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?
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FLCL Progressive is a rare sequel that uses many of the same elements as the original FLCL and makes for a fun, different experience. Any sequel has the challenge of living up to the original anime and FLCL may have been one of the most challenging anime to follow up. FLCL is a work that: came out at the right time, 2000; made by the right studios, Gainax and Production I.G.; has an unforgettable mix of visuals, social parody and characters. The story of FLCL is simple once broken down, but the journey is much more important than the destination in FLCL. I was skeptical once Progressive was announced. How could any sequel to FLCL be good? FLCL is an anime that could not exist outside of a particular time period and the crazy adrenaline of Gainax. I came in with skepticism once I heard that people were reacting negatively to Progressive. I’m glad that I’ve watched Progressive because I think that Progressive is a fun and wild ride. One of the most important elements of FLCL is the simple story of teenagers growing up through unusual events and characters. This story grounds FLCL, because the silly tangents and strange events need a solid foundation for these elements to work. Progressive’s story follows Hidomi, a lonely and isolated middle school girl who feels that her mother does not care for. Hidomi is pursued by Haruko for her energy and protected by Jinyu, the maid for Hidomi’s mother’s café. Hidomi learns to shed her isolation and grows attracted to Ide, another student affected by Haruko. Hidomi learns to accept her mother and accept that her father is gone. I prefer this story over FLCL’s Naota and Mamimi. Mamimi was abusing Naota by treating Naota as a substitute for his older brother, while Hidomi and Ide grow to like each other mutually. Naota could be irritating in his gloomy attitude. Hidomi has more of a character arc as she blocks the world from her mind and has to learn to see the world for what it is. FLCL is famous for its strange moments, endless energy and visuals. Progressive handles itself well with many strange moments and ever shifting visuals. The energy is not as propulsive, but this more relaxed pacing fits Progressive’s characters better. One major complaint is that Haruko is not as reckless and crazy as she was in FLCL. I agree, Haruko is calmer in Progressive. I feel that is because more time is spent on Haruko’s backstory as she fruitlessly fights to gain the affection of Atomsk. Haruko is less a force of nature and more a character in Progressive and I appreciate this change. Haruko is silly and fearsome, but this makes sense with the direction of the story. I recommend Progressive for fans of FLCL and fans of anime with extreme stylistic tastes. Some fans will call Progressive a pointless sequel, but I believe that there is enough variety in Progressive to make for a fun experience.
FLCL: Progressive is a pretty good watch but it sadly doesn't come close to the production value of the original series. I'm sure a lot of it came down to budget and time limitations since that's something they actually mentioned in the actual FLCL series itself. I do feel the show just doesn't have the same impact because of the limitations and it's a real shame. The show starts out really strong but halfway through the show it starts to feel kinda mediocre. I think one of the main problems of the series is the introduction of goofy characters while the art style sakes a little bit of a backseat too. In the original series the characters acted goofy but in this series the characters are goofy. That's a pretty big difference. The production value increases again near the end of the series to give it a proper conclusion. I was a little disappointed with the way Haruko was portrait this season as well. I understand she's a lot more mature and that she's lost a little of her craziness but we're also introduced to Julia who is her voice of reason... basically I feel Haruko was too calm and the art direction didn't help her out either. If anything, it felt Hidomi was outshining Haruko on the badshit crazy department. It's still a good watch, it's just not as good as the original and the first episode of FLCL: Alternative reminded me more of original FLCL production too. Also.. best ringtone ever.
I MISSED FLCL LIKE HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was really surprised the creators did such a good job. The characters were very well developed and were random as in the first season. There are a lot of Easter eggs, throw backs to good old FLCL, guitars... did I mention the guitars... *drolls*. Anyways... in the first season we can see that no one really explains the themes of adultery and emotions as in this season. Sometimes it was put very bluntly and the points were explained very straight forwardly. But it's not necessarily bad. If you can get used to it that is... >>Yessss this person was expecting less or none explanations at all<< but ya can't get what ya want sometimes. In the end those explanations were linear and they didn't steer away from it so I'll just leave it there for opinion matters. You know what really ruined it for a moment tho? The 5th episode. Just... you're gonna get ir when you see it... it pokes your dang eyes out. In the end it gave off the sense that I was really watching FLCL. Felt nostalgic as fu...furnicles (whatever that means...). Even The Pillows were there. And for the love of Pickles, I really don't know any other anime that has such a nice music that I listen to to this day. So I'll just add some more of that goodness to my playlist.
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