3-Minute Profile: Gainax

Anyone can offer thoughts on Evangelion-- but how much do you really know about the studio that made it?

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One of Japan's premiere anime production studios, best known for Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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giaon April 24, 2010 at 8:47 a.m.
There's a Gainax co-founder I really wanted to include but there wasn't enough time-- so make sure you hit up Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's page. He did character design for Evangelion and draws its manga, but he's also moved on to do character design for both Summer Wars and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, as well as .hack and other franchises.
FoxxFireArt moderator on April 24, 2010 at 9:05 a.m.
Well, doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that one scene in FLCL was based on their Daicon 4 works. The surfing Bunny Girl.
 
I remember seeing a great picture that showed the girl from Fishugi no Uni no Nadia is basically the exact same design as Shinji.
 
Ohhh, we have Gainax to thank for "The Bounce"!?
giaon April 24, 2010 at 9:11 a.m.
@FoxxFireArt: Gainax likes references, like this scene from Gurren Lagann: 

sora_thekey moderator on April 24, 2010 at 9:47 a.m.
LOL! Bounce!
 
I saw the Princess Maker Sim here and it just hit me!
Will we ever see a 3-Min Expert on Sim games?
Dream moderator on April 24, 2010 at 10:39 a.m.
A couple other fun facts on Gainax:
 
Before their work on His and Her Circumstances in 1998, all of the studio's work was in-house before the romance series from Masami Tsuda became the first title they worked on which was based on a manga source.
 
In the 1990s, Gainax had a notorious rep for going overbudget with their titles. Case examples: Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, Neon Genesis Evangelion and His and Her Circumstances.
hitsusatsu11on April 24, 2010 at 11:28 a.m.
Gainax is one of, if not the best studio out there. As was said in the first post Yoshiyuki Sadamoto is also a talented member of gainax and deserves recognition. What I found funny about gainax is they produce kick ass mech shows but also shows like Hanamaro Kindergarten, which shows the studio's diversity. 
 

@Dream said:
 
 
In the 1990s, Gainax had a notorious rep for going overbudget with their titles. Case examples: Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, Neon Genesis Evangelion and His and Her Circumstances. "
I heard that tv tokyo pressured sega to cut funding to eva due to the controversial nature of the show, this might explain the budget crisis in the later nge episodes.
Dream moderator on April 24, 2010 at 11:54 a.m.
@hitsusatsu11:  That part's correct. Eva's later episodes started getting more intense with their content which with Eva's early evening time slot at the time, got TV Tokyo antsy to do something about this problem. The budget problems also forced Anno and Gainax to revise the plot for the final two episodes which would have been what the events of End of Evangelion were supposed to take place in.
hipalbatrosson April 24, 2010 at 12:11 p.m.
gg on completely ignoring gunbuster
Sigueon April 24, 2010 at 12:22 p.m.
Gainax is easily one of my favourite studios. While they have a spotty record for adaptations, their original works are generally fantastic. I respect a studio that can take a risk on an original piece more than one that does adpatations of popular franchises. Now, can you make Gunbuster 3 please..?
ReVolutionOfEvangelionon April 24, 2010 at 1:28 p.m.
the irony is, that although Evangelion is Gainax's best-known series, it *doesn't* feature the "Gainax bounce" -- they were striving for photo-realism in the Eva storyverse, so they didn't use any of the anime visual stunts.
Karkarovon April 24, 2010 at 1:41 p.m.
Yeah they are a very good studio and definitely one of the best if that distinction need be made.  My only regret is so many people don't really go past Evangelion and I think I have said before I feel the show is over hyped though it is a good show.  The drama that came from the internet BBS nonsense also sort of miffs me.  People say things far more insulting and derogatory on forums all over the world every day but when a creator goes out and says something racy in defense of his product he gets left hanging out to dry.  I expect the demotion was more bark than bite but I still don't like it.
constanzadellarosaon April 24, 2010 at 4:18 p.m.
@FoxxFireArt:  True. Sadamoto used Nadia as a base model for Shinji...I laughed my ass off when I saw Haruko as Bunny Girl in FLCL. Gainax loves intertexuality.
Konandaon April 24, 2010 at 4:35 p.m.

"like putting my face next to an anus" That sounds like a good description of any large image board. I don't frequent 2chan often but from what I have read from there and from what I know of it he sounds right.     
 
@FoxxFireArt
said:

"Well, doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that one scene in FLCL was based on their Daicon 4 works. The surfing Bunny Girl.
 
I remember seeing a great picture that showed the girl from Fishugi no Uni no Nadia is basically the exact same design as Shinji.
 
Ohhh, we have Gainax to thank for "The Bounce"!? "


See Gainaxing.

hitsusatsu11on April 24, 2010 at 4:54 p.m.
@Dream: tv tokyo was upset at some of the episodes as you said and thus pressured sega to cut funding. 
 
Thats why the EoE was made to compliment or replace the series ending. (though i think of it more as complimenting)
N15PCAon April 24, 2010 at 10:54 p.m.
@Dream said:

"A couple other fun facts on Gainax:
 
Before their work on His and Her Circumstances in 1998, all of the studio's work was in-house before the romance series from Masami Tsuda became the first title they worked on which was based on a manga source.
 
In the 1990s, Gainax had a notorious rep for going overbudget with their titles. Case examples: Nadia: Secret of Blue Water, Neon Genesis Evangelion and His and Her Circumstances. "


To me one of the most underrated Gainax animes is His and Her Circumstances.  Who said that Studio like Gainax can't make shojo title like Kare Kano= His and Her Circumstances.  It's one of the best Shojo titles out their.   
 
The only draw back is that anime dosen't finish up the story like the manga did. 
 
Like you said you didn't have enought time talk about all that is great about Gainax.  It's hard to do that in 3 minute video. 
  
Going to talk about some of my thoughts on His and Her Circumstances 
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Arima seems like a good person at first, but then kind of has dark side.  That one the reasons why I love the show.    
 
You also get to see Miyazawa turn into a brat who want's to be number one at everything into someone who is really good person at the end of the show. 
 
We must not forget Asaba dinner show.  That Asaba can be a little to much. 
 
They use some of the same tricsk that in Kare Kano like that did in EVA and I think it work really well in Kare Kano.  Alot of internal monologue stuff used in Kare Kano and it works.  Live action shots also gave Kare Kano a more surreal look that work really well with the animation.   
 
I also like show Miyazawa little sisters talk about what going to happen in the next episode at the end of ever episode.  They did it with a live action shot of the voice actresses.  Both in the Sub/Dub verions of the actresses. (Depending on what verison you were watching. 
 
All in all it's a great show.

 
Lydian_Selon April 26, 2010 at 9:23 a.m.
I'm glad I saw Evangelion before the surfing bunny girl. My life would have turned out a little differently otherwise.
No_name_here staff on April 26, 2010 at 3:35 p.m.
After watching FLCL and Eva back-to-back, I really want to see more of Gainax's work. Where should I start?
hitsusatsu11on April 26, 2010 at 3:51 p.m.
@Tom_Pinchuk: gunbuster
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