FLCL (2000– )

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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:
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 Masashi / ... (1 episode, 2000)
Melissa Fahn ...
 Eri Ninamori (1 episode, 2000)
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 Naota Nandaba (1 episode, 2000)
Mika Itô ...
 Eri Ninamori (1 episode, 2000)
Izumi Kasagi ...
 Mamimi Samejima (1 episode, 2000)
Itsuki Kawamura ...
 Nurse (1 episode, 2000)
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 Gaku (1 episode, 2000)
Steve Kramer ...
 Shigekuni (1 episode, 2000)
Joe Martin ...
 Kamon Nandaba (1 episode, 2000)
Suzuki Matsuo ...
 Kamon Nandaba (1 episode, 2000)
Jun Mizuki ...
 Naota Nandaba (1 episode, 2000)
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 Mamimi Samejima (1 episode, 2000)
Mayumi Shintani ...
 Haruko Haruhara (1 episode, 2000)
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 Haruko Haruhara (1 episode, 2000)
Shizuki Yamashita
(1 episode, 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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Fooly Cooly  »

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Trivia

Every guitar that appears in the series (with the exception of the mini flying v sling shot) is a real guitar. See more »

Goofs

In the first appearance of Haruko her guitar case is around her back. Once she grabs her guitar, the case has completely disappeared. At the end of the scene her case appears on her back again with the guitar apparently inside. 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 Oruchuban Ebichu (1999) 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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Animation unlike any you have seen before

I don't give out high grades to just anything, and I've watched an enormous amount of animation, both US, European and Asian. That being said, FLCL is the most interesting, eye-catching and exciting animation I've ever seen.

It's always difficult to capture a masterpiece in words. Instead of even attempting this, I'll just say what's already been said: The anime is incredibly hard to follow - some would say that it's full of infinitely deep philosophical implications, others would say it's just nuts. I for one have watched it many, many times, and can safely say that it IS coherent... but also very complex. It's like a lighthearted David Lynch anime.

The animation in itself is stunningly beautiful, both the visual- and sound-side. The vast amount of locations, characters, difficult angles and huge total-shots is more awesome than many top-level animated movies. As for the soundtrack, there has been released almost two hours of fabulous, original music for this series, despite that it is only 6x25=150 minutes long! That almost makes it a 6-episode music video, and still they pull it off.

There aren't any cons to this anime. It may be a bit much for the uninitiated or casual watcher, but just watching it, without really following it is a magnificent journey in it self. The voice acting, the character design, the setting, everything just comes together to form an anime unlike any you have seen before.


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