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Posted: Dec 21 2006, 07:40 AM
Member No.: 6,381
Joined: 18-December 06
I know I don't need to recommend this to most of you. I just figured I'd throw my contribution in. I wrote this a looong time ago for a site that has long since gone away.
Very few can claim to have produced an item of total originality; GAINAX is one of the few. With their masterpiece of originality FLCL or Furi Kuri, they pushed the boundaries of what could be understood by the general audience and did things never before done in any anime I'm aware of. If you were to blend some of Evangelion’s mind boggling character depth, Akira's animation quality, music similar to early nineties American rock, a plot so full of underlying connotation that you have to watch it twice to catch even a portion of the symbolism and to top it off with comedy that will have you rolling on the floor, you'd get FLCL. This anim meets the demands of even the hardest of the hardcore otaku unafraid to be whatever the hell it wants.
Naota is a middle school student in a small city who has a little beef with goofing off and people who take things in stride. Simply, he is very serious about everything. While everyone is having a good time he's usually cursing their stupidity for not recognizing the seriousness of the situation. When his Brother moved to America to play baseball, he left his girlfriend Mamimi behind. Mamimi is something of an airhead, which doesn't exactly make her very popular with Naota, or Ta-kun, as she calls him. Regardless of his feelings, she looks to him to fill in for his brother while he's away. His father, "Monny" can be best described as a laid back hippie, so obviously Naota isn't going to listen much of what he has to say. Haruko is a crazy lady who rides a finely tuned motor scooter and wields a bass guitar as a weapon. She displays her skills with this weapon by smashing Naota's forehead with it. Thus is the beginning of his troubles.
The centric focus of the story is around Naota, or rather his head specifically. After Naota has his little accident involving Haruko, he starts growing a horn – a horn that is destined for greatness. These “horns” that Naota grows throughout the series turn into different.... ummmm... whatever you want to call them as I've never seen anything like it. The team at GAINAX must have had a field day designing these. Upon viewing these new creations from Naota’s head, the phrases "Whoa" and "that's.... different" come to mind. These trespassers of Naota's cranium seemingly have some connection with Medical Mechanica, the giant clothes iron shaped factory that overlooks the town.
I can't say enough about the big ball of cool that is FLCL. Unfortunately if I continue, you all might be peeved for spoiling the story. So I'll just say this, if this anime were a food I'd eat till I exploded; if it were a ride I'd take it over and over and over again; if it were beer I'd drink till I passed out; you get the idea. The animation is, for the most part, fluid and very well drawn. The music in certain cases made my stomach wrench tight with emotion. The voice actors played out their parts very well right to the not so bitter end. And finally, the story itself grabbed me and didn't let go till I had seen the last of this wonderful 6 episode series. Call it Furi Kuri, call it Fooly Cooly, call it FLCL – whatever you choose, it all is relative for this is one amazing, awe inspiring and hilarious anime that ANYONE could enjoy.
I'm not entirely sure what I was thinking with that last line.