Okay, so I write this fully with the knowledge that only a select few of you may fondly remember the original FLCL when it aired on Toonami way back in 2003. This was an original video animation written by Yoji Enokido, and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki.
The short, six-episode series was a clever an unexpected mix of coming-of-age comedy, science fiction, and ridiculous, off-the-wall antics that could only happen in anime. As an impressionable teen, this was a series that really helped influence the other anime series I checked out, which then went on to help form my own personal tastes going forward, for better or worse.
As we’re all more than aware of in America, no precious property is sacred, and even the classics are doomed to be remade, rebooted, or continued. This is not restricted to America, and Japan has reached back more than 15 years to continue the story of FLCL in not one, but two new six-episode seasons. The first one is called FLCL Progressive, set to air on Adult Swim this June, and the other is FLCL Alternative, set to air in September.
Below is the official synopsis of the series from 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?”
Sounds about as strange and ridiculous as I can expect, and I’m looking forward to seeing this, in hopes that it won’t be an over-long train wreck.
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SOURCE: Adult Swim