Fulfilling its promise, Anime Expo 2017 delivered on footage from the upcoming revival of FLFL -- in the form of a full-fledged trailer, in fact.
The first look boasts characters Naota and Haruhara Haruko front-and-center in glorious animation from Production I.G. There's also a rockin' soundtrack from The Pillows, who memorably provided music for the original series. The show is being revived for two new seasons that will consist of six episodes each.
Take a look at the FLCL trailer, which confirms a 2018 release date, below.
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?
All of these questions and more will be answered in the new season of the series, which is set to premiere in late 2017/early 2018 on Adult Swim.
“The original FLCL is an anime classic and has been a fixture on Adult Swim since we first laid eyes on it,” Jason DeMarco, senior vice president/creative director, Adult Swim On-Air wrote in a press release. “I’m beyond thrilled to be able to produce a sequel with the original creators, for Toonami, where it belongs.”
“FLCL has become an anime classic over the years, yet it has remained vibrant,” Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, co-founder, president and CEO of Production I.G. said. “This new season will capture the hearts of both longtime FLCL fans from around the world and new anime viewers.”
FLCL is set to air in 2018 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block.