FLCL pronounced "Fooly Cooly" , not "Eff-ell-see-ell" or "Flee Klee" is a 6-episode OVA , released intermittently between and , that follows the story of Naota, a Japanese twelve-year-old who lives with his father and grandfather. Naota has become annoyed at the inappropriate attention from his brother's ex-girlfriend Mamimi, and he thinks his life and his hometown are boring. His entire life changes when Haruko Haruhara, a manic older girl runs over Naota with her Vespa. Haruko claims she's an intergalactic police officer, but she wields a Rickenbacker bass guitar with a chainsaw-like pullstring motor on the back as a blunt instrument and physically and sexually harasses Naota, making it clear something is weird about her. After his initial contact with Haruko, Naota's forehead begins spawning giant robots, and the insanity increases exponentially from there.
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FLCL pronounced "Fooly Cooly" , not "Eff-ell-see-ell" or "Flee Klee" is a 6-episode OVA , released intermittently between and , that follows the story of Naota, a Japanese twelve-year-old who lives with his father and grandfather. Naota has become annoyed at the inappropriate attention from his brother's ex-girlfriend Mamimi, and he thinks his life and his hometown are boring. His entire life changes when Haruko Haruhara, a manic older girl runs over Naota with her Vespa.
Haruko claims she's an intergalactic police officer, but she wields a Rickenbacker bass guitar with a chainsaw-like pullstring motor on the back as a blunt instrument and physically and sexually harasses Naota, making it clear something is weird about her. After his initial contact with Haruko, Naota's forehead begins spawning giant robots, and the insanity increases exponentially from there.
While FLCL 's literal "plot" resembles something of a Space Opera , its real appeal lies in one of two places: As a Coming-of-Age Story filled with allegorical and symbolism-soaked writing, off-the-wall humor, and imagery that ranges from obvious to clever to brilliant A manga version of the story was later released. Created by Hajime Ueda, the manga's story differs heavily from the anime as it goes on, sticking with a darker and less over-the-top tone though it still has some comedic parts while keeping the frenetic and confusing nature of the OVA.
G , a longtime Gainax partner and the other entity credited for FLCL 's animation, subsequently purchased the rights. In March — six months after the purchase and over fifteen years after the original series ended — [adult swim] announced they would collaborate with Production I.
Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account. You will never see these characters appear so rational again. Everything is ordinary. Abnormal Ammo : Guess what Canti's gun uses as ammo? Naota himself, of course because he fits so well. Naota thought he was piloting Canti when in fact he was cannon fodder the whole time. It doesn't translate well, but it's an affectionate diminutive, like "Jimmy" or "Billy".
Naota, with all his hangups about being a grownup, hates being addressed as such. It could also be that Mamimi is attached to the name Takkun because it is a shortening of Tasuku, her ex-boyfriend. Accidental Pervert : In Episode 4, Mamimi startles Naota by jumping up in a flash and he ends up reaching for her Action Insurance Gag : In Episode 3, Canti falls off the roof of the school building and smashes into the car belonging to Naota's teacher, wrecking it.
One of the other students leaning out a window says the teacher was still paying off the car's loan. Adaptation Distillation : One useful fan theory states that the entire plot is just Neon Genesis Evangelion boiled down to six episodes and served hyperactive on a bed of heartwarming comedy. It's a deconstruction of a deconstruction , with the Mind Screw left intact, and not a single phallic symbol removed.
Added Alliterative Appeal : Haruhara Haruko. Har har har. All There in the Manual : AV Club's review of the series serves up a lot of details people are likely to miss. Ambiguous Disorder : Mamimi clearly is suffering from an undiagnosed mental problem. Animated Actors : Parodied in the very first episode, and combined with the show's first but far from last fourth wall break, implying that Haruko, Mamimi and Naota are all actors performing a role.
Haruko: Those slow motion scenes are really tough, huh? Mamimi: Yeah, you have to hold you breath until they cut. Haruko: You can get cramps from that, you know? Naota: What? I thought it was a special effect! You're doing the slow motion? Haruko: What's he talking about? Naota: He wrote a whole book on the deep mysteries of Eva.
Karma Houdini : Mamimi's apparent pyromania is never questioned. While there is no concrete evidence that she was the one who started the fire at her elementary school , it is very heavily implied, and no one ever thinks to ask about it. In the manga, she tells Haruko that she's been too busy setting fires to hang out with them. Haruko too. Though Naota cost her her best possible chance of capturing and consuming Atomsk , she still got arguably the most powerful "axe" in the Universe as consolation, and is free to keep pursuing her target.
Last Girl Wins : Ninamori is the last one of Naota's Love Interests introduced in the show, but by the end of the show, it's clear she has the purest affection for him, and will probably be with him when they're both older. However, Yoji Enokido's novelization of this episode has a much older Ninamori narrating it as a frame story, and she says that she didn't see Naota again after high school. A Freeze-Frame Bonus during the end credits shows Haruko suggestively licking her guitar.
It's Ninamori who sees them, ruining the gag. Naota ignores him, turns around, and walks to Haruko. Let's Get Dangerous!
She'd shown plenty of skill before, but this time she's able to fly under her own power and clash guitars with Naota hard enough to part the clouds. Loophole Abuse : Ain't No Rule says you can't put a robot on your baseball team roster.
Not that it does them any good against Haruko, apparently. Love Martyr : Naota confesses his love for Haruko in the final episode At the end of the episode, he wises up and decides not to follow her into space when invited to and she leaves to continue her chase after the Pirate King Atomsk, telling Naota "You're Just a Kid after all.
Naota's concerned about robots coming out of his head and fighting, but he doesn't have much to say about the giant, enigmatic iron-shaped factory with no entrances or exits. This is mostly played for symbolism.
Naota underreacts to the horn growing out of his head in order to allude to what it might really represent. Manchild : Nearly every adult on the show, to some extent. It really irritates Naota, and ends up being a major plot point as it leads him to try to act older than he is. His father Kamon is the most obvious example, being an unemployed, lecherous anime freak who makes scant money selling a self-published tabloid to convenience stores. In the anime, Naota seems to make some peace with his father, who hints at being a little more intelligent than he first appears.
In the manga, their relationship gets ugly. It's a subverted trope; Haruko acts like one of these, but in the end she has her own ulterior motives that do not involve Naota at all. Master of Disguise : Haruko, in a goofy, seemingly incompetent way. On both occasions where she fully disguises herself, her victims are completely fooled until she decides to drop the act. Her entire goofy personality is an act to lower everyone's guard.
Her actions in the final episode reveal her true agenda and true personality. Meaningful Name : Kitsurubami's skin tone is a light, traditional Japanese brown called kitsurubami. Medium Blending : The live action moped in the end credits. Medium-Shift Gag : In two of the anime episodes, the art suddenly changes to manga style for a while. It also shifts to South Park -style animation for Amarao's haircut.
Mega Neko : Naota's cat, who's apparently also used as a medium by Haruko to talk to her superiors. He also seems to be capable of tightly-controlled, high-speed, inertia-lacking flight that can be used as a form of attack in case Haruko has screwed up some how.
It's a bit odd the first time you see it. His being voiced by Hideaki " Mind Screw " Anno might have something to do with that. Mind Screw : The whole series. There are some people who had no idea what the hell they were watching the first time they sat through the series. The first half of episode 4, where an increasingly stressed Naota begins to suffer hallucinations of murdering both his father and Haruko when he suspects they're sleeping together. Eventually he gets better after working out his frustrations on a vending machine, his TV, a robot of his father, and a baseball-shaped satellite bomb about twice the size of a tank.
They may be on to something Forget the supernatural stuff, think about the basic conversations. At least in the dub. Misplaced Kindergarten Teacher : Junko Miyaji.
At the beginning of the final episode, we see her teaching her class of sixth-graders how to properly hold chopsticks And that she still hasn't. Missing Mom : Naota's mom gets only one blink-and-you-miss-it mention, indirectly referred to as deceased by Amarao while he's giving a quick rundown of Naota's family situation. Perhaps the death of his wife precipitated the dramatic change in lifestyle. This might also explain Naota's attraction to Haruko. The moment where he embraces her in his room after she returns during episode six can easily be interpreted as Haruko functioning as a stand in for some one else who is no longer in Naota's life.
Mood Whiplash : Proving that even this Gainax production can't be completely free of angst. It's only briefly touched for a few characters before the show goes back to the gags.
More Dakka : Episode 5 contains nearly too much dakka to comprehend. Moving Buildings : In episode 1 "Fooly Cooly", when Haruko attacks Naota insde the hospital, the building starts moving around and finally jumps into the air and falls back to the ground.
Mugged for Disguise : In episode 1 Haruko overpowers a hospital nurse and steals her uniform to gain access to Naota. Mundane Utility : Canti doing housework. Murderous Thighs : Ninamori pulls this in episode 3 when a robot emerges from her head and temporarily takes control of her, first attacking Naota then Canti in this fashion. Neither one are seriously harmed though.
She becomes the Nandaba household's maid while working to find Atomsk , the most powerful space pirate in the galaxy. Haruko Haruhara is an energetic, spontaneous girl. She has light-pinkish hair and is an investigator for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood. She claims to be 19 years old, but it is impossible to know if that is true. In the first episode, she runs over Naota with her Vespa and hits him in the head with her guitar.
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