Animation · Anime

Will Production I.G remake FLCL?

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Anime production company Production I.G announced the acquisition of the original rights to the FLCL OVA, which made its debut back in 2000. Recognizing the international popularity of the six-episode anime—directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki (Gunbuster 2), with I.G, Gainax, and King Records making up the production committee—and the exposure it got from its English-dubbed broadcast, The August 28th announcement notes the six-episode series’ international popularity and the exposure from its dubbed broadcast, before indicating I.G’s plans to take advantage of the acquired rights, with the possibility of a remake mentioned. Production I.G hinted at future plans.

One of those plans includes the possibility of a FLCL remake. We’ll have to wait and see if they actually go through with it, but the power is now in I.G’s hands, so we could see more FLCL in some form down the line.

Synch-Point and later Funimation have released the anime in North America. Funimation describes the story:

Naota is a detached sixth-grader afflicted by the pangs of puberty. He’s fooling around with his brother’s ex-girlfriend when a crazed girl on a motor scooter runs him over, brains him with a bass guitar, and moves into his house. She says she’s an alien, and hurls Naota into the middle of a mega-corporation’s secret agenda. And now giant battling robots shoot from his skull when he has naughty thoughts.

The anime is the first directorial effort from Kazuya Tsurumaki, who served as assistant director on the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime and would go on to direct the new Evangelion films. Production I.G notes that the dubbed versions of the anime have been popular overseas, particularly in North America where it ran on television. Kadokawa Shoten’s Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko novelized the story, and Kodansha’s Monthly Magazine Z adapted the story into manga as the anime was being released. It won the third place in Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival in 2003.

In regards to the original OVA, believe the hype! There is a reason why Cartoon Network’s adult swim continually plays this series. Despite of its surrealism, or maybe because of it, the series does make sense. It may take several viewings, but there is a point to the series. The ability to watch the series again and again, and learn something new each time is why it is one of the greatest animation series of all time! A remake will be one of the greatest travesties in the history of animation. A sequel, on the other hand, would be met with great optimism.

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