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: 8.091 (scored by 99979 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
Characters & Voice Actors
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
After just watching this series again and coincidentally clicking on a link to the FLCL's manga page, I noticed that for such a frequently recommended anime, there really aren't that many reviews.
So, having just watched this short and enjoyable series again recently, I thought I might write a bit about it.
First, before anyone decides to mug me, I'd just like to say that my ratings are generally a bit on the harsh side. I'd like to think of it as more realistic :P I also rounded down regardless of what was behind the decimal.
People will typically say that the story is complicated but it isn't. It's actually very simple but is confusing because of how it's told.
The story centers around Naota, a young boy who's coming of age, and Haruko, a mysterious girl who suddenly appears in a very calm and almost boring town and starts to shake things up. The story deals primarily with the insecurity, anxiety, jealousy, and adjustment issues that Naota and the people around him begin to feel as their lives move forward (or don't move forward). It's about desire and disappointment, reliance and independence, and everyone's discovery of what lies within them (be it the capacity to love, a robot by the name of Canti or various "enemies").
The style of story-telling comes together with the plot to form a rather realistic and moving depiction of how life is sometimes -- especially during adolescence. FLCL hides its simpler truths behind bizarre mecha-action and explosive energy just like how reality hides its truths behind the business and liveliness of living. FLCL turns very simple concerns and issues into full-blown craziness just like how we often exaggerate very simple things in real life.
After you begin to see through the energy, craziness, and business of the story, you'll begin to notice how simple things are. Just like life.
As for why I chose to give a rating of 7, to me, good stories draw you into them with their appeal and energy. Great stories keep you there and cause you to fall deeper into them because of their depth and development.
FLCL's story is short and very charming but lacking in depth and development. It's really hard to rate FLCL because it's true that some stories do benefit from depth and development and some stories don't benefit from those factors. In FLCL's case, if the story did have more development and depth, it might lose its defining light-hearted and free atmosphere. Even with that said, FLCL's story gets the job done because of a collective agreement between many things - story, character, animation, and music - but as an isolated entity, the story isn't an all-around masterpiece that a 8 or 9 might describe.
This is a GAINAX product so you can automatically expect a certain quality of animation. That being said, the technical animation quality (in terms of frame detail, the fluidity of animation, and general effort) is probably only slightly above average (considering this is only a 6 episode series).
What FLCL does have is a pretty appealing aesthetic style that makes a lack of detail and effort acceptable, appropriate, and even entertaining at times. Because the story is so loose and energetic, it was actually more effective that they adapted a more abstracted, playful and experimental style of animation. At times it does go over board but generally, it keeps your eyes pretty active and happy.
This is probably FLCL's greatest strength. The series itself doesn't have a definate opening theme but instead uses a very wide collection of j-rock insert songs that vary with the mood of the episode or the mood of a character. GAINAX went as far as to license the first three albums from "the pillows" for this anime and it paid off pretty well.
The only real criticism I could see of FLCL's soundtrack is its lack of variety. The reality is that FLCL itself is only a 6 episode series with an already very focused style. To expect uncharacteristic variety from the anime's soundtrack is asking for something that the series isn't.
FLCL does an absolutely amazing job in controlling and adjusting the music to match up with the visuals well. songs will fade in and out and key fragments (like the chorus) will take center stage at opportune times. Though the songs generally have lyrics, the lyrics will rarely get in the way of the actual dialogue.
As for the voice acting, to my knowledge, none of the voice actors (japanese) are well known or experienced and yet they did a pretty good job with the roles. I suppose some people might find Haruko's voice a bit on the annoying side but I thought it was okay. The voices and acting were generally pretty dead-on and believable.
The characters are generally pretty likable, but just as with the story, the majority of them suffer from a lack of depth and development. The only character that I thought we could truly sympatize with and understand at the end was Naota. I think in the end, we just simply did not know enough about the feelings and backgrounds of Haruko, Mamimi, Canti, and Naota's family or classmates.
I'd say that the ultimate goal as a character designer is to give birth to characters that can and will be remembered. This series definately has its fair share of characters that you won't forget. But, in the end, those characters aren't the majority and FLCL isn't as strong in this department as longer and more developed anime.
Like I said earlier in the section regarding the story, FLCL is successful because of its collaboration between story, art and music -- nothing is horribly out of place. If you look at FLCL like a building, the story would be the design and foundation, the artwork would be the walls and roof, and the music would be the final touches like paint, wallpaper, etc that help accentuate the overall feel of the series. All elements of this anime are pretty fundamentally sound but collectively, FLCL becomes more than the sum of its parts. To see such harmony within a work is truly enjoyable.
Average (Overall): 8.56 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 animations follow a similarly demented and somewhat perverse art and story style, not to mention being closely related in both production and origin. Each borders on absurdism in a similar, difficult-to-follow-but-amusing-to-try fashion. On a less coherent note, both series also contain one character with a television monitor in place of a head.
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?
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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