FLCL/Furi Curi(Gainax/ production I.G,)
Seasons: 1 (6 episodes) Original Run:April 26th, 2000- March 16th, 2001
“When you’re in a town like this all covered with smoke, you forget that there’s a world outside. Nothing amazing happens here. And you get used to that, used to a world where everything is ordinary. Every day we spend here is like a whole lifetime of dying slowly.” –Naota
FLCL created by the legendary combination of Gainax and Production I.G. is the story of a young boy named naota and how his once boring life is thrown absolutely out of control when a woman known as haruko hits him with her vespa and causes a giant robot that comes to be known as Kanti to grow out of his forehead. It’s wacky, it’s fun, and it’s just a little bit insane. Taking a new spin on the slice of life genre one thing I can promise is you’re in for one hell of a ride Kupo!
One of the best things about FLCL is the heavy amount of character development packed into each of the six episodes. Flat characters like Naota go from emotionless jaded middle school student to a heroic (key words here Kupo!) young adult who grabs hold of his destiny when it really matters. With a small but colorful cast to work through the human interactions are well written and fleshed out through normal and completely extraordinary situations (every day school conversations and giant mecha battles to name a few)
Moving onto animation FLCL shines in a rough but vibrant sketchy type style that stays edgy while retaining a simplicity that fits really well with the simple and realistic settings the characters find themselves in. to say FLCL could retain a lot of what makes the show what it is in a live action setting. Character designs are thoroughly ground in reality with the exception of the walking TV headed robot Kanti and the other robots he fights throughout the short but beautiful series.
Lastly I want to talk about the Soundtrack, done mostly by the j-rock band ‘The Pillows’ flawlessly sets the stage for each episode with their smooth garage style rock tunes. A literal anthem to diversity and an underling vibe of Indie rock that seems to seep its way into every moment of the show really makes buying the soundtrack a must if you’re a fan of the genre.
There isn’t much to say about what the show could have done better other than make it longer. Six episodes goes very quickly leaving you wanting more out of not only the story but the characters. Stories seem unfinished and the character growth seems a little pointless when all is said and done, as there isn’t any moments when you can see the characters live their lives after the climax of the show. This might seem like a small gripe but I found myself wanting more for Naota in the end which may just show how good this show really is.
Overall FLCL is a great show, with good character development, awesome music and a breakneck pace from beginning to end. You’ll probably find a place in your heart for at least one of the quirky but interesting characters by the end of your brief time with them, defiantly a great show to kick back to watch with some friends.
I rate FLCL 4/5 Kupo!