If you have a strong memory, you might recall that a young woman appears in live-action parts of the FLCL ending. That was Yukiko Motoya, who also voiced drama club writer Aya Sawada in the KareKano: His and Her Circumstances anime. The Gainax bit-player went on to a successful career as a playwright/theater producer, satirist, radio DJ, magazine columnist and novelist. This year, she's sharing the prestigious Akutagawa Award. More after the jump.
Gainax's Fukushima-based animation studio is working on a project for Fukushima Prefecture entitled Mirai e no tegami - Kono michi no tochū kara ("Letter to the Future - Midway Along the Path") which will highlight the area's recovery efforts since the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Hit the jump to learn more.
It is with a heavy heart that I report that the new Gurren Lagann project on which Crunchyroll previously reported appears indeed to be a set of sleek new pachinko machines, to be installed in pachinko halls in Japan beginning in February of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
The official Twitter account of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, a hot-blooded 2007 science fiction mecha TV anime directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi with animation by Gainax, has published a teaser website promising that a new project is "Coming Soon...". Hit the jump to learn more.
While astute fans have been using social media to chronicle the fictitious events of Neon Genesis Evangelion in real time, otaku have also observed that real life has caught up (at least in terms of calendar dates) with another hit anime from Studio Gainax: Gunbuster, known in Japan as Toppu o Nerae! ("Aim for the Top!"). Hit the jump to learn more.
Studio Gainax is sponsoring an art exhibition featuring the work of illustrator Katsuya Terada at the Museum of Fantasy and Art attached to their workspace in Fukushima. Hit the jump to learn more.