Are you a fan of the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming? Adult Swim features series and programs geared towards grown-ups, that should be watched with the little ones are fast asleep. It’s considered “adult content,” but it’s not porn or anything like that. It just means that it just contains content or language not suitable for younger audiences.
I first learned about Adult Swim a while back when I would hear people talking about one of it’s most popular series, Rick and Morty. I had to check it out for myself. While I’m not really a big fan of the series, I can see why people like it. It can be funny, and also very weird.
Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, Family Guy and Robot Chicken are other popular Adult Swim series.
One of Adult Swim’s popular anime series, FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative, are both available today, for the first time, on Blu-ray combo pack from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
The series is based on the original anime series written by Yōji Enokido and from director Kazuya Tsurumaki.
“During its twelve-week run on Adult Swim’s Toonami, FLCL was #1 in its timeslot, and garnered a huge fan following,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE, Senior Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family. “We think both the fans and newcomers are going to love the Combo Pack with it exciting behind the scenes extra content, in addition to the final 12 highly anticipated episodes from the fanatical series.”
FLCL is about a boy named Naota who lives with his widowed father and grandfather. He is involved in an accident with a girl named Haruko, who rides a yellow Vespa. After helping him, Haruko hits him in the heat with her vintage guitar (a very strange thing to do). It turns out that Haruko is an alien investigator, and by hitting Naota in the head she created a portal which allows giant robots to emerge from. However, Haruko is not telling him the full truth.
In FLCL: Progressive, the story involves a 14-year-old girl named Hidomi. Haruko returns, but this time in the form of a teacher. This time around she drives a Chrysler Bel Aire, as well as her yellow Vespa.
FLCL: Alternative is a continuation of the saga involving Haruko. This time around Haruko and a high school student named Kana.
If you have never seen the show before, none of what I said will make sense. Fans of the show will know exactly what I am talking about.
To be honest, I have never heard of the show until now. I’m “on the fence” when it comes to anime. Some of it I like, other shows I don’t. It’s hit or miss. I can’t get into Dragonball Z, but I like Attack on Titan. Go figure.
Because I don’t really know if I’m going to like an anime series, I don’t normally go out of my way to watch them. For that reason, I never heard of FLCL before.
It took watching a few episodes before I got vested into the story line. The first two episodes were kind of weird, but then I started to get into it. Now I find myself wanting to continue watching to see how the next episode plays out.
I have not finished the entire Blu-ray combo pack yet. I am chiseling away at it day after day, watching when I have the opportunity.
There is some bonus content on this combo pack.
FLCL: Progressive & Alternative Combo Pack includes a 15-minute never-before-seen documentary that dives into the making of both seasons featuring interviews with voice talent and crew. Additional special features include a “Meet the Creators” piece focused on the new era of show creators, a segment about “The Pillows” relationship with the series, a glimpse at the English voice actors behind FLCL together, and a look into the production of FLCL: Alternative.
The combo pack includes all twelve episodes;
- RE: Start
- Freebie Honey
- Stone Skipping
- Fool On the Planet
- Our Running
- Flying Memory
- Grown-Up Wannabe
- Freestyle Collection
- Shake it Off
- Full Flat
In addition, FLCL: Progressive & Alternative Combo Pack is available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.
Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.
Funko Pop fans (such as myself) will be happy to know that there is FLCL Funko Pop figurines. I was sent one along with a review copy of the series (Blu-ray Combo Pack).
Look for the Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital where ever movies and series are sold. You can also look for the FLCL Funko Pops where ever Funkos are sold.
*I received a free screener copy and Funko Pop in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.