Fooly Cooly, a.k.a. FLCL, is my favorite anime, but more than that it's my favorite piece of media. It's also notoriously weird, which could explain why I love it so much. On its surface, it's a surreal story about a 12 year old boy named Naota Nandaba, who falls in with Haruko Haruhara, a bass guitar wielding, intergalactic police officer who's in pursuit of Atomsk, a space pirate. All of which leads to robots emerging from Naota's forehead and guitars & basses being used as weapons to stop an alien plot to smooth out the wrinkles in the brains of everyone on Earth. Of course, it's also loaded with subtext & symbolism and at its core is a very relatable coming-of-age story that's simultaneously hilarious, heartbreaking & mind-bending and it's all set to the music of alt-rockers, The Pillows, one of my favorite bands.
FLCL was produced by anime studios Gainax & Production I.G. and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki, who had previously worked on another notoriously weird anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Tsurumaki has said that he wanted to break the rules with FLCL by creating a work that's "short, but dense-packed", taking more from Japanese TV commercials than traditional anime and it definitely shows. Throughout its six episodes the story cycles through countless shifts in both dynamics and art style, the latter lending credence to the rumor that it was created to test new animation equipment. The result is an overwhelming stream of consciousness and emotion that barely lets the viewer catch their breath or pause to consider just what exactly it is that they're watching. It's only after the fact that you can break it all down and truly understand just how brilliant FLCL really is.
I'll leave you with a trailer from when it was on Adult Swim's Toonami. You can watch all six episodes for free, subtitled on Funimation's Youtube channel or you can find FLCL dubbed on Funimation, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu and iTunes.
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