If you were to ask any Western consumer of anime who their favorite anime studio is, chances are you'll hear the name Studio TRIGGER thrown around more often than not. For years now they've been garnering new fans across the world, with the team offering a consistent focus on the North American anime community in particular. This year TRIGGER took things to a whole other level, however, by not only taking over the Anime Expo's largest available panel room -- but also filling it to the brim with even more con-goers desperately trying to get in to see just what the studio was planning on announcing.
For those of you that didn't quite make it in, that's most definitely unfortunate, because what Studio TRIGGER had to share was more than enough to leave an impression on us -- especially when it comes to the previously mysterious Promare anime series that the studio is currently working on. Not only was the studio down to share just how little of the project they've actually worked on (hah), but they were also able to show us new details on the series' main hero who we now know as Galo.
Despite what the hundreds of instantaneous responses would suggest, that isn't actually Kamina from Gurren Lagann. Instead, you're looking at the slightly-dimwitted hero of Promare's story, Galo. There were a few notes shared about him and how he comes into the big picture, most notably being his American-like appearance and outfit that would give off the impression of a fireman. Studio TRIGGER wasn't shy to share that he is part of a rescue team, and though he isn't necessarily the brightest, his strong will of heart will certainly make him a lovable protagonist.
Joining our main character will be his Matoi Tech robot, a wordplay on a classic Edo period piece of rescue equipment that would warn civilians of a nearby fire. If asked to describe the Matoi Tech, it'd be a weird blend between the visual design of Ryuko Matoi's Kamui Senketsu and Simon's own Lagann. Perhaps most exciting, however, is the announcement that Sushio will be handling the animation for the Matoi Tech, noting that he is stepping away from his idol addiction for a short period of time to work on the anime project.
While we certainly won't be seeing the anime project any time soon, Studio TRIGGER sure do know how to keep us on the edge of our seats with their announcements. We'll be sure to keep you updated as further information is announced.