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Creator / Studio TRIGGER

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"TRIGGER" your Excitement!!
Our motto is to create animation that is both enjoyable for our viewers and creators. We believe if the creators are not having fun with their work, then it’ll most definitely reflect on their final film as well.
TRIGGER's motto on their Patreon.

Studio TRIGGER (officially "TRIGGER Inc.") is a Japanese anime studio founded in 2011 by Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ōtsuka. Prior to this, the duo had spent the previous fifteen years as animators and directors on various Studio Gainax productions; most notably Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. In addition, much of the company's founding staff are also former Gainax employees who had worked on these projects, as well as a fair number of ex-Studio 4°C staff members who were stationed between Telecom, Gainax, and Kyoto Animation at the time of its founding.

The studio's first major production was 2013's Kill la Kill, a Magical Girl series that made their creative mission statement more than clear: all the over-the-top comedy, kinetic and stylish use of Limited Animation, and fun and captivating stories that can border on Mind Screw that these creatives brought to you while working at other studios? Prepare to have that turned up to eleven.

Other major works from Studio TRIGGER include the satirical crime webtoon Inferno Cop, the Wizarding School comedy Little Witch Academia, the tie-in anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, and a toku re-imagining in SSSS.GRIDMAN. In July 2018, TRIGGER launched their own Patreon, with the money serving as additional funding for their various animation projects and production of merchandise.

In 2021, Studio TRIGGER quietly obtained the rights to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt from Gainax, with the studio publicly announcing it a couple of years later at Anime Expo 2023.

Not to be confused with Ultraman Trigger.

Works produced by TRIGGER:

    Main Productions 

Television series

Original net animation

Standalone shorts


    Assistant Work 

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