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:
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)
 Masashi / ... (3 episodes, 2000)
Melissa Fahn ...
 Eri Ninamori (3 episodes, 2000)
 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)
 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)


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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Release Date:

26 April 2000 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Fooly Cooly  »

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| (6 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The creation itself of FLCL is an amazing work of art that draws techniques from classic American literature and modernist ideas. To fully understand the depth, the audience must be familiar with literary techniques and purposes. The characters, social interactions, and plot elements are all metaphors overlapping each other to cross-hatch the bigger picture that is, coming of age. The finer pieces are up for interpretation. FLCL creates analogies on a variety of social fronts. The series uses sexually ambiguous imagery similar to create humorous themes as _"The Ren & Stimpy Show" (1991)_ did in America during the early 90's. See more »


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 »


Naota: What did you do to me?
Haruko: CPR. What do you think I did?
Naota: That's not what I meant.
Mamimi: Did she put her tongue inside?
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Crazy Credits

Miyu Miyu - ? Miyu Miyu's voice actor, Gainax co-founder Hideaki Anno, is credited as "?" in the cast list. See more »


References The Castle of Cagliostro (1979) See more »


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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