in cooperation with AIC. Gainax also released variations of the game focused around Evangelion characters, such as The Rei Ayanami/Shinji Ikari Raising Project. , a Otaku no Video mockumentary-style look at otaku in Japan interspersed with an animated story about the life of one budding Otaking (Otaku King), whose company is a parody of Gainax itself. Otaking is a real person — Toshio Okada, one of the Gainax founders, who left the studio in The Nineties for academia and now is a moderately renowned anime scholar (and an epic troll to boot). Route 20 - Galactic Airport - An unfinished movie based on a Manga of the same name. Originally set for 1993, the only thing ever released was a three minute trailer. Modern Gainax Post-Trigger Gainax The company has also done minor work in the following: (Franchise Collaboration) .hack (2nd Key Animation) Afro Samurai: Resurrection (In-Between Animation) Agent Aika (In-Between Animation) Ah! My Goddess: The Movie (Animation Cooperation) AKIRA (Art and Story) Alisia Dragoon (Animation, OVA) All-Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (2nd Key Animation) Angel Beats! (In-Between Animation for The Animatrix Studio 4°C's Second Renaissance and Beyond) (In-Between Animation) Avenger (In-Between Animation) Bastard!! (In-Between Animation) The Big O (In-Between Animation) Black Cat (Key Animation) Black Lagoon (In-Between Animation) Bladeof The Immortal (2nd Key & In-Between Animation) Blood: The Last Vampire (In-Between Animation) Broken Blade (Key Animation) Buso Renkin (In-Between Animation, Animation Assistance) The Case Files of Yakushiji Ryoko (In-Between Animation) Casshan: Robot Hunter (2nd Key Animation) Code:Breaker (2nd Key Animation, Code Geass R2 season) (In-Between Animation) Cromartie High School (In-Between Animation) Dead Leaves (In-Between Cooperation) Dirty Pair: Project Eden (2nd Key & In-Between Animation) Eden of the East (2nd Key & In-Between Animation) Eureka Seven (Animation) Eyeshield 21 (In-Between Animation) Fairy Tail (In-Between Animation) Gantz (In-Between Animation) Genesis of Aquarion (In-Between Animation) Ghost Hound (Key Animation, though Hideaki Anno and Mahiro Maeda) Giant Robo (2nd Key & In-Between Animation) Gintama (Photography) Girls und Panzer (Production Assistance; Key & Assistant Animation. With Green Lantern: First Flight Studio Jungle Gym, Anime Spot & Mizo Planning, uncredited) (2nd Key Animation; Photography Cooperation) Guilty Crown (In-Between Animation) GUN×SWORD (Opening Animation for the OVA, through Mahiro Maeda) Gunsmith Cats (In-Between Animation) Heroman (In-Between Animation) High School Of The Dead (In-Between Animation) House of Five Leaves (In-Between Animation) IGPX Immortal Grand Prix (In-Between Animation, Initial D Fourth Stage) (In-Between Animation Support) Jeanne d'Arc (In-Between Animation) Jormungand (In-Between Animation) Kuroko No Basuke (In-Between Animation) Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing (2nd Key Animation) Library War (2nd Key Animation) Little Busters (In-Between Animation) Lupin III Elusiveness Of The Fog Madox-01 (Key Animation) (2nd Key Animation) Mahou Sensei Negima! (Key & In-Between Animation) Major (In-Between Animation; Production Cooperation for episode 8) Michiko to Hatchin (Key Animation) Mobile Fighter G Gundam (animation and movie production) Musashi Samurai Legend (In-Between Animation) Naruto (2nd Key Animation) Nodame Cantabile (2nd Key Animation) Noein (2nd Key Animation) Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza (2nd Key Animation) Ouran High School Host Club (In-Between Animation) Pandora Hearts Pokémon Movies (Production Cooperation) Prism Ark (In-Between Animation) Project A-Ko (In-Between Animation) RahXephon (In-Between Animation) Real Drive (Animation Assistance, OVAs) Ranma ½ (2nd Key Animation Cooperation) Red Line Restol, The Special Rescue Squad (Distribution) (Production Cooperation) Robot Carnival (In-Between Animation) ROD the TV (In-Between Animation) Rurouni Kenshin (Key & 2nd Key Animation) Shakugan no Shana (In-Between Animation) Silver Spoon (2nd Key Animation) Sky Girls (Production Assistance) Slayers Great (Photography) Solty Rei (In-Between Animation) Sora No Manimani (Supporting Animation) Spirited Away (In-Between Animation) Spriggan (In-Between Animation Cooperation) Steins;Gate (2nd Key Animation) Strike Witches (Special Thanks) Summer Wars (In-Between Animation) Super Dimension Century Orguss 02 (Animation Support) Tales of Symphonia (In-Between Animation) Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (In-Between Animation) Tekkon Kinkreet (Opening Animation, though Masayuki Yamaguchi) ThunderCats (Composite) Tokko (2nd Key Animation) Toradora! (Animation) Trinity Blood (In-Between Animation) Tweeny Witches: The Adventures (2nd Key Animation) Uchuu Kyoudai (In-Between Animation) Un-Go (Production Assistance) Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter (In-Between Animation) Valkyria Chronicles (2nd Key & In-Between Animation) Valvrave the Liberator (2nd Key & In-Between Animation; Production Assistance) WORKING!! (In-Between Animation) Wolf's Rain (Disclaimer Illustration Cooperation) The World God Only Knows (In-Between Animation) XxxHolic (Animation Assistance for the OVA, In-Between Animation for the second season and Key Animation for You're Under Arrest! Full Throttle) (In-Between Animation) Zetman Zoku (In-Between Animation; Production Assistance) Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Studio Gainax provides examples of the following tropes: Author Appeal: In relationship to Japan Takes Over the World, no studio (besides TMS Entertainment and Studio Ghibli) has ever done it with more boldness. Animation Bump: Most (if not all) of their series exhibit this. Ascended Fanboy: The studio was founded by a bunch of young anime fans. Asskicking Pose: The Badass Arm Fold. Technically only used in two series and a continuation, it's done memorably enough to be known as the Gainax Stance in Japan. Decon-Recon Switch: A meta example: they made , GunBuster , and Neon Genesis Evangelion (in that order). Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Development Hell The Evangelion Movie they, ADV Films and WETA were supposed to make. They were also supposedly working on some other projects which ended up in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Development Hell. Still nothing beats Aoki Uru, a planned sequel to , which supposedly started initial pre-production Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnęamise back in 1988. So far the only output from this project seems to be a brief scenario draft and the couple of (admittedly spectacular) artbooks by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. They still reportedly plan to make it somewhere in the future. Fan Nickname: The Gainax Pose, which is where the giant robot arms from and GunBuster are crossed in a DieBuster Bad Ass way (given a Shout-Out in with the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann). Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann Fanservice: Tons and tons of it. Limited Animation: Taken to extremes in the last two episodes of Evangelion. Off Model: Episode four of changed Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann its entire art style, The fans were pissed off to say the least. Playing Against Type: Out of all the Japanese animation studios available to adapt the manga into a TV show, the choice of Gainax comes as something of a surprise. Then again, does Gainax even have a type? Even considering Hanamaru Kindergarten their most popular creations, it's very hard to find an overarching theme. Blurring the line between Deconstruction and Reconstruction, somewhat thoughtful explorations of human nature, and tons and tons of big breasted women running, really tons of sexual humor in general. The fact that Gainax would adapt is itself Hanamaru Kindergarten Gainaxian. The overaching theme of Gainax is Nothing makes sense. Postmodernism: A staple of nearly all of their works. Promoted Fanboy Shout-Out: To the brim, being a studio of promoted fanboys, hency why some of their works are also filled with self-references.