Ride on once more, shooting star!
Earlier today, Toonami announced that they will co-produce twelve new episodes of FLCL with studio Production I.G. The new episodes, which will be split into two seasons, will be a sequel to the original FLCL.
Turner Media describes the new season as follows:
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?
As of press time, the new series is scheduled for a late 2017 to early 2018 première.
Adult Swim Senior Vice President Jason DeMarco commented on the news, stating that
The original FLCL is an anime classic and has been a fixture on Adult Swim since we first laid eyes on it […]I’m beyond thrilled to be able to produce a sequel with the original creators, for Toonami, where it belongs.
FLCL director Kazuya Tsurumaki will supervise the project, with Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass) directing at Production I.G. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, FLCL) will return to provide character designs on the project, as Hideto Iwai (Last Dinner) pens the screenplay.
FLCL is a six-episode OVA, which was directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki (Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, Gunbuster, Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion). The series featured scripts by Yoji Enokido (Gunbuster 2: Diebuster, Ouran High School Host Club, Revolutionary Girl Utena), and a soundtrack featuring songs by The Pillows.
The series was originally released in North America by Synch-Point in 2002. The series gained mainstream fan appeal in 2003, when it aired on Adult Swim.
FUNimation acquired the rights to FLCL in January 2010, and released the series on DVD and Blu-Ray in 2011.
Last August, Production I.G. announced that they acquired the rights to FLCL. At the time, the company stated that they planned to take advantage of the rights to produce a “new anime remake,” among other ventures.