#Attack!CompanyVisit is a new series that will lead you through the most famous anime, manga and design companies, and let you take a peek into the lives of people working there.
This time we came across a young animation studio, Trigger Inc., formed by an elite creative group that already drew the industry attention. In the past 5 years, Studio Trigger produced a number of topical works such as TV anime Little Witch Academia and Kill La Kill.
Studio Trigger treasures the old while pursuing the new. Starting from a new way of expression that uses huge telop letters, all the way to bold cuts reminiscent of those used in the anime works of the cell painting era, the inquisitive minds of these creators are only one of the elements that contribute making this studio one of the greatest.
What is waiting for us at the entrance...?
She's so cute... And the drawing looks amazing. I thought it was one of the animators to make it, but it turns out it was one of the admin assistants! It made me understand how everyone in the office shares the love for characters made in Studio Trigger.
Revealing the items that real animators use!
The office is cramped with desks, where animators religiously do their job. I spot many art books and resources piled up on the desks, along with a few action figures. It feels like a truly personal space!
As I walk further into the office, I can't help but notice a huge pile of colorful paper taking up the whole wall.
Matsumoto: We use this space to store the papers with the original pictures that we used in each of our anime's episode. There are about three boxes per episode! And if a particular episode has a lot of action, that number increases to 6. They're also quite heavy, so I wouldn't advise you to carry them.
Abeshi: They look heavy! So this is what 1/3 of an anime episode feels like, weight-wise. It's amazing how many pieces of papers are needed to create a single episode!
I can't draw, but I want to do anime. Be a production assistant!
Today I asked Matsumoto about his work and about being an assistant producer or manager. If you'd like to work in the anime world but drawing is not your strong suit, definitely check out this interview!
These were my main turning points.
High school graduation → Steeplejack → Animator without experience! "I really wanted to work with pictures"
Most animators attended a vocational school or art college before entering the industry. However, his story is a bit different...
An office that screams: "These anime are made for our viewers!"
It might sound like a commonplace, but visiting Studio Trigger made me like their works even more. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us next!
In this series, we visit creative companies and talk to people who work there. Please look forward to the second installment!