The final series review I’m doing right now is for the Gainax classic – FLCL. This was one of the few animes that I first saw in English and then in Japanese but probably is the only anime that I enjoy either version just as much.
Final Series Score: 12/12
Pros: Crazy chaos done right, the music and songs are so awesomely perfect by themselves and as compliments to the action of the show, very original characters, action scenes are breathtakingly cool, animation still rivals the best out there and is one of the best examples of Gainax’s approach to animation, can be watched over and over again
Cons: it’s only 6 episodes long, the plot doesn’t really become apparent till the end and that might bother some
Naota aka Takkun is your average sixth grade student living in a small town where nothing ever happens. Of course, whenever an anime starts off with this premise – you can be assured that lots of stuff will happen before the end and this show is the same. The ingredients are all there to ensure this: a robot factory has just recently opened up in town, he hangs out with his older brother’s ex-girlfriend, his father runs a bakery, and his brain is perfect as an inter-dimensional portal.
Thoughts and impressions
At it’s core, this show is a very simple one; it’s a coming-of-age story about Takkun who has always lived in the shadow of his older brother. This fact is easily forgotten because the rest of the show is full-on crazy chaos from the word go. And what glorious chaos it is. I’ve watched this countless times and sometimes I still feel that I’ve missed things in the show.
Whenever I finish watching FLCL, I always wish that Gainax had done more in the FLCL universe but I always reluctantly realize that the chances are astronomically small of them being able to do a second series that could approach the quality of the first. Then again, though, Gurren Lagann proves that they still have the ability to create masterpieces so maybe they could harness their spiral energy and put out an awesome second FLCL series.
It’s hard to gush praise at a show without spoiling the show so I’ll just stop here and say that if you haven’t seen this series yet, you have been missing one of the best animes ever made.
- 6 episode OVA
- genre: action, comedy, SF
- animation studio: Gainax
- director: Kazuya Tsurumaki
- OP: Various
- ED: “Ride on Shooting Star” by The Pillows
- Seiyuus of note: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani