"They say 'nothing exciting ever happens here', which is kinda true. I mean, look at her, look at him, look at all of them. They don't know what they have inside of them. They're just sleepwalking through life, wondering when something amazing is going to happen. That's where I come in. 'Cause they don't know it yet, but these kids are the key. And I'm gonna show them how to unlock some doors... whether they like it or not. Or, they might all get killed."FLCL Progressive and Alternativenote are the sequel series to 2000's FLCL produced by Production I.G and [adult swim] after the sale of the series by Studio Gainax in September 2015. A large number of the original series' staff members return for the sequels, including director Kazuya Tsurumaki and designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto. The Pillows also return to provide the soundtracks.FLCL: Progressive focuses on the 14-year-old classmates Hidomi and Ide, as two alien beings—one of them a familiar woman riding a Vespa scooter—battle over control of the pair's latent powers.FLCL: Alternative features the 17-year-old ordinary high-schooler Kana. One day, a mecha falls from the sky, along with Haruko, who has designs on Atomsk. Kana and her friends find themselves being pulled in to Haruko's chaotic orbit.In the U.S., Progressive premiered on [adult swim]'s Toonami block on June 2, 2018; Alternative is scheduled to follow in September of the same year. You can see the trailer here. In Japan, both series will be presented as films to be released in theaters in September 2018.
— Haruko Haruhara
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- Cool, but Stupid:Haruko: It takes an idiot to do cool things. That's what makes it cool.
- History Repeats: The Toonami trailer is set up in a similar way as the original Toonami trailer for the first FLCL, beginning with Haruko (instead of Naota) saying that "Nothing exciting ever happens here," and "Ride On Shooting Star" playing towards the end of the trailer. The 2 & 3 trailer has an extra thirty seconds this time.
- Musical Theme Naming: Both seasons are titled after a different type of rock music, Progressive and Alternative respectively.
- Role Reprisal: Kari Wahlgren and Mayumi Shintani return as Haruko in their respective languages.
- Sequel Series: To the original FLCL.
- Adult Fear: Hidomi's mother freaks out when she sees Hidomi get hit by a car... but after the driver (Jinyu) talks to them and Hidomi is mostly unharmed, Hidomi's mother comments almost starry-eyed that the driver seems like a cool person.
- Badass Teacher: Haruko is Hidomi's new teacher, and it's more obvious that she's on the evil side of the spectrum this time, if Jinyu's attempts to stop her are any indication.
- Beach Episode: The third episode.
- Bilingual Dialogue: The second episode has Iide getting beaten up by Japanese thugs who only speak Japanese in the English dubbed version. Stephanie Sheh pointed out on Twitter that this was done on purpose and they actually did hire a native Japanese voice actor for the scene. She also said the Japanese dubbed version is the complete opposite: the Japanese thugs speak English there.
- Bland-Name Product: YouYube, instead of YouTube.
- Hidomi getting slammed by a car nods back to when Haruko hit Naota with her vespa.
- Jinyu becomes a live-in maid to Hidomi and her mother, just as Haruko was to Naota and his family. Bonus points for Jinyu being a Literal Split Personality of Haruko.
- Hidomi's dream of a line of Medical Mechanica irons being pushed by giant hands is very similar to the vision Naota had in the final episode of the original season.
- When the students are looking through the yearbook, they highlight a picture of Haruko beaning a student right in the face with a baseball during the sports festival.
- Ide attempts to sell a gun that shoots mini-pebbles similar to the ones Naoto and Haruko used in the previous season.
- Ide walking in on Haruko and Hidomi making suggestive noises in the next room is similar to Naota walking in on Haruko and a robotic duplicate of his dad doing the same thing.
- The Cameo: The main characters of the previous series appear in the ending along with the main characters of the sequels. An older Naota and Mamimi can also be seen in other shots, and Amarao makes a return near the end of episode 3.
- Cerebus Retcon: In the original FLCL, the term "overflow" was something Mamimi said any time she was about to break down with emotion while still in denial that Tasuku broke up with her when he went overseas to America and likely gave her a Dear Jane letter treatment. It's also generally considered to be one of Mamimi's quirky and loopy phrases. Here, it's a term Jinyu uses seriously to indicate whenever somebody is going to release an outburst of N.O., causing dimensional doorways to open in their heads and things to come out.
- Cool Car: Jinyu's vintage car transforms into a mecha.
- The Comically Serious: Jinyu never smiles or lets her guard down. Even when she's been encased in concrete, she just busts her arms and legs free and continues her mission without giving it a second thought.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Hidomi's mother's cooking looks rather questionable, if the breakfast she makes is any indication.
- Creepy Monotone: Hidomi's teacher speaks in an unusual combination of this trope and Motor Mouth, at least until she reveals her true identity as Haruko.
- Darker and Edgier: While still retaining the comedic antics, Progressive starts off with Hidomi in a destroyed city when her body begins rotting and falling apart bloodily. Along with that, some aspects; such as Hidomi getting hit by a car and Iide getting injured by a robotic machine, are taken seriously.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?:
- Emotionless Girl: Just to drive home how much Hidomi doesn't care about life, her teacher tries to elicit some form of response by making her watch a hardcore pornographic video in class.
- Fan Disservice:
- Goro shows up at school wearing what he calls a unisex outfit, which includes a Dangerously Short Skirt. Iide begs him to please stop showing his underwear.
- Hidomi gets a Male Gaze shot of her rear and is rather under-clothed in her dream at the beginning of the series, but she's also covered in her own blood and falling apart.
- Headphones Equal Isolation: Hidomi wears cat headphones wherever she goes, she even wears them while sleeping. Jinyu notes that she's not even playing anything. She's pretending she can't hear anyone.
- History Repeats: The first episode starts with Hidomi monologuing about how "Nothing amazing has ever happened here. Everything is ordinary."
- Internal Homage: The first episode recreates the scene of Naota getting ran over by Haruko's Vespa from the original series. Only this time, Hidomi gets hit by a car being driven by Jinyu. Jinyu even reacts to the hit and run by repeating most of Haruko's original dialogue.
- Latex Perfection: Haruko disguises herself as Hidomi's teacher, and pulls off a latex mask at to reveal herself at the end of the first episode.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
- The video that Hidomi is blankly watching mid-way through episode one is too indecipherable to make out, but if one visits the page URL for Youtube the screen has a Freeze-Frame Bonus on, you'll be taken to the Japanese preview trailer for the series.
- After Haruko reveals herself as Hidomi's teacher in disguise, there is cheering from the students and she declares "the real one has arrived". This is after Jinyu, who resembles her, played a big role in the episode.
- Left the Background Music On: The beeping and blipping in "Thank You, My Twilight", the song playing during Hidomi's dream sequence at the start of episode 1, turns out to be coming from her phone alarm when she wakes up.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: At some point after the first season, Haruko succeeded in absorbing Atomsk for herself, though his power proved to be too much for her and created a Literal Split Personality in Jinyu.
- Power Limiter: Hidomi's headphones are apparently this, Jinyu calling them an "enzyme inhibitor".
- Scenery Gorn: Hidomi's dreamscape, which is a blasted, ruined cityscape. Downplayed with the beach in Episode 3, where several old derelict Medical Mechanica irons can be seen out in the ocean in the distance.
- Hidomi's headphones are clearly based off of the Axent Wear Cat Ear Headphones.
- While working as a maid, Jinyu breaks a plate perfectly in half, just like Nono in DieBuster, another anime by Studio Gainax.
- Jinyu eventually strikes the classic Gunbuster pose in Episode 3.
- In the third episode, during the volleyball game, Haruko yells out "Attack number... ichi."
- Smashing Watermelons: The 3rd episode Beach Episode. During a montage of activities, one of the characters does an overhead smash of a watermelon.
- Stylistic Suck: At complete random, Hidomi suddenly becomes a large, pink drawing with no details besides her eyes, mouth and headphones as cat ears.
- Title Drop: Eyepatch compares Haruko's spunky attitude to that of a shooting star, referencing the original series's ending theme being titled "Ride On, Shooting Star".
- April Fools' Day: For Adult Swim's 2018 April Fools' Day gag, Toonami aired the first episode in Japanese with English subtitles, five months before it was supposed to air.note
- Bland-Name Product: One of the stores that Kana and her friends go to is Dadaiso, a parody of Daiso, a Japanese dollar store.
- Continuity Nod: Mamimi's signature "NEVER KNOWS BEST" appears on a jenga block in the first episode.
- Panty Shot: After a case of Magic Skirt all first episode long for the cast, Kana's is lost the moment the pin drops and her skirt is flown all over in the chaos.
- Product Placement: Kana and her friends make home-made bottle rockets out of Dr. Pepper soda bottles.
- Rule of Symbolism: When Haruko activates Kana's forehead, it sprouts a flower. Flowers typically symbolize virginity. Immediately after, Haruko proceeds to pluck it, thus "deflowering" her, quite literally.
- "Get ready world, here I come."