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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, 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.

Works produced by Trigger:

    Main Productions 

Television series

Original net animation

  • Inferno Cop (2012-2013)
  • Turning Girls (2013) a set of 7 5-minute shorts made entirely by the non-production staff (secretaries, accountants, even the Janitor)
  • Ninja Slayer From Animation (2015)

Standalone shorts

  • Japan Animator Expo shorts (2015)
    • Denkou Choujin Gridman: boys invent great hero
    • Power Plant No. 33
    • Bureau of Proto Society


    Assistant Work 


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