Fooly Cooly or FLCL reminds me of shows like “Jimmy Neutron” or movies like “Scott Pilgrim v. the World.” I had no idea what I was getting into when I started watching this 6 episode anime from the year 2000.
In short, the anime itself is a sensory overload. It’s jam-packed with imagery, symbolism, over-arching themes of creativity, and a bunch of combined animation styles, all the while upholding extreme emotional impact. The show itself is really cool to watch. It’s kinda like watching the movie “Cool World” or seeing “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” but actually wanting to finish it.
Aside from how fun the show is, it made me realize how silly adulthood is. How silly seriousness can seem, and how often we get wrapped up in the mundaneness of it all. It almost serves as a parallel to our reality right now. There’s so much of everything and so much of nothing all at the same time.
This series is a creative force. We have aliens, robots, powerful guitars and quite literally- monsters being pulled out of middle-schoolers heads. It’s the epitome of imagination and the creators definitely showed off when they made it. It poses as surrealism and immerses you in nostalgia.
If I could describe the taste of the show, it would either be an orange creme-sicle or a bomb-pop. It had all the feelings of a sugar rush and induced my own creativity. It felt like time traveling. I found myself rewinding the show a lot because I didn’t want to miss a single thing.
What I will say though, is that the show is not perfect politically, so be mindful of the year it was made. Other than that, it quickly became one of my favorites. It’s a series I will never allow myself to forget. It’s a show that reminds me to clarify my pineal gland. It’s a show that reminds me that this life shit, is really about what you make of it-
Even if sometimes, you don’t exactly get what you want out of it.
– xoxo Ash
P.S. you can watch this on Hulu or Kissanime ❤