Studio Trigger 2016 Lineup First Impressions

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Hello MoarPowah readers. It’s spring and our friends at Studio Trigger have brought us not just one but two titles this season. We have “Kiznaiver”, our main action show this season, and the short comedy “Space Patrol Luluco”. I, the Inverseman, will be giving you my first impressions tonight! Let’s dig in!

Kiznaiver first cover

“Kiznaiver” has a relatively unique premise. Seven strangers are bound together by a system where they share their pain and must overcome trials, hence the pun between kizuna (bond) and kizu (wound). My very first impression of the show was somewhat indifferent. Perhaps it was because the protagonist was your typical pasty aloof teenager and that we’ve seen setups like these before, or perhaps it has that “Shadow the Hedgehog is rated E10+ for edgey” aesthetic that for me these days is kind of a turn-off (I’m looking at you “Tokyo Ghoul”). Either way I gave it a shot, and three episodes in, it’s not half bad.

Kiznaiver cast lineup

So far our cast of seven characters seem to be getting development. A common trap with such a large core cast would be to diminish them all to one-note personalities and flip a binary switch to show they’re done developing after one plot-important moment. More realistic development has gradients and hurdles, which three episodes in, we’re starting to see. Katsuhira, arguably the biggest beneficiary of good development, is showing slightly more concern for others and even the cast’s “designated idiots” have come up with at least one good idea. I want this to spread to the rest of the cast!

Kiznaiver Tenga aka Red Kamina

The concept is also budding as well. The Kizuna System seems to have additional rules that only Sonozaki and her organization are privy to. For a concept that seems all-figured-out, I’m curious as to what wrenches and twists Trigger will throw into the mix. Hopefully, it won’t go the route of “Kill la Kill” where many plot points and ideas were introduced haphazardly and ultimately led to a very predictable end after none of them led anywhere. My other concern is that as the plot thickens, it won’t detract from the characters or needlessly bloat with complex exposition and “save the world” by offering up the characters’ integrity. While easier said than done, the story and character arcs should go hand-in-hand rather than act separate. Ultimately, I’m sticking with it. I have faith in Trigger, and even if we don’t get the next “Gurren Lagann”, “Evangelion”, or even “Panty and Stocking”, there is potential.

Space Patrol Luluco first cover

Our next show from the studio this season is “Space Patrol Luluco”, a comedy about self-proclaimed normal girl Luluco getting swept up in her father’s job as Space Patrol. The episodes are very small, clocking at 7 minutes including OP and ED, but the punch they pack is mile-a-minute laughs.

Luluco under arrest

At first I didn’t have the biggest expectations for the show, it was a cute thing to watch, but each progressive episode seems to turn up the crazy to another level. The first few episodes seem regular school rom-com (but with more space), but after certain events, the action ramps up. Where the show is as of writing is anyone’s guess with a big reveal coming soon. This is what I think Trigger and its former Gainax members shine the best; they won’t retread the same ground as the other guys, there will always be an element of surprise. It only helps that episodes are short so the show and its jokes never really overstay their welcome, but I will say if you found repetitive humor a la “Panty and Stocking” not funny the first time then the 500th “FIGHT FOR JUSTICE” might not be your cup of tea.


I’m currently six “episodes” in, and I honestly can’t wait to see what happens next. This is the type of show to wind down with after a long day at work, and if you need some “space humor”, it might be up your alley. And those are my first impressions on Trigger’s shows this season. Both I believe are worth checking out, especially “Luluco” if you have all of five minutes at dinner, and stay tuned for full reviews later on! Join me next time when I find palette swaps of people in real life.

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The Inverseman is an evil overlord from an alternate dimension representing humanity's anti-existence who wound up becoming a modest civil servant.


The Inverseman is an evil overlord from an alternate dimension representing humanity's anti-existence who wound up becoming a modest civil servant.

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