Adult Swim swim has announced a partnership with animation studio Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell) to produce Seasons 2 and 3 of FLCL, the cult favorite anime released in 2000. The original 6-episode series followed Naota, a 12-year-old boy who met a woman that changed his life forever. Seasons 2 and 3 will each be new six-episode seasons continuing the original series' story.
"The original FLCL is an anime classic and has been a fixture on Adult Swim since we first laid eyes on it," said Jason DeMarco, senior vice president/creative director, Adult Swim On-Air in a press release. "I'm beyond thrilled to be able to produce a sequel with the original creators, for Toonami, where it belongs."
FLCL series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki will return for the new season, serving as supervisor with director Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass) and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Also joining this season is writer Hideto Iwai (Last Dinner).
"FLCL has become an anime classic over the years, yet it has remained vibrant," said Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, co-founder, president and CEO of Production I.G. "This new season will capture the hearts of both longtime FLCL fans from around the world and new anime viewers."
Unfortunately, there was no mention of the Japanese rock group The Pillows returning for the new season. The Pillows' soundtrack was as defining a feature of the original FLCL as the animation itself.
Here's the season 2 synopsis:
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?
All of these questions and more will be answered in the new season of the series, which is set to premiere in late 2017/early 2018 on Adult Swim.