FLCL Coming to Toonami

Monday, September 30th, 2013

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FLCL (also known as Fooly Cooly) is an anime series that is very hard to describe. Known for being quirky, over-the-top and downright weird, the show made a name for itself in North America when it first aired on Cartoon Network’s late night Adult Swim block. Now the series is making a comeback. It was announced via Toonami’s official Tumblr account that FLCL will return on October 26th at 2:30 AM.

FLCL follows the childhood misadventures of a boy named Naota, whose life takes a turn for the weirder when a mysterious woman riding on a Vespa clocks him upside the head with a guitar. That’s only the beginning of a set of circumstances that change not only his life, but the lives of everyone around him. It’s a story about love, robots, family, space pirates, and growing up.

The series was produced by Gainax and Production I.G and premiered in Japan in 2000. It’s been licensed by Funimation in North America and is available to stream on their YouTube channel if you want to check it out before it makes its return to Cartoon Network. Are you excited to see FLCL back on North American TV? Have you seen the series before, and what did you think of it? Let us know in a comment.

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  • Tony Ramos

    I love the show and all, but adult swim replays this show more than cowboy bebop… ok maybe not as much but I wish they’d spice it up a notch, ya’know?

    • ScienceNonfiction

      Agreed, but at just 6 episodes it’s worth another go-around before being replaced by something else. And I’d say they’ve actually replayed FLCL more than Cowboy Bebop. They can finish a full run of FLCL in the same amount of time it takes to do 1/7 of a run of Cowboy Bebop.

      EDIT: Err… 1/4. Math is not my strong suit.

    • Tara

      Will largely agree with you on this. Don’t get me wrong, love FLCL, it’s a true classic. The links here informed me there’s a Blu-Ray I didn’t know about, will totally buy that.

      But yeah, I dunno, the fact that when it’s shown on TV, it’s 6 episodes, it’s not really much of a ‘series’ there. Though since Toonami is only one night a week, I guess it wouldn’t be overstaying it’s welcome or anything…

  • 35mm_Computer

    UGH This makes Naruto look like a classic Ghibli joint. If it could be any less connected to its own plot, it would have a credit that said “Created by Stanley Kubrick,” and that isn’t a compliment.

    • StillwatcheslupinIII

      OK your post is confusing me. Do you mean it makes Naruto look like miyazaki ghibli or ghibli as a studio, because the studio is separate from the man. If you’re talking about the plot of FLCL I’m sorry you got distracted by all the neat animation and length fluffing. The story is easy, but it’s only 2 comics/graphic novels/manga worth of story, so you can imagine they had to lengthen it.

    • British_Otaku

      It’s a late comment, but it’s the other way around.

      FLCL was an ambitious weird anime first, with manga (2 books) and novel (3 books) adaptations later. The adaptations were primarily marketing for the anime OVAs since they weren’t released on a weekly basis like a TV series, but the show ended in almost a year despite only having 6 episodes.

      Studio Gainax makes a bunch of shows, most of the favourites (Gurren Lagann, Panty and Stock, Evangelion, Nadia, Gunbuster) are completely original from the minds inside the studio and relatively short.