The official Facebook for Adult Swim’s Toonami block announced on Thursday that it will co-produce 12 new episodes of FLCL with Production I.G. The 12 episodes will be a sequel to the 2000-2001 original video anime, and will be split into two seasons. The show is slated for late 2017 to early 2018. Series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki will also return for the new seasons, which will air on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block.
Adult Swim describes the new seasons’ story:
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?
Production I.G announced in August that it had acquired the rights to the FLCL anime (from studio Gainax, I presume), and mentioned it would use the rights for a “new anime remake” and other ventures.
Currently, Funimation has the North American distribution rights to the original FLCL series. Here is their description of the OVA series.
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.
I have mixed emotions about this. On one hand, FLCL is my favorite anime of all-time. On the other hand, sequels have a history of disappointing – to say the very least. And anime sequels have a mixed-to-terrible track record (Gunbuster 2, Comic Party Revolution, Steel Angel Kurumi 2, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, Eureka Seven AO are atrocious, but Genshiken 2, You’re Under Arrest 2, and When They Cry 2 are watchable.) Toonami tried the co-producing a sequel route back in 2003 with The Big O II. It was a failure, because the plan was to have a Big O III, but that never happened.
Am I going to watch FLCL 2, and buy the DVD and/or Blu-Ray? Absolutely YES!
Now only if they can get The Pillows to produce the soundtrack again…