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Alternative Titles

English: FLCL
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: 8.061 (scored by 180,630 users)
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Ranked: #4622
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Popularity: #98
Members: 298,386
Favorites: 12,141
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Episodes: /6


Nothing interesting happens in Naota's life since his brother left for America, leaving him with his grandfather and father in their boring little town. On his way home with Mamimi—his brother's ex-girlfriend—a pink-haired, crazy woman riding a Vespa named Haruko suddenly slams into him, kisses him, and then bashes him in the head with her guitar before riding off. The next thing he knows, the crazy girl is working as his housekeeper, two robots sprout from his forehead to do battle, and the surviving one starts living with him as well. I think it's fair to say that Naota has parted ways with his old mundane life.

FLCL is a kooky coming-of-age story with surprisingly deep undertones as the twelve-year-old Naota develops through the wild antics of Haruko and matures along the way into adulthood.


The original property rights of the anime were sold by Gainax to Production I.G in 2015.

The anime placed third place for the Best Animation Film at the Fantasia Festival in 2003. In 2007 the anime got a nomination for Best Cast, and won the Best Comedy Series and the Best Short Series at the American Anime Awards show.

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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, Creator, Key Animation, Planning
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Imaishi, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation, Animation Director
Otsuka, Masahiko
Otsuka, Masahiko
Episode Director

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#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)

Edit 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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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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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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