Studio Trigger To Premiere Ninja Slayer Animation At Anime Expo

By Ishaan . June 20, 2014 . 10:27am

Studio Trigger are producing an animation for Ninja Slayer, a graphic novel written by a pair of American authors, and they’re holding the world premiere for the show at Anime Expo this year.


Ninja Slayer was originally written by Bradley Bond and Philip Morzez, and was subsequently translated into Japanese and uploaded to Twitter. The story went on to become something of a cult hit, leading to the publication of the graphic novel.


Ninja Slayer’s Anime Expo premiere will take place on July 3rd at 6:00 pm during a panel discussion with Studio Trigger.


Siliconera recently had the opportunity to talk about Studio Trigger’s goals with CEO Masahiko Otsuka. You can read that feature here.

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  • samsneeze

    So we’re doing the Neo-place in Japan thing again, huh? Is it nineties anime time again?

    …Can it be?

  • SupaPhly

    is it a full on series, or an ova short?

  • MaidKillua

    Hopefully it’ll turn out better than Kill la Kill, though that’s not exactly difficult

    • Namuro

      Oh, is it time already? I didn’t notice that this popular anime has been out long enough, that it’s time to start hating it now.

      Hold up, I’m gonna go grab a torch and a pitchfork…

      • MaidKillua

        “Someone hates an anime I like, must be because it’s popular and not because they have valid criticisms”. Sounds like someone has difficulty comprehending the notion that, in fact, not everyone likes that thing you do. Just because there are some hipster douches out there doesn’t mean ALL negative opinions are just there to go against that which is popular. In all honesty, it would have been an alright series. Nothing amazing, but the writing was ok and the animation was sort of, not awful I guess. But the constant unnecessary close ups of Ryuko’s cameltoe and jiggly breasts are what made me hate it simply because sexual things make me extremely uncomfortable and for me, ruined what would have been an otherwise averagely enjoyable show. Nothing to do with it being popular. Get out of your little “everything I like is amazing and anyone who says otherwise is just trying to be different” bubble. Also, isn’t replying to people using snarky comments with no substance to try to look clever against the rules here? Might wanna keep that in check. If i’d been needlessly bashing the anime or its fans then fair game but I did nothing even vaguely of the sort. I simply expressed that I personally didn’t find it enjoyable and would hope that the studios next work would be of what I consider a higher standard. Hell, my icon is a character from Hunter x Hunter which I would assume is MORE popular than Kill la Kill, so i’m not entirely sure what would give you the impression that i’m one of THOSE people. I like the studio so I clicked the article. I found Kill la Kill unbelievably disappointing and past a certain point, so grossly fanservicey that I had to drop it. I was simply trying to be optimistic about the standards of their next project

        • murinto

          ^^^^ somebody’s mad.

          • MaidKillua

            Explaining to someone why their dumb comment is wrong makes me mad? Someone lacks basic reasoning skills

          • murinto

            ^^^still booty busted hours later.


          • MaidKillua

            Keep breaking those rules to make dumb comments with absolutely nothing to back up your claims. Another needlessly offended Kill la Kill fan perhaps?

          • murinto

            ^^^ booty busted in booty bay

            I didn’t even like kill la kill. I don’t need to back up my claims that you are butt frustrated, all people need to see is your sperglord multiple paragraph response to a snarky post.

          • MaidKillua

            Presenting a well articulated and well reasoned counterpoint makes one some immature equivalent of “butthurt” now??? I’m not entirely sure which part of your brain isn’t functioning properly, if you even possess one. Perhaps I simply feel it appropriate to present my points accurately instead of sounding like a moron (the latter of which you are so aptly demonstrating here). It took me like a minute to write that reply. Just because you may experience an inability to write more than several words of immature crap doesn’t mean that everyone who can write more is spending all of their time being “mad”. People like you are slowing down the progress of all mankind with your insistence on acting like there’s something wrong with THINKING. I mean I totally get that you might be trolling (which is actually even more stupid than actually being stupid, because at least stupid people can’t help it), but I enjoy watching completely inept people like you flail around with your immature nonsense for a while

          • murinto

            You must be autistic or bipolar or something to be trying this hard to argue with a guy calling you booty busted. Take it easy, buddy. (some deep breaths would probably help too) Let’s go in for a hug and I’ll buy you some cheetos? :^)

          • MaidKillua

            Because making fun of mental illness is so witty and original. I’m surprised none of the mods have removed you yet. Though for the record i’m fine and going to literally no effort at all

          • murinto

            I’m not making fun of you, I’m legitimately concerned. How about some mountain dew with those cheetos to calm you down? Would you like the world of warcraft dew or code red? :^))
            I want you to know I love your soul. <3

          • MaidKillua

            I’m actually genuinely confused as to whether or not you’re a troll or the single most intellectually lacking person I’ve ever had the displeasure of encountering. I’m not sure what part of someone typing more than a sarcastic 2 sentence response makes them either angry or someone with a mental illness. Because neither of those things applies to me. I’m actually only even still replying in the hopes that your continued insistence on breaking the rules will in fact get you banned and no one else will have to read your monolithic levels of idiocy ever again

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Enough from both sides. End it now. Murinto please take the namecalling to onother site.

          • Guest

            Yeah I may have gotten a little carried away here but people like that kinda bug me. Sorry about that

        • Revyatheworldeater .

          Personally… I found KLKs animation production to be so-so, directing quality to be funny, and overthetop presentation to be kind of boring after watching so many similar series (ttgl, flcl, PS&G, Gun buster, Die buster)… so it’s safe to say deviant opinions are warranted for this series if you have a taste for anime. Unfortunately most western civ anime fans don’t care about finer details or don’t have the experience to differentiate okay, good, and great animation.
          It’s not bad, but as you point out it shouldn’t be viewed as anything but a guilty pleasure.

          • MaidKillua

            There’s always gonna be a small group of fanboys/ girls who see someone who doesn’t like something they do and tries to pass it off as “omg it’s popular so they hate it” because they’re so insecure about their tastes that they find people not sharing them threatening. It’s quite pathetic actually. lol

  • Namuro

    I’ve heard that the authors are fake. The names were made up, as well as the story about the novel’s origin and all, in order to spark interest.

    Can anyone confirm this for sure?

    In any case, the characters in this story is pretty cool. I’ve read one of the manga called “Ninja Slayer Kills”. If anyone’s interested, you can read it on NicoNico Manga. Speaking of which, I REALLY wish that Warainaku had drawn a full manga, and not just illustrations for the novel…

    • MrSirFeatherFang

      I want to know the real story as well… I’m so confused as to what is true lol

      • doubleO7

        Basically everything is fake. The authors names and the whole back-story about it gaining internet fame and being translated into Japanese is nothing more than a marketing stunt by the publisher, Enterbrain.

        • MrSirFeatherFang

          Oh alright, thanks for clarifying.

    • Suzaku

      It’s all fake. It’s a Japanese parody of over-the-top American ninja stories, with an elaborate meta-fiction similar to Real Ultimate Power, if you remember that website.

  • Oh hey, cool, a new Trigger anime. Hope this turns out well.

    Vaguely related: ahaha the KlK opening came up on my iPod when I saw this article link. Fate.

  • Liam Scanlan

    Just FYI Ishaan, the TRAILER for the “Ninja Slayer” animation is getting a world premiere at Anime Expo, not the show itself:
    And by the way SupaPhly, that means that it will be a full series, so I guess that answers your question.

  • DanteMasamune

    Oh cool. I should tell my friend about this. He is a big fan of Studio Triggers works especially Fooly Cooly, Gurren Lagann, and Kill la Kill.

    • Revyatheworldeater .

      I am pretty sure Trigger has only done Little Witch Academia and Kill La Kill as far as serious animation projects.

      • Juan Andrés Valencia

        “Kill La Kill” “serious animation projects”

        Something’s wrong in that sentence.

        • Revyatheworldeater .

          I realize how painful that is to read now that you mention it… but from a technical standpoint we’re talking about a 2 cour show produced by an animation studio with the backing of a publisher utilizing a structured approach to create an original piece of work. Which I would call an animation project being made in a professional manner.

      • DanteMasamune

        Yeah but before forming Studio Trigger a lot of the key members of KLK team worked on TTGL and FLCL.

        • Revyatheworldeater .

          Well yes, some of the creative minds behind TTGL and FLCL are part of Trigger. I wouldn’t attribute works performed by an older studio to a newer studio just because they share part of their staff, especially since it was the previous studio who made the work with the specific staff that likely differs on many levels (different animators, different producers, etc). However I would attribute all of those works to a specific director or key staff. For this case it’d make sense to say that your friend enjoys Hiroyuki Imaishi’s style of directing. I personally prefer Hideaki Anno over Imaishi’s style when they were working at Gainax.

          I.e. The Soultaker had the same director and animation director as many Shaft’s works (and it shows) but it was created at Tatsunoko Production, so I would still view it as a Tatsunoko property. However I would say that most recent Shaft works and The Soultaker fall into the Akiyuki Shinbo and Akio Watanabe territory.

          I think it would probably be more accurate to say that you are a fan of a particular director, character designer, etc.

          • DanteMasamune

            Yeah he wouldn’t know that nor would he really care. He is pretty simple minded. I understand what you mean its like giving PG credit for stuff like DMC(1) and Okami when its just a few or couple of guys at PG who actually made those games and not PG themselves.

            Granted Kill la Kill does contain a rather similar art style and animation style to TTGL and FLCL as well as the same over the top wacky nature.

  • MSJ

    that is fuck all cool, wish I could go even more now. also if i remember correctly, MC’s wife and children were killed in a ninja turf war.

    lol that meta-fiction, get it or get dead.

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