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: 8.101 (scored by 87696 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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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
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 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.
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 insanely OTT 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.
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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