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Adult Swim and Production I.G Debut ‘FLCL’ Sequel Teaser

Last Sunday at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, Production I.G and Adult Swim shared a first look at their FLCL revival, unveiling this short teaser:

They confirmed that two new seasons of the series, each comprised of six episodes, will begin airing in 2018 on its Toonami block.

Kazuya Tsurumaki, the director of the original six-episode OVA series released in 2000, is involved as a supervisor on the new episodes. Also returning, FLCL’s original character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, and the band The Pillows, which will write original songs for the new episodes. Animation producer Production I.G was one of two companies that made the first series, along with Gainax.

Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass) is the chief director of the series, and other announced talent includes writer Hideto Iwai (Last Dinner), character designer Chikashi Kubota, and mechanical designer Kiyotaka Oshiyama.

Speaking of these artists, how amazing is it to see a trailer that highlights their actual names? It happens all the time in Japanese productions, but not once in the entire history of American animation do I recall a character designer or animation supervisor having their name splashed across a trailer. Why don’t American producers extend this same respect to behind-the-scenes talent and celebrate the people who make these projects so amazing? Such questions need to be asked even if we already know the answer.

On broadcast, Adult Swim will air dubbed episodes of the new FLCL, but will offer subbed versions on its streaming platforms. Toho will distribute the series in Japan.

The new episodes were originally announced last year. FLCL told the story of twelve-year-old Naota Nandaba, whose life is turned upside down after he gets run over by a strange Vespa riding girl, Haruko Haruhara. The new episodes take place many years after the end of the original series, according to earlier details released by Adult Swim:

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?

  • Marc Hendry

    I wonder if they put the artists names in the Japanese promos too.
    Regarding American animation artists, the story I’ve heard is that they’re afraid to make celebrities out of artists, because they’ll have to pay them more to keep them. Apparently that’s what happened in the 90’s when Disney started doing promotional materials with their animators, and that’s why they don’t do it with their CG staff now.
    By all means that could be hot air though. I think it’s maybe that the most famous people involved in animation are usually the voice actors

    • npcomplete

      I wonder if they put the artists names in the Japanese promos too.

      Yep, that’s the norm. In fact, as news about a new show comes out, the first official things in press releases and on their websites are the production talent. A recent example is the announcement of FRANKXX by Trigger and A1.


      The celebration of animators/designers, etc doesn’t affect their pay since it’s the production committee i.e. the financial investors–the group of companies paying the animation studios to produce the show–who owns all the rights in most cases, unless the title is the studios’ own self-financed original work, which are a small minority of titles.

      • Marc Hendry

        Thanks. To clear up- I didn’t mean that they are paid more because they own any stake of the property, I mean that having a big name attached to a film is a valuable thing

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Looks nice. I hope that Commander Anaro,who I think is a parody of Lupin III’s Inspector Zenigata, returns in it as well as Haruko.

  • Inkan1969

    Is Studio Gainax involved in any way in the sequel?

    • Mister Twister

      Gainax is a brand name. People LEAVE studios. The new seasons are partially made by individuals who worked on the original.

  • BurntToShreds

    I’m really excited for this. Judging by the promo, they seem to have captured much of the original FLCL’s aesthetic. Here’s hoping that they truly have a well-written, original story to match. There are a lot of expectations that need to be lived up to.

  • Mister Twister

    They could have just called it “season 2”, and have it be 12 episodes.

  • Too Many Cooks

    I didn’t particularly enjoy the original season, but I love the idea of American companies funding anime. Space Dandy was amazing.

  • Marc Hendry

    yeah I’ve heard about that. I’ve heard that studios turn a blind eye to animators moonlighting, even if they have exclusive contracts. Some studios(like Trigger) have strong identities due to their figureheads though