Production I.G. and Toonami unveiled the first trailer for FLCL 2 and FLCL 3, which can be seen on Toonami’s Facebook page. TOHO animation also shared an alternate trailer on their official Youtube page.
FLCL 2 and FLCL 3 will consist of six episode each, totaling at 12 episodes. Both series will air in 2018 and have separate stories. Toonami is helping produce the sequels, which are being billed as a theatrical film series in Japan.
Kazuya Tsurumaki, FLCL‘s original creator, will supervise the project. Chikashi Kubota, a key animator on Flip Flappers, and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto will serve as anime’s character designers. Japanese rock band The Pillows will also return to work on the soundtrack.
The project was announced as a sequel to Gainax’s popular 2000 OVA series, which follows a 12-year-old boy named Naota Nandaba and an eccentric woman named Haruhara Haruko. After running Naota with her Vespa scooter and beating him with a bass guitar, it’s discovered that Haruka discovers that Naota’s head is portal that can cause giant robots to appear. The discovery pulls Naota into the middle of a three-way battle for the portal in his head.
[Adult Swim], which airs the Toonami block, shared a synopsis for FLCL 2 and FLCL 3:
“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?”
Are you excited for FLC 2 and FLCL 3?