Before I begin, for those of you who don’t know about FLCL. Watch it. It’s six episodes long, and it is undoubtedly one of the coolest anime ever. It premiered on Toonami back in 2003. I’ve watched and rewatched this show maybe 20 times.
FLCL did such an amazing job of portraying the weird and difficult time that puberty forces upon us. The visuals are brilliant. And honestly, it’d be difficult for them not to be with Kazuya Tsurumaki as director (Every Evangelion). The soundtrack by The Pillows seemed to compliment every second of the show. FLCL seems to leave everyone with this indescribable positive feeling. It will always hold a special place in my heart and I’m sure that sentiment is echoed throughout anime fans.
Now, if you didn’t hear, in March of 2016, Adult Swim announced at Anime Expo that FLCL is getting not just one, but two, six-episode seasons. Here’s the synopsis of Season Two via Adult Swim:
In the new season of FLCL, many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together. Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across the galaxy. Enter Hidomi, a young teenaged girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day when a new teacher named Haruko arrives at her school. Soon enough, Medical Mechanica is attacking her town and Hidomi discovers a secret within her that could save everyone, a secret that only Haruko can unlock.
But why did Haruko return to Earth? What happened to her Rickenbacker 4001 she left with Naota? And where did the human-type robot ‘Canti’ go?
I know the question running through your heads, and I can’t tell you why. It makes sense that Naota isn’t the main focus, but it feels weird. In all reality, these seasons make as much sense as a live-action Cowboy Bebop, but we’re getting one of those as well. I guess we all learned this a little too late, but truly, nothing is sacred. But to the immense credit of Adult Swim, they’re putting the right pieces together to make FLCL 2/3 work.
So here’s the good news. One of the original producers of the show, Production I.G. (Psycho-Pass, Attack on Titan, Haikyu!!), is involved. Secondly, the staff looks incredible. Tsurumaki is back. Sadly, not as the director, but as the supervisor to the director. So who is the director you ask? Katsuyuki Motohiro, the director of Psycho-Pass. Also returning is Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, a character designer who worked with Tsurumaki on FLCL and every Evangelion. Even The Pillows are returning to do the music for the next seasons.
Honestly, this is a dream scenario. But it still feels dirty. Like finding out Big Bird isn’t real.
Alas, strap in everyone. We are days away from the first trailer being released at Anime Expo. Let’s all pray it’s good.
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