Two new trailers have given us our first look at FLCL Progressive and Alternative, the upcoming sequels to Kazuya Tsurumaki’s acclaimed off-the-wall anime from 2000.
The new seasons are a collaboration between Production I.G, who worked with Gainax on the original series and acquired the rights to the IP in 2015, and The Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. Running to six episodes apiece, FLCL Progressive is set to air on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block this June while FLCL Alternative makes its debut in September.
Katsuyuki Motohiro, co-director of the first season of Psycho-Pass and its 2015 anime movie, will be chief director for both Progressive and Alternative, although original FLCL helmer Kazuya Tsurumaki returns as project supervisor. In addition to releasing an English-language trailer for the FLCL sequels, Adult Swim also announced that voice actor Kari Wahlgren is to reprise her role as Haruko and revealed plot overviews for each season.
According to the US company, FLCL: Progressive “tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide and two otherworldly beings, ‘Jinyu’ and ‘Haruha Raharu’, who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as ‘ATOMSK’, a gorgeous vintage car… and a certain Vespa Scooter.”
Meanwhile, FLCL Alternative “centres on the misadventures of 17-year-old Kana, a high school junior who spends her days hanging out with her besties, Mossan, Hijiri, and Pets. They live unremarkable lives, until the day a Mecha falls out of the sky, along with a strange woman named ‘Haruko’. Her plans for Kana and her friends involve the force known as ‘ATOMSK’. Kana will have to risk everything to decide whether or not to help… like she really has a choice!”
Adult Swim’s FLCL Progressive & Alternative Trailer
Japanese FLCL Progressive & Alternative Trailer