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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 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
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

gainax.co. [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

26 April 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fooly Cooly See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Haruko: I lost him again because of you, Ta-kun, we couldn't pull it off. You wanna come along?
[pauses]
Haruko: 'Know what? Forget it. 'Cause you're still a kid, Ta-kun. Save it for next time.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

Featured in The Know's Top 10s: Top 10 Anime Tropes (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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
2 September 2005 | by christopher_aabySee all my reviews

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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