Friday, September 21, 2001

FLCL / Fooly Cooly

Genre: Cyberpunk
Parental Guidance Recommended
2000-2001 Gainax, I.G. Production

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Cover Description:
Naota wants to be normal. But with a talented brother leaving Japan for the US to play baseball, everyone now looks at him a bit differently. His brother's girlfriend is acting strange and now there's an even stranger girl hitting on him. Literally. With a bass guitar. Oh, did I mention the robots that keep springing from his head?

(6 episodes)

And I thought I've seen BIZARRE. >>> by skysenshi
Naota, a 12 year old child with a rather sullen attitude, spends most of his time with his older brother's girlfriend Mamimi. Everything around these two seem peaceful, since the city of Mabase doesn't have anything out of the ordinary to offer anyway... That's what they think...

When a violent storm -- err girl -- named Haruko cross into their paths, waving her dangerous electric guitar like a lethal weapon gone berserk, everything turns upside down... Things will never be the same again.

I thought I was watching Serial Experiments Lain with a dash of Photon. Things look pretty bleary here, especially during the first part, when you don't know if you should take things seriously. Then suddenly you get confused because there seems to be some sort of a joke going on. Naota commented in one episode that he no longer knows which is real and which isn't. Me? I don't know what really happened and what didn't!

I also don't know what to make of Naota. He seems to resent the fact that his oniisan's girlfriend is making a love toy out of him, but then he's always looking for her anyway. Emotions shift in the later episode and we end up seeing a "love square". Y'know those complicated romantic polygons that always happen in Photon and Tenchi Muyo, except here the girls are like best friends unlike in the other two series where the women are always at each other's throats.

The drawings of the characters are somewhat okay, but the artistic brilliance shown in this anime is quite remarkable. They tend to combine manga-like sequences with South Park-y illustrations that can somehow remind one of those abstract paintings that say a lot through basic lines and motion. The visual imagery isn't as overdone as in Lain. In fact, variety is well applied, which leaves little room for eye candy saturation.

The sounds are excellent as well, very apt to the theme. The cyberpunk and rock tones kind of reminds me of Lain 's beautiful original soundtrack.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 9; Story 8; Characters 8; Sounds 9

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