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FLCL

FLCL

2000
Comedy
Sci-fi
TV Mini-Series
2h 31m
In search for a captive pirate, an alien girl riding a Vespa uses a 12-year-old boy's head as a multidimensional channel.
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FLCL

2000
Comedy
Sci-fi
TV Mini-Series
2h 31m
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Avg Percentile 71.15% from 994 total ratings

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Rated 03 Sep 2009
92
92nd
Show summary: punk-era Sogo Ishii raped Andy Warhol, shat a son, that son married Freud's mother, took LSD and decided to rewrite Neon Genesis Evangelion. And that only scratches the surface of this surreal and ultimately hypnotic descent into the existential macabre, but one painted with bold primaries and Looney Tunes logic. There's even an extended South Park reference! and is therefore pure gold.
Rated 21 Feb 2009
86
86th
As an introduction to anime it's an eye-opener, the attitude being to kick arse first and screw your questions. A dazzling amalgam of visual styles comprise the action sequences, the cutting sharp and inventive, stopping short of being epileptic. A warped yet playful humour extends itself to the inscrutable plot, winking as it give you the finger. In its quieter moments character touches are spot on; emotions rendered and nuances captured. A mind-blowingly odd experience.
Rated 27 Jan 2009
100
97th
If an A.D.D.-affected David Lynch made a self-referential anime coming-of-age story, I think it might play like this. What... about... eyebrows?
Rated 02 Jul 2012
80
77th
Hyperactive inter-textual romp through endless phallic imagery and all the awkward parts of puberty. Ofttimes hilarious; occasionally subtly warm.
Rated 22 Jan 2010
93
95th
It helps if you're coming to this with some experience in anime. Things like Akira, Evangelion, etc. are more or less prerequisites. The Revolutionary Girl Utena movie claimed to be an "adolescence apocalypse," but this was the true postmodern coming of age in anime, and the first true anime for the 21st century. Here we have all kinds of sexualized confusion, erections in the form of robots emerging from a boy's head, plenty of other Freudian madness, plus Looney Tunes kinetics.
Rated 14 Feb 2008
92
95th
what a blast! great kind of surrealistic humour, incredibly good animations and a super-weird story. just forget everyting you know about comics and anime and be... stunned. i loved it.
Rated 15 Dec 2008
75
65th
It's level of awesomeness is equaled only by it's level of making no sense whatsoever.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
62nd
It'd didn't make much sense the first time but it doesn't matter because the freneticism and joyful nature of this series made me love it.
Rated 16 Jun 2009
80
77th
I didn't care for some of the absurd shit, but I thought it was a pretty cool portrayal of adolescent apathy and hot anime girls hitting people in the head with guitars.
Rated 03 Jan 2010
10
97th
Completely crazy. The manga scene of "FLCL" is my favorite anime scene in any series. Incredibly fun, some great work and a kick ass soundtrack to say the least. One of a kind.
Rated 02 May 2009
32
7th
I do not get FLCL and therefore can't enjoy it. There I said it.
Rated 25 Aug 2008
100
97th
By the end of the six episodes, you can't help but fall in love.
Rated 15 Jul 2009
80
89th
After "Neon Genesis Evangelion," Hideaki Anno basically passed the torch to his friend and said "top that." He didn't... but he came damn close.
Rated 15 Dec 2008
3
61st
Saw this years ago and had nearly forgotten about it. Wildly entertaining (but completely incoherent) anime series.
Rated 26 Apr 2009
100
99th
Something about this whole series that I just fall in love with.
Rated 23 Apr 2009
80
69th
Fun, insane, and totally off-the-wall. Don't even bother trying to understand it, just run with it.
Rated 07 Mar 2009
85
71st
Welcome to anime country: where fetishes are born and raised. Upskirts - YEE-HAA!
Rated 21 Feb 2014
96
97th
rewatched it (8th time? im going with that) cause its been a few years. oh look! still amazing! do i understand it a lil deeper cause im older? idk, but i felt more satisfied with where the characters all end up. the brevity is still a bit disappointing, but that bittersweetness just fits in to all the conflicting emotions here. and of course whatever else flaws this has I have no shame in ignoring because of the blissfully frenetic animation and pace, and the music.
Rated 10 Feb 2015
85
99th
A wonderful coming of age tale that blends frenetic animation and J-Rock. It's amazing how much story they are able to tell in six ~25 minute episodes.
Rated 04 Feb 2009
100
98th
This mini-series introduced me to some kick ass songs by "The Pillows". Not to mention the show is just plain cool.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
10
4th
Not making any sense to me. I couldn't even finish watching the first episode because I felt too much like wasting my time watching complete nonsense.
Rated 16 Oct 2010
88
97th
Scores high for pure craziness, originality and the ability to poke fun sometimes at its own genre.
Rated 21 Jul 2015
8
80th
Rewatch: This is some kind of ridiculous rorschach test for sexually frustrated Japanese teenagers. I don't know how else to describe it. Lots of growing pains and violent silliness.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
98th
Fooly .... Cooly ???
Rated 14 Aug 2007
94
98th
This is the reason I watch any anime.
Rated 20 Aug 2007
90
47th
An energetic, though confusing, anime. Though hard to comprehend, it doesn't stop me from loving it.
Rated 10 Oct 2007
79
83rd
I'm surprised this is on criticker cause I always thought of it as a show, not a movie, but I guess it's technically like a miniseries, so it counts. Anyways, I'm not a huge anime person, but from what I've seen, this goes somewhere in my top 5 anime shows probably. Don't worry too much about it making sense, just enjoy it because it looks great, it's a lot of fun, and really lovable show. Pillows do the soundtrack too, which is a plus.
Rated 22 Jul 2012
60
29th
This just comes off as someones idea of a shallow paordy of Anime than an actual story in it's own right.
Rated 09 Jan 2008
69
53rd
It's a really cool idea, and the animation is excellent. I just couldn't get into it as much because it's very short and confusing as hell (even for someone who has watched a good deal of anime).
Rated 10 May 2018
97
99th
Insane animation showcase from a studio at the peak of their powers grafted to a surprisingly poignant coming of age story. A brilliant perfect masterpiece.
Rated 11 Mar 2008
4
74th
The story is crazy and pretty much impossible to understand, but it's not too much for its own good. It's actually very entertaining and has some wicked animation.
Rated 16 Apr 2008
91
96th
Surreal, super-energetic and hilarious puberty metaphor that spent an entire season's worth of budget on six episodes. FLCL's willingness to change style, direction, and emotion on a dime is one of its greatest strengths. And beneath the cacophony of wild animation, crazy characters, and constant alt rock, it really does capture the confusion, uncertainty, and deep melancholy of adolescence. This and Evangelion defined my teenage years, and boy are they just as powerful today.
Rated 18 Jun 2012
98
99th
A wonderful expereince start to finish. The Pillows and beautiful animation pair nicely.
Rated 21 Apr 2017
80
76th
An amazing show that caputres all the absurdity and anxiety of being a teenager and becoming an adult, complemented by a great rock score. This series definitely benefits from multiple viewings.
Rated 27 Apr 2013
80
60th
If you can get past the pervy-ness, and the innumerable (annoying) inside-joke-y nods to manga/anime culture, you may just love FLCL. Fun, insane, and gorgeously rendered.
Rated 26 Feb 2016
15
11th
I tried this because it's supposed to be one of the better animes but it just goes to show that anime is not for me
Rated 24 Aug 2013
22
8th
what
Rated 28 Oct 2013
20
1st
Totally idiotic.
Rated 12 Mar 2013
80
68th
A rather insane and very enjoyable series.
Rated 16 Aug 2023
100
97th
So weird yet so charming. The aesthetic, the music, the characters all so good. The one thing that could be criticized is the confusing plot, but even the creator said that it was meant to be confusing so you don't understand a thing, just enjoy the ride. And damn, was it a good ride.
Rated 28 Feb 2014
95
93rd
One of the most original and creative anime's of all time. Makes you almost want more.
Rated 17 Oct 2014
80
59th
No idea what happened with the plot but a whole lot of surreal, kinetic visual energy convinced me to like it anyway.
Rated 20 Dec 2014
40
19th
See, here's the thing. I did "get it". That being said, this seemed more like a general anime self-parody than something that was created with serious fantasy inspirations. The soundtrack is absolutely amazing however which bumps this up. I just cannot see the appeal to the animation and story. It's too crazy and incoherent despite the messages it tries to relay. I guess that's my fault for coming to this after Cowboy Bebop and Gurren Lagann though.
Rated 10 Nov 2016
30
38th
hm, would've thought the internet had p. much desensitized me to anything, but this was -nuts,- so ++ for actually weirding me out. Although a few eps. in it was pretty grating, at first the constant, bland alt. rock ST was so incongruous to me that it only complemented the insanity. Positive I missed -tons- of shit in transl., w/ the barrage of plays-on-words & pop. cult. refs., but my approach, which somehow seemed to me appropriate, was just to SIT BACK AND ENJOY THE MOTHERFUCKING SUBTEXT.
Rated 31 Mar 2018
4
52nd
there is some amazingly insane stuff in here, so it's a shame that the soundtrack almost ruined it for me. goddamn alternative rock. also, it kind of peaked with that ridiculous fooly cooly manga sequence in the first episode. that was something else. dead leaves was directed by the guy who did that, and i like that more.
Rated 12 Dec 2019
60
25th
the random and weird comedy made it hard to follow/like the story. it ended up cool and i still appreciate that it was more unique even if i woulda liked it better if it was normal lol
Rated 21 Jun 2023
57
15th
Energetic and colourful (to a fault) anime is just too bombastic and overwhelming if you’re not on its particular wavelength – oddball mix of comedy, sci-fi and fantasy action certainly marches to the beat of its own drum and has some genuinely inspired moments, but all for relative naught as a whole.
Rated 15 Apr 2007
50
33rd
WTF?
Rated 05 Feb 2009
62
21st
A bit to crazy.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
81
72nd
Could've had better music. Don't put too much thought into this or 'try to figure it out'. If you're meant to understand it, you will.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
75
77th
recommended
Rated 15 Jan 2008
74
59th
Amusing but nine circles of weird. Like an animated Un chien Andalou with a tablespoon of coherency added to it, this short series is a lot of fun if you can stand the style.
Rated 10 Feb 2008
90
87th
more episodes would be better
Rated 18 Apr 2008
75
92nd
I am not a dude who at all likes some animes, but I really dig this.
Rated 09 Jun 2008
70
77th
Get ready for the rollercoaster ride called 'Furi Kuri'. Lots of action and lots going on throughout the 6 episodes.
Rated 10 Jul 2008
85
84th
Really strange, little anime series. Enjoyable for anyone into frenetic weirdness, not just for anime-buffs.
Rated 14 Oct 2008
99
99th
Love this show so much
Rated 09 Dec 2008
70
56th
Never boring, but then again never very gripping either.
Rated 05 Mar 2013
80
65th
Frenetic, imaginative eye candy that doesn't make a lick of sense. I love it.
Rated 05 Apr 2009
70
48th
I have no idea what I just watched. But it wasnt bad.
Rated 20 Jul 2009
3
74th
Weird anime, it has an interesting style and a great soundtrack, though it can be too perverted at times.
Rated 16 Jan 2010
85
73rd
Uh, this is more of a mini-series OAV sort of thing, but it rules. Japanese indie rock and all.
Rated 22 Dec 2010
67
55th
Very strange. I actually did not enjoy it that much. I thought the music was too loud and very distracting. But that's just my opinion. I did really like the last episode
Rated 26 Dec 2010
63
49th
Not a film. As far as series go, it's up there as far as weirdness is concerned, but I didn't really follow any of what was going on. Will have to rewatch it to properly assess it.
Rated 12 Jan 2011
10
97th
SURPRISE BRAIN RAPE!! 0_0
Rated 17 May 2011
5
81st
First half is spectacular, and while always being worthwhile, doesn't exactly hold up as strong in later sections. Is every bit as insane as its reputation makes it out to be and usually wonderfully so.
Rated 02 Jan 2013
61
64th
Yep, it's fun/crazy. I liked the frequent genre- and self-referential humour, although I'm sure a lot of it went over my head. It does go a bit overboard on the "hyper" for my liking, but it's pretty inspired throughout.

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