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FLCL (Fooly Cooly) Vol. 1 (2000)

Cast: Barbara Goodson, Barbara Goodson, Kari Wahlgren, more...
Director: Kazuya Tsurumaki, Kazuya Tsurumaki
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Broccoli Int'l
Genre: Anime, Comedy Anime, Science Fiction Anime, Fantasy Anime
Running Time: 60 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Debuting on Japanese TV in 2000 under the titled FuriKuri (pronounced "Fooley Cooley"), this far-out anime series chronicled the adventures of Naota, a "normal" sixth-grade boy who lived on Earth with his far-from-normal family. As if it wasn't embarrassing enough for his older brother's girlfriend, Mamimi, to flirt with him, Naota also had to deal with looney alien teenaged Haruko, who had descended upon his home armed with a Rickenbacker bass guitar that doubled as a buzzsaw. It seemed that Haruko's mission was to kill all robotic monsters -- especially those that had begun to spring out of Naota's head at an alarming rate. Rounding out the regular cast was Canti, an irascible android. On August 4, 2003, FLCL was brought to American cable television as part of the Cartoon Network's nightly "Adult Swim" programming block. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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A Great Milennial Show! by Calafragious September 29, 2004 - 8:02 AM PDT
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
This review covers all six episodes on three disks. Love it or hate it, there's nothing like "Fooly Cooly," and you owe it to yourself to see it. At first glance it seems like a nothing but a series of goofball events in which everyone acts crazy and things happen for no reason. In fact it's a very beautifully crafted show, and almost every scene, prop, and character interaction in it is weighted with cultural (or even mythic) significance. Concerns about foreign vs. Japanese things, growing up, parents and children, baseball, the purpose of life and other issues are beautifully and sometimes very touchingly evoked amid the shouts, pratfalls and madcap hijinks that characterize this show. Synch-Point's English voice track is uniformly excellent.

Some caveats: Things happen fast in FLCL. Some very important scenes and details are on screen for less than a second; if you blink, you lose. The show almost demands repeated viewings. The animators indulged themselves in wacky and sometimes distracting changes of appearance and tone. Episodes 3 and 4 are somewhat disconnected and generally weaker than the others, but still have their merits. Some of the visual jokes and games, like the 'bullet time' scenes and "South Park" imitations, are very "late-'nineties" and can feel a bit stale. The director's commentary track is fascinating, but sometimes not very enlightening about all the many subtleties of this great show. Give it a chance.

MMM I just don't get it? by JPickle February 3, 2004 - 5:08 PM PST
2 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I'm a Big Anime fan and I've seen lot?s of anime, however this one takes the cake. Its funny in parts BUT not really. If you even seen Sea Lab 2024/or Home Movies (ON Cartoon Network) its about as funny as thou two are. I try to make my self laugh at the show and find that I can?t do it. So I would have to recommend TriGun, Red Vs Blue, L/R, and Vandread. and juts so know Cartoon Network now show?s FLCL

WHOA! by larbeck October 8, 2003 - 12:29 PM PDT
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
I just saw all three hours of the series at a theater last night (subtitled) and this series is GREAT! And I thought that no one could make one as weird and crazy as "The Excel Saga". It does demand repeated viewing and speed reading for the subtitled version, but it is worth it! It becomes obivous to the "Neon Genesis Evangelion" (have mercy!) fan that is is a Gainax work in the first episode and that tortured soul, Hideaki Anno, did work on it but not in a lead capacity. You can tell in some of the character designs. But the anime is the that "third wave" style with help from computers and a prefect transfer (the theater shows it on video) and it is wonderful! And the crowd at the theater had plenty of laughs out loud moments. I was riveted the whole three hours and never left my seat! And yes, the music does rawks - get the soundtrack. I want one!!!

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