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The 5 Must-Watch Anime by Studio Trigger

Inferno Cop


Jack Knife Edge Town is as edgy as it sounds, and it’s up to Inferno Cop to stop that edge from tearing his city apart. He’s both law and outlaw, dispensing ungodly justice to evildoers like a candy machine. Lowlifes, gangsters, and even hellspawn all infest Inferno Cop’s hunting ground, but that’s the good news. The bad news? Prior to the story, his family was brutally murdered by Southern Cross, a shady organization that made the worst mistake imaginable by doing so. Now, Inferno Cop’s limiters have been removed and his mercy rung more dry than the entrails of his victims.

Something is welling up in Inferno Cop’s city, however, and soon he’ll face the most daunting gauntlet of his life involving him literally falling into and escaping from Hell. A flaming head won’t be enough to ward off the true evil that’s rapidly approaching—Inferno Cop must call upon all his allies and his own wacky antics to conquer the trials that await him. [MAL]

It is a 13-episode Japanese internet animation, directed by Akira Amemiya with Hiroyuki Imaishi. It was streamed on Anime Bancho in December 2012 – I’ll link you an episode below.

Now this, this series will make you laugh so hard! It’s just an anime short and has minimal animations, the content is a little corny, nevertheless, it’s funny. A second season is coming so if you have not watched yet Inferno Cop now’s the time.

Little Witch Academia


Atsuko Kagari is an ordinary girl who joins the renowned witch academy for witch girls, Luna Nova Academy. When she was younger, she went to Magical Festa, a magic show hosted by a witch named Shiny Chariot. Atsuko was so mesmerized and inspired by Shiny Chariot’s performance that she dreamed to someday be a “cool” witch like her. This young and impressionable Atsuko takes Shiny Chariot’s words as her own motto: “Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.” As part of a class, Atsuko and her classmates go into a labyrinth under the Tower of Luna Nova. There, a sealed ancient dragon was unleashed by one of her classmates. Atsuko tries to stop the dragon, but… [ANN]

It is a Japanese anime franchise created by Yoh Yoshinari. The original short film, directed by Yoshinari and written by Masahiko Otsuka, was released in theaters on March 2, 2013, as part of the Young Animator Training Project’s Anime Mirai 2013 project.

The anime was originally a Kickstarter project back then. It managed to raise $125,518 over the needed budget it needed. It’s a splendid anime that has an amazing story revolving around the themes of magic and moe.

Space Patrol Luluco


Living an abnormal existence in Ogikubo, an intergalactic melting pot of humans and aliens as well as the only Space Immigration Zone on Earth, Luluco is a bubbly middle school girl who just wants to be normal. One morning, however, her father, who works at the Space Patrol, eats a volatile sleep capsule by mistake and is frozen solid! To make matters worse, Luluco accidentally breaks him, so she hurries off to his office for help. There, the chief of the Space Patrol, Over Justice, hires Luluco as a space temp worker for undercover investigations, so that the institution may crack down on crime within her school.

Made to don the Space Patrol suit and sent on her way to mete out justice, Luluco attempts to maintain the image of a normal girl who does not stand out in any way. But she soon discovers that with the automatic systems and inherently zealous judiciousness of the Space Patrol suit, continuing to be normal will be more difficult than she thought. [MAL]

The story revolves around the life of a middle school girl, It is an anime television series created by Hiroyuki Imaishi. It features the usual formula of Studio Trigger in where there are “creative risks”, an exaggerated art style, and has a western cartoon feel to it.

The importance of this series is it helps connect the different characters from various works made by Gainax Staff. An example would be Haruko from FLCL, in where she’s part of the Space Patrol as a 1st Class officer and her CO is also General Manager Over Justice.



Katsuhira Agata is a quiet and reserved teenage boy whose sense of pain has all but vanished. His friend, Chidori Takashiro, can only faintly remember the days before Katsuhira had undergone this profound change. Now, his muffled and complacent demeanor make Katsuhira a constant target for bullies, who exploit him for egregious sums of money. But their fists only just manage to make him blink, as even emotions are far from his grasp.

However, one day Katsuhira, Chidori, and four other teenagers are abducted and forced to join the Kizuna System as official “Kiznaivers.” Those taking part are connected through pain: if one member is injured, the others will feel an equal amount of agony. These individuals must become the lab rats and scapegoats of an incomplete system designed with world peace in mind. With their fates literally intertwined, the Kiznaivers must expose their true selves to each other, or risk failing much more than just the Kizuna System. [MAL]

Written by Mari Okada. The series features character designs by Shirow Miwa. It also features the directorial debut of Hiroshi Kobayashi, assistant director of the anime Rage of Bahamut and episode director for Kill la Kill. Kiznaiver follows a group of high school students who are chosen to be a part of an experimental program which creates bonds between people by forcing them to share each other’s pain.

Although it fell short on story compared to Kill la Kill, what made viewers like Kiznaiver are stunning visuals, combining the trigger art style with splendor backgrounds.

Kill la Kill


After the murder of her father, Ryuuko Matoi has been wandering the land in search of his killer. Following her only lead—the missing half of his invention, the Scissor Blade—she arrives at the prestigious Honnouji Academy, a high school unlike any other. The academy is ruled by the imposing and cold-hearted student council president Satsuki Kiryuuin alongside her powerful underlings, the Elite Four. In the school’s brutally competitive hierarchy, Satsuki bestows upon those at the top special clothes called “Goku Uniforms,” which grant the wearer unique superhuman abilities.

Thoroughly beaten in a fight against one of the students in uniform, Ryuuko retreats to her razed home where she stumbles across Senketsu, a rare and sentient “Kamui,” or God Clothes. After coming into contact with Ryuuko’s blood, Senketsu awakens, latching onto her and providing her with immense power. Now, armed with Senketsu and the Scissor Blade, Ryuuko makes a stand against the Elite Four, hoping to reach Satsuki and uncover the culprit behind her father’s murder once and for all.

The series is Studio Trigger’s first original anime television project, directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, both of whom had previously worked together on Gurren Lagann. It aired in Japan between October 4, 2013, and March 28, 2014.

Seriously, who doesn’t know Kill la Kill? It was one of the biggest anime during its season. Every episode felt like it was the finale, it has all the “plot” you need, and the art style was all from the previous works of its makers – FLCL, Panty and Stocking, and Gurren Lagann.

Those are the must-watch anime by Studio Trigger. We didn’t include works in which Trigger played a minor role – like SAO, The IdolM@aster, and Black★Rock Shooter.

Trigger was founded in August 2011 by a former Gainax employees Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Ohtsuka, which shows why the studio uses similar symbols used by Gainax (Evangelion Cross, Kamina Glasses).

Which among their works are your favorites?

And ICYMI: here are the tweets for Studio Trigger’s recent announcements.

Announcement for PROMARE!

Announcement for new TRIGGER Projects

Additional details are not yet disclosed so follow our website for more updates to come.

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