FLCL on Cartoon Network?
Furi Kuri (or Fooly Cooly) has been my favorite anime for a little over a year. It may only be six episodes long, but those few episodes do more for me than most series' 26. The music is awesome (competing directly with Trigun and Cowboy Bebop for best anime music, IMHO), the imagery and direction often breathtaking, and the voice acting (both Japanese and English) is excellent. I've got the first two DVDs and pre-ordered the third which should come with a box.
Production IG Announcements and News
Representative: Maki Terashima
Announcement: FLCL has been sold to a network. It will air before fall this year. The announcement should be sometime next week. People were asking which network, but she did not indicate one way or the other. There are strong indications that the network will be Cartoon Network and that FLCL will air in the Adult Swim segment.
Also worthy of note:
Production I.G stated at Fanime this past weekend that broadcast rights to FLCL had been sold, but they did not state to which broadcaster. Last night the following interstitial appeared on Cartoon Network during Adult Swim, "A new anime is coming your way. It's only six episodes long. But it's shockingly great. Like Bebop, Big O and Beef Logs." They did not say FLCL, but the assumption is reasonable.This would be a milestone in anime on American TV. A deeply cultural and wacky hyper-kinetic anime with much more going on under the surface than you get from first glance could alienate some viewers, but I think they will be offset by the tremendous buzz the show generates.
Even better, there aren't many scenes worthy of editing or cutting in order to tailor it for broadcast cable. Even the "worst" scenes (there's no nudity, only the lightest of swearing, and nosebleed-level blood) could be cut and the show would remain intact and very watchable. I'm all for this.
Now that I have the final DVD, I can say with confidence there is no "nudity" in the anime. The only two scenes that might have posed a problem (Haruko's ass in Ep5 and the blurred parts of Kamon's crotch in Ep6) in the past certainly won't today, especially if the anime is aired in Adult Swim block.
Looks like there were no edits to the first episode. *thumbs up*
Removed the direct link to the promo episode download.
Kyle Pope indicates the lack of edits in episodes 2-4, beyond taking out a "shit!" from Haruko in episode 2.
Check out this crap
Have you watched The Cartoon Network with your children lately? If you haven't, and you are a parent or advocate for children, you should read this.
There is a new cartoon called "FLCL," or "Fooly Cooly." Originating from Japan, this cartoon airs at midnight on The Cartoon Network as part of the network's evening programming called "Adult Swim."
My husband heard about "FLCL" from some young men in their 20s who found it quite entertaining and told my husband to watch it sometime. When my husband and I turned on "FLCL," we were shocked and outraged.
Had this program been on a channel other than The Cartoon Network and had it been rated "R," we would not have been so alarmed. This program is rated TV-PG. What we saw was nudity below the waist on a teenage girl, kids blowing people's brains out with machine guns, extreme violence and sexual content - all being acted out by adolescent characters. Why has this show been rated TV-PG?
When we tried to contact The Cartoon Network, we found that it does not accept phone comments from viewers. We went to its Web site, cartooncomments@ turner.com, and did not find a place to contact anyone at the network. We will, however, mail it a copy of this letter.
We have been in contact with the Federal Communications Commission, the ACLU and organizations dealing with violence against children. We have been spreading the word to educators and churches to raise public awareness about this incorrect rating.
Julie McBride-Wyatt, you are a prude. Even worse, you'd bring the government into a situation where it simply DOES NOT BELONG. You are also a shitty parent if you use TV ratings to determine what things are appropriate for children to watch. What a pathetic refusal of parental responsibility.