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 Jun Mizuki ...  Naota Nandaba 6 episodes, 2000-2001
Mayumi Shintani Mayumi Shintani ...  Haruko Haruhara 6 episodes, 2000-2001
Izumi Kasagi Izumi Kasagi ...  Mamimi Samejima 6 episodes, 2000-2001
Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo ...  Kamon Nandaba 6 episodes, 2000-2001
Hiroshi Ito Hiroshi Ito ...  Shigekuni Nandaba 5 episodes, 2000-2001
Mika Itô Mika Itô ...  Eri Ninamori 5 episodes, 2000-2001
Kazuhito Suzuki Kazuhito Suzuki ...  Masashi Masamune 5 episodes, 2000-2001
Sho Miyajima Sho Miyajima ...  Gaku Manabe 3 episodes, 2000
Kôji Ohkura Kôji Ohkura ...  Amarao 3 episodes, 2000-2001
Chiemi Chiba Chiemi Chiba ...  Kiturubami 3 episodes, 2000-2001
Steve Blum ...  Masashi / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Melissa Fahn ...  Eri Ninamori 3 episodes, 2000
Barbara Goodson ...  Naota Nandaba 3 episodes, 2000
R. Martin Klein ...  Gaku / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Steve Kramer ...  Shigekuni / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Joe Martin Joe Martin ...  Kamon Nandaba 3 episodes, 2000
Stephanie Sheh ...  Additional Voices / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Kari Wahlgren ...  Haruko Haruhara 3 episodes, 2000
Akira Miyashima Akira Miyashima ...  Gaku Manabe 2 episodes, 2000-2001
Yukari Fukui Yukari Fukui ...  Junko Miyaji 2 episodes, 2000-2001
Maggie Weidner Maggie Weidner ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2000
Shizuki Yamashita Shizuki Yamashita ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2000
Agnes Yoshida 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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mecha | guitar | vespa | boy | surrealism | See All (46) »


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Did You Know?


GAINAX Studios, a cartoon production studio in Japan, made this as "a break" from normal anime, which fans of the series use as an excuse for the insanity that occurs. In reality, the show, despite having a plot, is really just crazy. See more »


Haruko uses a left-handed bass guitar. In "Fista" (fire starter) she's using a right-handed one. See more »


Eri Ninamori: Just don't tell anybody I stayed the night here. People might start saying things if they know.
Naota: [drinking a soft drink] Yeah, people will say all kinds of things. Just don't hang out with me for the next couple of days, all right?
Eri Ninamori: But tonight is okay, right?
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits of each episode, Haruko is seen pumelling her Vespa and trying to get it to work. She eventually gives up. After the credits end on the first five episodes, there is a brief shot of the Kamon's bakery with Haruko's Vespa parked next to it. See more »

Alternate Versions

When screened on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim in the US, the ending credits are displayed in untranslated Japanese. The North American DVD however, released by Synch-Point, only has the ending credits translated in English. See more »


Referenced in Teen Titans: Fractured (2004) See more »


Ride on shooting star
Performed by the pillows
Lyrics and Music by Sawao Yamanaka
Arrangement by the pillows
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the most insane anime ever?
21 January 2005 | by deepionSee all my reviews

when you start to watch this anime, it won't be long before you go... "what the heck!?". of course, this is exactly what it wants you to do. there is no use trying to understand it, and there is no point you getting upset about it. if you don't like it, don't watch it. this is an anime which stretches your imagination, as well as the boundaries of animation. this is one of the most beautifully animated shows i have seen and without a doubt the most charming. the wonderful mix of characters and weird story, along with a cruel and wicked sense of humour and craziness makes for one outrageous anime which will not disappoint. a must view, just make sure to not give up on it, after a few viewings, you'll start to notice new things and realise what a true masterpiece this really is. you want something really different? fed up with all the usual rubbish? you can't get further from reality than FLCL.

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Release Date:

5 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fooly Cooly See more »

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Technical Specs


| (6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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