Today, Turner announced on its official site and through the Adult Swim Facebook page that Adult Swim would be pairing with animation production studio Production I.G. to produce a sequel to a truly unique series that is loved by many, FLCL (Fooly Cooly). There had been rumors about a possible sequel happening after Production I.G., which was involved with the production of the original series, acquired the rights for the series last Fall. Until today, those rumors had been nothing more than speculation.
Reviving a beloved series fifteen years after it first aired is a risky endeavor; people are going to come in with expectations high. The people at Production I.G. and Adult Swim are definitely aware of this and bringing an all-star team on to produce the series.
A big point to illustrate this is that FLCL series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki is returning as a supervisor for the series. Katsuyuki Motohiro will be filling the role of director. Motohiro is perhaps best known for his work as director of the first PSYCHO-PASS anime and the feature film. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto will be in charge of character design and Hideto Iwai will be joining the team as a writer. Sadamoto is known for his work on Neon Genesis Evangelion and Iwai known for Last Dinner.
A surprising amount of detail has been released about the production of the series. There will be twelve new episodes that are split into two six episode seasons which are slated for a late 2017 and early 2018 release. Details regarding the plot have even been revealed. From the Turner official announcement:
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?
FLCL was the first anime I watched that felt truly unique and as such it holds a special place in my heart. The announcement reads “Cue Anime Fans Worldwide Going Insane.” I couldn’t agree more.
If you haven’t seen FLCL before, you should definitely give it a watch on Funimation or Hulu (thanks for the sweet cover image). It’s out there and not for everyone but those that do like the series always seem to become huge fans.Tweet