Studio Trigger

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Trigger Inc.
Native name
TypeKabushiki gaisha
IndustryAnime and production enterprise
FoundedAugust 22, 2011; 10 years ago (2011-08-22)
FoundersHiroyuki Imaishi
Masahiko Ōtsuka
Key people
  • Masahiko Ōtsuka (company director, co-founder)
  • Hiroyuki Imaishi (board member, co-founder)
  • Kazuya Masumoto (board member)
ParentUltra Super Pictures
SubsidiariesTrigger Dōga-bu (2013) Edit this at Wikidata

Trigger Inc. (Japanese: 株式会社トリガー, Hepburn: Kabushiki-gaisha Torigā), also known as Studio Trigger, is a Japanese animation studio founded by former Gainax employees Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ōtsuka on August 22, 2011.


Studio Trigger was founded by former Gainax employee Hiroyuki Imaishi, following his success with Gurren Lagann (2007). This led to the creation of Studio Trigger, with Gurren Lagann's visual humor and style defining the studio's work, and Trigger being seen as a successor to Gainax.[2][3]

Studio Trigger was established on August 22, 2011 by Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ōtsuka[4] shortly after leaving Gainax.[5] The studio name and official website was revealed in October 2011.[6] Along with assisting production on various series, Trigger has released a short film, Little Witch Academia,[7] and has developed its first original anime television series, Kill la Kill, which aired from October 2013 to March 2014.[8][9] On July 8, 2013, Trigger launched a Kickstarter project in order to fund a second episode of Little Witch Academia. The project was well received and achieved its goal of $150,000 in under five hours, and went on to raise a total of $625,518.[10]

Studio Trigger, along with studios Sanzigen and Ordet, joined joint holding company Ultra Super Pictures.

In 2018, Studio Trigger created a Patreon[11] with the goal of acquiring necessary funding for projects and merchandise. They offer both a US$1 and US$5 option for patrons and currently have over 2000 backers on the platform, raising over US$6000 per month.[11]


Anime television series[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Eps. Note(s)
2013–2014 Kill la Kill Hiroyuki Imaishi 25 Original work.
2014 When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace Masahiko Otsuka (chief)
Masanori Takahashi
12 Based on a light novel by Kota Nozomi.
2016 Space Patrol Luluco Hiroyuki Imaishi 13 Original work.
Kiznaiver Hiroshi Kobayashi 12 Original work.
2017 Little Witch Academia Yoh Yoshinari 25 A television series based on a short film of the same name.
2018 Darling in the Franxx Atsushi Nishigori 24 Original work.
Co-production with CloverWorks and A-1 Pictures.
SSSS.Gridman Akira Amemiya 12 Related to the Tokusatsu Gridman the Hyper Agent by Tsuburaya Productions.
2020 BNA: Brand New Animal Yoh Yoshinari Original work.
2021 SSSS.Dynazenon Akira Amemiya Studio's 10th anniversary project.
Related to SSSS.Gridman.[12]

Anime films[edit]

Year Title Director(s) Dur. Note(s) Refs.
2013 Little Witch Academia Yoh Yoshinari 30m Original work.
Produced for Anime Mirai 2013.
2015 Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade 55m Original work.
Sequel to the first Little Witch Academia film.
2019 Promare Hiroyuki Imaishi 115m Original work.
CG animations are made by Sanzigen.
TBA Gridman × Dynazenon Akira Amemiya TBA An animated crossover film between SSSS.Gridman and SSSS.Dynazenon. [15]


Year Title Director(s) Eps. Note(s) Refs.
2012–2013 Inferno Cop Akira Amemiya 13 Original work.
Released on YouTube.
2013 Turning Girls Masahiko Otsuka
Ren Shimorenjaku
7 Original work.
Released on YouTube.
2015 Electronic Superhuman Gridman: Boys Invent Great Hero Akira Amemiya N/A 10th release short of Japan Animator Expo. [18]
Power Plant No. 33 Yasuhiro Yoshiura Original work.
11th release short of Japan Animator Expo. Co-production with Studio Rikka.
Sex&VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED Hiroyuki Imaishi Original work.
14th release short of Japan Animator Expo.
Ninja Slayer From Animation Akira Amemiya 26 Released on Niconico. [21]
Bureau of Proto Society Yasuhiro Yoshiura N/A Original work.
29th release short of Japan Animator Expo. Co-production with Studio Rikka.
2021 Star Wars: Visions Hiroyuki Imaishi (The Twins)
Masahiko Otsuka (The Elder)
2 Co-production with Lucasfilm.
Released on Disney+.
2022 Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Hiroyuki Imaishi 10 Animation services.
To be released on Netflix.

Other productions[edit]

Year Title Type Publisher/Company Note(s) Refs.
2012 Project X Zone Video games Bandai Namco Opening animation production [26]
2013 Yonhyakunijuu Renpai Girl' Light novel Kadokawa Corporation (Enterbrain) Promotional video production [27]
2014 Hacka Doll News app DeNA Promotional video production (2 PVs) [28]
Bishoujo Mobage: Mobami-chan Video games Promotional video production [29]
Black Dynamite TV series Cartoon Network Studios Season 2 opening animation production [30]
2015 Hacka Doll the Animation DeNA, Creators in Pack Animation assistance [31][32]
Battlesaurs OVA Walt Disney Television, Pixar Opening animation production [33]
Chunithm Video games Sega Music video animation production [34]
Fire Emblem Fates Nintendo Live2D illustrations [35][36]
2016 Hyoketsu TV commercial Kirin Company TV commercial animation production [37]
Steven Universe TV series Cartoon Network Studios Animation production assistance (S4E4, "Mindful Education") [38][39]
2017 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Opening animation production [40]
Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time Video games Bandai Namco Entertainment Cutscene animation production [41]
2019 Kill la Kill: The Game -- IF Arc System Works Development supervision [42]
Indivisible Lab Zero, 505 Games Opening animation production (co-produced with Titmouse, Inc.) [43]
Shantae and the Seven Sirens WayForward Technologies Opening animation production [44]
2020 Idolish7 Bandai Namco Entertainment Music video animation production [45]
2021 Metallic Child Studio HG Promotional video production [46]


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