So… what is FLCL anyway?
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I was prepared for you to rip FLCL asunder but I was pleasantly surprised. I was 20/21 when the show premiered on Adult Swim. I caught most of the context but I enjoyed it for the frenetic and varied animation styles which I think was scored perfectly to the music. I love the music in this show so much I was rather disappointed that you didn’t talk about that.
FLCL is my favorite anime and I fairly regularly watch the entire series in one sitting. Not hard granted since it is only 6 episodes long. I am moderately looking forward to the sequel seasons but I am not expecting them to be anywhere near as good as the original.
Maybe not the best of wording but Turner Broadcasting is financially backing two new follow up FLCL seasons. I dunno how much they’ll relate to the original but I am skeptical because as Sage indicated Turner has done this a couple times in the past to mixed results.
It’s something to keep an eye on, at least.
Good review, and a very good use of visual symbolism, as well as giving Gabe a break from the usual in show torment.
There’s one more aspect of FLCL that was missed, though it’s not really necessary to cover it in the review.
FLCL was also the entire staff at Gainax blowing off steam after making Evangelion. Similar themes of coming of age among the fantastic, but utterly opposite in direction as it’s cheerful, ridiculous, silly, and fun. The almost complete opposite of Evangelion.
Is it any wonder that the next series to come from Gainax was the reconstruction of the Giant Mecha genre known as Gurren Lagann?
Yes, and you could say they’re still blowing off steam. I really hope the production of 4.44 is such a mess that, afterwards, the only option left to them is another season of Panty and Stocking. Man, I really want that to happen T________T
(slowly rises from seet, and start claping, first slovly, than with more and more enthusiasm…) that was beautiful 🙂 thank you sage
I remember trying to watch FLCL a few times when it was still on Toonami/Adult Swim and just not getting it. I think there may have been a bit much going on in it for me, but that’s just me. Maybe things will be different if I try again now that I’m coming up on 40 and have seen this.
If nothing else, this episode is a reminder as to why I’m a fan of Anime Abandon.
I did find the show to be self indulgent, but like you have mentioned it does it well enough to not be too up its own hamster hole. Great review.
And I can’t wait to see what you do with another Masamune anime. I also wonder what you think of Nadia: Secret of Blue Water
My opinion of “Nadia” is that it’s a good show overall, but it really should have been 26 episodes, not 39. The island/Africa fillers really brought it down. The English dub by ADV is well done, however, particularly the voices of the children. The accents can be hit and miss, however, the performances are very well done and underrated. ADV put a lot of effort into making this dub, particularly in hiring actual kids to play the leads, and it’s a shame that there are people who dismiss the dub on account of the sometimes uneven accents. it deserves to have a second viewing.
I tried to like FLCL, I really did. But I couldn’t get any farther than episode 1.
I never really gave the sex angle that much weight in my interpretation of FLCL. Sure, it’s an element, but I think FLCL was more about Naota actually trying to grow up faster than is intended, in contrast with all the adults around him (his father, his grandfather, his teacher, Haruko) being very childish. He likes to act really mature so he can show that he isn’t like the people around him, but deep down inside, he’s still just a child. He’s making progress to adulthood, but it has to come from in himself, not from some superficial appearance of maturity he’s putting on, like, say, when he tries to give in to Mamimi in episode 5, and it turns her off, because he’s just pretending that the grown up thing to do is to rush headlong into a sexual relationship, despite being only a twelve year old. If Evangelion is a story about miscommunication and a fear of intimacy causing arrested development, FLCL is about a superficial overeagerness to prove how more mature you are than everybody else. At the end of the show, Naota is more mature, but in a way that’s more natural and comes from experiences rather than trying to keep up with others for show.
Argh, you had to put that last line, didn’t you? I mostly agree with the rest of your comment (let’s face it, sex is one of the biggest things in a pubescent human’s development, be it by desiring or fearing it), but The Pillows are overrated. Like, terribly overrated. For me, it’s a good thing that they disappeared.
This looked stranger than I suspected. Also shorter than I thought it was.
Looking back on this, every single meaning was lost on me. I only got the faintest of meaning when watching this and if you didn’t point these things out, I’d of never caught them. I guess, to me, either it was too artistic that the message went over my head or that I’m just not trying hard enough to read between the lines.
What about… eyebrows?
This was the single most confusing dichotomy of imagery and intellectual review content than I’ve ever seen. This by far looks like the most batshit crazy anime I’ve seen.
Ahh well, really entertaining review. I loved the gag with Gabe there, the ocean vs spraying him with a hose, that was hilarious XD
Back in ’07 or ’08 I was a junior in college and my buddy Clint had shown the first episode of this to our mutual friend Jason. When I asked Jason what he thought, he said something to the effect of “Fuck This Show!” We spent more than a year trying, and failing, to get him to watch the rest. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have been too surprised given he only seemed to watch titles like Vampire Academy and Death Note.
I only watched a little bit of FLCL when it was on, but it did always stick with me. Honestly its not my kind of show, really, even though I loved Kill La Kill, but it is very unique all the same. And yeah even though I watched just a little bit of it the Pete and Pete comparison is pretty appropriate, especially in terms of mood and general themes.
15:31 Anyone else imagining Rita Repulsa with machine guns?
This show was a weird one for me. As a kid I just found it funny and weird when a friend first leant me a disk with the episodes burned onto it, then after I finished college I went back and watched it again and it certainly got to me in ways I forgot about and wasnt expecting.
I can see it not being for every one, but it certainly hit that sweet spot for me.
I love Big-O and IGPX was not that bad.
I feel bad for saying it, but I could never get into this show. Back when it came out, and even now. Everything about it seems so incredibly forced to me.
And don’t get me started on the Mamimi/Naota interactions. The way it’s almost romanticized has always bugged the crap outta me. But maybe that’s just me…I almost never encounter anyone who has a problem with it.
I watched this in my later twenties, so I got the meaning straight away, and honestly, it was beautiful. I have many friends who watched it at the time it was premiered in Japan (fansub), and they couldn’t make head or tails of it, because of course they lacked the maturity to do so. When I watched it, it all made sense, and i’m glad I didn’t get to see it earlier (being a massive Gainax fanboy, I’d have been disappointed, or even worse, fooled myself into liking it).
Adult swim is awesome but I miss Saturday morning anime with the Sci-fi channel.