You think the name “Durarara!!” is nonsensical gibberish? Well, you ain’t seen FLCL yet.
Normally, when you name something, whether living or otherwise, you try to give a good idea of what they’re supposed to be looking forward to. Even in anime, this is an unwritten law. You have Gunslinger Girl, which is about gun-slinging girls and also, Bleach, which is about bleach…wait, what?
And so, here we have FLCL, which is pronounced Fooly Cooly. And since the Japanese can’t pronounce ‘L’ properly, it becomes Furi Curi. And the question is…
FLCL revolves around Naota Nandaba, a 12-year-old, working class boy living with his widower father and grandfather. Naota’s life was hanging out with his brother’s girlfriend when a mysterious middle-aged woman, Haruko Haruhara, who runs over Naota with her yellow Vespa 180 SS scooter, gives him CPR, then hits him on the head with a blue vintage Rickenbacker 4001 left-handed electric bass guitar.
Naota discovers that the blow to his head created an “N.O.” portal, from which giant robots produced by a company known as Medical Mechanica emerge periodically.
(Now this is starting NOT to make sense.)
Naota later finds Haruko working in his house as a live-in maid. It is later discovered that Haruko is an investigator for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood. Haruko uses Naota for her search for the Pirate King, Atomsk. She is at odds with Medical Mechanica, a monolithic industrial corporation. Naota is being watched by Commander Amarao, a special agent of the Bureau of Interstellar Immigration, who believes that Medical Mechanica is out to conquer the galaxy. Naota is ultimately drawn into a three-way battle between Haruko, Amarao and Medical Mechanica.
I’d like to draw your attention to the screenshot above. Look at the students’ faces. Look carefully. Notice the one at the far right? Notice the eyes?
Well, there you go. That just explained everything there is to explain about this anime:
It doesn’t give a damn about whether or not you understand this.
FLCL is the sort of stuff you watch when you wanna just mess around with yourself and don’t give a hoot on how you should be doing it. Just by the summary, you should know that this anime series, which comprises of just 6 episodes, is fooling around all the time.
The plot is inconsistent, as the author jumps from one dimension of the plot to another. One episode, it can be about some fire god and how Naota’s brother’s elementary school got burned to ashes, and in the next, it can be talking about how a class president deals with divorce and Naota grew car ears. Even though the plot is a mess and all over the place, the themes were quite consistent throughout and boy, are they kinda dark, despite the artstyle.
Ah…and yes, the artstyle.
Havoc, man. Havoc. And no, it doesn’t care how blurry it gets when the artstyle goes flying all over the place. It just does. Poking fun at everything that moves even itself, FLCL is truly an indie anime series worth watching even if you don’t bloody understand anything. And what’s with those voice actors?
Voice actors in normal, modern anime try to express themselves through expressions and accents but FLCL just doesn’t care. In the Japanese subbed version, all the voice actors were just so mono-tonal and flat even when they’re supposed to raise their voices. And they all sound like they are about to laugh their heads off any time soon. And you know how laughter is infectious? All the more reason to watch this.
Sure, dude. This is a 2001 production, the artstyle is made and look funny and the plot is almost incomprehensible unless you have an IQ of 260. But you know what? Some anime series don’t need to be comprehended to be enjoyed. So, sit back, relax and just watch FLCL. And as for me, I’m gonna buy a chicken nugget from the local convenience store. On my Vespa and with my trusty Ricken-whatever bass guitar!
Feel free to comment as per usual and furi kuri furi kura around so that you can furi kuri buri bura bura buri with a lot of buri bubu bura baru biri. Did I make sense? No?