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FLCL is off to a pretty good start, especially for longtime fans. Newcomers may not enjoy it as much as longtime fans but it's still worth a time. It's a promising beginning that I hope will continue throughout this season.
I was largely unmoved, but there always remained a tiny, haunting sense of the promise of a more engaging, more emotional series hidden beneath the sci-fi mundanity. On the bright side, that series already exists. It's called FLCL.
Progressive is still stuck in the shadow of the original FLCL. Even so, the characters are great, the animation's frequently stunning and the music still rocks.
Audience Reviews for FLCL: Progressive
Jul 28, 2018As a standalone anime it's decent as best, reads just like every other current, generic "edgy" anime. As a sequel it reads more like a bad self-insert fanfiction. The lead character is as bland and the only thing notable about her are her headphones (which weren't even exclusively created for the anime, they are a blatant ripoff of headphones sold by Axent Wear and designed by Wenqing Yan). It's less brilliant than it is bad character design. The character is so bland that even her headphones outshine her (even if they didn't light up). The creators of the original FLCL anime intended for it to be chaotic, colorful, and baffling. At the time it was originally aired, it was produced by the company which had previously worked on Neon Genesis Evangelion (a heavily philosophical and heavy-handed anime). So this time around, it was okay for people to not understand it because that was the intention: to enjoy a story that you don't need to look for meaning in. FLCL: Progressive takes that original philosophy and throws it completely out the window. It tries to spell out (painfully) all the things previously kept in the dark, and not only fails, but feels incredibly repetitive and waters down the FLCL charm. It's definitely a hard pass if you're a fan of the original series.