January 28, 2004

FLCL Episode 2


"Fire Starter"

For being almost complete indecipherable, FLCL is surprisingly entertaining. It does character development well, in non obvious ways (a fresh change for an anime series). On the other hand, the plot is really fragmented, and stuff is just hard to follow. Maybe if you could slow everything down 50% it'd be easier to figure out what's going on.

But that's definitely not the fun of whats' going on here.

From one point of view, though, this show doesn't really succeed on some levels. Most obviously is the fact is whether or not it is really telling a story? Sure some things happen, but we don't really know where anything's going. A lot of glitz and flash is thrown on top of it to try and cover it up, and that aspect of the show is pretty much all that's carrying it forward. There is a lot of it though.

Also, some of the animation in this episode is so over the top and exaggerated that it ceased being appealing to me. I'm kind of boring like that, really liking very standard anime looks over weird ones. I do, however, like the use of color in FLCL. It's a little washed out, but in general, there's a whole bunch of colors you don't usually see.

It's kind of hard to put a finger on exactly what I think about this show. It's pure insanity animated, which is cool, but on the other hand, you spend so much of it trying to figure out what the heck is going on--which is cool--but somewhat distracting. Is there really something going on here? Or is it just a stream-of-consciousness trip?

Rating: B

Posted by Kei at January 28, 2004 12:02 AM

FLCL is a great short series. I liked the music especially. Don't expect too much story-clarification of the remaining episodes though... :)

Posted by: milov at January 28, 2004 02:12 AM

You forgot to say that FLCL has kickass music!! Have *you* discovered the mysteries of life yet?

Posted by: Connie at January 31, 2004 03:58 AM

As far as having a plot goes you just have to stick to FLCL. Once you watch it a couple times you start to get a grasp of the deeper meaning and symbolism. For now just stick along for the ride and take the show for what it is. Plus you just gotta love the artwork and music. ^_^

Posted by: Akira_Nyaag at February 16, 2004 10:42 AM

If you liked this insanity you should watch ExcelSaga. It is pure CRACK in animated form!!!

Posted by: InvisaBob at May 31, 2005 08:53 AM

flcl has got to be the greatest anime show ever as soon as i saw it i had to know more.Look everyone here might be a huge fan but when i saw this show it made me feel weird about life..i know its weird but i just got a better grasp of it...am i the only-one who feels like that here?

or am I just weird?

Posted by: hunter at November 10, 2005 06:46 PM
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