The Japanese anime sensation of FLCL (Fooly Cooly) was a short-lived phenomenon in 2000-2001 and only totaled a half dozen episodes.
But the odd adventures of Naota Nandaba, a suburban adolescent whose ordinary life is disrupted by the sudden arrival of a rambunctious female alien named Haruko Haruhara, is about to see a serious spark of new life thanks to the Cartoon Network.
Originally viewed in the United States between 2003 and 2011 on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim and then repeated on Toonami, the channel's adult-oriented anime block as recently as 2014, FLCL has a legion of loyal fans clamoring for more.
This June, Adult Swim's Toonami reboots FLCL as a flashy 12-episode collaboration between Production I.G, Toho, and Adult Swim with Season 2 titled FLCL Progressive and Season 3, titled FLCL Alternative, premiering in September.
Here's the full Fooly Cooly panel discussion straight from the crowded halls of this weekend's C2E2, with by executive producer Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and producer Maki Terashima-Furuta from Production I.G., vocal star Kari Wahlgren (Haruko), and Adult Swim's Jason Demarco revealing what it took to bring FLCL back onto the network, doing justice to the original series, how technology will alter how the animation is produced, and what characters are returning when FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative charge back onto TV this summer.