So you’ve probably heard by now that Adult Swim is bringing back FLCL in not only one, but TWO seasons, reportedly to air in late 2017 or early 2018 (Source: io9).
But I have to say, hearing this news, I was a crazy, CRAZY, mixed bag of emotions! I mean, OF COURSE I want more FOOLY COOLY (other name the original anime from Gainax is known by)!!! I mean, the original anime definitely ended on a note that more episodes could be coming. But the original six episodes were SO GOOD! And quite honestly would be quite happy if they would just leave it there.
And that last statement, admittingly, is driven by this particular writer being tired of the sheer amount of remakes, reboots, unnecessary sequels, and reimaginings in American pop-culture… Yea, I might be in that bitter fanboy camp of “Where’d all the original content go?” 😛
See, supposedly the story behind how the original anime came about was that Gainax was bored. Yep. Bored. They were between productions, and had nothing to work on. So a handful of them essentially goofed off and came up with with an INCREDIBLE and bizarre story, filled with things that shouldn’t work together, BUT DOES!
And if the io9 report is accurate, Gainax won’t even be involved. Production I.G. is taking the reigns.
So you have a fan favorite anime, the original studio is involved. And given the, what one can only infer, playful, freeflow energy that went into the original… I’m definitely worried that this follow-up won’t recapture the energy and fun I’ve enjoyed with FLCL.
But I’ve been wrong before. I hope I am now.
I mean, I’ll definitely be up when this airs… but I’ll definitely be a cautious viewer.
In the meantime, check out io9’s rundown, as well a summary of the follow-up seasons here.