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FLCL (Fooly Cooly) - Vol. 3

4.7 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Produced by GAINAX (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and animated by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell), FLCL takes animation to yet another level. Get ready for this shocking, funny, and right out freaky show about adolescence, expectations and alien intrigue. 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 brothers girlfriend is acting strange and now theres an even stranger girl hitting on him.Literally. With a bass guitar. Oh, did I mention the robots that keep springing from his head?

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  • Actors: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani, Izumi Kasagi, Suzuki Matsuo, Hiroshi Ito
  • Directors: Ken Andô, Masahiko Ôtsuka, Takeshi Ando
  • Writers: Marc Handler
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Broccoli Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009MECU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "FLCL (Fooly Cooly) - Vol. 3" on IMDb

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I would be hard pressed to find a more confusing anime than FLCL, and that's saying a lot for this genre. Then again it isn't all that surprising coming from studio GAINAX, those who brought us all the way to The End of Evangelion. FLCL is certainly one of their more "down to earth" films at it's heart and is surprisingly simple to analyze once you either ignore or accept the mayhem. The second to last and last episodes are on this DVD which bring this series to an acceptable and nevertheless ambiguous conclusion. In the fifth episode they show their true colors applying more Matrix inspired "bullet time" fight scenes and successfully parodying everything real or animated including South Park. But that is simply for the enjoyment of those who know the references. And in true GAINAX fashion the writer, director and animator lose their last inkling of sanity in bringing this production to a finale. To get a sense of this (and this is not a spoiler) simply look at the cover of this DVD, taken from a frame in the last few scenes. Overall I do wish the series was longer, but I think that would lose some charm if that were the case. Frankly I think it is some of the best animation Production IG has done along with some of the most imaginative storytelling(?) I have seen. To cap it off, a warning to those light of heart, and a shameless promotion: I highly and humbly recommend this series, the last episodes will without a doubt blow your mind.
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This DVD contains the last two episodes of the ridiculously hilarious show FLCL.
In the first of these two, Brittle Bullet, we see more action with General Amarao, who first appeared last episode. For those of you not too great with names, that's the guy with red hair and huge dark green eyebrows which occasionally fall off. His confrontation with Haruko is just one of the things to look forward to in this episode. The others include Kitsurabami (his assistant) getting a crush on Canti, Naota going off the deep end a little, a huge fake gun fight, a a giant gunslinging robot that comes out of Naota's head and starts shooting a 100-ft. long shotgun at Haruko, who's wearing a ridiculous bunnygirl suit and toting a slingshot.
The second episode is FLCLimax, and it is indeed the climax. In this one, everything that has been growing throughout the series will come out to create a truly insane sequence. At its core (very, very deep) FLCL is a love story about Haruko and Naota, and we finally see the resolution of that in this episode. I'm not going to tell you how it ends, but I'll leave on word: Atomsk. Oh, and did I mention another Manga sequence?
Ultimately, while this series is constantly bizarre and often innappropriate, I still find it one of the most hilarious and wonderful series I have ever seen. Perhaps this is because it transcends everything else I have ever seen, becoming something that does not really fit into any category. Whatever it is, it is a great show, one not to be missed.
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The stylistic achievement is simply stunning. Very few, if any, TV anime ever reach this level of eye-candy gorgeousness. Gainax's FLCL combines the palette subtleties of the best of Studio Ghibli with its own distinct character designs, action gestures and emotional expressions. Hilarious manga-style sequences AND this volume's 'Brittle Bullets' features a riff on South Park's faux-construction paper style.
If you've never seen FLCL before, just relax, have an open mind and let this bizarrely wonderful world take you in. Let the stream-of-consciousness story wash over you like a KoolAid waterfall. You'll want to see it again just to make sure you saw what you saw the first time.
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The first time I saw this was at an anime club viewing. At first I wasn't sure what to make of it. There is a lot on the screen at one time. However, I wasn't at all annoyed by the liberal use of slapstick humor and character distortion. This anime manages to be both ridiculous and adult in its sensibility. Let me clarify that:

Imagine taking Peanuts, old Warner Bros. cartoons, Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Dr. Who as concepts. Then combine all of them in a parallel dimension of modern Japan. Set this to a highly sexualized, but not explicit, comming-of-age story. With aliens. And robots. I hate doing reviews that boil down to, "It's like X combined with Y." Rather, think of this as a setup, to get your mind in the mood. FLCL itself is a true original, however.

Technical notes: Though most will, of course, prefer subtitles, the English dub is very well executed. Graphically, this is very dense. Unlike many animes that try to squeeze as much screen time out of a cell as possible, FLCL is a collage of movement, lighting, and changing "camera angles." The soundtrack by the Pillows is impressive. None of that corporate jpop, made-for-twelve-yr-olds filth. This band is seriously good.

This is a great, highly original anime, and one of my favorites. Great for adults and adolescents. Particularly good for those who appreciate sci-fi along the lines of Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchet.

On a final note, I have to disagree with "Karl." It would seem from his suggestions that he's probably more of a hentai fan. And there's nothing wrong with that. :) But, I doubt that it was plot that he found lacking in this series...
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