FLCL: Progressive

Alt title: Furi Kuri: Progressive

TV (6 eps)
3.447 out of 5 from 1,672 votes
Rank #6,115

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.

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