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'FLCL' Gets New Seasons on Toonami

by Stark700
Mar 24, 2016 4:20 PM | 138 Comments
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

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20 of 138 Comments Recent Comments

Please the pillows. Make a legendary OST once again!!!!

Oct 13, 2016 7:35 PM by YK97

As long as it strays away from the awful comedy the original had, it will probably be fine.

Aug 29, 2016 3:37 AM by Sjo

I'm very excited for some more FLCL I'm optimistic for what will come

May 10, 2016 10:20 PM by Ianfranz

FLCL was such an important show for me during my adolescence, I'm really curious to see how these new seasons turn out.

May 8, 2016 12:10 AM by BiggerinoMitch

Talk about a depressing atmosphere here.
I don't see any worries with a sequel, da hell, I would even say I embrace it.

It would be neat to see something similar to the FLCL traits or just see what they can mix into the dough to maybe create a new unique flavor.

If it comes out bad just discard it or let someone else eat it - with joy (shove it down the throat of people we hate)

I do get the feeling though that if someone takes my favorite mouthgasm cookie recipe and dips into an unknown source of dip sauce I would probably get the chills.

We don't know what it's like until we taste it.
Whatever they whip together in that studio they can't take away the original taste to FLCL. That's final.

Sareh for the cake references here. I'm kinda hungry~ #_#

May 7, 2016 11:21 AM by kokololipop

FLCL totally needed another season.

Apr 9, 2016 5:21 AM by 5layer

kitsune0 said:
No-Look_Kuroko said:
eh nolstagia literally means "a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations," so it kinda pertains directly to passed years.

I think the point was that you were calling my music taste childish ("you'll grow out of it") and we could all do without that kind of negativity. If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.
Yes, I know what "nostalgia" means, I mean - it's irrelevant to how much years passed, you can feel nostalgic about events that happened less than a year ago.
Not childish. Undeveloped - may be, but bear in mind that having just a little experience in any field is not a bad thing or something you should be ashamed of. Me, for example, - I was a huge fan of Shoujo Kakumei Utena 0ST in my early years, now I know better. And again, notice that I've never said anything bad about The Pillows, on the contrary - I praised them. No negativity here. Sorry if it comes out as something aggressive. Are we cool?

Stop being elitist and calling someone elses taste childish and underdeveloped on a website for cartoon enthusiast. I mean your favorite shows are about cutesy little girls, which is nothing to be ashamed of. Me, for example, - I was a huge fan of Azumanga Daioh in my early years, now I know better. Stop using nostalgia as an argument or a way to disregard someone elses opinion. Just because you think a different way about something doesn't mean everyone else must be "underdeveloped" or blinded by "nostalgia" on the subject.

Mar 28, 2016 7:52 AM by nachum00

As someone who absolutely adores FLCL I have very mixed feelings about this.

Mar 27, 2016 7:18 PM by sddsdd

Clebardman said:
POUAH! It's getting worse with every post.
You're still tsundere for me, sempai? Awww, it's so sweet! Go on, continue.

Mar 27, 2016 9:10 AM by kitsune0

kitsune0 said:
I was a huge fan of Shoujo Kakumei Utena 0ST in my early years, now I know better.


POUAH! It's getting worse with every post.

Mar 27, 2016 3:56 AM by Clebardman

TomokiPrice said:
Just so long as the soundtrack is done by the Pillows again I'm cool with it.


I'm hoping for more Pillows too. They are pretty great.

I'm not sure quite how I feel about the show though. Yes, I'm pretty interested. I loved the original and I still have my old DVD box set from when the show was licensed by Broccoli USA (lol). I just hope that 12 more episodes doesn't ruin the magic of the short, sweet, and random original.

Mar 27, 2016 1:33 AM by KEIKAN

No-Look_Kuroko said:
eh nolstagia literally means "a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations," so it kinda pertains directly to passed years.

I think the point was that you were calling my music taste childish ("you'll grow out of it") and we could all do without that kind of negativity. If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.
Yes, I know what "nostalgia" means, I mean - it's irrelevant to how much years passed, you can feel nostalgic about events that happened less than a year ago.
Not childish. Undeveloped - may be, but bear in mind that having just a little experience in any field is not a bad thing or something you should be ashamed of. Me, for example, - I was a huge fan of Shoujo Kakumei Utena 0ST in my early years, now I know better. And again, notice that I've never said anything bad about The Pillows, on the contrary - I praised them. No negativity here. Sorry if it comes out as something aggressive. Are we cool?

Mar 27, 2016 1:18 AM by kitsune0

Not really getting my hopes up for the show but at least we're probably getting some good tunes.

Tbh it's probably gonna suck but meh.

Mar 26, 2016 11:16 PM by Fo

lowkey hype for new ost

Mar 26, 2016 7:55 PM by UselessEgg

that sucks , i actually LIKED the series. ow well

Mar 26, 2016 7:15 PM by Mr_Cuddles

I'm happy that it will be getting a new season(It deserved it) but why one toonami?
I'm going to leave my hopes up high....

Mar 26, 2016 6:52 PM by YayaChibi

kitsune0 said:
No-Look_Kuroko said:
I wish I could feel nostalgia like you 80s kids. I only learned about the Pillows from watching FLCL for the first time about a year or so ago at the age of 20. Sadly, I wasn't allowed to watch Adult Swim back in the day =(

At any rate, the Pillows have been my favorite pandora station since then. They're one of the few foreign music groups I listen to. I stand by my statement, now and forever, long live the Pillows!
You totally miss the point.
1st, nostalgia is irrelevant to passed years or your age. 2nd, I never said that The Pillows are bad, on the contrary, I said that they are good.
0h, and have no fucking idea what Adult Swim is.
Well, actually I have, but only the idea - it wasn't available in my country when I started watching anime, and I'm not sure it is available now, too lazy to check.


eh nolstagia literally means "a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations," so it kinda pertains directly to passed years.

I think the point was that you were calling my music taste childish ("you'll grow out of it") and we could all do without that kind of negativity. If you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.

Mar 26, 2016 2:23 PM by No-Look_Kuroko

@Fai Why are you even watching new anime? Your divination skills obviously allow you to know everything about them a year before they air.


MMmmmppppffffffrrrrt people here sometimes. And then you cry about baseless Nintendo bashing.

Mar 26, 2016 12:46 PM by Clebardman

Clebardman said:
Fai said:
and KLK is not metaphorical like Utena. What you see is what you get.


The last episode heavily implies that Honnoji and the Life Fiber were just an illusion/metaphor (the school disappears in the sea with a flash of light... kinda reminiscent of an old myth), and so does the first ending.

Yeah, I agree with what you said, and Haruko shouldn't come back either. But she does, and Medical Mechanica does too, and I don't give a fuck as long as the end product is interesting. It seems to me that you would be happy if they just changed a couple names. What's the difference seriously? They're just avatars/a facade anyway. They could play their old parts, or new ones, you don't know yet, but here you are assuming that everything is going to end up being shitty because a 3-sentences long plot released one year before the anime upset you.

I really don't understand your logic. bringing back Spike in a Cowboy Bebop would be stupid because he's "just" a character, but bringing Haruko makes sense since she's mostly a concept to begin with. Damn, you could set the sequel 10 thousand years in the future, bring back Haruko, and I wouldn't care.


I woudl not be happy.

Because any sort of sequel to a personal coming of age story based on a single character's perception of reality denies the story of it's purpose


The fact even the synopsis is missing that point already shows how forced the sequel is.


Its like creating a sequel to Cowboy Bebop.

Mar 26, 2016 12:41 PM by Fai

Fai said:
and KLK is not metaphorical like Utena. What you see is what you get.


The last episode heavily implies that Honnoji and the Life Fiber were just an illusion/metaphor (the school disappears in the sea with a flash of light... kinda reminiscent of an old myth), and so does the first ending.

Yeah, I agree with what you said, and Haruko shouldn't come back either. But she does, and Medical Mechanica does too, and I don't give a fuck as long as the end product is interesting. It seems to me that you would be happy if they just changed a couple names. What's the difference seriously? They're just avatars/a facade anyway. They could play their old parts, or new ones, you don't know yet, but here you are assuming that everything is going to end up being shitty because a 3-sentences long plot released one year before the anime upset you.

I really don't understand your logic. bringing back Spike in a Cowboy Bebop would be stupid because he's "just" a character, but bringing Haruko makes sense since she's mostly a concept to begin with. Damn, you could set the sequel 10 thousand years in the future, bring back Haruko, and I wouldn't care.

Mar 26, 2016 12:32 PM by Clebardman

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