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FLCL - Ultimate Edition DVD Collection

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An outrageous mixture of science-fiction action, mecha misadventures, sinister coporate plots, and broad slapstick comedy, FLCL ("Fooly Cooly") has been a fan favorite since the six-part OAV debuted in 2000. The four-disc Ultimate Edition includes all the episodes, an additional disc with music, a rock video, and poster art, plus a booklet, a rubber bracelet, and a postcard to send in for a free T-shirt.

Things have been going badly for sixth-grader Naota since his older brother Tasuku left to play pro baseball in America. At the opening of the series, he complains, "Nothing amazing happens here. Only the ordinary." Then Haruko, a girl from outer space, charges in on her motor scooter and clobbers him with an electric guitar. Her arrival upsets Tasuku's old girlfriend Mamimi, who regards bugging Naota as her prerogative. The fragmentary plot quickly dissolves into a string of chaotic events involving the main characters, Naota's lecherous father and grandfather, and various mecha (which grow from horns on Naota's head). Looming over the town is the mysterious Medical Mechanica factory, which looks like a giant iron. The freewheeling nuttiness of FLCL helped set the pattern for Dokkoida?!, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, and other reflexive comedies. The episodes feature references to everything from Doraemon and Gundam to South Park. The bold graphic style of the animation shifts radically from scene to scene, including two sequences done as manga pages. The extras include commentaries, outtakes, and storyboard comparisons. FLCL is a bizarre series that will delight otaku who value comedy and action over coherency. (Unrated, suitable for ages 14 and older: violence, risqué humor, brief nudity. tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • Six episodes: Fooly Cooly, Fire Starter, Marquis de Carabas, Full Swing, Brittle Ballet, FLCLimax

Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Broccoli Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ION2I0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Bought the original set of three disks (two episodes each) as they were released for thirty bux each. This set has all three of those discs-a disc of bonus features, a mail in card for a free t-shirt, a sheet of stickers, six postcards, and a bonus book containing notes on the series and translation as well as bonus manga!
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At first glance, this box set may seem too expensive. 50 dollars for only six episodes? But there are a few things you have to keep in mind:

Studio Gainax used FLCL as a test subject for various modern and hand-drawn (no CG here) animation techniques. They spent the same ammount of money making these six episodes than they would have spent on an average commercial anime series of 12 Episodes or more. There is very little use of cheap cell-sliding animation and nearly every frame is individually hand-drawn at some level. Besides, the interresting animation style, which varies constantly and includes not only hip, fluid segments but other forays into more and less complex, but equally cutting-edge, graphic styles.

In addition to amazing production values on a per-episode basis, the series really comes together story wise. It's funny, slapstick, and satirical interludes are ballanced by genuinely touching moments. The entire series can be watched over and over again until you understand the intricate pop-sci-fi plot, but what makes the story so beautiful is that at heart, despite all the crazy and often irrelevant action, it is really a coming-of-age story about a frustrated teenager going through puberty. The anime (and the books on which it was based) are loaded with metaphors and symbolism, and the series can be taken either literally or as an abstract portrait of a boy's experience in high school. However, the series still shines with Gainax's tried-and-true ability to manipulate the audience in ways that will have you laughing histerically and suddenly be cought off guard by a surprisingly touching and sometimes heartbreaking moment.
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Anime can be pretty weird -- just look at series like "Paranoia Agent" and "Boogiepop Phantom." Really weird, sometimes impossible to totally understand.

But for sheer strangeness and kookiness, the winner has got to be "Fooly Cooly (FLCL)." Even as it pokes fun at typical anime, it tells the surrealist story of a very odd coming-of-age, complete with strange plots, oddball characters, and robots sprouting out of a young boy's head.

Naota is a young boy living what he sees as an oppressively dull existance, in a quiet city dominated by the Medical Mechanica building. The closest thing to excitement is fending off the advances of his brother's troubled girlfriend Mamimi.

Then sudenly a girl on a Vespa runs him over, resuscitates him with a smooch, and then bashes him over the head with a bass guitar. That evening, Naota finds that instead of a bump, he has a horn growing out of his head, and no idea what it is or how to get rid of it.

Despite his efforts to avoid her, Naoto's kooky father has hired the crazy Vespa girl, Haruko, as a housekeeper. To make matters worse, his "horn" turns out to be a robot and a giant mechanical hand -- springing out of a channel in his head. And you thought YOU had problems.

The five episodes that follow don't get any more normal, as Naota must deal with the Mayor's daughter getting his strange power, cat ears, more robots, baseball, bombs, the Pirate King Atomsk, seaweed eyebrows, and the interplanetary Medical Mechanica which may or may not be intent on galactic domination. It all clashes in the final episode.

For newbies, "FLCL" is probably the WORST anime to start with.
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Subtlety, it seems is a dying art in modern entertainment. Always we are bombarded with one explosive action scene after another, shallow characters, and overly exploited plot concepts. We want for originality but maybe we're just looking in the wrong places.

Anime is a category very often dismissed by the majority of "serious" entertainment seekers, (which is, in itself, something of a contradiction now isn't it?) writing it off as kids stuff or, the love of melodramatic teens. While I will concede that this label does tend to apply to a large quantity (maybe even most) of the genre it cannot encompass every series and every work. I freely admit that I, myself once had a rather inflexible stance toward anime. Now I see it for what it is, a genre as broad and flavorful as if I were to simply say 'drama', or 'comedy'. One could hardly toss every work of drama in as original and amazing, such is the case with anime.

As for the nature of this particular series, I find it to be truly spectacular, even to the point of being a holder of some of life's greatest lessons, let me elaborate. FLCL, or as it is pronounced in english, Fooly Cooly is a very intricate work of fiction that requires the viewer to see beyond the comedic outer story which is, in it's own right, a slightly above mediocre presentation of zany, confusing fiction. If we are able to see past this exterior, we find one hidden meaning after another, often doubly, and at times even triply, concealed and pretzeled amongst other meanings and bits of story. The series is a scant six episodes but demands to be watched over and over to pick up one subtle lesson after another. I myself have watched the entire series, front to back at least thirty times, only to still find some new subtle meaning every time.
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What's with the price?
This has been discontinued, that's why it's so expensive. Funimation is releasing a new set this year, and supposedly one will be Blue-ray.
Mar 29, 2010 by Christopher Prichard |  See all 5 posts
Why is this taking so long so ship??
You should contact Amazon fast...thats a lot of patience you got there buddy,i'd be smashing things
by the first 2 weeks then go on a killing spree by the first month.
Oct 14, 2007 by W. Adelphin |  See all 2 posts
$450? What the ****?
i have the same exact question... wasnt this just in stock around xmas time? it was only $50 then. why are we being so utterly ripped off by those sellers??
Mar 31, 2008 by missauru |  See all 8 posts
Inflated Price Tag
Evangelion is older and has made it's money many many times over. I believe they are lowering the price now to make more money from people who though that 119(around what I bought it for years ago), was to much.
FLCL is still new, and the set is fantastic as far as production values(I'm talking... Read More
May 31, 2007 by J. Ciccarelli |  See all 4 posts
Yes. Including the director's commentary audio track.
Feb 4, 2007 by C. Fox |  See all 3 posts
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