Those who have watched this show either know it as the crazy anime that made no sense, the “pretty cool” show, or the anime that changed their lives - and gave them hope.
It is not something that is easy to watch. Between all of the fighting robots, random costume changes, crazy angle animations, and the hyperactive tone, you may find yourself lost in what seems like complete nonsense.
None of it seems to make sense. You miss a lot of information that you are expected to evaluate and understand in just a mere moment, and carry it on with you for the rest of the show - which consists of only 6 episodes.
The show seems to have no sort of goal, or real plot, and those who see it as such, call it a very terrible show that is just another reason why Japan does not know how to make any sort of quality cartoon.
The show was produced by GAINAX - who also produced Evangelion, and Gurren Langann - shows that are greatly admired, especially Evangelion, as being some of the greatest shows out there in the anime world.
Nestled between them all is FLCL, a 6 episode anime that blew the budget far past one of a 30+ episode anime. You may wonder why.
A lot of confusion comes out of the fact that while large groups of people can call it a terrible show, others claim it to be the most amazing, inspiring show they’ve ever had the pleasure of watching, and that it changed their lives.
I see that the people who dislike FLCL simply do not understand what is really going on in the show.
Fooly Cooly is not just an anime - “it is life” “It is a cultural experience that everyone should try”, as said by fans.
The show actually has an underlying theme, that takes close observance to see through. That is what earns it the 5 star ratings and paragraphs upon paragraphs of talking about in magazines and on websites.
It is almost a sort of test when a fan may ask a friend to watch it, to see what they think. They want to see if they see the underlying statement - the underlying message - that has captured thousands of fans.
I, as a fan of the show, love Fooly Cooly. It has very much opened my eyes to acceptance and it has indeed made me a stronger person.
Underneath all of the guns, blood, and confusion, there is a calmly preached message about life, that I have had the great honor of being able to see.
I very much recommend this show if you are having trouble with yourself, and/or life all together. It really is a beautiful show, about growing up, and finding yourself in the midst of the chaos we call life.
I appreciate Fooly Cooly not just as a show, but appreciate the message that it was trying to teach all of us.
This will always be one of my favorite shows - far above any other anime about magical girls, demons and angels, wolves, or supernatural beings of the sort. Because this show is much more than that to me.
And it will continue to be so much more to me forever and always.
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