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FLCL OVA Series 1 Review
フリクリ (Furi Kuri)


Naota's life is confined to going to school and living with his father and grandfather. The usually tranquil life in Mabase is rudely interrupted by the arrival of Haruhara Haruko, who bursts on the scene by running Naota over with her Vespa scooter and hitting him on the head with a Rickenbacker 4003 bass guitar. Later, Naota is shocked to find Haruko working in his house as a live-in maid. Haruko's search for the alien being Atomsk puts her at odds with Medical Mechanica. At the same time, Naota is being watched by Commander Amarao. The Commander believes Haruko is in love with Atomsk and Medical Mechanica is out to conquer the galaxy. The fortuitous circumstances get Naota involved in a three-way battle between Haruko, Amarao and Medical Mechanica.

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FLCL (Japanese: フリクリ Hepburn: Furi Kuri, pronounced in English as Fooly Cooly) is an original video animation (OVA) anime series written by Yōji Enokido, directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and produced by the FLCL Production Committee, which consisted of Gainax, Production I.G, and King Records. The six-episode series was released in Japan from April 2000 to March 2001 alongside a manga and novel.

Six pieces of theme music are used for the episodes; five opening themes and one closing theme, all by Japanese rock band, The Pillows. The battle themes are “Advice”, “Little Busters” and “I Think I Can”; the opening themes are: “One Life”, used in episode one, “Instant Music” in episodes two and three, “Happy Bivouac” in episode four, “Runners High”, in episode five, and “Carnival” in episode six. The closing theme of each episode is “Ride on Shooting Star”.

TL;DR Review

FLCL is one of those wacky show that constantly throws things at you that make you questioned, did that really happen? Despite all its crazy antics, deep down it is an emotional story of love and love-loss. I love almost everything Gainax produced, and this anime demonstrate why Gainax is such a popular studio. This is an incredibly fast pace anime, so you may need to rewatch it to catch all the jokes, or have your pause button ready. This anime also introduced me to the pillows, one of my all-time favorite Japanese band.

I highly recommend FLCL to everyone.

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Opening Theme

OVA Series 1

  1. “One Life” by The Pillows (ep 1)
  2. “Instant Music” by The Pillows (eps 2-3)
  3. “Happy Bivouac” by The Pillows (ep 4)
  4. “Runners High” by The Pillows (ep 5)
  5. “Carnival” by The Pillows (ep 6)

Closing Theme

OVA Series 1

  1. “Ride on Shooting Star” by The Pillows


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"It takes an idiot to do something cool, that's why it's cool."
Naota Nandaba
"Nothing amazing happens here. (recurring quote) Everything is ordinary. The huge factory that can be seen from our town, the Medical Mechanica Plant, all the adults got excited when it came here, like it was really a big thing. The white steam that billows out every day at the same time, it looked to me like smoke that signified some kind of omen. Smoke that spreads out and covers everything."
"Adolescent psychological skin hardening syndrome. It’s a common disease where children grow horns from trying too hard."
"Oh I killed him, I finally find the S.O.B. and I killed him. I didn’t mean to it was an accident, kind of. Ah lets face it I definitely totally killed him, just like that Bang! No more like bong, kablam or kunga ka-splat! yea yea yea."
"Or like a panda with a mean face, or like sandals with pressure points drawn on them, or the smell of a blackboard eraser, or a Sunday morning where you wake up and it's raining. Well, I like him more than hard bread."
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