Whoever was praying to the anime gods—thank you, because you got through to someone and a miracle took place today. FLCL will return to Adult Swim’s Toonami block with two sequel seasons, FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative. Each season will consist of six episodes.
Check out the announcement trailer:
Progressive premieres on June 2 at 11:30 pm ET/PT. It follows 14-year-old Hidomi and her classmate, Ide. The return of ATOMSK was also teased in the announcement.
Alternative will arrive in September and will feature “a totally different team of young creators who will redefine the meaning of ‘sequel.’” It follows 17-year-old Kana and her three friends Pets, Mossan, and Hijiri. Their lives are changed forever when a giant mech falls from the sky. ATOMSK will also appear in Alternative.
Unsurprisingly, Haruka will return for both stories, voiced by Kari Wahlgren for the English dub.
Adult Swim totally dropped the mic back in 2016 by announcing that it would be co-producing (with Production I.G.) new episodes of the exceptionally awesome anime OVA series for the network’s Toonami block. FLCL is a six-episode burst of excellence that tells the story of Naota, a boy who gets mixed up with Haruko, a female investigator for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood. The two of them wind up in one of the best coming-of-age stories you’ll ever see.
For those who may have reservations about such a revival, you’ll be pleased to hear that series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki is back and is joined by the likes of Katsuyuki Motohio (Psycho-Pass) as director, Hideto Iwai (Last Dinner) as writer, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame, as character designer.
The original announcement teased that the 15-year lapse of time will be felt within these new episodes, with the war between Medical Mechanica and Fraternity still very much a presence in the galaxy. Haruko seems to be engaging with a new young girl, Hidomi, who is much like Naota when FLCL began, offering some nice parallels between the past and present.
As exciting as this news is, it also sets some interesting precedent with Adult Swim as a producer of new anime content, including these sorts of sequel projects. Obviously, revivals require the interest of the original parties, but with the clear success that this will see, it wouldn’t be surprising for Adult Swim to begin looking into funding new episodes of classic anime that they’ve aired in the past, like Trigun or Space Dandy, for instance.