At the recent FLCL panel at Anime Expo 2016, Production I.G vice president Maki Terashima-Furuta has revealed that character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and the Pillows will return for the upcoming 2nd and 3rd seasons of the anime.
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Wolf Children) will return to produce the character designs of the anime and The Pillows (Moonlight Mile, BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad) will be back to perform the music. Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass Chief Director) was also revealed to be supervising the anime’s production.
Seasons 2 and 3 of FLCL will be produced by Toonami and Production I.G. (Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell), who animated the original series alongside Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Medaka Box). Production I.G. themselves acquired the rights of the anime in late 2015.
The two new seasons will be a split cour series consisting of 12 episodes, with 6 episodes airing in one season before taking a season break and airing the last 6 episodes in the season after. It is currently scheduled to air in late 2017/early 2018.
Here is the synopsis for the upcoming season:
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 is an original anime series produced by Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Medaka Box) and Production I.G. (Psycho-Pass, Ghost in the Shell) and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki (Evangelion Rebuild, Gunbuster). The series consisted of 6 OVAs that were released from April 2000 till March 2001. The anime was placed third for Best Animation Film at the 2003 Fantasia Festival. The series also debuted on North American TV on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in 2013 under their Toonami block, where it received a lot of attention and praise. A light novel and manga adaptation of the series was also produced alongside the anime.
Here is the synopsis of the original series:
Naota is a normal Japanese 6th grade boy (although a little cynical), but when his older brother leaves for America to play baseball, his brother leaves his homeless 17-year-old girlfriend Mamimi behind. Mamimi is sending mixed signals and advances to Naota, and he doesn’t know what to do about her. But to make matters worse, Naota’s world is totally turned upside down when he is run over by a woman on a Vespa. During their first encounter, she hits him over the head with her bass guitar, which then causes a horn to grow out of his forehead. She calls herself “Haruko” and her presence changes Naota’s life to even further insanity.
A total of 12 new episodes are being produced for FLCL. Season 2 and Season 3 of the anime is currently scheduled to air in late 2017 and early 2018 as a split cour series. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto and The Pillows will return.
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