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Gainax Company, Limited (pron. "guy-nax") is the anime studio which produced Neon Genesis Evangelion. It was founded in 1981 (when it was originally known as "Daicon Film") by four university students: Hideaki Anno, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, Takami Akai, and Shinji Higuchi.

Originally a group of fans themselves, Gainax has always had been very accepting of the dōjinshi and fan-made models that their work inspires within the otaku culture.

There is also something of a meme known as "Gainaxing",[1] which is a very specific kind of fan service made by famous by Gainax with the frequency with which it has appeared in their works.

In May 2006, Hideaki Anno, along with others who had worked on the original Neon Genesis Evangelion, retired from the company to form studio Khara, of which Anno is the president.


TV Series

  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water (1990–1991) (Fushigi no Umi no Nadia)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995–1996) (Shin Seiki Evangelion) (co-production with Tatsunoko)
  • His and Her Circumstances (1998–1999) (Kareshi Kanojo no Jijo; "Kare Kano" for short)
  • Modern Love's Silliness (1999)
  • Oruchuban Ebichu (1999)
  • Mahoromatic (2001–2003, 2009)
  • Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi (2002) (Abenobashi Mahō Shōtengai)
  • Petite Princess Yucie (2002–2003) (Puchi Puri Yūshi)
  • The Melody of Oblivion (2004) (Boukyaku no Senritsu)
  • This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (2004) (Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai or "Konomini")
  • He Is My Master (2005)
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (2007)
  • Corpse Princess (2008) (Shikabane Hime, animation co-produced by Feel)
  • Hanamaru Kindergarten (2010)
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt (2010)
  • The Mystic Archives of Dantalian (2011)



  • Aim for the Top! Gunbuster (1988) (Top o Nerae! Gunbuster)
  • Beat Shot (1989)
  • Circuit no Ohkami 2 Modena no Tsurugi (1990)
  • Blazing Transfer Student (1991)
  • Money Wars (1991)
  • Otaku no Video (1991)
  • KO Beast (1992) (KO Seiki Beast Sanjuushi)
  • Casshan: Robot Hunter (1993) (final battle sequence)
  • FLCL (2000) (Furi Kuri)
  • Anime Tenchou (2002)
  • Re: Cutie Honey (2004) (co-produced by Toei Animation)
  • Aim for the Top 2! Diebuster (2004) (Top o Nerae 2! Diebuster)
  • Wish Upon the Pleiades (2011)

Live Action Films

  • Love & Pop (1998)
  • Shiki-Jitsu (2001)
  • Cutie Honey (2004) (opening animation)