[adult swim] announced that they are producing two 6-episode sequel series to FLCL along with Production I.G. This news comes less than eight months after Production I.G announced that they’ve acquired the rights to FLCL from Gainax, and planned to use those rights for possible ventures. Series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki will return as supervisor with Katsuyuki Motohiro (director of Psycho-Pass) as the director and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion) as character designer, in addition to Hideto Iwai as the writer. It’s not mentioned whether or not The Pillows will return to compose music and if the original voice cast will reprise their roles, but it is the creators’ intention to bring as many possible back.
These new seasons of FLCL is set some years after the original and will follow a new character named Hidomi, a young teenage girl who believes there is nothing amazing to expect from her average life, until one day, her school gets a new teacher who goes by “Haruko.” Around the same time, her hometown gets caught in between the galactic war between Medical Mechanica and Fraternity, and Hidomi unlocks a secret within, a secret known only to her that could save the world. But why has Haruko returned to Earth? And what happened to Canti? All these questions and more will be answered when FLCL Seasons 2 and 3 are expected to premiere between late 2017 and early 2018 on [adult swim]’s Toonami block.
Let’s be real, you probably should’ve saw something like this coming when Production I.G acquired the rights from Gainax last year. It was only a matter of time until we see what would become of the news. This whole situation reminds me of years back when Disney announced their acquistion of Lucasfilms and that they were creating a new trilogy and spinoffs of Star Wars films. We were asking ourselves the same questions then: “What?” “How?” and “Why?”
Personally, I am not too crazy about the idea of more FLCL, because I thought the first one told its story well. However, I’m not going to dismiss this idea immediately. I’l be optimistic about it, but I am excited about it. Although from the looks of it, it looks like Seasons 2 and 3 will be mostly standalone, but will go expand the universe a bit more, like explain whoever Fraternity is and why they’re in a conflict with Medical Mechanica. The parties involved believed that there was more story to be told; they’re not just doing this for a cashgrab.
At this point now, I have every reason to believe that the future of Toonami is in good hands for the next few years. The fact that we’re also getting a new season of Samurai Jack, as well as dub premieres of Dimension W and Hunter × Hunter (2011) is proof of that. This means that anything is possible for Toonami now. *looks at Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans*
Whether or not the sequel series turn out bad, just remember that the first series will not be invalidated as a result. If they blow, it’ll be safe to entirely disconnect them from the awesome and revolutionary first entry, much like The Matrix sequels.