FLCL Alternative is an original video animation series created by Kazuya Tsurumaki, directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro and co-produced by Adult Swim and Production I.G. It is a sequel to the original FLCL, as well as FLCL Progressive.
On March 24, 2016, Adult Swim announced that it is co-producing, with Production I.G., 12 new episodes of the series FLCL that will air on Toonami. Back for the new seasons are 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).
On March 20, 2018, a teaser for the two new seasons was released and it was revealed that FLCL Progressive will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block in June of 2018, followed by Alternative in September. Adult Swim initially planned to simulcast the English subtitled version of each episode at adultswim.com as they aired. However, the release of the subbed versions of Progressive and Alternative were pushed back to November to align with the Japanese release. In Japan, FLCL Alternative will air as a feature film, opening in theaters on September 7, 2018.
At 12:00 AM on April 1, 2018, the first English subbed episode of the series unexpectedly premiered on Toonami as a special April Fools surprise. This episode marked the first time a full-length Toonami series or movie aired with English subtitles. The English dubbed episodes premiered on Adult Swim's Toonami block from September 8, 2018 to October 13, 2018 at 11:30 PM. After the initial airing of the series, reruns continued to air on Toonami through December 1, 2018. The series is rated TV-14-DLSV on Adult Swim.
The series centers on the misadventures of 17-year-old Kana, a high school junior who spends her days hanging out with her besties, Mossan, Hijiri, and Pets. They live unremarkable lives, until the day a Mecha falls out of the sky, along with a strange woman named “Haruko.” Her plans for Kana and her friends involve the force known as “ATOMSK.” Kana will have to risk everything to decide whether or not to help… like she really has a choice!
|Character||English Voice Actor||Japanese Voice Actor|
|Haruko Haruhara||Kari Wahlgren||Mayumi Shintani|
|Kana||Megan Taylor Harvey||Karen Miyama|
|Pets||Marieve Herington||Yuri Yoshida|
|Hijiri||Erica Lindbeck||Riho Iida|
|Mossan||Marianne Miller||Mutsumi Tamura|
|Sudo||Patrick Seitz||Katsuyuki Konishi|
|Sasaki||Max Mittelman||Takuma Nagatsuka|
|Aida||Ben Pronsky||Ryota Suzuki|
|Bunta||Erick Abbate||Maho Masaka|
|Yoga||Steve Blum||Katsuji Mori|
|Kitaki||Erica Schroeder||Kaya Matsutani|
|Kanda||Ray Chase||Yutaka Aoyama|
|Shizuka Kawamoto||Miki Itō|
|Color||Season||Episodes||U.S. Season Premiere||U.S. Season Finale|
|1||06||September 8, 2018||October 13, 2018|
In the United States, the series aired on Adult Swim's Toonami block from September 8, 2018 to December 1, 2018. In Japan, FLCL Alternative will not be broadcast on television, as both Alternative and FLCL Progressive were released as compilation theatrical films in September of 2018.
- United States (Adult Swim) — April 1, 2018; September 8, 2018 - December 1, 2018
- "Adult Swim Streams FLCL Alternative English Dub Trailer ". animenewsnetwork.com. July 20, 2018. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-20/adult-swim-streams-flcl-alternative-english-dub-trailer/.134521. Retrieved on July 22, 2018.
- "Adult Swim Orders New Seasons of "FLCL" Anime ". crunchyroll.com. March 24, 2016. http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/03/24/adult-swim-orders-new-seasons-of-flcl-anime. Retrieved on March 24, 2016.
- "Adult Swim announces two new seasons of cult anime hit FLCL ". avclub.com. March 24, 2016. http://www.avclub.com/article/adult-swim-announces-two-new-seasons-cult-anime-hi-234318?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=Default:1:Default. Retrieved on March 24, 2016.
- "Reminder: for those who prefer subs we will be simulcasting the sub version of each episode at http://adultswim.com ! ". twitter.com/Clarknova1. March 21, 2018. https://twitter.com/Clarknova1/status/976416197712470016. Retrieved on March 21, 2018.
- "FLCL : Progressive and FLCL : Alternative English Sub Update ! ". facebook.com/TOONAMI. June 3, 2018. https://www.facebook.com/Toonami/photos/a.1442483259375850.1073741828.1440408039583372/1916864195271085/?type=3&theater. Retrieved on June 3, 2018.
- "Production I.G Reveals English Dub Casts for FLCL Progressive, FLCL Alternative Anime ". animenewsnetwork.com. March 26, 2018. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-26/production-i.g-reveals-english-dub-casts-for-flcl-progressive-flcl-alternative-anime/.129547. Retrieved on May 26, 2018.
- "FLCL 2&3 Reveals More Staff, Theatrical Format in Japan ". animenewsnetwork.com. July 2, 2017. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-02/flcl-2-3-reveals-more-staff-theatrical-format-in-japan/.118354. Retrieved on March 20, 2018.
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|Adult Swim (2012-Present)|