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[ANNECY '19] GKIDS Picks Up Trigger's First Movie 'Promare'

Trigger is one of Japan's coolest animation studios. Established by some key staff from fan-favourite studio Gainax (Evangelion) including director Hiroyuki Imaishi (FLCL, Gurren Lagann). In a relatively short time, it has produced a number of acclaimed series including Kill La Kill and Little Witch Academia. Now the studio is preparing to launch their first animated feature on the world, in the form of sci-fi action flick Promare, fresh from its screening (out of competition) at Annecy.

Directed by Imaishi, Promare looks very much in line with his previous work, with spikey-haired heroes, bright colourful visuals and explosive action. What's different is that unlike previous Trigger works, Promare is being produced using Cel-shaded CG. It's surprising how much it retains the house style while changing from 2D to 3D.

GKIDS Films will be bringing the film to North American cinemas in both dubbed and subtitled versions. It will premiere as a Fathom Event special screening on September 17 and 19, before getting a conventional GKIDS release from September 20.

"Studio TRIGGER has proved to be the ultimate risk-takers, pushing the limits of visual storytelling time and time again," said  David Jesteadt, GKIDS President. "GKIDS is thrilled to bring their feature film debut to North American audiences."

The synopsis explains the plot of the film, which is described as a 'spiritual successor' to many of his earlier works

Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves "Mad Burnish" appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team "Burning Rescue," and Lio Fotia, the leader of "Mad Burnish" begins.

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Original Japanese Teaser

[Source GKIDS]