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Anime Expo 2016: The Pillows Returning To Score FLCL 2’s Soundtrack

FLCL Visual 001 - 20150831Blues Drive Monster~ / Can’t you just smash up this melancholy world of ours? / I’m forever waiting

Earlier today, Production I.G. Vice President Maki Terashima-Furuta revealed that rock group The Pillows, who performed the music for the original FLCL, will return to score the soundtrack for FLCL 2.

Previously, we reported that 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 2 was first unveiled in March, when Toonami announced that they are co-producing the series with Production I.G. The title will run for 12 episodes, which are scheduled for a late 2017 to early 2018 première.

Turner Media describes the series as:

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 Header 001 - 20150831FLCL 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.

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