Cartoon Network USA’s And Adult Swim USA’s April Fools’ 2018 Pranks
Yesterday was April Fools’ Day (1st April) and Cartoon Network USA fooled its viewers by letting Richard Watterson from The Amazing World of Gumball interrupt normal programming by being the Easter Bunny and dropping Easter Eggs, he then suddenly presses himself against the screen as he’s chased by a swarm of bees.
Adult Swim USA surprised its viewers on April Fools’ Day by broadcasting a message telling Rick and Morty fans to visit their website, while on the site, fans came across a bizarre spoof Rick and Morty short special with little do with the show except for the use of its characters. The animated short is called “Bushworld Adventures” and its set in Australia, in an alternative universe. The animated short was written and directed by Michael Cusack, a YouTuber known for his psychedelic cartoon style.
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.
Two New Seasons Of FLCL: FLCL Progressive And FLCL Alternative Coming Soon To Adult Swim USA: It Takes An Idiot To Do Cool Things, And That’s Why It’s Cool
Adult Swim USA’s anime block – Toonami has released a trailer for two new seasons of the crazy comedy sci-fi anime – FLCL (“Fooly Cooly”) entitled “Progressive” and “Alternative”. FLCL Progressive will air in June and FLCL Alternative will air in September. FLCL originally came out in 2000 as a short-run anime series of six episodes, the original series was a coming-of-age story about a young boy named Naota, whose life suddenly changes after he gets run over by a wacky pink-haired Vespa scooter-riding humanoid alien woman named Haruko. Naota’s head concussion which was caused by the accident has opened a portal on his head, causing robots to come out. Haruko works for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood and is looking for the Pirate King, meanwhile Naota is being spied on by Commander Amarao from the Bureau of Interstellar Immigration.
According to the trailer, Haruko has continued her journey to another town where she meets a whole bunch of new characters (including two new main characters – Hidomi in “Progressive” and Kana in “Alternative”), as briefly shown at the end of the trailer, there’s going to be more robots and aliens too. The animation studio who worked on the original series – Production I.G has returned to animate the two new seasons, with Adult Swim co-producing. The original FLCL series has aired on Adult Swim USA numerous times since 2003. Japanese rock band – The Pillows have returned to produce music for the two new seasons and Kari Wahlgren (voice for Dorothy in Dorothy and the Wizard Of Oz, Shannon in OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes and Mina in Bunnicula) has reprised her voice acting role as Haruko in the English language version. The two new seasons will have six episodes each.
FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative Descriptions from the Adult Swim press release:
FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous vintage car… and a certain Vespa Scooter”.
FLCL: Alternative, which hands the series over to a totally different team of young creators who will redefine the meaning of “sequel.” The series centers on the misadventures of 17-year-old Kana, a high school junior who spends her days hanging out with her besties, Mossan, Hijiri, and Pets. They live unremarkable lives, until the day a Mecha falls out of the sky, along with a strange woman named “Haruko.” Her plans for Kana and her friends involve the force known as “ATOMSK.” Kana will have to risk everything to decide whether or not to help… like she really has a choice!
On 6th April at C2E2 2018 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo), there will be a special FLCL panel about the two new seasons, joining the panel are Jason DeMarco (co-creator of Toonami and Creative Director for Adult Swim On-Air), Kari Wahlgren as well as Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and Maki Terashima-Furuta from Production I.G. During the panel, there will also a be a sneak preview for FLCL: Progressive and FLCL: Alternative.
From The Adult Swim USA Press Release: New Seasons of Anime Hit Series FLCL Crash Land This Summer: New Seasons of Anime Hit Series FLCL Crash Land This Summer: Adult Swim and Production IG Co-Produce Sequels With Original Cast/Creators
More than 15 years since its original launch in Japan, Adult Swim and Production IG will premiere two new seasons of one of the most insane anime ever created, FLCL, starting on Saturday, June 2nd at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Debuting on Adult Swim’s popular anime block Toonami, the new seasons bring together members of the original animation team with a whole new generation of creators.
“FLCL has always been a personal favorite of mine, and having the opportunity to work with Production IG on these new seasons has been a dream come true,” said Jason DeMarco, senior vice president/creative director for on-air at Adult Swim.
Up first, FLCL: Progressive tells the story of 14-year-old Hidomi, her classmate Ide, and two otherworldly beings, “Jinyu” and “Haruha Raharu,” who are determined to unlock their hidden potential. Mixed up in this is an all-powerful force known as “ATOMSK,” a gorgeous vintage car… and a certain Vespa Scooter.
Following FLCL: Progressive will be another new season, FLCL: Alternative, which hands the series over to a totally different team of young creators who will redefine the meaning of “sequel.” The series centers on the misadventures of 17-year-old Kana, a high school junior who spends her days hanging out with her besties, Mossan, Hijiri, and Pets. They live unremarkable lives, until the day a Mecha falls out of the sky, along with a strange woman named “Haruko.” Her plans for Kana and her friends involve the force known as “ATOMSK.” Kana will have to risk everything to decide whether or not to help… like she really has a choice!
Returning to reprise her role as the enigmatic “Haruko” is talented voice actress Kari Wahlgren (Rick and Morty, Teen Titans) and both seasons will feature original music from Japanese alternative rock band The Pillows. FLCL: Progressive and Alternative are co-produced by Adult Swim and Production IG.