FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

FLCL (Fooly Cooly)
US Home Media: Sep 03, 2002
Japan Premiere: Apr 26, 2000
Japan Conclusion: 2001

Seasons: 1
Episodes: 6

Animation Studio: Gainax

Popularity: 430th All Time, 187th This Week

Characters on BTVA: 9
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Nightmare Crusher
said at 8:12 AM on Sun Jun 18 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
I've never seen this show before, or if I have I don't remember, but I just finished watching and I love it. It's a really well done show about puberty and growing up. I think the surreal nature of the show works to its favor in that regard. That time in life is totally confusing and making the show absolutely nuts helps convey that. It's also just hilarious and gorgeously animated to boot.

So consider me a new fan of the series. I hope the revival doesn't lose sight of what made the original OVA so good.
said at 9:52 PM on Sun Apr 10 2016
 3 Shout Outs!
For those who've seen FLCL, I'd recommend giving this a read. It is by far the best piece I've ever read in regards to the series:

said at 3:20 PM on Thu Mar 24 2016
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Guess what people, FLCL is coming back to Toonami!!!
said at 4:19 PM on Thu Mar 24 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 ...and no it's not a rerun of the show, I am referring to 2 new seasons each with 6 episodes in 2017-18.
said at 4:22 PM on Thu Mar 24 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 I heard about this as well. Not sure producing two new seasons was necessary, but if Cartoon Network wants to front the cash, go for it. Also, get the original dub cast back.
said at 11:54 AM on Fri Mar 25 2016
@DisneyAnimefan1995 I don't know how to feel about this.

I mean on one hand I get why Adult Swim would green light this because FLCL is their favourite series they aired but the thing is that FLCL was just perfect as it is.

I do hope they at least bring back the dub cast for this, especially Kari as Haruko.
said at 2:21 PM on Fri Mar 25 2016
@Autovolt These should make you feel better.




Kari said she hasn't officially been asked back, but that's probably just because it's so early into production that they don't have a reason to contact the voice actors yet. Also, the only returning character that's confirmed to be in the sequel at the moment is Haruko.

I'm sure they'll get her back. If they get her and a Pillows soundtrack, I'm sure it'll at least be worth watching. And if it turn out bad, we can always just rewatch the original and ignore the sequel.

I'm personally looking forward to this. :)
said at 10:24 PM on Tue Jan 26 2016
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Saw the show twice. My first watch-through of the show, hated it. Could not understand why the show got as much love as it did, until my friend pointed out its deeper messages are symbolic. Rewatched it, loved it.

Go figure.

But on both times of seeing the show, the soundtrack (probably the greatest anime soundtrack ever made) and the animation stood out for being so great. It's those aspects of the show that make it so respected.
said at 2:10 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
Finally saw this the other day with a friend, I couldn't follow the plot for the life of me, but the animation is flippin' beautiful. I didn't even know it'd be this smooth and fluid! I'd totally rewatch this thing again just for the animation alone.
said at 2:44 PM on Thu Feb 12 2015
@Metabad Oh yeah also, I forgot to mention that it turns out I downloaded two songs from this soundtrack years ago. "Little Busters" and "Ride on Shooting Star" I didn't even know they were part of this show, so let's just say that hearing those again was a pleasant surprise, it brought back a lot of memories and it was nice finally hearing where they were originally from.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:55 AM on Thu Jun 12 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
I've seen this anime so many times via reruns on Toonami, love Haruko and the over the top action and comedy, and I can remember so many moments and lines yet I could not tell you the plot of this anime even if I just watched it
said at 10:36 PM on Wed Jun 11 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
This is an interesting show, one that's at least worth watching. I especially enjoy it's awesome soundtrack, and it's also neat that it gave us Kari Wahlgren and Stephanie Sheh on the voice-acting side of things!
said at 11:33 PM on Sat Feb 23 2013
I tried to watch this, but I couldn't get through it. Sorry, Kari. :-(
Sarge Ray
said at 9:11 AM on Sun Mar 25 2012
 3 Shout Outs!
It was around eleven o'clock and I was sitting on my bed when the drugs began to kick in. The strange thing was that I wasn't ON any drugs. I had never so much as touched crack, weed, or alcoholic beverages in my life.

I had discovered this experience in the place I would least suspect...an anime series. And if the world of drug addicts is anything like what I saw on Netflix last night, it will be a world that I'd sooner stay away from.

THIS is my experience from watching FLCL, or "Fooly Cooly".
said at 9:46 AM on Sun Sep 4 2011
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Gainax always seems to make great quality anime (although this was more of an OVA if anything) with deep stories... Maybe except Panty & Stocking, to be exact. This is ABSOLUTELY no exception. FLCL makes pop culture references that are actually more fluid, if anything, and that's saying something compared to the more modern anime that try too hard to do that FLCL has done (Lucky Star rings a bell, no?) It also has great characters, unique humor, a real kickass OST, and most of all, it only has six episodes... Yes, we all know that was a bummer, but what would you expect in the future? A generic continuation of this full-fledged OVA? I personally recommend FLCL for all those who are interested in incredibly deep, yet fun stories and don't go too paranoid over the seriousness of shonen franchises, these days.

FLCL was, and is still the greatest anime Adult Swim has ever heard in history. If you disagree, speak now or forever hold your breath.
said at 9:47 AM on Sun Sep 4 2011
@Ninjaman15 *had*
Sarge Ray
said at 7:45 PM on Tue Apr 17 2012

(after watching all six episodes) WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT?!

Seriously, this anime made me feel drunk or stoned (possibly both). It was like a Ren and Stimpy cartoon only it was throwing so much at me and expecting me to catch up with it.

This series, I think, is overrated and overblown.

You see "Wolf's Rain"? THAT was a deep story. You see "FLCL"? THAT was a red herring PRETENDING to be a story.
said at 3:40 AM on Wed Apr 18 2012
@Sarge Ray Well, that IS your opinion... and you're pretty much entitled to it.

Though on the other hand, you probably never saw this anime with a different (and more intriguing) reaction altogether which didn't have to do with feeling high or drunk. I actually expected stuff like this when I watched Gurren Lagann because.... this is Gainax, and it seems to me that they hardly know how to hold back.

You also have to keep in mind that FLCL wasn't meant to be as dark or serious as, say... Wolf's Rain (the anime I've never seen, yet you pointed out that it had a deep story); in fact, its off-the-wall and mindblowing humor was FLCL's key area.

Cowboy Bebop was definitely one of the greatest shows Adult Swim has aired (according to them), but was it the best anime? Not... really. They actually said Fooly Cooly was.

And yes, I can agree that this series is overrated and "overblown"... but at the same time, I still think that you look at this under a critical light. But overall, I suppose what you're talking about appears to make sense... :)
Sarge Ray
said at 1:45 PM on Wed Apr 18 2012

So, I shouldn't think or analyze what I watch and, instead, just stop thinking? Sorry, but that's not how I work

I DID keep in mind that it wasn't dark and serious. What I also kept in mind was that people kept complimenting it for a deep story, a deep story that (to me, anyway) didn't exist.

The low end of it? I expected something more...well...just that. MORE.
said at 1:55 PM on Fri Jun 1 2012
@Sarge Ray {shrugs} Huh...
said at 3:28 PM on Sat Jul 20 2013
@Ninjaman15 I'm very pleased to see you are defending the artistic merits of this series. I admit, FLCL fans tend to not present their arguments in the most mature way when they talk to newcomers about it, but I feel that this little gem's finer points need more attention.

I freaking loved the coming-of-age themes in the story. A lot of films try really hard, but this is one of the only stories in that category that managed to make it's way into the heart of my inner-child. I loved it's messages about not being a faker, not trying to grow up too fast, and how it just encapsulates the confusion and pains of growing up without being super preachy and having fun.

Those are some of the obvious things, but they really did use some great symbolism that was less "OMG, LOOK HOW ARTSY WE ARE!!! TFHRRWVVNRWHGONEOFHGO!!!11!!" and more just making something that people could chill out while watching and reflect on the goofiness of life. It's also great because it brought a lot of attention to Kari Wahlgren who I just love as Haruko. Her performance was hilarious and she perfectly captured Haruko's deceptive but fun personality. And the music, well, you said it yourself, it's incredible. It makes it seem almost like a music video, and I love watching a movie that tells a good, but somewhat abstract story to some awesome music (The Wall).

I personally think Trigun might be the best Anime they've aired overall, but FLCL really left an impact on me. To be honest, I disliked it when I first saw it, but after reading analyses and watching it again, everything just clicked. Heck, I even bought the light novels that the series' writer made, and they're great too and make a lot of sense of the story for those who couldn't follow the Anime... unfortunately, they're now out of print.

Before I just go on for hours and hours, let me just say it's nice to see another fan that appreciates the finer points (not trying to sound pretentious here) of the series and tried to give it that respect.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 3:31 AM on Sun Apr 18 2010
yup, definitely one of those animes you really have to focus on, or leave your brain at the front door :P
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