Many years have passed since Naota and Haruhara Haruko shared their adventure together. Meanwhile, the war between the two entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity rages across ... See full summary »
Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.
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
Mamimi is only once shown in the process of setting fire to anything, even though she smokes almost constantly. This is in Episode Two (FireStarter) In the rest of the series, when she starts a fire, she turns away from the camera in such a way that the flame cannot be seen. See more »
Haruko uses a left-handed bass guitar. In "Fista" (fire starter) she's using a right-handed one. See more »
I lost him again because of you, Ta-kun, we couldn't pull it off. You wanna come along?
'Know what? Forget it. 'Cause you're still a kid, Ta-kun. Save it for next time.
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On American brodcast the sixth episode is shown without end credits, making the final image of the series a single string being plucked on Haruko's bass. See more »
The version aired in the US on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim is English dubbed and airs virtually intact in terms of content except for a few instances:
in episode 2, when Haruko says "Shit!" while the police sirens are approaching is muted.
in episode 6 during the manga scene, the blur that originally just obscured Kamon's genitals is made larger to also cover his body hair.
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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