How to Watch Studio Trigger Anime
With Cyberpunk: Edgerunners coming to Netflix on September 13, here’s how to catch up on the anime studio’s previous hits.
Studio Trigger is teaming up with Netflix once again for Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, a ten-episode series based on the Cyberpunk game franchise. The new anime comes out on September 13, 2022.
Studio Trigger has collaborated with Netflix a few times before, but not all of their content ends up on the streaming giant. They’ve also collaborated with other services, like Disney+ and Crunchyroll. Their shows usually involve colorful characters in high-concept science fiction worlds, and are often aimed towards a more adult audience.
Jumping between a bunch of different platforms can be a pain, though. So whether you’re new to the studio’s work or already a Kill la Kill superfan, we’ve compiled a list of the platforms where you can find each of Studio Trigger’s projects.
Okay, before you come for us, anime experts, we know Studio Trigger didn’t technically make this classic mecha anime. But Gainax, the studio that preceded Studio Trigger, did, so it was made by enough of the same staff for us to include it.
Gurren Lagann is about a group of futuristic resistance fighters who use the power of drills to do the impossible. See the invisible. Row row, fight the power, and all that.
Kill la Kill
Studio Trigger’s first original show, Kill la Kill, came out in 2013, and it both took cues from Gurren Lagann and set the tone for the studio’s subsequent works. To put it succinctly: brightly colored, slightly uncomfortable, and very, very weird.
Just a fair warning, this one has quite a bit of nudity.
Space Patrol Luluco
Like Kill la Kill before it, Space Patrol Luluco turns the concept of a magical girl transformation upside down. It’s one of Studio Trigger’s more comedy-focused titles, but it still has all the wacky science fiction elements that define the studio.
Kiznaiver is one of Trigger’s moodier titles. It follows the lives of seven teenagers participating in an unusual social experiment. It also does a bit of the “seven deadly sins” thing, for fans of Fullmetal Alchemist and Catholicism.
Little Witch Academia
The Little Witch Academia franchise made a big splash in the western world with a full series on Netflix in 2017, after two successful films in 2013 and 2015. This franchise is notable in Studio Trigger’s portfolio because it’s the title most suited for all ages. And it doesn’t get quite as edgy as, say, Kill la Kill or Cyberpunk: Edgerunners.
It’s also one of our personal favorites.
Darling in the Franxx
Darling in the Franxx is a more recent mecha title. (“Mecha” is a genre that encompasses the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, the western film Pacific Rim, and the novel Iron Widow.) Big robots, bigger monsters—what more could you ask for?
Another story about mechs fighting giant monsters, Gridman is one of those rare franchises that Studio Trigger has returned to for a sequel. So once you’re done with SSSS.Gridman, be sure to catch SSSS.Dynazenon. Luckily, they’re both available on the same services.
Promare hit theaters in 2019, and finally made its way to HBO Max in 2021. It’s a bold anime film that finally asks the question: “What if Gurren Lagann were about Italian firefighters?”
BNA: Brand New Animal
Trigger returned to Netflix in 2020 for BNA: Brand New Animal. 2020 was a different time. Everyone was locked in their houses, toilet paper was flying off the shelves, and furry anime was flooding Netflix. (Okay, maybe it was just this, Beastars, and Aggretsuko).
Star Wars: Visions
Star Wars: Visions is an anthology that Disney orchestrated in 2021. Much like Netflix’s Love, Death + Robots, each episode is animated by a different studio. Studio Trigger created the third episode of Star Wars: Visions, titled “The Twins.”
Cyberpunk: Edgerunners comes to Netflix on September 13, 2022. Based on the Cyberpunk video and tabletop game franchise, it promises lots of action and explosions.
It looks like an excellent choice for fans of Studio Trigger’s over-the-top style, but maybe a poorer choice for this writer, who is recovering from a concussion. (Those trailers have a lot of flashing lights.)
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Okay, you caught us: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is another title made by Gainax, not Studio Trigger. But Trigger is in the process of making a second season of this raunchy adult comedy. This is pretty rare for the studio, since they don’t make sequels very often.