Ranked #476


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Fooly Cooly, Furi Kuri
Japanese: フリクリ


Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 26, 2000 to Mar 16, 2001
Source: Original
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.041 (scored by 156,883 users)
Ranked: #4762
Popularity: #88
Members: 251,331
Favorites: 9,995
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Naota 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.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Haruhara, Haruko
Haruhara, Haruko
Shintani, Mayumi
Shintani, Mayumi
Samejima, Mamimi
Samejima, Mamimi
Kasagi, Izumi
Kasagi, Izumi
Nandaba, Naota
Nandaba, Naota
Mizuki, Jun
Mizuki, Jun


Satou, Hiroki
Satou, Hiroki
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Tsurumaki, Kazuya
Director, Storyboard, Planning, Key Animation
Saeki, Shouji
Saeki, Shouji
Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director

More episodes Episodes(6/6)

Episode Title Aired
1 Fooly Cooly
Furi Kuri (フリクリ)
Apr 26, 2000
2 Fire Starter
FiSta (ファイスタ)
Jun 21, 2000
3 Marquis de Carabas
Maru Raba (マルラバ)
Aug 23, 2000
4 Full Swing
Furi Kiri (フリキリ)
Oct 25, 2000
5 Brittle Bullet
Bura Bure (ブラブレ)
Nov 21, 2000

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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Apr 19, 2008
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 read more
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May 16, 2015
~ 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 read more
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Nov 23, 2014
The amount of pretension required to praise this anime is overwhelming. It seems that the writers were convinced that rapidly alternating between art styles, animating grandiose nonsense, and neglecting a coherent story are viable substitutions for writing something that's actually entertaining. They were wrong. I was bored senseless both times I watched this, even though I read many analyses of the series after my first watch.

Story - There isn't one. When I try to describe it to people they think that I'm just making things up. The story is so nonexistent that it's pretty impossible to spoil.

Character - The MC from Evangelion is paired read more
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Jul 23, 2010
Oh, the highly acclaimed Fooly Cooly. It's been labeled as a "masterpiece", something "special" "unique" "pleasantly different" yada yada yada. For an anime to have gotten this much praise then it should have been extremely enjoyable and in particular funny as it is supposedly meant to be a comedy(primarily).

Sadly, FLCL did not offer any but was a one way trip to hell the moment a certain character made a flashy appearance in the first episode.

STORY: There is absolutely no story behind this anime. It is just six episodes of disjointed scripts that attempt to fuse together as much genres as possible then injected with read more
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