FLCL: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

FLCL: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

When the three powerhouse creators of Eden of the East, Gurren Lagann and Neon Genesis Evangelion bumped heads, they spawned the series that broke all the rules – then broke the mold.
Naota is a detached sixth-grader afflicted by the pangs of puberty. He’s fooling around with his brother’s ex-girlfriend when a crazed girl on a motor scooter runs him over, brains him with a bass guitar, and moves into his house. This pink-haired girl, Haruko – who claims she’s an alien – hurls Naota into the middle of a mega-corporation’s secret agenda. Oh, and now giant battling robots shoot from his skull. Mix in mind-bending animation and tunes that echo through your cerebellum to top off the trip that will have you falling hard for FLCL.

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  1. 24 of 27 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A Review of the Blu-ray Disc Presentation, March 1, 2011
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    FLCL, or Fooly Cooly is standard definition digital animation. As such, you’ll never see a true HD presentation for this wonderful show. This Blu-ray Disc is an upscale of the SD material.

    What’s the benefit then to owning this show on BD instead of DVD? Artifacts. I own the original SyncPoint DVDs. Despite only having two episodes per disc and being derived from a digital master, those DVDs are ridden with very visible and distracting macroblocking and mosquito noise. It’s a matter of how old the discs are and how inefficient the MPEG-2 codec is.

    This BD presentation of FLCL is not perfect. It’s been sharpened a bit, so the line work stands out a bit more than I think it’s supposed to. The colors are also more saturated than they were on the DVDs and I found it a bit distracting. Aliasing is present, but that’s unavoidable with SD material. The aliasing is far worse on the DVDs.

    Despite being an imperfect upscale of SD source material, the BD for Fooly Cooly is by far the best available presentation we have stateside thanks to the elimination of artifacts and the reduction in aliasing. And at the friendly pricing (the whole series for the same price as what a single one of the three DVDs used to cost) here on Amazon, there’s no reason at all to avoid this release.

    Oh, and the lossless stereo track is wonderful. Anyone who watches this show will fall in love with The Pillows.

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  2. 72 of 86 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Your head is empty!, November 24, 2010
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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. It’s a parodic mishmash of anime in-jokes — giant robots, fanservice, boy falls for kooky abusive alien girl — and a storyline that is bizarre to the point where you may not be able to understand what’s going on. But oh, is it a fun ride.

    As if the plot weren’t hyperactive enough, the animation is exaggerated and crazy, full of distorted faces and wild robot battles. Lots of action and overdramatic dialogue (“OH NO…. OOOOOOOOO… an American GIRLFRIEND!”). As if it weren’t funny enough, the director sprinkles in homages to other shows, ranging from other anime to “South Park.”

    And the characters are as bizarre as the story itself. Naoto starts off as a typical bored preteen, but slowly gains confidence and guts as he gets immersed in the weirdness. Haruko is a completely off-the-wall kook who is apparently an alien. And there’s a bunch of other weird characters — troubled pyromaniacs, wistful robots, preteen pervs, and a guy from Interstellar Immigration.

    “FLCL” is perhaps the strangest anime in existance. It’s also enough to blow the top off of your head, with the strange characters and wildly surrealist plot. Fooly Cooly!

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