Almost 20 years later, The third season of FLCL 'Progressive/Alternative' has been announced to air on AdultSwim this September.
FLCL was probably the one thing I obsessed over the longest. Back in the days when friends from school would burn you CDs of music found on Limewire (not me, of course), Where it was a bit of a gamble on what you were going to get once the files had finally finished downloading. In Limewires renown reputation of inaccuracy, One system of a down mp3 turned out to be a video. This turned out to be my first experience of an AMV: clips from FLCL edited to System of a Down's 'Needles'. I searched every corner of the internet until I found whatever the clips originated from.
Eventually, I found some blurry, terribly dubbed videos of the series. Up until that point, the only anime I had seen were classics: Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Metropolis were the only anime they had rentable at Blockbuster. FLCL was now the craziest, most Japanese thing I'd ever seen. In true Gainax fashion, It featured robots, aliens, a girl swinging a bass guitar into their necks, a ridiculous amount of sexual innuendos and puberty metaphors to the awesome -awesome- music of the Pillows (who are also doing the music for the new series!) As a 14/15-year-old boy, it was God.
The original FLCL show is only 6 episodes long. It's crazy, fun and a good story that hints at possibilities rather than outright clarifying them. This has left fans with a lot of questions and a lot left to the imagination- creating a lot of theories.
If I'm perfectly honest, this is one of the very few cases where I've been happy having it left as it where. People made their own assumptions at the end of the series, and it's these assumptions and ideas I'm intrigued by the most. Because if they had concluded it then, we may not have liked the answer.
But this was back when there wasn't even a hint of a sequel. Now, nearly 20 years later FLCL 3 has been announced seemingly out of the blue.
Like a lot of the cult following Fooly Cooly has built up, I'm sceptical, but also extremely excited. Regardless, I'm going to watch the shit out of it.
So if you're a die-hard fan, get re-watching. FInd that old mp3 player with all the Pillows music. If you've never watched the show, give it a go if you're up for some crazy fun. You can also check out the manga, which is equally short as 2 volumes with the madness that is Hajime Ueda's sketchy artwork. It doesn't flow too far away from the anime story but does have some drastically different key events and arguably, more depth.