FLCL's The Pillows to Perform at San Diego Comic-Con

posted on by Karen Ressler
Band currently on U.S. tour

Adult Swim announced on Tuesday that it will host a performance by Japanese alternative rock band The Pillows (FLCL) at this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego. The performance will be part of a "Toonami Pre-Flight" presentation on Saturday, July 21 at 7:15 p.m., and the concert itself will begin at 8:15 p.m.

Toonami's Jason DeMarco and Gill Austin, along with Steve Blum (the voice of Toonami host TOM) and Dana Swanson (the voice of SARA) will attend the Pre-Flight panel. Adult Swim will also have an FLCL panel at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 20.

The Pillows are on a six-city tour in the United States this week and next. Tickets for most venues sold out within 30 minutes. All-female band Noodles and former Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori are opening the show.

The Pillows performed music for the original FLCL anime as well as BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad and Moonlight Mile. The group is returning for FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative.

FLCL Progressive premiered with an English dub on June 2 at 12:00 a.m. EDT and PDT (effectively June 3) on Adult Swim's Toonami block. The Japanese version with English subtitles will stream on Adult Swim in November. The English-subtitled versions of both FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative were originally planned to be streamed simultaneously with the debut of the English-dubbed versions, but were delayed in order "to align with the release of the Japanese language versions."

The English-dubbed version of FLCL Alternative, the second new series, is slated for September on Toonami. In Japan, the anime will debut in theatrical screenings, with FLCL Alternative opening first on September 7, and FLCL Progressive opening on September 29. The first episode already premiered on Adult Swim on April 1.

Sources: Adult Swim website, press release

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