A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.
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Series cast summary:
Jun Mizuki ...
 Naota Nandaba (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mayumi Shintani ...
 Haruko Haruhara (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Izumi Kasagi ...
 Mamimi Samejima (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Suzuki Matsuo ...
 Kamon Nandaba (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Hiroshi Ito ...
 Shigekuni Nandaba (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mika Itô ...
 Eri Ninamori (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Kazuhito Suzuki ...
 Masashi Masamune (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Sho Miyajima ...
 Gaku Manabe (3 episodes, 2000)
Kôji Ohkura ...
 Amarao (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Chiemi Chiba ...
 Kiturubami (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
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 Masashi / ... (3 episodes, 2000)
Melissa Fahn ...
 Eri Ninamori (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Naota Nandaba (3 episodes, 2000)
...
 Gaku / ... (3 episodes, 2000)
Steve Kramer ...
 Shigekuni / ... (3 episodes, 2000)
Joe Martin ...
 Kamon Nandaba (3 episodes, 2000)
...
 Additional Voices / ... (3 episodes, 2000)
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 Haruko Haruhara (3 episodes, 2000)
Akira Miyashima ...
 Gaku Manabe (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Yukari Fukui ...
 Junko Miyaji (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Maggie Weidner ...
 Additional Voices (2 episodes, 2000)
Shizuki Yamashita ...
 Additional Voices (2 episodes, 2000)
Agnes Yoshida ...
 Additional Voices (2 episodes, 2000)
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Naota is a normal student living with his abnormal father and grandfather. One day, a seemingly insane girl named Haruko blazes in from out of nowhere on her Vespa, wielding an electric guitar with a buzzsaw! Haruko moves in with Naota under the pretense of being a housekeeper, but Naota knows there's something obviously strange about her. To make matters worse, large shapes are growing out of his head, hatching into large monsters that Haruko makes her mission to kill. Who is Haruko really, and what is she after? You won't find out until the end of this bizarre story. Written by Anonymous

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The teacher's car that is destroyed by Naota is a VW beetle See more »

Goofs

In the under-the-bridge sequence in FLCLimax, two goofs are made regarding Mamimi's cigarette. When the small robot (terminal core) tries to take her cellular phone, she drops her cigarette. When she crouches on the balls of her feet, however, it can be seen that the cigarette is gone and not on the ground. After that, a cigarette appears in her mouth, lit and glowing... but in the next shot it isn't glowing any more. See more »

Quotes

[Mamimi is clutching a bag of old bread]
Naota: My brother, I mean - how much do you like him?
Mamimi: It's hard.
Naota: You saw the sign at our bakery, that bread's old.
Mamimi: ...Watermelon.
Naota: Huh?
Mamimi: Or like a panda with a mean face, or like sandals with pressure points drawn on them, or the smell of a blackboard eraser, or a Sunday morning where you wake up and it's raining. Well, I like him more than hard bread.
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Crazy Credits

The final image in the end credits of the sixth and final episode is Haruko riding through space on her Vespa. See more »

Connections

References Sazae-san (1969) See more »

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Ride on shooting star
Performed by the pillows
Lyrics and Music by Sawao Yamanaka
Arrangement by the pillows
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The greatest anime of all time.
5 December 2002 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

At first glance, FLCL seems like a foolish attempt at putting too much randomness into an anime. Indeed, it's impossible to summarize the show without making it sound completely stupid: "It's about an alien woman who hits a boy with a guitar, and robots start popping out of his head." Yeah, that's gonna make people want to see it (not). But then again, it's also one of the most artistically perfect pieces of work ever.

The best short summary I can come up with it is that it's a coming-of-age story about a wacky woman who takes advantage of a 12 year old boy. But that doesn't explain half of it. It perfectly molds hidden themes into a beautiful story. The style of this anime is incredibly unique. It completely departs from the classic realistic anime style, and seems to emulate more American cartoons by not letting the characters show very exaggerated characteristics at times.

While it indeed is filled with craziness, there is an obvious and very strong structure to the plot. Every scene is intimately connected to every other scene, and it works perfectly. There are inherent themes about love, friendship, jealousy, and the discovery of all those as one grows up. I've read someone write that watching FLCL is like falling in love for the first time again, and it's a great description. After all, as a coming-of-age story, those are the feelings that the main character Naota is going through himself.

The music is simply the best in anime, period. Every major sequence has rock music by The Pillows in the background, and every time, it seems to fit perfectly with the scene. While the music is excellent by itself, it strengthens the emotions that FLCL is trying to deliver in those scenes.

At just 6 episodes, it's short. But because of its shortness, the plot structure is incredibly tight, allowing it to have such great connections within. FLCL is simply an excellent work of art. Don't look at it as the best anime ever created. Look at it as a beautiful piece of art that chose anime as the medium to deliver itself in.


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