As part of our continuing coverage of Anime Expo 2018, we here at ComicsVerse sat in on the official announcements panel from animation studio Trigger. The panel featured Hiromi Wakabayashi as its host. Joining him throughout different periods of the panel were Shigeto Koyama, a character designer with Trigger, animation director Sushio, SSSS.GRIDMAN character designer Masaru Sakamoto, and SSSS.GRIDMAN animation producer Masato Takeuchi. Trigger previewed both new and previously announced content such as PROMARE, SSSS.GRIDMAN, INDIVISIBLE, and KILL LA KILL THE GAME: IF; as well as launching its new Patreon account, rewarding fans with exclusive content which Hiromi Wakabayashi hopes will support the studio and its creators.

In a room filled to capacity, fans roared in excitement at these new announcements. Trigger is currently finishing up the final season of DARLING IN THE FRANXX, which aired its final episode today. If you loved this show, you’ll definitely love these new additions. So without further ado, here are all the announcements made at the Trigger Industry Panel.

KILL LA KILL THE GAME: IF

In partnership with Arc System Works, the producers of DRAGONBALL FIGHTERZ and ONE PIECE: GREAT PILOT COLOSSEUM, comes a brand new game five years after the end of the KILL LA KILL anime. Coming in 2019, the game is not a continuation of the anime, but an all-new story featuring Kyruuin Satsuki as its main protagonist. Kazuki Nakashima will be returning to write this new story within the KILL LA KILL franchise. Check out the trailer below:

Sushio, the chief animation director for the anime, said that he was “pretty stoked” and “honored” that his characters are being shown in a different form. Like Ryuko at the end of the anime, Satsuko will also have a final form, giving fans something to look out for.

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INDIVISIBLE

From Lab Zero Games, in collaboration with Trigger and Titmouse, comes INDIVISIBLE, a new RPG adventure game. The game was first announced back in 2015 when it was still part of an Indigogo campaign hoping to make $1,500,000. $2,216,972 later, the game is officially underway with an expected release in early 2019. Trigger and Titmouse will be handling the game’s opening. Pre-production art by Yoh Yoshinari was shown to the panel audience. Check out the character designs below:

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The official description of the game is as follows, “Indivisible tells the tale of Ajna, a good-natured tomboy with a rebellious streak. Raised by her father on the outskirts of their rural town, her life is thrown into chaos when her home is attacked and a mysterious power awakens within her.” Players will fight as Ajna and absorb “Incarnations,” which she can command to fight beside her. By recruiting these “Incarnations,” players will be able to build their teams to take down monsters. It definitely seems like a fun game, so be on the lookout for the official trailer, which will drop around January 2019.

PROMARE

At Anime Expo 2017, Trigger released this image:

PROMARE Key Visual released at anime expo 2017
PROMARE Key Visual from Anime Expo 2017 | Image: Trigger

Now, one year later, we finally have some more info on PROMARE, the newest anime from Hiroyuki Imaishi and Kazuki Nakashima. That info? The game is in production. Imaishi and Nakashima were unable to attend Anime Expo, but they did send a pretty funny video in their place. In it, they recount how they’ve made very little progress and don’t have anything to show except for a few character designs. While we are unable to show all the designs, we were able to take a snapshot of the teaser trailer. Meet Galo, PROMARE’s main protagonist.

PROMARE's main character, Galo
PROMARE’s Galo greets the audience of Trigger’s panel. | Image: Trigger

We can’t really say much about PROMARE. Trigger is being fairly secretive about their latest project, but understandably so. The animation is unlike anything we’ve seen from them in past years. The anime has a very westernized style of animation. The background designs showed a very colorful metropolis. It kind of looks like Gotham City in the BATMAN animations, but with much brighter colors.

Galo is Trigger’s first male protagonist since GURREN LAGANN. He’s a rescue team’s new recruit. Imaishi calls him well-meaning but “quite stupid” in his commentary. Who he’s rescuing is unclear at the moment, but we know he pilots a mech named Matoi Tech. During the Edo period, a matoi flying meant a fire was nearby. So we can probably expect a lot of fire, the city being destroyed constantly, and lots of action-packed scenes. There’s no word on PROMARE’s release, but we know it can’t come soon enough.

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SSSS.GRIDMAN

SSSS.GRIDMAN is a reboot of the 90s show, GRIDMAN THE HYPER AGENT. Now set in modern day Japan, Gridman is back to fight the viruses of the 21st century. During the panel, animation producer Masato Takeuchi stressed that the anime was not a reboot, leaving room for new characters and a brand new story.

Gridman surrounded by city buildings from the SSSS.GRIDMAN trailer
“The future of animation” | Image: Trigger

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the original show, GRIDMAN THE HYPER AGENT was about three friends, who, in an attempt to make their own video game, encounter GRIDMAN, an inter-dimension police officer. With his help, the teens fight to save the world from monsters looking to destroy their city. With SSSS.GRIDMAN, director Akira Amemiya aims to usher in a new era of animation using this much-loved classic.

The first episode, which premiered shortly after the panel, features the main character Yuta waking up without any memories. Forced to rely on his classmate, Sho, Yuta struggles to make it through the day, especially when a kaiju suddenly appears in the skyline. The only problem, only Yuta can see the monster or the strange robot that appears on an abandoned computer in his classmate’s family’s junk shop. But then, the kaiju suddenly attacks, demolishing half the city. To stop it, the computer absorbs Yuta and he and Gridman fight as one to take it down. The episode ends in a cliffhanger. As they assess the damages caused by the kaiju, Yuta and classmates discover their previously-destroyed school is completely untouched.

So much action is packed into this one episode. The quality alone is proof of Trigger’s top-tier animation skills. If you weren’t sure about watching it, let us be the ones to tell you that you have to put SSSS.GRIDMAN on your list. SSSS.GRIDMAN releases October 2019.

Look out for Trigger

Trigger’s Anime Expo panel was filled with some pretty incredible announcements. We can’t wait for these shows and games to come out. What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured Image via Trigger

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