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Japanese FLCL Blu-ray to Offer English Subtitles

posted on by Karen Ressler

King Amusement Creative announced on Monday that it will release a Blu-ray Disc box set for FLCL with English subtitles. The Blu-ray Disc set will ship on November 23 for 9,599 yen (about US$96) including tax.

The release will also include a second disc with special features that will not have English subtitles. These features include music videos for songs by the pillows, promotional videos, a no-credit ending sequence, and a "Hybrid Rainbow" music clip edited by ending animation supervisor Masayuki.

Synch-Point and later Funimation have released the anime in North America. Funimation describes the story:

Naota is a detached sixth-grader afflicted by the pangs of puberty. He's fooling around with his brother's ex-girlfriend when a crazed girl on a motor scooter runs him over, brains him with a bass guitar, and moves into his house. She says she's an alien, and hurls Naota into the middle of a mega-corporation's secret agenda. And now giant battling robots shoot from his skull when he has naughty thoughts.

The anime is the first directorial effort from Kazuya Tsurumaki, who served as assistant director on the Neon Genesis Evangelion television anime and would go on to direct the new Evangelion films. Production I.G notes that the dubbed versions of the anime have been popular overseas, particularly in North America where it ran on television. Kadokawa Shoten's Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko novelized the story, and Kodansha's Monthly Magazine Z adapted the story into manga as the anime was being released. It won the third place in Canada's Fantasia Film Festival in 2003.

Adult Swim's Toonami block announced in March that it will co-produce 12 new episodes of FLCL with Production I.G. The 12 episodes will be a sequel to the 2000-2001 original video anime, and will be split into two seasons. The show is slated for late 2017 to early 2018.

Source: Comic Natalie

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