Synonyms: Fooly Cooly, Furi Kuri
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 26, 2000 to Mar 16, 2001
25 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 8.081 (scored by 109045 users)
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action comedy mecha parody sci-fi
SynopsisNaota is a normal Japanese 6th grade boy (although a little cynical), but when his older brother leaves for America to play baseball, his brother leaves his homeless 17 year old girlfriend Mamimi behind. Mamimi is sending mixed signals and advances to Naota, and he doesn't know what to do about her. But to make matters worse, Naota's world is totally turned upside down when he is run over by a woman on a Vespa. During their first encounter, she hits him over the head with her bass guitar, which then causes a horn to grow out of his forehead. She calls herself "Haruko" and her presence changes Naota's life to even further insanity.
Related AnimeAdaptation: FLCL, FLCL
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Director, Storyboard, Planning, Key Animation
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Episode Director, Storyboard, Animation Director, Key Animation
FLCL is as close to a piece of literature as you're ever going to get with an anime series. Fast paced as it may be, the story beautifully presents a theme of growing into maturity, and accompanies it with stunning visuals I've yet to see surpassed. Many comments have been made on how plot is very difficult to follow due to both its speed, and also because of all the symbols, motifs, and dialogue that doesn't reveal its meaning until the very end. Never in any anime have I seen foil characters like Amarao and Ninamori played as such a beautiful literary supplement to the main character Naota's journey into adulthood. To me, this series is the perfect balance of seriousness and humour. It makes you laugh, it makes you think, it pumps you up, its aesthetics impress you, it tells an eloquent story with a great mixture of science fiction and real life, it does everything a good story should do. Add to the mixture a soundtrack comprised almost entirely of music by The Pillows, and you have yourself and incredible piece of film work.
I highly recommend watching this series multiple times (it is short enough for sure - about the length of a movie all together). Each time I watch it, I start to pick up more subtleties, like pieces of foreshadowing dialogue, thematic development between characters and their foils, and witty humour. The director's commentary is also extremely insightful to the themes of the story, and I would definitely spend time watching that as well.
Most importantly, I can't stress enough to not be quick to judge this work. If you don't understand everything (and you undoubtedly won't after the first viewing), it certainly does not mean FLCL is "random" or "plotless". It is in my opinion WELL worth a second and third watch in order to pick up as much as you can.
I can't sing enough praise about FLCL. It holds a dear place in my heart, and I hope everyone that reads this can find a great enjoyment in it as well. read more
Some may compare it to a meaningless black painting, others compare it to a symbolic innuendo of sexism; regardless whatever opinions you may hold before watching this, you may toss in the wastebasket right now. FLCL is the peak of mental curiosity, the crux of anime history, the meaningless jumble of human desires scrunched into six short quarter-hour episodes. The pace is so fast that the viewer is shot as a paper ball from a bazooka down from a helicopter, blown out to the moon by kamikaze winds, and then pummeled in the face by a bat wielding Babe-Ruth. But for all this, only one thing is certain: you will have a great time no matter which episode you begin with.
From the very beginning, FLCL appeals to the most basic of human appetite. Camera aiming from one car to the other as if a camper aiming his scope:
Legs spread same width as the shoulders, body tight, and then hit the ball like your defeating the enemy. Here the pinky finger is the key. Then you just hit, hit, hit, kaking-bingo!
With a Nicholas Cage like quality, the speaker rambles on about something vague; you suddenly realize that the person talking isn't a hired hit-man, but rather, a teenage girl holding a baseball bat in a left-handed fashion.
He who conquers the left side conquers the world. Setting the parameters... that’s the really hard part.
With no warning whatsoever, and little dialogue-filler, the girl's body somehow ends up on top of the boy's, right before the boy's body gets mowed down by a Vespa and smashed by a guitar.
That's FLCL for you. Fast paced and merciless, the first episode takes you leaps further than the whole of Naruto, miles above Wall Maria, and leagues beyond the discovery of the One-Piece. You are drawn into a world where your emotions are toyed with, hung upside down on a doorknob, and by the last episode, even your perception of the world has changed. You experience anger and anguish. You have just become another human tricked by the antics of Enokido, but you don't care; all you want is one more episode. Funny enough, there isn't any left; you've finished down all the cookies on the plate.
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FLCL, is a classical piece of anime that is watched by people of all ages. At some point while watching anime, you will have encountered FLCL, whether it is on adult swim, anime networks, friend’s recommendations, or something else. This anime is an extraordinary piece of anime literature. It incorporates many ideas from every single field you can find. The fast-paced plot and the new circumstances keeps viewers constantly on their toes even though the story is only an amazing six episodes long.
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FLCL has an awe inspiring plot. The story starts out mild, as everyday live goes, and the plot quickens as every new character is introduced to the story. The whole story might not make sense to first-time viewers, but this just enables the reader to want to watch the anime over and over again until he or she completely understands what the anime is about. Critics might argue that there did not exist any story, and that the whole anime was based off of characters misinterpreting each other, or a bunch of special ed kids coming together. This is certainly not the case. When one reads a novel by Shakespeare, one does not simply drop the novel just because the language is convoluted and hard to understand. It's Shakespeare for Henry's sake and the same goes to watching FLCL - If the story is less than understandable, then watch, watch, and watch it again.
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The art for FLCL is even more amazing. Every single frame in the anime boils down to completely hand drawn parts, and since FLCL was the test subject for Gainax’s newest and most futuristically equipment for anime, the art is unquestionably great. Plus, if you have watched the movie Avatar, which was produced for millions of dollars, you should know that FLCL was created using the same equipment. Ordinary anime take a long time to make, but FLCL takes even longer. There’s no doubt that, in order to go beyond the scope of human perception, to go outside the box, you would need a corresponding amount of time. Invention is everything.
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I know, I sound like a hypocrite for saying so many absolute statements. The truth is, FLCL was not only made for testing Gainax's equipment’s; it was also used to make a band famous, namely, The Pillows. Few people could ever erase from their memory the soundtracks after watching the anime. A wave of nostalgia passes every time when steam pours out of the large building and covers the city with a warm, white steam; the soundtrack playing in the background presents us with an unforgettable voice that reminds images of towns with nice people and nicer climates.
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The characters were the pinnacle of classical anime. To be able to develop the characters in only six episodes to an extent where the viewer is left with feelings of abandon and awe, is strangely fantastic. It is impossible to let go, because during the six episodes that we’ve experienced, it seems almost as if we were in the town with the characters themselves. Who wouldn’t want to have an alien as a friend?
Haruko - A crazy good looking girl that drives a yellow Vespa. She plays the guitar and sometimes uses it as a weapon. She also goes and save Naota every time he gets in trouble. Rumors say that she is the member of the international police. A classical clichéd character with a catch: she came before the others.
Naota - A regular schoolboy that has a skeptical outlook on life. He leads a boring lifestyle and has an immature dad, who he doesn't like. A character that would be sure to make you root for him throughout the entire episodes.
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This anime is all about enjoyment. The whole plot revolves around picking you up from the stress and weights of everyday life and toss you into a whirlpool of desire and ecstasy. Who has time for work when you've got a guitar wielding alien?
Indeed, nothing amazing happens here. Only the ordinary~
The anime actions, the crazyness that you dont understand but makes you wanna watch it anyway.
Simliar animation, lots of random crazy funny moments, but the pervertedness is a few more clicks up the scale than FLCL
those two have many, many mindfuck-moments, it isn't really an anime who can watch anyone (some could even barf)
the animations are often cartoon-like, the storyline is very weird and the characters are mad... more than mad, just mindfuck!
for people, who are sometimes high, and those ones, who aren't epileptics surely a commendations
Same action and comedy styles.
What these two have in common is their lack of boundries. Both go places and do things that will leave your jaw on the floor. The writers of both series were really on the ball when it come to maign dialigue which is nothing short of hilarious. Plenty of action and side splitting comedy with just a touch of drama to move the plot along; a pefect combination.
Dead Leaves is like FLCL on a lot more drugs.
Same humor, same crazy characters and both are fucking insane.
If you liked Dead Leaves, you'll like the same sort of crazy energy and action that's found all over FLCL. On the flip side, if you liked FLCL for it's heart, for it's smart usage of energy and action to tell a story about youth, responsibility, innocence lost, and for it's ability to transcend genre and medium to tell a compelling literary story, then Dead Leaves is not for you. This is really just a one way street. If you like Dead Leaves you'll like FLCL, the reverse, however, is not necessarily true. Dead Leaves is FLCL without the emotion and intelligence.
both have a unique style of animation and both have over the top humor. These are the kinds of animes that you don't take seriously and are best enjoyed watching with friends while getting wasted. :)
Both of these can be described with 4 words. Insanely awesome and trippy.
If your into chaotic action and humor with an underlying story of epic proportions then you would be well served with either series.
First of all, they both have a similar animation style. They both are really crazy, with no apparent logic or storyline. Aaand... both are really funny xD
If you want something random, try this on for size.
Both are crazily animated. Wild characters. Crazy and random storyline.
If you thought Fooly Cooly was a wild trip then you better prepare yourself, Dead Leaves takes Fooly Cooly's craziness and multiplies it tenfold, you'll finish Dead Leaves confused yet satisfied.
Estes dois animes, têm imenso em comum: os seus desenhos, que os acho fora do vulgar, mas muito originais (principalmente o de dead leaves, que tem mais ar de ser um desenho animado da nickelodeon); as suas historias, ambos envolvem ficção cientifica, aliens, robots e etc; a acçao que tambem é extrema; e as suas situaçoes caricatas, com humor bastante desavorgonhado por vezes e um pouco extremo xD. Nao sei se os criadores de dead leaves, serao os mesmos de FLCL, mas se o forem, não me admiro, pois tambem encontro ali umas quantas semelhanças tanto em traço dos desenhos, como do restante. Sao dois dos melhores animes que ja tive o prazer de ver, para alem dos aspectos em cima mencionados, mas tambem por serem muitos diferentes do habitual em todos os pontos. Ambos uma experiencia diferente no campo, que altamente recomendo
Both are fucking crazy and gets the blood pumping
Production I.G. was part of the FLCL Production Committee. About 3 years after FLCL, Production I.G. made Dead Leaves, which inherits some of FLCL's crazy spirit and energetic visuals. Retro's TV head seems like a Canti reference.
Same creators, both have crazy random action with hard-to-follow stories. The difference is, Dead Leaves is the wrong way of approaching this type of animation while FLCL does a much better job. Everything about Dead Leaves is repulsive and juvenile (sex, fart, poop jokes everywhere) while FLCL retains some class. Dead Leaves feels like it's trying too hard to be random and edgy, while FLCL feels like its craziness is at least motivated by the characters and story. Either way, this is true of both: you'll either love it or hate it.
random and fast paced. Never quite sure whats going on.
They both seem to have a message no matter how hard it is to actually see without standing back. Again they have the same what the fuck moments and make you feel awkward at times.
It's simply amazing how wild these shows can be.
FLCL and Dead Leaves are more or less the same stile of anime.
Both are fast, crazy and nutty.
Psychedelic animation and an abundance of robots
Both have crazy art styles, action scenes, and unexplainable events. Over the top, over the top, over the top.
Very similar humor, as well as similar animation. It's not like we're ever gonna get to see how FLCL ends, but Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann I think carries the same sort of tone very well, and even takes things a step or two further in the drama department.
This anime has the same feel as FLCL. It is directed be an artist that did some animation for FLCL. I recomend this anime for any FLCL fan.
A young male protagonist with a cute girl beside him, unidentifyable (did i just make up a new word?) action/fight scenes, fast-moving frames and story. Besides, Simon is clearly a copy of Naota. If you liked one, you will probably like the other.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has insane mecha action similar to Furi Kuri, even the drills thing. The whole series is mad and basically in the same genre.
Both have mecha, and they're both strangely addictive. Both have amazing soundtracks
FLCL and Lagann are Gainax's own flesh and blood, meaning that they contain incredible action with madness everywhere. Although for Lagann this is mostly true for first episodes, that's enough. Furthermore, both series showcase robots. In FLCL they come out of the hero's head, in Lagann they're head-shaped themselves.
These shows have the same style of animation, comedy and way over the top awesome fightscenes, though TTGL is somewhat less crazy. While FLCL spends time developing its characters and Gurren Lagann has a more palpable and classic story, they give off a very similar feel.
The Same Studio, Awesome Animation, A great story, And Furi Kuri has even better music, Both of these animes are must watch. ^^
Furi Kuri is mainly a kid seeking out adventure and to escape the chains of what society has causing him to do. Well if you're looking for that adventure to take place then Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is your key to really FIGHT DA POWAH!
TTGL is similar to FLCL is random comedy and random events, but instead takes it to a basically epic level with more robots and extreme explosions!. So I highly recommend this anime to FLCL fans.
These two series have a lot in common. Since they're both made by the same company, GAINAX, then you can expect them to be a lot alike.
Both animes focus on growing up and becoming a man but they don't show it in a boring way. These animes will get you pumped and energized just from the first episode. The energy level in one anime is pretty much equal to the other. Other things these anime have in common are: they both focus on first love, estranged parent-child relationships, being yourself, mecha and how to be cool. If you liked one, you'll like the other.
And if you're quoting characters from one show, you'll be doing the same or the other.
Both are from Gainax Studio, both are created by same team and both have a lot of crazy, insane, surrealistic, GAR scenes and battles. Also both begin with a child who is afraid of the situation in which he got (Simon and Naota Nandaba) and a conrade with a lot of EPIC moves (Kamina and Haruhara Haruko).
It's rare to find an anime, or any show for that matter, that illuminates the human spirit or emotion, but oddly enough both these anime do it. *neither of these anime are random, they are deliberate and informed.
Classic Gainax. From story and style to bizarre mecha and over the top action, both series share a similar epic quality amidst the chaos.
crazy sci fi stuff with robots!!
Both have over the top and stylized action and ridiculous and overreacting character animations.
FLCL and TTGL are very smilar in a lot of things. (even the shortcuts have same number of letters) I won't write a lot, but be sure: If you liked FLCL, you'll like TTGL too!
Same producer, similar art style, amazing soundtrack and bombastic mecha fights, oh and did I mention they both have a wild sense of humour? Basically watch TTGL if you liked FLCL.
If you thought FLCL was over-the-top fun, check out Gurren Lagann. The action is just as insane and it adds a whole lot of heart.
Well for starters, Gainax is involved in both series.
TTGL and FLCL incorporates the usage of action, drama, and comedy. The main characters becoming archetype heroes and some of the characters are totally crazy.
The animation visuals are also similar in both series that becomes quite addictive when mixed together with its action scenes. The way the humor is executed in both series is also quite entertaining that is often absurd and over-the-top.
Both series are quite unique and worth giving a shot.
Gainax was part of the FLCL Production Committee. About 6 years after FLCL, Gainax made Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Like FLCL, it has some action, some comedy, some overtly sexual imagery, and it follows a young boy's path to adulthood and self-discovery.
Both are a coming of age Gainex anime with wacky adventures and animation.
Besides both being from Gainax, the two main protagonists are rather similar. They have mecha in them, and several parts that do not make any sense at all. They are more fun than great, but fun is good in its own right, right?
Both are super crazy, especially Gurren Lagann near the end. They also both include mech/ robot type thingys. Basically, whoever wrote either of them must have been going through some mental breakdown at the time.
Also very funny and features some good action and strong coming of age elements.
Opening Theme#1: "One Life" by The Pillows (ep 1)
#2: "Instant Music" by The Pillows (eps 2-3)
#3: "Happy Bivouac" by The Pillows (ep 4)
#4: "Runners High" by The Pillows (ep 5)
#5: "Carnival" by The Pillows (ep 6)
Ending Theme"Ride On Shooting Star" by The Pillows
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