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Fantastic news for veterans fans of anime. Today, the people at Cartoon Network announced Toonami will co-produce Seasons 2 and 3 of FLCL with Production I.G. The anime classic, which was first aired in Japan in 2000 and in the US in 2003 via Adult Swim, will have six episodes per season for a total of twelve new episodes. The original six-episode anime was well-received by many viewers due to its catchy music, great comedy, and excellent visuals.
Among the ones working in the new season of FLCL, according to Crunchyroll, “series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki, serving as supervisor with director Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass) and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion) on the Production I.G anime. Also joining this season is writer Hideto Iwai (Last Dinner).”
For anime fans who have not seen FLCL, here’s a description from Adult Swim:
Created in 2000, FLCL told the tale of Naota, a 12-year-old boy who met a woman that would forever change his life…whether he liked it or not.
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 has become an anime classic over the years, yet it has remained vibrant,” mentioned Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, co-founder, president and CEO at Production I.G. “This new season will capture the hearts of both longtime FLCL fans from around the world and new anime viewers.”
On August 31st, 2015, Production I.G. purchased the rights of FLCL from production company Gainax, a buy that led many people to believe Production I.G. has had plans to revive the anime series.
TFW you get to make a sequel to the greatest anime of all time and can finally tell everyone. FLCL 2/3!!!! pic.twitter.com/7M38oqJR57
— SPACE KNIGHT DEMARCO (@Clarknova1) March 24, 2016
[Sources]: Toonami (Facebook): Toonami is proud to announce an original co-prodution with legendary studio, Production I.G, “FLCL” seasons 2 and 3!; Crunchyroll: Adult Swim Orders New Seasons of “FLCL” Anime; Jason DeMarco (@Clarknova1 / Twitter) : TFW you get to make a sequel to the greatest anime of all time and can finally tell everyone. FLCL 2/3!!!!.