Naota's town is boring; nothing exciting ever happens there, well, except for the new Medical Mechanica factory that was
just built, but since the factory was built, strange things have been happening to Naota. First of all, Naota's older brother
left to go play baseball in America. Ever since Naota's brother left, the girlfriend Naota's brother left behind has been
hitting on him. Not only that, but a strange alien girl has also appeared! Her name is Haruka, and she is fixated on hitting
Naota in the head with her guitar. Oh yeah, and robots begin popping from Naota's skull, too.
Story: FLCL (Fooly Cooly) has a very interesting plot. In fact, it's downright strange! The very premise
sounds weird: an alien girl hits him in the head and robots come out. Cool, I know. Plus, there are some deep questions that
leave one pondering the answers for hours (although I'm not even quite sure what the answers, or even the questions, are exactly).
Unique to say the least.
Characters: An interesting cast makes up FLCL, that's for sure. First, there's
the main character, Naota, who is just your typical kid who is coming of age, trying to make it through these complicated
years. Then there's Haruka, the real fireball of the series. She's crazy, loud, kinda hot, kinda rude alien who is obsessed
with opening a portal or something.. (don't want to spoil anything for those FLCL virgins). Then there's the crazy dad, cool
robot, and more. Very memorable characters.
Animation: The animation is not only highly stylized,
but it looks great! Crisp lines and colors, smooth movements, and awesome incorporated CG. What else can I say? There is some
real spectacular animation here. FLCL has some of the best production values EVER! Simply put: perfection.
I just got done talking about how great the animation was, but I forgot to leave some adjectives to describe the music in
FLCL. The music is just as awesome as the animation! The Japanese J-ROCK band "The Pillows" does the music for this OVA and
not only does it fit the rock-n-roll feel of the series, but it sounds darned good, too! You'll want to not only buy FLCL,
you'll also be wanting the soundtrack, too!
Dub: The dub is perhaps the weakest, but still surpisingly
strong, part of FLCL. The English voice actress who plays Haruka does an admirable job of portraying the craziness that is
Haruka. The rest of the cast do a memorable and enjoyable job. There's are really any stand-out performances, but the dub
is still very, very solid.
Overall: Fooly Cooly is an amazing piece of animation, and I would recommend
it to anyone, anytime! With a unique story, great characters, amazing art, and rockin' music, there is no reason you should
not check out FLCL!
Final Verdict: This is a MUST-BUY! If you die and you have still not
watched FLCL, you have not really lived!
+ Unique characters and a unique story
+ A totally rockin' soundtrack from The Pillows
- It's only 6
* While FLCL is nearly perfect, newcomers to anime may think it to be