FLCL has got to be the most deranged, absurd and fun anime I've ever seen. The basic story: Naota, a twelve year old boy, is living a quiet life in a small town. Then out of nowhere, a girl riding a vespa crashes into him, resulting in an alarming lump on his forehead. Then, strange things start happening (I guess most people would find this premise strange as well...).Running at just six episodes, the series has got a focused storyline, never becoming slow or repetitive. It's drenched in humour, with animation that fits. Visually, it's nothing short of a stunning experience. It even manages to parody South Park. The characters are engaging, all having their own crazy agendas and personas. This is Evangelion on speed, run through the mind of Terry Gilliam, filled with allusions to other anime and frequently breaking the forth wall.All in all, this is probably the most apt way of portraying modern youth culture. Oh, and it has a wonderful punkish soundtrack by Japanese band Pillows. In the end, Fooly Coolly is all about growing up.
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