Toonami USA’s 2018 April Fools’ Joke Japanese Audio And The First Episode (Subbed) Of FLCL Alternative
Adult Swim’s USA’s Toonami anime block turned Japanese at midnight on April Fools’ Day with all episodes and presentation being aired in the Japanese language with exception to English subtitles, even Adult Swim’s logo was shown in Japanese text. This was an unexpected and refreshing change and it was a chance for U.S. anime fans to hear Toonami’s shows in its original language on television. The block was running as normal with a full English soundtrack until midnight (1st April 12am) ET/PT, that was when everything suddenly changed, even block hosts TOM and SARA were talking in Japanese.
Also another unexpected surprise was the first episode for one of the two new upcoming seasons of the revived FLCL anime series, FLCL Alternative. The episode aired with Japanese audio but it had subtitles in English. The block carried on until 6am, which is when Cartoon Network USA’s daytime schedule starts.
FLCL Alternative will premiere on Toonami in September, where as the other new FLCL series – FLCL Progressive will premiere in June.
UPDATE: Adult Swim will be re-running the original FLCL series on Saturday 14th April from 11.30pm ET/PT.