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|Premiere||2003 (season 1)|
June 2, 2018 (Progressive)
September 8, 2018 (Alternative)
FLCL (Pronounced "Fooly Cooly") is a anime series produced by Production I.G., and Gainax, that originally aired on Adult Swim in 2003. The show revolves around Naota Nandaba,and his life after the appearance of Haruko Haruhaha, and Medical Mechanica.
On March 24, 2016 it was announced that Toonami would be involved in the co-production of 2 new seasons with Production I.G., totaling 12 episodes set to air in 2018. This arrangement makes FLCL the third anime series Williams Street has co-produced behind Big O second season and IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix, and proceeds Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Uzamaki and Fena: Pirate Princess.
More information was revealed about the project at Anime Expo 2017, confirming that the series will begin airing in 2018, and The Pillows, who made the music of the first series would return, ad both seasons will feature different stories.
The second season stars a girl named Hidomi who runs into a substitute teacher who looks like Haruka.
The show will feature staff from shows such as One-Punch Man, Mob Psycho 100, My Hero Academia, Naruto and more. The show will air dubbed on Toonami, and will simulcast with subs on Adult Swim's website.
Both seasons will air as theatrical films in Japan, while still airing as two six episodes series in America. Tickets to both films are set to be sold at the AnimeJapan 2018 event on March 24 and 25, and come with exclusive art. A limited set will come with a guitar pick keychain and a bonus "Access All Planets Pass" sticker.
On March 20, Adult Swim released a press release on the sequels outlining their plots and giving them the names FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative, and announced Kari Wahlgren returns to reprise her role of Haruko Haruhara from the original series' dub.
Up first, FLCL Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous vintage car… and a certain Vespa Scooter.
Following FLCL Progressive will be another new season, FLCL Alternative, which hands the series over to a totally different team of young creators who will redefine the meaning of “sequel.” The series centers on the misadventures of 17-year-old Kana, a high school junior who spends her days hanging out with her besties, Mossan, Hijiri, and Pets. They live unremarkable lives, until the day a Mecha falls out of the sky, along with a strange woman named “Haruko.” Her plans for Kana and her friends involve the force known as “ATOMSK.” Kana will have to risk everything to decide whether or not to help… like she really has a choice!
Behind the Scenes
In Japan, a special limited edition Blu-ray box set of both seasons was sold, the set also featured a DVD of The Pillows' performance at the 2018 Comic-con, and a T-shirt. In America. FLCL: Progressive was released on DVD on October 1, 2019 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (like other Adult Swim releases) with a Blu-ray collecting Progressive and Alternative scheduled to release on February 4, 2020, with Alternative receiving it's own solo DVD set the same day.
- Chief Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
- Supervisor: Kazuya Tsurumaki (concept, director, storyboard artist on the original series)
- Screenplay: Hideto Iwai
- Original Character Designer: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
- Character Designer: Chikashi Kubota (animator on Flip Flappers, character designer, animator on Corpse Princess)
- Mechanical Designer: Kiyotaka Oshiyama (Flip Flappers, Space Dandy)
- Supervising Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
- Music: the pillows
- Animation Production: Production I.G x NUT x REVOROOT
- FLCL: Progressive
- Kazuto Arai (Flip Flappers animator)
- Toshihisa Kaiya (World Trigger)
- Yuki Ogawa (Saekano episode director)
- Yoshihide Ibata (Attack on Titan: Junior High)
- Kei Suezawa (To Love Ru: Darkness opening)
- Hiroshi Ikehata (Robot Girls Z)
- Haruha Raharu: Kari Wahlgren
- Julia Jinyu: Allegra Clark
- Hidomi: Xanthe Huynh
- Ko Ide: Robbie Daymond
- Mori: Jon Allen
- Marco: Yuri Lowenthal
- Aiko: Christine Marie Cabanos
- Hinae: Julie Ann Taylor
- Marurao: Jason Griffith
- Eye Patch: J. David Brimmer
- Tonkichi: Steve Kramer
- FLCL: Alternative
- Yutaka Uemura (The Mystic Archives of Dantalian)
- Kiyotaka Suzuki (Karas episode direct, CG chief)
- Haruko: Kari Wahlgren
- Kana Koumoto: Megan Taylor Harvey
- Pets: Marieve Herington
- Hijiri Yajima: Erica Lindbeck
- Mossan: Marianne Miller
- Sudo: Patrick Seitz
- Sasaki: Max Mittelman
- Aida: Ben Pronsky
- Bunta: Erick Abbate
- Yoga: Steve Blum
- Kitaki: Erica Schroeder
- Kanda: Ray Chase
- Anime News Network, "Toonami to Co-Produce 2 New FLCL Seasons", March 24, 2016
- IGN, "Anime Expo 2017: FLCL 2 and 3 First Details, Release Window Announced" July 2, 2017
- Anime New Network "FLCL 2&3 Reveals More Staff, Theatrical Format in Japan" by Crystalyn Hodgkins, July 2, 2017
- Anime News Network "FLCL 2 & 3 Films Unveils Visual by Designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto", by Rafael Antonio Pineda, March 16, 2018
- Adult Swim Press Release
- Adult Swim Press Release