Hiroyuki Imaishi

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Hiroyuki Imaishi
今石 洋之
Imaishi in 2008
Born (1971-10-04) October 4, 1971 (age 52)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation(s)Anime director, animator, character designer
Years active1995–present

Hiroyuki Imaishi (今石 洋之, Imaishi Hiroyuki, born October 4, 1971) is a Japanese key animator and animation director and one of the co-founders of Studio Trigger. His style is marked by fast and frantic animation combined with elaborate storyboarding and punchy direction. Prior to founding Trigger, he was an animator and director at Gainax. His most well-known works include Gurren Lagann (2007), Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (2010), Kill la Kill (2013), Promare (2019), and Cyberpunk: Edgerunners (2022).

Early career[edit]

After drawing the manga for doujinshi circle, Imaishi worked as a creator. He worked at Gainax in 1995 as an in-between animator for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Some of his early works include animation direction, storyboarding and key animation for Kare Kano (His and Her Circumstances), FLCL, Diebuster, Oval X Over, and the ending animation of Paradise Kiss. He went on to direct Dead Leaves, a 2004 anime film produced by Production I.G. and the first episode of Re: Cutie Honey.


His series director debut was Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007).[1] The anime received an Excellence Prize at the 2007 Japan Media Arts Festival,[2] and Imaishi himself received an individual award at the twelfth Animation Kobe Festival.[3] In 2008, the anime received both "best television production" and "best character design" from the Tokyo International Anime Fair.[4] Later he went on to work as director in the anime series, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. His main influence of being an animator and director are Yoshinori Kanada and his works, in which all his anime titles such as Dead Leaves, Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt pay special tributes to him and his art. Imaishi left Gainax and established Studio Trigger in 2011.[5][6] His first directorial work at the studio is Kill la Kill.[7] He directed the opening for season 2 of Black Dynamite.

Notable works[edit]




  1. ^ "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann". (November 2006) Newtype USA. p. 17.
  2. ^ "Coo, Gurren-Lagann, 'Kafka' Win Media Arts Awards". Anime News Networks. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  3. ^ "Gurren Lagann's official blog" (in Japanese). Gainax. Archived from the original on 2007-12-09. Retrieved 2007-12-18.
  4. ^ "Eva 1.0 Wins Tokyo Anime Fair's Animation of the Year". Anime News Network. February 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-26.
  5. ^ "Animator: Gurren Lagann Helmer Imaishi Establishes Studio". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  6. ^ "Hiroyuki Imaishi's New Studio's Name, Website Revealed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  7. ^ "Kill La Kill Anime Reunites Gurren Lagann Director, Writer". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  8. ^ Skrebels, Joe (June 25, 2020). "Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, a Cyberpunk 2077 Anime Announced". IGN. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  9. ^ "Medabots (TV) - Anime News Network". www.animenewsnetwork.com. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  10. ^ "Namco x Capcom (2005) PlayStation 2 credits". MobyGames. Retrieved 2021-09-08.
  11. ^ Morrissy, Kim (May 20, 2020). "Trigger Heroes Team Up in BNA: Brand New Animal, Promare Crossover Visual". Anime News Network. Retrieved September 19, 2022.

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