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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
...  Eri Ninamori 3 episodes, 2000
...  Naota Nandaba 3 episodes, 2000
...  Gaku / ... 3 episodes, 2000
...  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
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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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gainax.co. [Japan]

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26 April 2000 (Japan)  »

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Haruko refers to Naota as "Taro-kun" several times during Episode 1. Taro is perhaps the most generic name in Japan for a boy, and it used as a placeholder for unidentified Japanese males (like John Doe). See more »

Goofs

The Haruko's bracelet, is attached to her left arm. But in the manga scene, it appears on her right hand. See more »

Quotes

Haruko: It takes an idiot to do cool things. That's why it's cool.
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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 »

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Referenced in South Park: Titties and Dragons (2013) 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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Attitude with a bass
9 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

My all time favorite anime series. It's difficult to explain and must be seen to enjoy its creativity and cleverness. This is one of best ways to show the strides GAINAX is making as well as other greats like Evangelion, Gunbuster, and others.

Almost everyone in this series undergoes change especially Naota. I finally watched episode 5 and 6 and I never picked up on the role of Naota's brother. How about lefties, sour and sweet, or mild or spicy?? "Brittle Bullet" may be my new favorite...how can you not be amazed by its final scene and the rich color schemes. Haruko is epitome of female anime coolness and she looks so creepy with that smile and no eyes! Mamimi's manic self always brings a laugh and who wouldn't want their own Canti? Great secondary characters who just add more to the richness of the story. And a heavy emphasis on EYEBROWS. The show is linear but tangents are strewn throughout which makes this a great series and repeated viewings. I probably still won't get it, but I think it's meant to kick back, relax, and enjoy the show. Also, FLCL would not be the same without the Pillows soundtrack which fits perfect with the show. The end credit sequence makes you want to get a vespa.

For those who enjoy originality, terrific tunes, and just so bizarre it's tasty anime to munch up.


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