Gainax Hints at New Project in Staff Recruitment Ad (Updated)
posted on by Egan Loo
The animation studio Gainax (Evangelion, The Wings of Honneamise, Gunbuster, Nadia - Secret of Blue Water, FLCL) revealed in a February 4 recruitment ad that it is ramping up on a new project. The ad gives no further indication about the project's contents or timing, except for the recruitment's February 29 deadline. The actual job listings for new animation runners and animators state that the jobs will be for "Gonyogonyo (Mada Himitsu)" ["Mumble-mumble (It's still secret)"]. The listings also mention Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, but do not necessarily indicate that a Gurren Lagann follow-up series is in the works.
Gainax has not created a major new project since 2007's Gurren Lagann and one short in NHK's Ani-Kuri 15 project. Although the current Evangelion movie remake credits Gainax with creating the original franchise, the studio is not involved in the movies' actual animation production; Hideaki Anno's new studio, Khara, is overseeing the day-to-day production of the movies.
Thank you to Xenofan 29A for the news tip.
Update: Like several other Japanese animation studios, Gainax welcomes non-Japanese job applicants. However the company requires applicants to have enough Japanese fluency to carry everyday conversations, in order to maintain communications during production.