The Animation World of Troyca Studios

Troyca Anime

This Japanese animation studio was founded by former AIC Classic producer Toshiyuki Nagano (the studio’s president currently), photography director Tomonobu Kato, and anime director Ei Aoki in May 2013

The Anime Shows 

Aldnoah Zero (2014) 

This 24 episode anime series was co produced with A-1 pictures. Initially released for TV, it soon became adapted to a popular manga as well. 

The narrative circles around previous events that have to do with the discovery of an alien artifact on the moon making colonization of mars possible.The Mars civilization established themselves as the Vers Empire, independent and against Earth. Then in 2014, where this series takes place, Vers Empire’s 37 clans of Orbital Knights’ attempt to reconquest of Earth. 

The production and animation value/level is felt immediately in the opening sequence with this dark science fiction tone of grays and intense action sequences with advanced weaponry. 

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation ( 2015) 

This was initially a Japanese mystery novel series written by Shiori Ōta, with illustrations by Tetsuo over the course of nine volumes. 

The 12 episode anime aired in 2015 and was directed by Makoto Katō. The story follows Sakurako Kujō who is in her mid twenties and has dedicated her time to studying bones and skeletons. Her assistant is a high school boy named Shotaro and when the two are together they always seem to uncover new things. 

This mystery series is captivating and well animated. With visceral life like features and a haunting yet beautiful air to the color, style and composition of the show. 

Troyca Characters


This 22 episode anime series was released in 2017 and then adapted into a manga series later in the year which ran through 2019. The story follows a high school student, Sōta Mizushino who somehow becomes a part of a battle with characters from anime, video games and movies that have come to life. He teams up with other characters to battle a military princess that wants to bring destruction to every world. 

With grander action and fuller colors, the energy of the animation is unprecedented. The wardrobe and fantasy elements show so much detail and a high level of movement and action fighting depicted. 

IDOLiSH7’ (2018-2020) 

Originally released as a video game for android or iphone, IDOLiSH7’ is a Japanese rhythm game developed and published by Bandai Namco. The anime adaptation aired in 2018 and had it’s second season in April 2020. 

The show centers around the 7 idol singers and their individual and collective journeys and ambitions. The character development is dynamic and they all have unique personalities and perspectives. The color is nice and the animation is smooth with an overall charm to the show. 

Bloom Into You (2018) 

Originally an 8 volume manga, Troyca animated the 13 episode anime series, which focused on the first 5 volumes. This beautifully soulful and self realizing series follows the main character, Yuu Koito on her quest for love and understanding of connection. She unexpectedly falls for a girl, student council president, Touko Nanami. It is a beautiful and enrapturing tale of vulnerability, love, honesty and finding home in someone. 

There is an earnest warmth and glow in the animation, similar to the feelings of first love that surround them both through the show. With a simple elegance of polished uniforms and minimal facial features, we can feel their love radiate through their large pupils. 

The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note

This ten volume mystery light novel series which ran from 2014-2019 became an anime series at the end of 2019 and had 13 episodes. The story follows Lord El Melloi II, ten years after a war called  the Fourth Holy Grail War in which he was defeated. He now teaches classes at the Clock Tower and with the assistance of his apprentice, Gray, they solve cases for Reines, who is one of the rulers. 

There is a dark fantastical element in the animation that is alluring and the overall use of capes, gravestones, wind, bricks, clock and other elements adda compounding effect of mystery. 

IDOLiSH7 Second Beat!

This sequel tv show began in April of 2020 and has been put on hiatus after the fourth episode due to Covid-19. 

The expansive motifs and breadth of the visual animation style and talent of Troyca reach beyond a single genre or style or story. From first love to bones to J-Pop boys to anime/video game characters battling in real life, this animation studio brings everything together in a way that ties the story and the feeling together visually. 

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