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FLCL 

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A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.
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2001   2000  
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Series cast summary:
Jun Mizuki Jun Mizuki ...  Naota Nandaba 6 episodes, 2000-2001
Mayumi Shintani Mayumi Shintani ...  Haruko Haruhara 6 episodes, 2000-2001
Izumi Kasagi Izumi Kasagi ...  Mamimi Samejima 6 episodes, 2000-2001
Suzuki Matsuo Suzuki Matsuo ...  Kamon Nandaba 6 episodes, 2000-2001
Hiroshi Ito Hiroshi Ito ...  Shigekuni Nandaba 5 episodes, 2000-2001
Mika Itô Mika Itô ...  Eri Ninamori 5 episodes, 2000-2001
Kazuhito Suzuki Kazuhito Suzuki ...  Masashi Masamune 5 episodes, 2000-2001
Sho Miyajima Sho Miyajima ...  Gaku Manabe 3 episodes, 2000
Kôji Ohkura Kôji Ohkura ...  Amarao 3 episodes, 2000-2001
Chiemi Chiba Chiemi Chiba ...  Kiturubami 3 episodes, 2000-2001
Steve Blum ...  Masashi / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Melissa Fahn ...  Eri Ninamori 3 episodes, 2000
Barbara Goodson ...  Naota Nandaba 3 episodes, 2000
R. Martin Klein ...  Gaku / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Steve Kramer ...  Shigekuni / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Joe Martin Joe Martin ...  Kamon Nandaba 3 episodes, 2000
Stephanie Sheh ...  Additional Voices / ... 3 episodes, 2000
Kari Wahlgren ...  Haruko Haruhara 3 episodes, 2000
Akira Miyashima Akira Miyashima ...  Gaku Manabe 2 episodes, 2000-2001
Yukari Fukui Yukari Fukui ...  Junko Miyaji 2 episodes, 2000-2001
Maggie Weidner Maggie Weidner ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2000
Shizuki Yamashita Shizuki Yamashita ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2000
Agnes Yoshida Agnes Yoshida ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2000
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Naota is a normal student living with his abnormal father and grandfather. One day, a seemingly insane girl named Haruko blazes in from out of nowhere on her Vespa, wielding an electric guitar with a buzzsaw! Haruko moves in with Naota under the pretense of being a housekeeper, but Naota knows there's something obviously strange about her. To make matters worse, large shapes are growing out of his head, hatching into large monsters that Haruko makes her mission to kill. Who is Haruko really, and what is she after? You won't find out until the end of this bizarre story. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

The blue "guitar" Haruko has is actually a bass. See more »

Goofs

In the first appearance of Haruko her guitar case is around her back. Once she grabs her guitar, the case has completely disappeared. At the end of the scene her case appears on her back again with the guitar apparently inside. See more »

Quotes

Haruko: They'll have to learn to 'think smooth', I guess!
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Crazy Credits

Miyu Miyu - ? See more »

Alternate Versions

The version aired in the US on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim is English dubbed and airs virtually intact in terms of content except for a few instances:
  • in episode 2, when Haruko says "Shit!" while the police sirens are approaching is muted.
  • in episode 6 during the manga scene, the blur that originally just obscured Kamon's genitals is made larger to also cover his body hair.
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Connections

Referenced in Demo Reel: Lost in Translation (Bromance Version) (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride on shooting star
Performed by the pillows
Lyrics and Music by Sawao Yamanaka
Arrangement by the pillows
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Attitude with a bass
9 August 2003 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

My all time favorite anime series. It's difficult to explain and must be seen to enjoy its creativity and cleverness. This is one of best ways to show the strides GAINAX is making as well as other greats like Evangelion, Gunbuster, and others.

Almost everyone in this series undergoes change especially Naota. I finally watched episode 5 and 6 and I never picked up on the role of Naota's brother. How about lefties, sour and sweet, or mild or spicy?? "Brittle Bullet" may be my new favorite...how can you not be amazed by its final scene and the rich color schemes. Haruko is epitome of female anime coolness and she looks so creepy with that smile and no eyes! Mamimi's manic self always brings a laugh and who wouldn't want their own Canti? Great secondary characters who just add more to the richness of the story. And a heavy emphasis on EYEBROWS. The show is linear but tangents are strewn throughout which makes this a great series and repeated viewings. I probably still won't get it, but I think it's meant to kick back, relax, and enjoy the show. Also, FLCL would not be the same without the Pillows soundtrack which fits perfect with the show. The end credit sequence makes you want to get a vespa.

For those who enjoy originality, terrific tunes, and just so bizarre it's tasty anime to munch up.


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Official Sites:

gainax.co. [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

26 April 2000 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Fooly Cooly See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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