History YMMV / FLCL

28th Mar '16 1:56:50 PM EternalRain
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: This series is almost completely unknown in Japan, even amongst otaku of the time. American anime fans, however, love it. That Creator/AdultSwim pushed it relentlessly didn't hurt. Creator/{{Funimation}}'s decision to bring the show back into print was treated as a Very Big Deal.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: This series is almost completely unknown in Japan, even amongst otaku of the time. American anime fans, however, love it. That Creator/AdultSwim pushed it relentlessly didn't hurt. Creator/{{Funimation}}'s decision to bring the show back into print was treated as a Very Big Deal. The show's popularity among Americans and the staff at [adult swim] eventually reached the point where, in 2016, it was announced that Cartoon Network would be partnering with Production IG to produce two more seasons of the show, something which only occurred one other time in the past with the series ''Anime/TheBigO''.
1st Mar '16 2:14:09 PM Willbyr
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** The ''''''BRNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGG''''' when Haruko's bass guitar hits something.
** The droning "Air raid siren" that eminates from Medical Mechanica, which usually means [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome something bizarre and awesome is about to happen]].
* SuperlativeDubbing: Many American otaku who are otherwise skeptical or outright hostile [[HateDumb towards the dubbing of Anime]] ''love'' the dubbing of ''FLCL''. The series was thought by many otaku to be un-dubbable due to its use of Japanese puns and pop culture references. Synch-Point, the American dubbers, instead replaced those instances with comparable English puns and cultural references. As for the voice actors, the original director of the series hand-picked the English-language voice actors himself, because it was vitally important to him that they have the same "essence" as the Japanese actors. He was particularly impressed by Haruko's voice actress, Creator/KariWahlgren.
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: The show has its share of batshit insanity and like a drug trip, you can find some nuggets of true brilliance while your housekeeper with a chainsaw engine powered guitar and robot that popped out of your head join you on magic adventures.

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** The ''''''BRNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGG''''' '''''BRNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGG''''' when Haruko's bass guitar hits something.
** The droning "Air raid siren" that eminates emanates from Medical Mechanica, which usually means [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome something bizarre and awesome is about to happen]].
* SuperlativeDubbing: Many American otaku who are otherwise skeptical or outright hostile [[HateDumb towards the dubbing of Anime]] anime]] ''love'' the dubbing of ''FLCL''.FLCL's dub. The series was thought by many otaku to be un-dubbable due to its use of Japanese puns and pop culture references. Synch-Point, the American dubbers, instead replaced those instances with comparable English puns and cultural references. As for the voice actors, the original director of the series hand-picked the English-language voice actors himself, because it was vitally important to him that they have the same "essence" as the Japanese actors. He was particularly impressed by Haruko's voice actress, Creator/KariWahlgren.
* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: The show has its share of batshit insanity and like a drug trip, you can find some nuggets of true brilliance while your housekeeper with a chainsaw engine powered engine-powered guitar and robot that popped out of your head join you on magic adventures.
4th Feb '16 10:44:37 AM Berrenta
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* MagnumOpus: Is up there with ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' as one of Gainax's best.
22nd Jan '16 11:18:06 PM Seraphine
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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: This series is almost completely unknown in Japan, even amongst otaku of the time. American anime fans, however, love it. That Creator/AdultSwim pushed it relentlessly didn't hurt. Creator/{{Funimation}}'s decision to bring the show back into print was treated as a Very Big Deal.
4th Oct '15 8:58:32 PM crashkey
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* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: The show has its share of batshit insanity and like a drug trip, you can find some nuggets of true brilliance while your housekeeper with a chainsaw engine powered guitar and robot that popped out of your head join you magic adventures.

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* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: The show has its share of batshit insanity and like a drug trip, you can find some nuggets of true brilliance while your housekeeper with a chainsaw engine powered guitar and robot that popped out of your head join you on magic adventures.
30th Sep '15 12:11:27 PM GunarmDyne
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* MoralEventHorizon: Haruko feeding Naota to the Terminal Core, probably expecting that it would kill him, and knowing for certain that doing so could result in the demolition of the entire planet, all so she could "get what [she] want[s]." It's worse in hindsight she abandoned Naota like Amarao when she thought she had successfully extracted his power into Canti, and only returned when it became obvious that this wasn't the case. Thankfully, she has a bit of a HellRealization and leaves Naota alone afterwards.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Haruko feeding Naota to the Terminal Core, probably expecting that it would kill him, and knowing for certain that doing so could result in the demolition of the entire planet, all so she could "get what [she] want[s]." It's worse in hindsight she abandoned Naota like Amarao when she thought she had successfully extracted his power into Canti, and only returned when it became obvious that this wasn't the case. Thankfully, she has a bit of a HellRealization HeelRealization and leaves Naota alone afterwards.
29th Sep '15 7:01:23 PM JRads47
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* MoralEventHorizon: Haruko feeding Naota to the Terminal Core, probably expecting that it would kill him, and knowing for certain that doing so could result in the demolition of the entire planet, all so she could "get what [she] want[s]." It's worse in hindsight she abandoned Naota like Amarao when she thought she had successfully extracted his power into Canti, and only returned when it became obvious that this wasn't the case.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Haruko feeding Naota to the Terminal Core, probably expecting that it would kill him, and knowing for certain that doing so could result in the demolition of the entire planet, all so she could "get what [she] want[s]." It's worse in hindsight she abandoned Naota like Amarao when she thought she had successfully extracted his power into Canti, and only returned when it became obvious that this wasn't the case. Thankfully, she has a bit of a HellRealization and leaves Naota alone afterwards.
7th Sep '15 1:57:39 PM Soufriere
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Naota's older brother. Is he a giant asshole that left everything just so he could be a baseball player? Or is he a nice guy who just isn't good with people? Is he a giant asshole or did Mamimi just completely overestimate their relationship?

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Naota's older brother. brother, Tasuku. Is he a giant asshole that left everything just so he could be cared only about being a pro baseball player? player and not what damage he caused by leaving? Or is he a nice decent guy who just isn't good with people? Is Did he intentionally jilt Mamimi, like a giant asshole or asshole? Or did Mamimi just completely overestimate their relationship?relationship? Or both?



%% See CrowningMoment/Anime and HeartwarmingMoment/Anime for Crowning Moments of Stuff.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Haruko being CrazyAwesome personified ends up absolving her of [[spoiler: trying to destroy the world and kill Naota]] in the eyes of most fans.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Kitsurubami is very popular in the fandom for her minimal screen-time.

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%% See CrowningMoment/Anime and HeartwarmingMoment/Anime for Crowning Moments of Stuff.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Haruko being CrazyAwesome personified ends up absolving her of [[spoiler: trying [[spoiler:trying to destroy the world and kill Naota]] in the eyes of most fans.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Kitsurubami is very popular in the fandom for despite her minimal screen-time.



** Note that this is not to be confused with all the ''actual'' symbolism in this series.



* GatewaySeries: The soundtrack acts as the perfect gateway to ''ThePillows''. As a gateway series to the genre of ''anime'' however, it's probably not the best choice (unless you're one of those people who believe that [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles Japanese cartoons are weird and/or sexually deviant]], and you need proof of this for your friends).

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* GatewaySeries: The soundtrack acts as the perfect gateway to ''ThePillows''.''Music/ThePillows''. As a gateway series to the genre of ''anime'' however, it's probably not the best choice (unless you're one of those people who believe that [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles Japanese cartoons are weird and/or sexually deviant]], and you need proof of this for your friends).



** About that ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' thing. Tsurumaki stated in the commentary that when they made FLCL in 2001, no one in Japan had ever heard of ''South Park'', so the scene was met with blank stares.



** Haruko wearing a PlayboyBunny suit during that batshit insane battle is actually a reference to one of the opening videos a group of amateur animators made for DAICON in 1982 and 1983 before they later formed Gainax. To drive the point home, Haruko even shouts "Daicon!" in that scene.

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** Haruko wearing a PlayboyBunny suit during that batshit insane battle is actually a reference to one of the opening videos a group of amateur animators made for DAICON in 1982 and 1983 before they later formed Gainax.Creator/{{Gainax}}. To drive the point home, Haruko even shouts "Daicon!" in that scene.



---> '''Amarao:''' ...[[LampshadeHanging you can't be real]].

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---> '''Amarao:''' ...[[LampshadeHanging you '''Amarao:''' [[LampshadeHanging You can't be real]].



* MoralEventHorizon: Haruko feeding Naota to the Terminal Core, probably expecting that it would kill him, and knowing for certain that doing so could result in the demolition of the entire planet, all so she could "get what I want." It's worse in hindsight - she abandoned Naota like Amarao when she thought she had successfully extracted his power into Canti, and only returned when it became obvious that this wasn't the case.

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* MoralEventHorizon: Haruko feeding Naota to the Terminal Core, probably expecting that it would kill him, and knowing for certain that doing so could result in the demolition of the entire planet, all so she could "get what I want.[she] want[s]." It's worse in hindsight - she abandoned Naota like Amarao when she thought she had successfully extracted his power into Canti, and only returned when it became obvious that this wasn't the case.



* SuperlativeDubbing: Many American otaku who are otherwise skeptical or outright hostile [[HateDumb towards the dubbing of Anime]] ''love'' the dubbing of ''FLCL''. The series was thought by many otaku to be un-dubbable due to its use of Japanese puns and pop culture references. Synch-Point, the American dubbers, instead replaced those instances with comparable English puns and cultural references. As for the voice actors, the original director of the series supposedly hand-picked the English-language voice actors himself, because it was vitally important to him that they have the same "essence" as the Japanese actors. He was particularly impressed by Haruko's voice actress, KariWahlgren.

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* SuperlativeDubbing: Many American otaku who are otherwise skeptical or outright hostile [[HateDumb towards the dubbing of Anime]] ''love'' the dubbing of ''FLCL''. The series was thought by many otaku to be un-dubbable due to its use of Japanese puns and pop culture references. Synch-Point, the American dubbers, instead replaced those instances with comparable English puns and cultural references. As for the voice actors, the original director of the series supposedly hand-picked the English-language voice actors himself, because it was vitally important to him that they have the same "essence" as the Japanese actors. He was particularly impressed by Haruko's voice actress, KariWahlgren.Creator/KariWahlgren.
1st Sep '15 10:12:34 AM luisedgarf
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* SuperlativeDubbing: Many Western otaku who are otherwise skeptical or outright hostile [[HateDumb towards the dubbing of Anime]] ''love'' the dubbing of ''FLCL''. The series was thought by many otaku to be un-dubbable due to its use of Japanese puns and pop culture references. Synch-Point, the American dubbers, instead replaced those instances with comparable English puns and cultural references. As for the voice actors, the original director of the series supposedly hand-picked the English-language voice actors himself, because it was vitally important to him that they have the same "essence" as the Japanese actors. He was particularly impressed by Haruko's voice actress, KariWahlgren.

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* SuperlativeDubbing: Many Western American otaku who are otherwise skeptical or outright hostile [[HateDumb towards the dubbing of Anime]] ''love'' the dubbing of ''FLCL''. The series was thought by many otaku to be un-dubbable due to its use of Japanese puns and pop culture references. Synch-Point, the American dubbers, instead replaced those instances with comparable English puns and cultural references. As for the voice actors, the original director of the series supposedly hand-picked the English-language voice actors himself, because it was vitally important to him that they have the same "essence" as the Japanese actors. He was particularly impressed by Haruko's voice actress, KariWahlgren.
11th Aug '15 8:57:57 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: The show does have its share of batshit insanity. And like a drug trip, you can find some nuggets of true brilliance while your housekeeper with a chainsaw engine powered guitar and robot that popped out of your head join you magic adventures.

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* ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs: The show does have has its share of batshit insanity. And insanity and like a drug trip, you can find some nuggets of true brilliance while your housekeeper with a chainsaw engine powered guitar and robot that popped out of your head join you magic adventures.



* ToyShip: [[spoiler:Naota and Ninamori]]. At the very end, it's implied that they'll probably get together eventually if not almost immediately. It helps that it's definitely the healthiest male-female relationship on the show, and [[spoiler:Ninamori]] herself always had the most sincere affection for [[spoiler:Naota]]. In a ShipTease, [[spoiler:Ninamori]] rigs the play just so she and [[spoiler:Naota]] get certain parts. Also the fact that she unashamedly reveals this to [[spoiler:Naota]] while holding his hand.

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* ToyShip: [[spoiler:Naota and Ninamori]]. At the very end, it's implied that they'll probably get together eventually if not almost immediately. It helps that it's definitely the healthiest male-female relationship on the show, and [[spoiler:Ninamori]] herself always had the most sincere affection for [[spoiler:Naota]]. In a ShipTease, [[spoiler:Ninamori]] rigs the play just so she and [[spoiler:Naota]] get certain parts. Also the fact that she unashamedly reveals this to [[spoiler:Naota]] while holding his hand.
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