Fooly Cooly / FLCL
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Parody, Dementia, Mecha
First Aired: Spring 2000, 6 episodes
Summary: Naota Nandaba is a seemingly ordinary 12-year-old living in a city with his father and grandfather. His mundane life is rocked when he is run over by Haruko Haruhara and her scooter. The pink-haired Haruko hits Naota in the head with her bass guitar, opening a horn-shaped portal that occasionally creates robots. As if this wasn’t enough, Haruko moves into Naota’s house and drags him into a battle between the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood and the Pirate King.
There’s a lot to like about FLCL, from the stunning visuals to the fast-paced story that wastes no time. I’ll admit, I watched the first couple episodes and was confused because I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should. I started over, giving it the full attention it deserves and it was significantly better. It’s nice that the series is short enough to watch through multiple times without much commitment. FLCL embodies anime in a glorious manner with everything it is able to accomplish. By that I mean FLCL tells a story that is only possible through the anime medium, from the animation to the execution of the storytelling.
You might enjoy this if: You want a coming-of-age story that involves a fair amount of nonsense and silliness.
You might not like it if: You are not ready for a journey into the abstract.
Note to the Viewer: Almost two decades after the release of season one, 12 new episodes of FLCL were announced in March 2016 as a co-production between Production I.G and Adult Swim.
AMV –Black Betty by Spiderbait
(Warning, the AMV contains spoilers. I figure if you haven’t seen the show, you don’t know what’s getting spoiled anyways, right?)