FLCL 2 & 3 Trailer & Key Art

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Well, I tried really hard to keep my cool with the idea of FLCL getting a sequel but I completely lost it when Haruko’s face popped up on the screen at the end of this first teaser trailer.

And here’s the Japanese version of the ad that went up with the official website of the project this evening:

Personally, the only bigger moment in my otaku life that the return of this series was when the Evangelion reboot film series was announced back in 2006. 12 new episodes of FLCL was something I never thought would happen and honestly no matter how this new project ultimately turns out it still doesn’t diminish the fact that the original series is a masterpiece of animation & music. My only expectation for this project is that the animators and staff are really allowed to go crazy with their budget and make something that can at least tap into even 15% of the energy of the original. If they can pull that off, we’ll have something fun to watch.

This trailer made me wish all 12 episodes were out right now but until they finally appear in our unworthy universe, I’ll just enjoy a new pillows song and a few seconds of seeing Haruko again.

FLCL 2 & 3 hits all of us square in the head with a guitar in 2018.

You can check out the official FLCL 2&3 site by clicking here.

You can also check out Crunchyroll’s write-up of the project here.

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Toonami & Production I.G Team-Up For More FLCL

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Now here’s a sentence I never EVER thought I would write: There are more episodes of FLCL on the way. 12 more episodes, to be precise. I’ll let the official press release explain the critical details:

“Adult Swim, a division of Turner, is proud to announce an official sequel to one of the most beloved anime series of all time – FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly). Created in 2000, FLCL told the tale of Naota, a 12-year-old boy who met a woman that would forever change his life…whether he liked it or not. 16 years later, Adult Swim and legendary animation studio, Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell), are creating two new six-episode seasons to continue the tale, which will premiere in Adult Swim’s Toonami block. Known for its surprising and unique content with high fan engagement, Adult Swim has been basic cable’s #1 Network in the U.S. with 18-24 and 18-34 year olds for eleven consecutive years. The new season of FLCL adds to Adult Swim’s ever expanding portfolio of original programming.

“The original FLCL is an anime classic and has been a fixture on Adult Swim since we first laid eyes on it,” said Jason DeMarco, senior vice president/creative director, Adult Swim On-Air. “I’m beyond thrilled to be able to produce a sequel with the original creators, for Toonami, where it belongs.”

Back for the new season is FLCL series creator Kazuya Tsurumaki, serving as supervisor with director Katsuyuki Motohiro (Psycho-Pass) and character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Also joining this season is writer Hideto Iwai (Last Dinner).

Established in 1987, Production I.G has since produced a number of acclaimed feature films and TV shows, and has also partnered with Mamoru Oshii on every one of his animated films since Patlabor: The Movie (1989), thereby earning an international admiration which eventually led to the visionary collaboration with Quentin Tarantino for the animation sequence in his hit, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003). They are most known for the Ghost in the Shell franchise, and for the acclaimed animated TV series Psycho-pass and Attack on Titan.”

And here’s the official synopsis of the new story:

“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.”

There were some rumblings last year about how Production I.G had purchased the rights to FLCL from co-producer Gainax and that the new purchase gave  Production I.G the options necessary to transform FLCL from a 6-episode spiritual journey into a franchise machine. I had never even considered the possibility of more FLCL until I had heard about the purchase. Fast forward to today and more FLCL isn’t just the ramblings of a tripping high school student but actual reality.

It’s very exciting to hear that Kazuya Tsurumaki and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto are back on the new project but what about all those other animators who made the original series so incredible? and what about The Pillows? One could make the point that FLCL was just a very long music video set to an excellent set of their songs.

It’s hard for me to believe that this is really a thing that is happening and it’s far too soon to cast judgement on whether or not this is a worthy endeavor. I can’t really make the argument that we needed more FLCL but I certainly hope these 12 new episodes are as insane as those first six.

Source: Turner Press Release

Daicon Film’s ‘Negiman’

Prior to establishing animation studio GAINAX, the founding members of the legendary anime studio originally belonged to a studio named Daicon Films. Daicon Films primarily produced independently funded live-action films (such as a young Hideaki Anno’s Ultraman fan film) but they also produced the amazing Daicon III and Daicon IV opening animation videos.

Now, at a Japanese independent film festival located in Tottori, one of the original directors of Daicon Film, Takami Akai, will be releasing his newest live-action tokusatsu short film. Entitled Negiman, the film focuses on a 40 meter/8,800 ton giant welsh onion that suddenly appears in Japan. It is currently uncertain whether or not Negiman is a hero or villain but being an onion, it will be difficult to communicate to him. From the promotional images it seems that a Japanese school girl will naturally be up to the task of understanding this strange being.

Takami Akai was a classmate of Hideaki Anno’s and Hiroyuki Yamaga’s (director of The Wings of Honneamise) at the Osaka University of Arts and later became a co-founder of GAINAX as well. This will be his first film since 1984’s The Return of Yamatano-Orochi which was also Daicon Film’s last movie.

Negiman will first be screened exculsively at the Yonago Eiga Jihen film festival later this September and then be made available online. I’m including a few promotional videos below as well as some images. You can find more information and pictures at the original two posts pertaining to Negiman on Crunchyroll News here and here. The official Japanese website for the film can be found here.

 

Evangelion Sparkling Wine Released

To cheer fans up about recent comments surrounding how much more of a wait we have for Evangelion Q, ANIMATE’s online shop has begun taking orders for three different kinds of Evangelion sparkling wine.

This limited edition wine comes in three flavours: EVA-01 BRUT is a dry, not very sweet wine, EVA-00 SEC (featuring Rei Ayanami) is a semi-sweet wine, and, EVA-02 DEMI SEC (featurying Asuka Langley) is a sweet wine. Each type of wine is a limited prodution run of only 333 bottles and can be purchased online or through select ANIMATE stores for 50,000 yen (US $624) each.

If you feel so inclined, here is the official website for the Evangelion sparkling wine from ANIMATE.

 

New Evangelion Artbook and Eyeglasses

While production continues on the Evangelion 3.0 film Studio Khara and Gainax are releasing some interesting items to tide the fans over.

Up top is the advertisement for a new line of Evangelion eyeglasses that are being released by JINS. JINS has also released a line of One Piece eyewear in the past and this new Evangelion-themed line actually seem quite cool. Here is a link to the official page of the project that also shows some images of the glasses themselves. There is a specific glasses style for each of the pilots and unless my eyes decieve me that nice advertisement image was drawn by FLCL/Evangelion director and animator Kazuya Tsurumaki.

A new volume in the Groundwork of Evangelion art book series has also been announced. Over the past eight years or so Gainax has been releasing a series of artbooks that reprint selected key animation frames from some of their most popular productions. This new Groundwork volume is centered around Evangelion 2.0. As opposed to the previous Groundwork of Evangelion 1.0 this new collection is being split into two books, the first of which will be released this May. The second volume is planned to be published later during the summer. There is a site up for the new art book on the EVA Store here.

Also, just as a reminder, Evangelion 2.22 is out today on Blu-ray and DVD here in America courtesy of Funimation. Pick it up!

First Look At Gainax’s New Series ‘Dantalian’

Studio Gainax has released the first promotional image for its upcoming television series Dantalian no Shoka. Adapted from the light-novel series of the same name, Dantalian is being directed by Hiroyuki Yamaga who is a co-founder and current executive producer of Studio Gainax.  Yamaga’s previous works include Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi and Gainax’s first production The Wings of Honneamise.

Dantalian has been noted by Yamaga to be a more ‘refined’ work than Gainax’s previous television series Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt which aired last fall in Japan.

No release date is currently set for the upcoming television series.

The Real Operation Yashima

After the earthquake and tsunami on March 11th the Tokyo Electric Power Company has created an unofficial campaign to encourage people to conserve electricity inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Several power plants are offline or not fully operational due to last friday’s events and TEPCO has announced that rotating power cuts will occur to providing homes and important facilities with electricity. In response to this an unofficial campaign has begun on Twitter as a public service to help conserve electricity.

The campaign is entitled ‘Operation Yashima’ after the events depicted in episode six of the Evangelion television series and Evangelion 1.11 film in which the Evangelion units defeat an enemy using a sniper rifle which can only be fully-powered using Japan’s entire power grid.

Here is the Japanese link to Operation Yashima.

From ANN.