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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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.
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~ Nothing happens here, only the ordinary ~
You've heard of abstract anime, right?
You've heard of shows that completely surpass convention, right?
FLCL or "Fooly Cooly" or "Furi Kuri" is a vast expanse of hyperactivity, fast-paced, nonsensical story-telling, abstract presentation, slapstick comedy, innuendo, slice of life, science fiction and more...
(you can take a breath now)
It is the definition of "abstract" in that i don't even consider it to be an anime; and here's why...
FLCL is an "all or nothing", love it or hate it show; because there are 2 fundamental viewpoints and analytical approaches that can be used to evaluate it. To remain relatively impartial, i am going to utilize both of these heavily contrasting arguments to become a part of the rare "middle-ground" viewpoint...
- The "Technical" Viewpoint -
Analyzing FLCL's technical merit as an anime title; with a start, middle, and end...
From a technical perspective, FLCL can only be given low amounts of quantifiable praise for the most part. This is because 2 of the most important parts of any animated title or novel: story and character, are generally quite poor...
FLCL is a highly abstract title after all, with a very vague and arguably non-existent development of a plot line in the form of a journey or growth. Many would argue that this show is nothing but a random and nonsensical arrangement of spontaneous events. It's fast-paced to a hyperactive extent, and so it's a nightmare to keep up with the current happenings. It's full of pointless and meaningless slapstick humor that cheapens the show, makes it impossible to take seriously as an anime, and gives it a "loony toons" vibe of immaturity (which is ironic if you read on).
Therefore most people who reflect on the technicalities of FLCL conclude that in terms of long-term storytelling, and an overriding plot, the show completely lacks fluidity, clarity, and consistency. Therefore rendering it unable to build up a conceivable and/or gripping plot...
It is to be expected of a very short anime, that the characters excluding our main protagonist aren't really "developed" at all. Their design is generic for the most part, uninspiring and conforming to a multitude of cliched stereotypes. Furthermore, they're not nearly sufficiently elaborated upon in the form of emotional growth, changes or back stories to trigger many attachment values. In contrast however, the way in which they all interact is quite clever. It's both crazy and casual at the same time, which leads to an interesting integration of abnormality, into normality.
Due to its time-scale, and it's ever-changing, inconsistent structure, FLCL fails to develop over a long term. Though it does however succeed in the short term, due to it's immediate presentation methods...
If from a technical aspect, there's one light at the end of the tunnel; then it's this integration of casual dialogue/character chemistry, and the way that it maintains an immersive and realistic atmosphere in the midst of all of the craziness. This is helped by the viewpoint of our relatable and therefore arguably the only clearly "considered" character: Naota. He is our realistic protagonist who is critical to the meaning behind FLCL (as i will mention later), and alongside the appropriately uplifting, youthful, casual soundtrack, his existence allows for some slice of life elements to shine through. This means that FLCL is atleast good painting a very "ordinary", therefore relatable, therefore immersive picture; in the immediate term, which provides a very care-free atmosphere to remind you that if you've gotten this far, then you're taking the show too seriously...
- The "Artistic" Viewpoint
Analyzing FLCL's artistic merit and intentions as an "expression"
FLCL is a show that hides the very heavy topic of growing up and maturing into adulthood, behind an ironically "immature" veil of nonsensical slapstick. Those who are generally more open-minded argue that FLCL intends to defy convention in such a bold way to enhance its meaning. This abstract nature is prominent enough to argue that those who only see a "bad anime" here, simply don't understand atall...
The events that take place in FLCL happen at such a blinding and incomprehensible speed, and the show's duration is short: to resemble the pure chaos of the very small amount of time that it takes for a child to loose his/her youth and reach maturity. It is a show that documents the "race" to adulthood.
All of the characters besides Naota appear as "stupid" and "immature", hence the continuous slapstick comedy: to represent the plight of adolescents who feel as though their "non-adult" status nullifies the relevance of the words they utter. This references the rather dark and isolated viewpoint that mankind itself is nonsensical and that "only I" make sense in this world of barbarians/corrupt/immature "adults" who don't live up to their title. This can be linked to the corruption of mankind's rigid and flawed administrative infrastructure.
Those who evaluate FLCL artistically are likely to conclude that it is a very meaningful and relatable show, disguised in a form so abstract that it can only be seen in a good light; if people look into the reasoning behind its bold methods. FLCL documents the plight of adolescents who feel as though they have to force maturity upon themselves by feigning ignorance in childish/immature things, to become better than the evidently immature/corrupt adult dictators that are responsible for the flawed administration of the modern world in which we live.
Considering both viewpoints, it's obvious that FLCL is a show that needs to be looked at from an artistic perspective in order to work. It is therefore not an anime... but an artistic expression instead. It's therefore hard to give quantifiable credit with an ordinary reviewing approach, which could misleadingly cause people to think lowly of the title.
FLCL works on some levels, and doesn't on others (though again, arguable this is intentional). I am going to turn a technically "1 to 2" show to a "6" due to its very meaningful, deep and relatable artistic values which could equate to a "10"... therefore averaging out in my opinion just above the half-way point. FLCL therefore serves to show us that there is a limit to how abstract and minimalist an anime can be, and still be easily praised from a "MAL reviewing" perspective...
Which is shown here to be quite a rigid one...
Do i recommend the show?
- To answer a question with a question, can you be open-minded enough to appreciate it?
~ Nothing amazing happens here, only the ordinary ~ read more
FLCL, Furi Kuri, or Fooly Cooly is an anime that is about as difficult to review as it is to fooly understand (ha!). People either love this series or they hate it. There really is no middle of the road opinion. That being said, most people can agree on one thing: this anime has energy. It's fast paced. It's crazy. Whether or not these are all good qualities is up to the viewer.
Growing up is hard, but almost everyone is ready to make that leap at some point. In Naota's case, it is especially hard. He is surrounded by people older than but less mature than him, he is confused by the signals he receives from the women in his life, and he just wants to be taken seriously. These are all very real, very relatable problems that teenagers facing adolescence have to deal with. We pretty much all have that one older kid who is so cool that we want to be just like them. For Naota, that is his older brother who recently left Japan to play baseball in America. With this role model in his life gone, Naota puts pressure on himself to grow up.
He pretends to not care about things, he forces himself to drink sour beverages over sweet ones, and above all he tries to throw away the childhood that he still desperately wants to cling to. His classmates and his own father act younger than him, making Naota feel isolated and frustrated. However, his primary struggle is one we can all relate to. He doesn't know how to cope with his own feelings. Throughout the series, the dialogue is filled with sexual innuendos which represent Naota's mind being assaulted with thoughts of sex. With no trusted adults to go to for help, his feelings of isolation only grow and grow.
The animation is breathtaking. It creates an incredible atmosphere full of color and emotion. Every character looks great and moves in a fluent and natural way; whether that entails them having a normal conversation or violently flying across the screen depends on the scene. Not to mention, The Pillows did a fantastic job of providing a musical backdrop that fits in perfectly.
This is the most energetic anime I have ever seen. Right off the bat (baseball reference not intended), it hits the ground running and never slows down. What better way to demonstrate a rushed maturation process than an action packed six episode series? For some, it is too fast and too crazy. I feel that if I sit down and really process it bit by bit, it all slows down and turns out to be a very organized and cohesive story. But how original is a coming of age story? It seems that every show these days has characters that grow to be more mature versions of themselves. Not that this is a bad thing, but it is definitely a theme that is well explored. However FLCL keeps things fresh because it really is the definition of a "style over substance" series. The final destination is by no means new, but the road they take to get there is innovative, exciting, and truly a wonderful experience. read more
Ah, Fooly Cooly. I was very excited to start watching this series, as I noticed it was from Gainax of Evangelion fame. There were some elements of this show that I thought were very well done, but for me the overall story and characterizations made me feel extremely disappointed after finishing the last episode.
First I'll start off with what I really enjoyed about this series. The art design I truly thought was superb, I enjoyed it. What is also very unique and creative is how throughout the series different styles of animation emerge, such as bullet-time, manga panels, a South Park-esque style, and many more. I felt the art and animation was very fresh and exciting to watch. In addition, the music in this shows has a very cool, modern vibe to it. Expect to hear a lot of really awesome guitar and rock music. The visual and audio aspects of this show are what I really feel shines in this show.
Now, as for the story... I for one will acknowledge that I tend to be very particular about my anime. My favorite shows are typically character driven, with less emphasis on plot. Unfortunately in this anime, I had a difficult time even following the plot. Perhaps this merits another watch-through, but I honestly did not enjoy the show enough to do that. To me the plot was very frazzled. I did not really understand Haruko's objectives, which I am sure is central to the show. Overall, I believe that the show may have been far too fast paced for my enjoyment. I do understand why it was fast paced, seeing as it is a six episode OVA. And I do feel as if there is a coming-of-age story buried in this hodge-podge of a show, but it is so unclear to me.
In conclusion, I would recommend this show to anyone looking for some really well done Japanese ANIMATION, but not story. Stylistically this show is one of the most original I have ever seen, and it does score some points from me for that. And for those of you who enjoy this show, I think that is wonderful; I guess it just isn't my taste. read more
Innovation is a term that is thrown around a lot these days and is used almost interchangeably with the word creativity. But, innovation and creativity are actually two very different things. Creativity is just novelty, while innovation is novelty that has value attached to it. While we do see glimpses of authentic creativity occasionally, true innovation is almost impossible to come across.
In the beginning of the millennium, Gainax tried to do what they do best – innovate. To recreate the magic of the legendary Neon Genesis Evangelion, they utilized the same key members of the staff, appointing Kazuya Tsurumaki as the director and Yoji Enokido, the author of the original FLCL novels, as the scriptwriter. And at the end of April of the year, the first episode of FLCL was released and gave birth to what would become yet another Gainax success story.
FLCL (Fooly Cooly or Furi Kuri) tells the tale of a precocious punk named Naota. When his brother left for America, he and Mamimi (his girlfriend) are left devastated and stumble through each day, finding solace only through each other’s thoughts of the brother. However, all this changes when an extraordinarily eccentric (borderline insane) girl, Haruko, barges into their lives and changes Naota inside and out. What follows is Naota’s coming of age story, crammed with outlandish sci-fi incidents that will light the way the way to adulthood.
FLCL takes up the word “chaos”, chews it up, spits it out and moulds it into something that’s preposterous even for Gainax’s standards. The storyline is erratic to say the least. What starts out as a wacky comedy about a kid and an oddity of a woman, turns into an over the top sci-fi series that attempts to showcase the fragility of the human mind. One second it’s about sexual innuendos, the next it’s about giant mecha emerging out of a kid’s head. It lacks any sort of consistency whatsoever and the end result is an indecisive plot that is more confusing than it is entertaining. This “middle finger factor” of the show gives off the illusion that an episode is longer than the thirty minutes of runtime. However, the true meaning and context of the show is still open for interpretation and lacks traits of any particular genre it belongs to.
The randomness and spontaneity of the crazy events does have its charm and works to the show’s advantage at times. But the complete lack of coherence does get to you and leads from “What the hell am I watching?!” to “Why the hell am I still watching?!” The absence of a strong and well directed plot is made obvious by the really cheap and downright silly humor. The jokes are not tasteful and unless you find getting run over by a scooter and whacked by a guitar funny, there’s nothing LOLable. Things even get severely disgusting at times.
Criticism aside, I land on one of the anime’s strong suits – the art. It excels in this department. The artwork is very stylish and exudes creativity. The characters look unique and are recognizable within an instant. You even have different styles employed, such as manga panels, cartoony and even a few scenes where the environments and characters are drawn in a South Park-like fashion. For an anime made a decade ago, the movement is very fluid and there are very few still shots. Here, Gainax innovates and the graphics look dated at no point. A perfect score.
FLCL shoots and scores with the soundtrack as well. The background music consists of several pieces made by the band Pillows. The rock band works well in creating some head thumping English tracks. It would certainly be a boon to the anime industry if these fellows were to make more tracks for anime.
The characters in FLCL are an eccentric group of locals, most of who are mentally deranged. Naota is the standard Gainax “kid-who-wants-the-power-but-not-the-responsibility” protagonist. The silver lining is that instead of just his psychological warfare on whether or not to accept the powers, you also get to see him battling his lusty pubertal desires. There is a certain amount of depth to his personality, but nothing that would top your favorites list. His character design was probably the inspiration for Simon of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Mamimi is, once again, an intriguing character, but she is sidetracked along the middle. The star of the show is Haruko. This disturbing woman takes the cake when it comes to randomness. Her seiyu, Mayumi Shintami does her job perfectly and projects Haruko impeccably as an annoying, yet likeable character.
The enjoyment factor is what splits the audience into two halves. On one side, you have the average anime viewer, who has his/her tastes limited to only a few genres and on the other, we have hardcore fans who are experienced with a wide plethora of shows. Viewers who are part of the former will probably have to turn their brains off to enjoy the mayhem that ensues in order to feel their time well spent. But it is a very difficult task considering that the show attempts to be intelligent and crazy at the same time. It is the exact opposite if you’re a case of the latter. Seasoned Gainax fans will feel right at home with all the hidden references and the troubled teenager hero. It’s just that they would be much more familiar with the spontaneity than those who are yet to watch a lot of the studio’s works.
[ THE WRAP-UP ]
FLCL is an anime that is a total hit-or-miss, mostly relying on your experiences with Gainax’s works. The coming of age element in the plot is completely buried because of the inane lightheartedness and when watched casually, it’s easy to miss. While it can be watched as a fun “go with the flow” show, the arbitrariness of it all irritates more than it enthralls. Thankfully, the animation in this six episode series spices up the scenes and makes for some excellent eye candy. The Pillows, a J-Rock band, play their part in making the anime technically sound by providing some wonderful tracks. Overall, FLCL is something that you would want to watch if you’re looking for something to tingle your taste for the bizarre, but a series that you must avoid at all costs if you’re looking for something thought provoking or well-drawn out. read more
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.
Extremely fast-paced action, vivid colors.
Both are crazy, trippy, sci-fi comedies with fast pacing when you don´t really know what they are about but you can really enjoy them. Both have random as well as some perverted moments.
Both are insanely wacky anime with very sporadic animation. Dead Leaves animation is much weirder and harder to get used to.
Both have no lack of comedy and are pretty funny.
Both can be pretty vulgar. Dead Leaves is the much more raunchy one of the two.
Both have good dubs though that is merely subjective.
Both are very confusing but can still be enjoyed if you don't understand them.
Both have very high rewatch value due to how short they are in length. Dead Leaves is less than an hour long while FLCL can be finished in under 3 hours.
I prefer Dead Leaves though that is just me.
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.
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.
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.
Both have over the top and stylized action and ridiculous and overreacting character animations.
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.
If you liked the art on either of these series, I have good news for you. Both series look a lot like eachother when you compare the art. They both have some mecha elements. if you liked Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, you should try FLCL. Not everybody likes it, but if you do you'll be on for a very good ride.
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.
Over-the-top action that makes little to no sense is found in both these series. However, they both hold various stories about the realities of growing up and discovering new things.
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a very similar level of fun compared to FLCL. If you watched FLCL, you should watch TTGL.
Both are off the wall, eccentric and creative shows. They consist of insane battles and fun adventure. Although, FLCL is a lot more...difficult to follow. 2 highly enjoyable anime that are very entertaining.
Super crazy and super fun screw common sense, the art still is similar and both are (in a way) a coming of age story where our protagonist realizes their worth in the universe.
The anime have very similar fast paced zaney action and over the top comedy. The art style and use of colours can also be thought to be similar. Definitely both are worth a watch.
These shows are very similar in their over the top nature. Kill la Kill is very high energy and constant action, whereas FLCL has it's moments of peace. Both these shows are very interesting and fun to watch.
Similar art styles and whackiness make Kill la Kill a must-try for FLCL fans.
FLCL and Kill la Kill are the epitomes of craziness with their delivery.
Both series possess an explosive energy that will draw you in with their action, comedy, drama, and dialogues. By explosive standards, both shows go beyond logic and intensify themselves with their artwork and characters.
Both series' main female protagonists also possess a high degree of energy that unleashes itself like a time-ticking bomb. Their artwork is also similar along with their stunning soundtracks.
These two anime have similar art styles, and both deal with adolescence (FLCL with a boy and Kill La Kill with a girl). They also both have crazy fight scenes, and similar humor.
If you're looking for the craziness similar to Flcl then look no further, the action is crazy and pretty much throws logic out the window.
The soundtrack on both are awesome, but Flcl easily takes the cake with its amazing soundtrack. They also share that Over-the-top nature.
Both are full of high-action ridiculousness and randomness. The animation is also similar and so is the comedy.
Kill la Kill and FLCL are both just all-round really fun to watch.
Wild animation, bizarre plotlines, cool characters, and sweet soundtracks.
If you liked the oddity of FLCL, Kill la Kill delivers its fair share of strangeness, though in a much more direct format. Its humor has a lot of basis in cartoonish antics, fan service gags, and puns (so many puns). While definitely not sharing the surrealism of FLCL, it has a lot of the same attitude, and can be an enjoyable romp.
Notably, the two series share some production team members, including Hiroyuki Imaishi.
Fooly Cooly. One of the first animes I saw and one of the reasons I started my...well, obsession of wanting to watch anime all the time. I was always a little sad at how short Fooly Cooly was and how there weren't that many animes like it around. Then 12 years later Kill La Kill jumps into my life and fills the hole that was once in my heart. Imaishi, Hiroyuki strikes again. The art, random ass story, animation style, and comedy are VERY similar in these two anime. If you've seen FLCL or have been watching KLK I highly recommend the other. Really excited for Kill La Kill. Hope it gets a good reception so this style of comedy can thrive in the anime world.
Over the top insanity and nonsense. Similar art styles and fighting styles with bizarre characters that keep getting stronger and more bizarre. Basically the two shows are just some of the weirdest thingd you will ever watch and if you like that, then both of these are good for you.
They're both just crazy.
They're also extremely fun and essentially have you saying "I don't know what I'm watching but I love it!"
Both are ridiculous but have a lot of action's scene.
It's a wonder these two shows don't come from the same studio. Both anime have a strikingly similar overdramatic feeling, accentuated by changing soundtracks and ridiculous animation. And if you thought Kill la Kill's plot was hard to follow, you'll be blown away by FLCL's. The latter also has the advantage of much less fanservice.
Similar animation, characters, and have almost constant action, with a similar type of comedy
Both are action comedies with fast pacing, plot twist and overall craziness. They have similar art and similar feeling to them. Kill la Kill is more ecchi while FLCL is more dementia.
Both are over the top, and the animation and art style in Kill la Kill reminded me a lot of FLCL. They are both awesome animes!
Both series are insanely fun, insanely awesome or just insane. Both seem like some screwed up story which turns out to be more than just nonsense.
Same studio and a good amount of parody in both titles.
alot of the same zany and wild comic approach. it you like comedys then you'll love abenobashi
Both animes are full of wacky situations, fast-paced animation, similar characters, and just a ton of fun randomness! Abenobashi has all the things that made FLCL awesome just with double the amount of episodes, way more allusions, a bit more ecchi, and Osaka accents. Can't go wrong with that. :]
wow, the comparison is so close that i thought this was a continuation of FLCL some how.
Abenobashi features some great animation direction from Gainax animators like Hiroyuki Imaishi, who made his first big splash with the mind-blowing visuals in FLCL. Both series also follow a boy's emotional growth, though Abenobashi's development is considerably less bombastic and blunt than FLCL's. And of course, both are full of hilarious otaku-centered humor.
If you like twisted plots, and funny scenes all the time. You'll like this series. It's made by Gainax too, and have many references to many pop cultural manga & anime stuff. It's a weird comedy, but you'll have a good time with Abenobashi.
Both are similarly ridiculous and have crazy art styles. There is some sort of underlying story in both, but i think Abenobashi's is more prominent.
First of all, both of these are not very mainstream, not the most original thing ever or anything, mut not mainstream either.
FLCL and Abenobashi look pretty similar, they both have kinda same kind of drawing style and stuff. Animation looks pretty much the same, both have pretty awesome animation, smooth but still very rapid at times. And on fast scenes there happens a lot of stuff and you have to be sharp to see everything.
If you liked FLCL, but thought it was a bit too confusing and you really kind of didn't get what it was about, Abenobashi might be the right one for you.
Also if you liked the humour on one, you'd propably like it on the other one. The way the humour is told is very similar too.
Similarities are propably because both of these are made by studio Gainax, studio that has produced NGE and PSG also. FLCL and Abenobashi are very stylish ones too, definitely worth watching, especially if you loved the other one of these.
Colorful, pretty absurd atmosphere and explosive characters. :)
The flow of how the story is told and unravels is similar.
Both stories also seems to be surreal, yet still have some ties to what used to be reality.
It seems to be a coming of age type of story, but told in a round about way.
What strikes me most similar would probably be the bold animation style.
Both has over the top animation, where it exaggerates cartoonish aspects.
It also contains a lot of symbolism, which is subtle or used as the stage of the episode.
Both are Gainex coming of age stories with the same wacky atmosphere.
Both have a very similar humor and near identical amount of randomness. Abenobashi is much more story driven, but they both deliver a lot of confused laughs, and have a surprisingly dark tone at times.
If you could handle Excel Saga's insanity, then i'm sure you can handle Furi Kuri's. It's shorter, faster, and it has a yellow vespa!
If Excel Saga was short, had a confused boy, and had philosophical undertones (or any plot at all) it would be Furi Kuri.
Excel Saga and FLCL are similar in that they are both extremely random and fast-paced anime with a plot structure that is all over the place more often than not. Zany and wacky to the extreme, these are series that poke fun at virtually everything - with a special focus on pop culture and anime in particular. Both are parodies that mock themselves as well as several genres, FLCL mostly concerned with mecha and ES covering a gamut of genres from horror to romantic comedy. In both there is an endless quantity of references to other anime and manga, and the level of hyper insanity that makes FLCL a stunning visual fest is preserved in ES' energetic craziness.
If you like animes without heavy meaning, and "I don't know what's going on, but it's so funny", those are for you. Don't miss Excel Saga DVD bonus episode!
Very strange and funny thing with many references to other anime
both extremly strange animes with randomness to the max
every character in both shows (except for our main guy in FLCL) is totally messed up
the main heroines in both shows are the same: weird, crazy and unpredictable but you can't help likeing them just a bit.
if your into anime with barely any plot or plots thats too confusing, watch these shows.
Okay so you think FLCL is insane, let me just say that Excel Saga takes the insanity of FLCL and brings it to a degree that was thought to be unreachable. Amazingly both are similar in that both try to experiment with different types of animation and genres.
Both series feature off-the-wall craziness, crude humor, superb animation, and two of the wildest (and weirdest) heroines in anime. Light on story but heavy on the laughs, FLCL and Excel Saga are strikingly original and addicting in their own perversity.
Feeling sad? Having a tough day at school? Having a long day at work?
If so, Excel Saga and FLCL are sure to put you off at a better mood with loads of insanity provided in each crazy episode that you won't want to miss!
they both have not very clear storylines. very unique characters. crazy gags. and they both have some anime parodies.
Both thrive on absolute randomness, absurdism, and complete insanity. Both spoof older anime. Both have similar styles of humor.
High energy crazy editing beautiful surrealism
Both shows have a whole lot of wtf going on. They both have a high random factor and deal with aliens, angels, spoofs of other shows and a whole lot more.
Both of them are full of crazy madness, maded by Gainax. Same cool driving music, awesome characters, same sense of humor. And also they about teenagers life.
It's simple...Both of them are pure GAINAX animes!!!A full package of humour,endless entartaintment,quality music and non-stop action...Banzai GAINAX!!!
Both are incredibly random.
both includes insane scenes and battles with demons. and of course with a very weird weapons.
Both shows have very random humor. Both deal with concepts of aliens, hell, and robots. They also both have very crazy, over the top fight scenes, and catchy music. Finally, both shows are Gainax productions.
Both are absolutely hilarious, ridiculous, and best of all, nonsensical.
If i had to decide on just one anime that was similar to FLCL i would definitely say Panty & Stocking. It's not that these two are overly similar in story or possibly even genre, cause there not, but the kind of comedy and how the characters acted in FLCL i found very similar in panty and stocking. And I enjoyed that both were rather short series, short and sweet as they say.
Both are crazy action comedies. Sometimes you wouldn´t even know what is going on and it´s trippy but enjoyable ride. Both have similar animation and both were made by Gainax.
People complain about FLCL because it's too random. Those people have not seen PSG.
- Shit monster
- The ghosts of all the sperm cells that have been wiped up by tissues
- A "Saving Private Ryan" homage... but with semen
- Demon with breats that shoot cream
- Food-based demonic indecency
- A quest to destroy all copies of a sex tape involving a protagonist and Johnny Bravo
- Zombies being fought off with sex toys
- Tons of swearing deliberately in Engrish
Y'know, all the usual stuff.
Panty and Stocking with is the first anime series I ever watched all the way through. It's an amazing self-aware comedy that satirizes anime and animation in general, with tons of inappropriate sexual humour. The comedy is complimented by a brilliant art style more reminiscent of western animation than your standard Japanese fair, featuring on-screen onomatopoeia and bright, simplistic designs. The series is short and fast paced like FLCL, but PSG seems the more hectic of the two simply because, like many American cartoons that inspired it, each episode is split into two shorter stories, which works really well, as one story is usually about the titular pair fighting a monster while the other is often a side-story about the ever-zany antics of our favourite naughty angels. This makes a viewing session easy to get into because there's not too much plot to remember and the action generally kicks right off from the opening scenes.
Also, the soundtrack is swood, dude. I give both series an 8/8 m8
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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