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FLCL: Progressive

Feb 10, 2019

FLCL Progressive is the sequel to the much beloved FLCL from nearly 2 decades earlier. I went into it partially skeptical but with high hopes. Progressive follows a similar formula to the original and while it falls short in some areas it excels in others.

The Story can be hard to follow but that is to be expected of any FLCL title. It was crafted well, told in a similar style to the original however, the story focuses more on the galactic war between Medical Mechanica and the Fraternity instead of the interactions between the characters. Due to the disjointed nature of the FLCL series this leads to some abyssmal pacing with the story not really progressing nor a solid foundation being laid for it early leaving the viewer in the best case wondering when it will kick in and where it will take them, or in the worst case with no investment at all. The show is still full of symbolism and foreshadowing to drive the majority of the story along with a fair bit of call backs to the original series. Overall, I would say it is decent but still falls short of the goal they were aiming for.

The animation is another area where they attempted to emulate the original with their own spin. It has abrupt scene transitions, changes in style and quality throughout every episode. It will go from gorgeous panning shots and smooth action scenes to a more gritty almost first draft sketch like drawing style. The is done in a way that always keeps your eyes drawn in on key areas at the right times while also letting you scan and wander around other times. That being said they toned down the stylized changes instead of going from 0-100 choosing to go from 25-75. The animation never swing fully to either side in progressive which really keeps it from sticking out and leaving a lasting impression on you like the original did.

The Pillows returned to do the soundtrack for the show and it was 100% the correct choice. Every song both fits with the tone and direction progressive is taking while also feeling distictly FLCL. Every time a new song kicks up you feel like it could have been included in the original. Meanwhile the song always adds to what is currently happening in the episode. Sometimes it will feel like it is taking center stage in the scene but it does so without ever detracting from what is currently happening either. As far as voice acting goes, the voice actors in both the japanese and english dub for Hidomi and Ide fit nicely. Kari Wahlgren is still around for the english voice of Haruko and does a fantastic job as always. Megumi does such a good job with the japanese voice of Haruko it can be difficult to tell the voice actress is different from the original even when you already know it.

Sadly, the characters is where I feel the show falls short. The main cast are all decent but none of them really stand out either. The show spends so much time trying to focus on the galactic war that it doesn't get around to exploring the intimate character moments or the interactions between them as much as the original did. This makes it easy to never get fully invested into the characters and develop a bond with them before the end of the short 6 episode series.

All in all I would say as long as you don't get your hopes up too much it's worth a watch. It would be nearly impossible to create a show that would give you all the same feelings as the original FLCL but progressive does a pretty decent job of forging it's own path while still giving plenty of nods to where it all started.

7/10 story
7/10 animation
10/10 sound
6/10 characters
7/10 overall
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