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Studio Gainax is a Japanese anime studio founded in 1984, and is responsible for multiple popular anime series, most notably Gunbuster, Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL, Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. The studio has gained a large following online, particularly in the anime community.


Studio Gainax was formed originally in the early 1980s as Daicon Film by Hideaki Anno, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Hiroyuki Yamaga, Takami Akai, Toshio Okada, Yasuhiro Takeda and Shinji Higuchi, with the group's first project being a short presented at the 20th Annual Japan National SF Convention in 1981. After another short was released by the group at the same convention in 1983, the group renamed itself as Gainax. After the rename, the company would go on to release their most famous work, Neon Genesis Evangelion.


Many of Studio Gainax's series have received critical acclaim, as well as several of their shows going on to become commercial and cultural successes, and have become well-lauded in the anime community, particularly Neon Genesis Evangelion and Gurren Lagann.

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The studio has gained a significant following online, especially with the anime community, and has developed large followings for its most famous series, such as FLCL, Panty and Stocking, as well as Neon Genesis Evangelion and Gurren Lagann. The company is discussed/referenced frequently and has a following on several websites, such as Reddit[1], Tumblr[2], 4chan (particularly on /a/)[3], My Anime List[4][5] and DeviantArt[6]. The company has its own Twitter account[7] with a little over 6000 followers and a fan-made Facebook page[8] with over 8000 likes.

Gainaxing / Jiggle Physics

Gainaxing is an anime-related term referring to a way in which a female character's breasts move in a non-physics-abiding way, which usually bounce/jiggle/sway/bobble. The term became popularized and associated with the studio after the release of their first OVA, Gunbuster, which had 3 female characters affected by this trope.

Gainax Pose / Gunbuster Pose

"Gainax Pose / Gunbuster Pose": refers to a pose which appears often in Gainax-related works, and is commonly used in fanart. The pose was popularized in the West via the sequel to the Gunbuster OVA, titled Diebuster, also made by Gainax.

Gainax Ending

Gainax Ending[9] is term referring to an ending of a series that either makes little to no sense in correlation to the previous events of the series, or ends the series with a potential sequel hook. This term was popularized after the ending of the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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