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According to a Facebook post by Adult Swim, the OVA series FLCL will be getting 12 new episodes on the Toonami programming block. These new episodes will be co-produced by Toonami and animation studio Production I.G. It will serve as a sequel and be split into two seasons (six episodes each) premiering in late 2017 or early 2018 on Adult Swim.

Production I.G announced last August that it had acquired the rights to the original FLCL series, which was created in conjunction with Gainax. In addition, it had plans for a remake and other related projects. The new series will be directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro with scripts written by Hideto Iwai and character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. FLCL director Kazuya Tsurumaki will serve as a supervisor for the new series.

A press release also revealed details about the upcoming new series.

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 teenage 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?

The original series is about the story of a 12-year-old boy named Naota Nandaba living in the city of Mabase. His life changes one day by the arrival of Haruko Haruhara, a pink-haired female from outer space. Six episodes of the series were released on VHS and DVD between April 2000 to March 2001.

Source: Adult Swim, Turner

News submitted by Battlechili, daAmazinFatB0y, & SirLaMence

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Mar 24, 2016 4:23 PM

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Looks like you can add another classic series for a comeback tour...seriously the amount of comeback shows these last couple of years have been truly astounding. i am not just talking about anime but also western animation and movies we have been getting a lot of classic franchises back lately.

This is not a complete surprise as i remember a post about a year ago they were thinking of reproducing more content for this series...looks like they actually decided to do it. we just have ot wait if this would be any good or even better than the original. i mean 15 years is a long gap for a new show.

Also this was partly possible actually due to western fandom..as stated by the article..you see..while rare even western audience fandom can have an impact for new anime season to come out.
 
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Mar 24, 2016 4:24 PM

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Never managed to finish the original so I guess I will just pass on this one.
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Mar 24, 2016 4:24 PM

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>doesn't need one
>would still watch regardless
 
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Mar 24, 2016 4:30 PM

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not necessary, but i guess we get to see the characters grown up a bit
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Don't see the point of it.
 
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Mar 24, 2016 4:32 PM
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how to milk and destroy a perfect and pure series
 
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Mar 24, 2016 4:35 PM

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FLCL is probably the last anime that comes to mind when thinking about series that need a sequel. It's easy to be skeptical and I am, but I won't right it off just yet.
 
Mar 24, 2016 4:36 PM

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Why?

Come on now, it was not popular in Japan where the sales matter.


 
Mar 24, 2016 4:37 PM
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yep i too dont like FLCL to have a sequel since most sequel sucks
but im still gonna watch this one
 
Mar 24, 2016 4:40 PM

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FLCL is a modern classic and it really, REALLY doesn't need a sequel. The story is told: It's great, but done. Finished. There is literally no purpose to these sequels outside of milking a well-established old franchise.

So yeah: I will watch it, but I am very sceptical.
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Mar 24, 2016 4:41 PM
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FLCL is an anime classic that will stand the test of time. It makes me nervous, as this could tarnish its reputation.

This has plenty of pros and cons. Pros are that The Pillows are back on board and the original creator and character designer are overseeing things. Cons are that Naota and Canti are not main characters.

Boy, I'm nervous.
 
Mar 24, 2016 4:42 PM
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Dat reception tho.
I thought it would be more positive than that here.
(oh and i totally get why people are ''eh'' about that, that news for a sequel is pretty random)
 
Mar 24, 2016 4:49 PM

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Was not expecting this. I don't think it really needed any follow up, but I'm up for it. Even it it sounds too much like a rehash.
 
Mar 24, 2016 4:51 PM

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holy shit this was announced months ago why is anyone suprised
 
Mar 24, 2016 4:58 PM

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This series was fine I guess. Will watch.
 
Mar 24, 2016 4:58 PM

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Thought the first was pretty meh tbh but guess it's nice (or not) for the fans of it.
 
Mar 24, 2016 4:59 PM

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moodie said:
holy shit this was announced months ago why is anyone suprised

IIRC A new project was announced, but it wasn't made clear as to whether it was going to be a sequel or a remake or whatever and it is a little surprising that Toonami are funding 12 more episodes of FLCL.
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:00 PM

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Koybz said:
moodie said:
holy shit this was announced months ago why is anyone suprised

IIRC A new project was announced, but it wasn't made clear as to whether it was going to be a sequel or a remake or whatever and it is a little surprising that Toonami are funding 12 more episodes of FLCL.
ah i thought a sequel was known

oh well im not surprised by this news ya 12 episodes is interesting. but we knew it was ig and flcl
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:00 PM

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Hey, why would we complain? The west isn't ignored for once. What's the worst that can happen? A shitty sequel? Big deal...
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:00 PM

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It doesn't matter how popular FLCL is, it is the kind of story that doesn't need a sequel and now it is getting one? Is milking really that strong now? What's next to re-adapt from the classic?
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:02 PM

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Wait so does that mean it would wind up in the US before it winds up in Japan?
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:04 PM

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"Oh good, at least Gainax and Tsurumaki will have a new proje....."

"Slight look at the staff"

Oh my FLOP!
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:06 PM

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Kinda surprised people aren't happy about this. Though there will be a lot of hype. Not to mention that many people seem to want the west catered to, yet they aren't at least happy about Toonami doing this.

Anyway. Might watch the original if I like the visual of the new series. I'm also interested if this will have just an English dub, or this is a Space Dandy like situation.
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:08 PM

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16 years later. So we legit can ask for a Kare Kano's second season now.
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:08 PM

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Need that new pillows soundtrack
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:08 PM

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Ehh, I think it's time to watch the original one..
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:09 PM

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NotAizen said:
>doesn't need one
>would still watch regardless


haha!yh def not needed but will still watch.

lezerman said:
"Oh good, at least Gainax and Tsurumaki will have a new proje....."

"Slight look at the staff"

Oh my FLOP!


Gainax needs to be involved. This show requires brain damaged people if they want it to work right. Unleash the asylum patients!!!
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Mar 24, 2016 5:18 PM

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Uhm... Why are they releasing a sequel now, fifteen years later?

The original series was fine and had a proper closure

I don't see the point
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Mar 24, 2016 5:20 PM

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Oh god, how are they going to give that ending that barely made any sense a sequel lol.
Will probably just pull a GiTS: 2nd Gig with a whole new story.
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:21 PM

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In all of my almost no time spent watching anime and browsing forums or otherwise have ever I seen people pining away after more FLCL... The show is complete and doesn't need anything else.
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Oh, and ANN requires any and all reviews to be 800-1200 words, no matter the length of the show.
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:25 PM

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Sequel? Or "sequel"? As in, same characters and wackiness, but different setting?
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:32 PM

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Oh, so this it's actually legit.

It aired more or less 15 years ago, i just hope that they don't fucked it.

Weird, according to the "experts" of the medium that are on MAL (you know, the ones that would call you retarded if you ask for a third season of Spice & Wolf) , something that aired 15 years ago has zero chance the get a sequel. Weird.
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:37 PM

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Better not screw the pooch on this one.
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Would I have liked FLCL to never end when watching? yes
Did it need more episodes? no

I thought the 6 we originally got were perfectly wrapped together in a small package wonder if the generation change will effect how this show is made? kinda hard to explain.
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:39 PM

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Are you fucking with me?
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:41 PM

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I refuse to believe IT... WHAT THE FUCK, IS THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENING?
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:44 PM

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Eh... Honestly all FLCL needs is a release that's not a horrible upscale, it doesn't need a second let alone a third season, really. FLCL just feels like one of those things where the planets aligned in a certain way and everything just clicked and went perfect. But maybe I'm wrong and it's gonna be fun, but I really doubt, considering the director and writer and what I.G did with GITS Arise. Strong milking is strong.
 
Mar 24, 2016 5:47 PM

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I'll watch it because why not?
 
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As excited for this as I am, I'm also scared. I trust Production I.G but I'm not so sure about Toonami. If they end up being bad I can always just forget about it.
 
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While I'm skeptical and FLCL certainly didn't need a sequel, I'm fucking excited. They plan to bring the Pillows back and key members of the staff are returning! It's going to be a long wait.
 
Mar 24, 2016 6:18 PM
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Wow, after reading this, I felt the same way I did three days ago, when I was told, a female version of "Ghost Busters" had been made and is hitting the theaters soon...appaled and dissapointed, whistl asking myself "Why, for the love of god, did they think that this would be a good idea?". Personally, I think FLCL does not need a sequel. I loved the show and I think it's perfect in it's own imperfect way. The ending may be open, but isn't it fine the way it is, what is there more to say?
And another thing I'm afraid of, is this ending up as a remake of the original with the difference in the main character being female...which is probably the main reason why I am so skeptical towards it - same old stuff, but through a female perspective?
Still I will watch it, like I will watch the above mentioned movie, which is probably going to be terrible (I watched the trailer and it is horrendous...according to my opinion at least)
 
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Uncessary sequel but i dont mind. Lets see how it turns out.
 
Mar 24, 2016 6:21 PM

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.....16 years.....16 years!!!! Really excited for the second season though I don't think it's necessary:P
 
Mar 24, 2016 6:21 PM

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What a waste of Production IG's time.

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Mar 24, 2016 6:26 PM

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I don't understand how this is 'milking' it... but hey, can't please everyone, right?
I myself look forward to this. Does it need a sequel? Not at all. Does that mean it shouldn't get one? Nope. I mean it's been quite a long time since the original. I think the idea of creating sequels for long forgotten shows is great. It gives you a chance to revisit characters that you may never get to see again, there's nothing wrong with that. I mean sure there's a good chance it could flop, but there's also a chance it could be great.
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Mar 24, 2016 6:26 PM

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So unnecessary.

I guess the OST is something to look forward to though. Hope it'll be somewhat on par with the original.
 
Mar 24, 2016 6:37 PM
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Just so long as the soundtrack is done by the Pillows again I'm cool with it.
 
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God, please no...
 
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