- This is supported by the fact that kids (and apparently some adults too) don't even know how to use chopsticks. They use sporks. Not even a spoon or a fork, but a spork.
- Canti's cannon is nothing but a HUGE PENIS metaphor for the industrial power Japan could have become, the hidden symbolism was that in order for Japan (the EXTREMELY PARANOID AGENT GUY and the whole government service thing that constantly said that the AMERICANS CANT BE TRUSTED) to survive, they would have to "incorporate" the post atom bomb generation which had been gaining ideals that were against the japanese way of life. (The very first few sentences muttered by Naota about the town being EXTREMELY BORING and him wishing for some change can be noted as a reference to a rebellion phase against the system, one of the things that clearly displayed this was Naota at first being FREAKED THE HELL OUT by Haruka and the way she looked before being drawn in by her personality and her "pink hair") Once the realization was made that they could become an industrial power in technology that towered over America's industry of technology.(Super ATOMSK, red version, which ironically had a television which was one of the main industrial battles Japan had with America for QUITE A WHILE) Post Atom Bomb Japan had to decide whether to repel the americans and refuse to change any of their ways that got them bombed in the first place (Creepy school girl that symbolized traditional japanese culture "mamimi" was it?) Or become complacent to the intruding culture and allow them to gain the industrial power that america was secretly after? (Haruko) Or realize that things NEEDED to change and that ACTIONS MUST BE TAKEN in order for Japan to survive, sure tradition and religious values were completely alright but a system of progress was needed if the country was ever to move forward and so they were set into the system ( ERI was a big hint at this plus the fact that Naota wearing an EXTREMELY traditional japanese school outfit shown at the very end of the series).
- It'd be a funny pun, if they named it F-LCL. What do you mean, it's not funny?
- Obligatory picture link.
- Also note the only comprehensible part of the original ending: the bit where NGE was turned into a standard Slice of Life series.
- So did he go to America and die, or did he die and go to America?
- If I'm not mistaken, doesn't his brother call them? Or is that just the manga?
- In the anime, he sent a picture with his (American) girlfriend (with him bragging about it). One part of the first episode is him trying to work up enough nerve to tell Mamimi about it.
- If I'm not mistaken, doesn't his brother call them? Or is that just the manga?
- Naota's brother is Haruko.
- Alternately, Canti is Naota's brother, ot at least a representation of him. The giant robot seems to protect Naota, easily becomes a member of the household and takes on a position of responsibility that both Naota and his father seem to reject. (Canti cooks, cleans, and runs runs errands). Canti is a baseball prodigy. Canti also impresses Mamimi an awful lot.
- This is helped by the fact that the Anti-Spiral's dub voice is the same as Amarao's.
- How about if FLCL was a prequel to TTGL? The Anti-Spirals are just starting up as Medical Mechanica, trying to iron out all of the spiral existence. N.O. energy= Spiral Energy.
- Watch episode 5, around 16:40-17:10, give or take. Tell me what it looks like.
- FLCL takes place between the very beginning of episode 1 of TTGL and the opening. The Space Pirate Atomsk is the leader of the Spiral Fleet that was wiped out. Medical Mechanica is a gatekeeper race created by the anti spirals used to keep that parallel earths spiral energy down.
- In the DVD commentary, Kazuya Tsurumaki himself aimed to give the giant iron a symbolical meaning, so this is somewhat jossed.
- A parody so well-designed that nobody even realised it was a parody.
- But THIS TIME Kyon is the one with god-like powers, attracting UNWANTED weirdness towards him.
- Go to Haruhi WMG and you'll see people who believe this is happening in Haruhi canon.
Mamimi is a Priestess of the Black Flame, inducted by Naota's brother and given instructions for when he's gone in the form of the Firestarter game. She has to do the fooly-cooly with him to keep him from reaching his full form, and in the event that it doesn't work, the fires have to be set on dimensional leylines around the town to block his eventual mature form from escaping. Naota's brother originally set the fires for himself, until he was captured. The medibot from Naota's head really is the Lord of the Black Flame, but the stray cat is just a cat, although a really cute, scraggly one (however, "just a cat" may be an understatement, since Cats Are Mystical, especially black cats). Ninamori in episode 3 was a deconstruction of the human love interest who is scarred by her induction into the world of the paranormal and is either traumatized or realizes to forsake her flaws and be true to herself and others- also subverted in that she wore empty glasses frames anyway and hadn't really learned anything. The Commander is the Cool Military Guy who runs on Rule of Cool (I'm not sure why people keep asking about his eyebrows, must just be some in-joke by the translator team), and his assistant is the requisite Sexy Female Lieutenant- also required to make the Nosebleed gag work.
There are a couple of significant running themes through the series. Baseball, and Naota's mental batting block, is a recurring theme throughout the series about how if one does nothing for fear of striking out, one can do nothing but strike out except when life (or a baseball, or a girl on a vespa) hits said person in the face, and finally Naota's acceptance of what he is and that he's more than his brother's shadow (both in baseball and in life), as exemplified by the upper bunk thing. The other main running theme is that all portrayed nudity is metaphorical as well as literal- the less clothing a character wears onscreen during a given scene, the less they are hiding their True Self (the inverse is also true). Examples include Naota's cat-ear hat, Ninamori's glasses frames. Any time a character is in the shower, their True Self is presented directly to the viewer via Inner Monologue.
The manga, though... That stuff's just a Mind Screw that takes the randomness and sexual subtext Up to Eleven.
- Or maybe, for the first time, that power has no wielder, and becomes self-aware, changing Atomsk from a title to a being.
- She must be one of the ones who stared into the void and went crazy. Bet she'd get along great with the Master.
- Thus her Vespa is her TARDIS. As for being crazy? I'm pretty sure you can't aquire that kind of empathic sociopathy.
- Haruko was hunting Atomsk—a Gallifreyan fugitive—before she was called to fight the Daleks during the Time War. Unexpectedly, she was saved from the destruction of Gallifrey by Atomsk before the Doctor's delta wave consumed the Daleks and the Time Lords alike. Unfortunately, her previous form was mortally wounded by a Dalek's parting shot, and she was forced to regenerate into the Haruko we know now. This current regeneration is her 12th incarnation—the antithesis Haruko—which explains her apparent insanity and infatuation with Atomsk, as well as her total lack of empathy. Her true motives are to become one with Atomsk and gain his power, then find the Doctor and kill him out of a lust for revenge for the destruction of Gallifrey.
- Actually, take some time to think about how Canti's 'cannon' form looks - The legs, the big box-like things pointing up and back, the long muzzle, the spherical projectile...What has containers on top, stands on legs, has a narrow muzzle, and fires spherical projectiles...? Exactly. That projectile doesn't look like a baseball - It is a baseball, made from Naota's N.O. energies. Canti's weapon form is a pitching machine!
You're not seeing any of it, none of it is real.
Alternatively, Atmosk is the complete opposite of the Anti-Spiral, even more so than team Dai-Gurren.
Finally, perhaps FLCL is an alternate of TTGL, where the Anti-Spiral won. If that's the case, then Atmosk is all of the spiral energy in the universe, and he's either running from the Anti-spirals or he's part of a rebellion (Haruko would also probably be part of this rebellion).
- Or the staff saw how badly Excel Saga fizzled out by being stretched to 26 episodes and decided brevity was wiser.
- Wierd formatting, but bear with me on this:
- Naoto would make a pretty paint by the numbers protagonist; a lone and bored girl living with her mother and wishing for more in life but unable to take action. If anything, female!Naoto might be subject to accusations of being too passive until the ending.
- Ninamori could be played a few ways but I suspect it would be a serious young boy who is pushing himself too hard to succeed and sort of has a crush on Naoto while being his age. Defrost the Iceking, maybe? But that seems sort of stock-y still in terms of Shojo. Definitely would make a good foil/implied romantic interest with Naoto and in the original series she was already sort of his distaff counterpart (very serious, distrusting adults and bored).
- Haruko is the dark and mysterious stranger come to liven up Naoto's life. The Sexual themes would definitely either have to be played down or come off pretty creepy though. That said, I don't know if that would stop them... but they'd have to play it well.
- On the other hand, Mamimi is definitely the wierdest and it feels like she'd either have to be changed to be hiding his damage better and trying to be like a big brother rather than treating Naoto like a gold fish or else aged down (with all the changes that implies) or kept female, since there is definitely some doublestandard when it comes to what she gets away with; if an older wierd guy (especially a pyromaniac was feeling up a young girl who reminded him of her departed sister? Yeah, no. That would be waaaaay too dark.
It's not necessarily the case that all this would be what comes of it, but it would be interesting.
[[WMG: FLCL stands for...]Flame. Liquor. with Coke. and LSD.It's what the creators were drinking when making the series and thought it would sound cool.