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My Hero Academia heads to Toonami as FLCL sequels get start dates

Adult Swim’s Toonami block in the United States is adding exciting new anime programming. For starters, in May, the channel will host the much-awaited North American television debut of My Hero Academia, Studio BONES’ anime adaptation of Kōhei Horikoshi’s Shonen Jump manga series of the same name.

The anime launched in Japan in April 2016 and received an English subtitled and dubbed release by Funimation shortly after. A partnership with streaming service Hulu prevented the series from airing on TV until now.

From studio BONES, the creators of Fullmetal Alchemist and Soul Eater, comes My Hero Academia, a superhero origin story that soars to the top of the class. It’s an exciting age of heroes, where most people develop supernatural abilities known as Quirks. Bright-eyed kids like Izuku Midoriya-Deku for short-dream of the day they become champions of the people. There’s just one little problem standing in Deku’s way. In a world full of heroes, he’s Quirkless. Crushed, but not down for the count, this superhero-fanboy dedicates his time to studying the pros in hopes that he, too, can join a prestigious high school for heroes. In the face of despair, Deku’s courage catches the eye of his ultimate idol, the symbol of justice known as All Might! With special training from the big guy himself, Deku and the talented first-years of the academy may finally have a shot at achieving their dreams. But these amateurs are put to the test of a lifetime when routine training becomes a battle against real villains!

Bandai Namco is currently developing a My Hero Academia video game. The third season of the anime is currently airing on Japanese television and being simulcasted/simuldubbed internationally.

Here’s the lineup as of Saturday, May 5th:

  • 10:30 p.m. – Dragon Ball Super
  • 11:00 p.m. – Dragon Ball Z Kai
  • 11:30 p.m. – My Hero Academia
  • 12:00 a.m. – FLCL
  • 12:30 a.m. – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
  • 1:00 a.m. – Hunter x Hunter
  • 1:30 a.m. – Black Clover
  • 2:00 a.m. – Naruto Shippūden
  • 2:30 a.m. – Space Dandy
  • 3:00 a.m. – Cowboy Bebop
  • 3:30 a.m. – Ghost in the Shell: 2nd GIG

The FLCL re-runs are in anticipation of the world debut of the two upcoming sequels: FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative. Progressive will debut on the channel on June 2 at 11:30 p.m. Toonami aired a subtitled version of the first episode of Alternative during their April Fools joke earlier this month. It’ll have its proper premiere in September. Both seasons will consist of six episodes.

Here’s the plot synopsis of Progressive:

FLCL Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous vintage car… and a certain Vespa Scooter.

And Alternative, which is being described as being made by “young creators who will redefine the meaning of “sequel.”

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!

Both shows will be produced by Production I.G. Here’s the exact credits:

FLCL Progressive (FLCL 2):

  • Chief Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
  • Supervisor: Kazuya Tsurumaki
  • Directors: Kazuto Arai, Toshihisa Kaiya, Yuki Ogawa, Yoshihide Ibata, Kei Suezawa, Hiroshi Ikehata
  • Script: Hideto Iwai
  • Original Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
  • Character Design: Chikashi Kubota
  • Mechanical Design: Kiyotaka Oshiyama (Studio Durian)
  • Theme Song: the pillows (“spiky seeds”)
  • Animation Production: Production I.G.
  • Sub-Character Design: Mai Yoneyama
  • Prop Design: Akiko Murayama, Yōko Kubara
  • Background Art Director: Kazuhiro Arai
  • Colour Design: Noriko Arisawa
  • Director of Photography: Koji Tanaka
  • CG Director: You Takayanagi
  • Editor: Taeko Hamauzu
  • Music Director/Composer: R.O.N
  • Sound Director: Toru Nakano

FLCL Alternative (FLCL 3):

  • Chief Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
  • Supervisor: Kazuya Tsurumaki
  • Directors: Yutaka Uemura, Kiyotaka Suzuki
  • Script: Hideto Iwai
  • Original Character Design: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
  • Character Design: Yūichi Takahashi
  • Mechanical Design: Kiyotaka Oshiyama
  • Theme Song: the pillows (“Star overhead”)
  • Animation Production: Production I.G, NUT, REVOROOT
  • Costume Design: Hiromi Taniguchi
  • Prop Design: Yuji Hosogoe, Hiyori Denforword Akishino (Aki Production)
  • Background Art Director: Ayaka Fujii
  • Colour Design: Chiho Nakamura
  • Director of Photography: Shinji Tonsho
  • CG Director: Tsukasa Saitō
  • Music Director/Composer: R.O.N
  • Sound Director: Toru Nakano
  • Supervisor: Kazuya Tsurumaki

The English language versions are being produced by NYAV Post. Kari Wahlgren will return as Haruko in Alternative and will play Haruha in Progressive.

Both sequels will be released as theatrical films in Japan, with Progressive opening on September 7, and FLCL Progressive opening on September 29.

The original FLCL debuted as a direct-to-video series in Japan in 2000. The six episodes would become a fixture on Cartoon Network’s late-night programming.

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