Honey-chan was a busy bee at Otakon but still managed to land an exclusive interview with Masahiko Otsuka the president of Studio Trigger. Masahiko Otsuka brought along two of the key members of his team that make Studio Trigger one of the best studios in the business, Producer Naoko Tsutsumi and Yoh Yoshinari, Chief Animator. Honey-chan was the only member of the media given the chance to sit down and talk to the Trigger team before their press conference at Otakon.
Studio Trigger has two very recognizable heroines in Akko from Little Witch Academia and Ryuko from Kill la Kill. We think you could also mention Zero Two, Ichigo, and Ikuno from Darling in the Franxx as part of that list, is promoting strong female characters a focus? or does it just happen?
What is the role of the producer in making anime?
Studio Trigger has a particular style to their animation that makes it easily recognizable. Is that stylistic choice intentional branding?
(To Yoshinari) You have done the key animation for a lot of amazing scenes in anime. Are there any that stand out to you or were difficult for you?
We think Darling in the Franxx was an incredible piece of science fiction. The series seemed to draw influences from classic science fiction literature like 1984, A Brave New World, and The Handmaid’s Tale, with sophisticated storylines. Was it a response saying that today’s audiences are more sophisticated or is it just a way to make a good story?
Is there a chance for more Darling in the Franxx?
You have received huge support from fans across the globe with your Patreon account. Did you expect so many people to sign up? Do you think other studios will follow suit?
What we weren’t expecting is that to be successful at it required a lot of extra work and that we’d actually have to get staff that could manage it. So, if other studios asked about whether they should do crowdfunding we’d tell them to really think about it first.
What keeps you excited about the anime industry? What challenges does the industry face?
You say you learned a lot in your time at Gainax. Can you elaborate for us?
How do you feel about seeing people cosplay characters from your anime?
Are there any announcements about new projects you can tell us about?
We would love to thank Masahiko Otsuka, Naoko Tsutsumi, and Yoh Yoshinari for taking time to speak with us about Studio Trigger. We look forward to the all the upcoming shows they have in the works and thank them for working so hard to make such quality anime. Honey-chan would also like to thank Zeke-Senpai and Sloan-san for their hard work on this interview and all their coverage at Otakon.