FLCL news is coming faster than a guitar-wielding girl on a Vespa!
Earlier today, the official Japanese website for FLCL 2 and FLCL 3 opened its doors. The site reveals that the two titles will be presented as theatrical films in Japan, which will hit theaters in 2018.
In addition, a new trailer, new staff details, a teaser visual, and a visual from character designer Chikashi Kubota were officially unveiled. We break the details down below:
The 40-second trailer is similar to the promo shown off at today’s Anime Expo panel, though there are differences in the text and in a few cuts.
Kazuya Tsurumaki (FLCL, Gunbuster) is supervising the project, which features character designs by Chikashi Kubota (One-Punch Man, Corpse Princess). Hideto Iwai is writing the screenplay, and Kiyotaka Oshiyama (Space Dandy) is in charge of mechanical designs.
Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Summer Wars) is credited as original Character Designer. Katsuyuki Motohiro is credited as Supervising Director.
The Pillows will score the titles’ soundtracks.
That said, the two projects will feature different sets of directors. The list of directors for each project is as follows:
- Kazuto Arai
- Toshihisa Kaiya
- Yuki Ogawa
- Yoshihide Ibata
- Kei Suezawa
- Hiroshi Ikehata
- Yutaka Uemura
- Kiyotaka Suzuki
The new image features Haruka on her Vespa, Rickenbacker guitar in hand.
Chikashi Kubota took to Twitter to post a visual of the new girl clad in cat-ear headphones, who appeared in today’s teasers.
FLCL 2 & 3 will span two six-episode series outside of Japan. Both will launch in 2018, with a break between the end of FLCL 2 and the start of FLCL 3. The two titles will feature completely separate stories. A manga for FLCL 2 is in the works, though no details have been revealed for the adaptation.
Adult Swim describes the new title 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?