Studio Trigger makes really unique and spectacular visuals and stories, sometimes going way over the top, and you just know when something you're watching is from Trigger. They don't have too many titles under their belt, but they do have a good track record, with pretty much all of them being decently rated.
In this list, we'll be taking a look at their 10 best-rated anime projects. Some notes: this list consists of a mix of all their animated projects, not just series, and they are ranked based on their average score regardless of the number of ratings (except in cases of a tie). Let's do this!
10 When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace (2014) - 6.6/10
This high school-harem-slice of life anime is about the life of a group of students after they suddenly get magical powers. It's lighthearted and amusing and isn't very serious even with some serious sequences and fights. Some people felt that there were some unexplained plot points in the show and that the ending didn't really feel like an ending, so keep these in mind if you start getting into this.
It's visually pleasant and has good characters, but it isn't the kind that you need to look really deep into. This makes for a good watch if you just want to lay back and enjoy what you're watching.
9 Inferno Cop (2012-2013) - 6.7/10
Inferno Cop is a web series that looks like an animated version of Ghost Rider, but that's the only resemblance there. This show is a nonsensical (but still has a storyline) and hilarious creation that seems like it was made for creativity's sake. It's a short series, with 13 sub-five minute episodes that are just insane and all over the place. It's fast-paced and it reeks of the passion of its creators, which is probably why people like it. Because it's so short, you can get through it quickly, and maybe even rewatch it when you need a break or a laugh.
8 Sex & Violence with Machspeed (2015) - 6.8/10
Presented during the Japan animator expo, Sex & Violence with Machspeed is an almost 9 minute short about a very quick-moving detective and his companions, a sex doll, and a violent monkey who's triggered when you poke into his butt. It's fast-paced, unusual, and definitely mature in nature. They get into hijinks after killing a potential client who happened to be the son of a yakuza boss, and chaos ensues in a very weird and entertaining way. If you have the time to spare and aren't too sensitive about provocative things, this short may just give you a quick laugh.
7 SSSS.Gridman (2018) - 7.0/10
With Gridman being a popular live-action series in the 90s, it's interesting to see how it was remade when Trigger brought it back in 2018 as an animated show. The plot is kind of slow at the start, but definitely builds as it progresses, and the execution of the kaiju and other things in relation to it was very smart and visually stunning too.
Some say that aspects of it can get a bit cliche, but it doesn't discount the entertainment factor of SSSS.Gridman. This would be a good show to check out if you're feeling nostalgic but also looking for something with a different twist.
6 Kiznaiver (2016) - 7.0/10
The concept behind Kiznaiver is different. An experiment creating a system where a group of young adults share their wounds and pain isn't something you've probably seen before, and it's at the very least intriguing. The protagonists are all very different and probably wouldn't have interacted otherwise, so watching their relationship as a team grow throughout the anime is nice to see.
The visuals are amazing, and the show itself is able to be both lighthearted and funny, but serious when it needs to be. There's so much to this story so binging it might just be a breeze.
5 Space Patrol Luluco (2016) - 7.1/10
Space Patrol Luluco is the backstory of one of the mascots of Studio Trigger and is one of the easiest series to finish with 5 seasons—4 seasons having 3 super short episodes, and the last having only one. Each episode is under 10 minutes long, but they manage to pack so much into it that there are times that you have to take a breath and catch yourself after watching.
The characters go through all the different worlds in the Trigger-verse, complete with appearances from their world's characters, and it's nice to see what adventures they have in each world. This is another quick one to watch, and it's one that'll give you a good overview of what's out there from Trigger.
4 Promare (2019) - 7.2/10
The newest release from Trigger, Promare has had really good feedback right off the bat. You'd get hyped for this movie even from just watching the visually stunning trailer, but, actually, watching it would remind you why you love Trigger so much.
To put it in the fewest words, it's a movie about mecha firefighters who go against the Burnish—people who spontaneously combust. If there's something about it you should note before going to see it though, it's that this is a movie that you have to pay attention to. Otherwise, you might miss some of the spectacularness.
3 Darling in the Franxx (2018) - 7.3/10
This was a really hyped up anime at the time of its release in 2018. It's set in a dystopian future where a set of children have grown up together away from the rest of the world. They're paired up to pilot robots called Franxx, and they fight creatures called Kyouruu that threaten their world.
This anime can get intense sometimes, but in a different way to the other titles on this list. This is more serious and sometimes dramatic, with some lighthearted episodes as well, but has an interesting plot and, in typical Trigger fashion, is visually spectacular.
2 Kill La Kill (2013) - 7.9/10
Possibly the most iconic title from Trigger, with the most rankings on IMDb, Kill La Kill is probably one of the most over the top anime with the weirdest plot. It's about a school, threads, and clothing, but in the most unexpected and crazy way.
It's action-packed, visually stunning and unique, and, out of all of their titles, might be the one that screams "Trigger" the most. It's not one of those shows that you have to take seriously. In fact, it's one that you should just take in, experience, and enjoy.
1 Little Witch Academia (2017) - 8.0/10
There are three Little Witch Academia projects under Trigger: two are shorts and one—this one—that's a full-on series. The shorts have really good ratings as well, but, for the sake of not being redundant, we'll talk about all of them here.
Little Witch Academia is a lighthearted and enjoyable anime about a normal girl's life at a renowned witch academy. It's an easy watch so you might be able to go through it pretty quickly, but in that time you'll be able to really see the development of the characters and their relationships. It's not the most over-the-top show out there, but it's still beautiful and very much enjoyable.