FLCL (Japanese: フリクリ Hepburn: Furi Kuri, pronounced in English as Fooly Cooly) is an original video animation (OVA) animeseries written by Yōji Enokido, directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and produced by the FLCL Production Committee, which consisted of Gainax, Production I.G, and King Records. FLCL follows Naota Nandaba, a twelve-year-old boy whose suburban life is disturbed by the arrival of the alien woman Haruko Haruhara.
The six-episode series was released in Japan from April 2000 to March 2001 alongside a manga and novel. It aired in the United States on Adult Swim several times between 2003 and 2011. It aired once again on the network’s Toonami block from October 2013 to January 2014, and then again in April 2018. The series is also available via Hulu, iTunes, and on Funimation’s website.
In 2016, two new seasons totaling 12 episodes were announced as a co-production between Production I.G, Toho and Adult Swim. The second season, FLCL Progressive, will premiere in June 2018 on Adult Swim’s Toonami block; the third season, FLCL Alternative, will air in September 2018. In Japan, Alternative and Progressive will have theatrical screenings in September 2018. The first episode of FLCL Alternative unexpectedly premiered on April Fool’s Day 2018 at midnight on Toonami in Japanese with English subtitles.
Check out this awesome behind the scenes video from Adult Swim on YouTube this is a great insight to the anime industry outside of Japan and within Japan.
Date published: 11/05/18
Written by: Joseph Opoku
Source: (1) Adult Swim [YouTube]
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