FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

FLCL - Haruko Haruhara

FLCL Synopsis

Naota is a normal Japanese 6th grade boy (although a little cynical), but when his older brother leaves for America to play baseball, his brother leaves his homeless 17 year old girlfriend Mamimi behind. Mamimi is sending mixed signals and advances to Naota, and he doesn’t know what to do about her. But to make matters worse, Naota’s world is totally turned upside down when he is run over by a woman on a Vespa. During their first encounter, she hits him over the head with her bass guitar, which then causes a horn to grow out of his forehead. She calls herself “Haruko” and her presence changes Naota’s life to even further insanity.

FLCL - Fooly Cooly

FLCL - Fooly Cooly

 

FLCL Plot

FLCL revolves around Naota. His life in the city of Mabase is interrupted by the arrival of Haruko Haruhara who bursts on the scene by running Naota over with her Vespa scooter, then giving him CPR and hitting him on the head with a blue vintage Rickenbacker 4001 left-handed electric bass guitar. Later, Naota is shocked to find Haruko working in his house as a live-in maid.

Since then, Giant Robots from Medical Mechanica have been coming out of Naota’s head and cause more problems for Naota. Haruko is using Naota for her search for the Pirate King, Atomsk, because Naota’s head is the only one that can create a passageway for the robots. It also puts her at odds with Medical Mechanica, the monolithic industrial corporation. At the same time, Naota is being watched by Commander Amarao, who believes that Medical Mechanica is out to conquer the galaxy. The combination of circumstances gets Naota involved in a three-way battle between Haruko, Amarao and Medical Mechanica. The underlying theme is Naota’s coming of age as he becomes more mature and learns to express his feelings.

FLCL Characters

FLCL - Naota Nandaba

Naota Nandaba

Naota Nandaba

The protagonist of the series, obsessed with appearing mature and nonchalant. He idolizes his older brother Tasuku, who represents for Naota what it means to be an “adult”. He also has a crush on Haruko but tries never to admit it.

Voiced by Barbara Goodson (English), Jun Mizuki (Japanese).


FLCL - Haruko Haruhara

Haruko Haruhara

Haruko Haruhara 

Mabase’s newest resident, an extraterrestrial investigator for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood. She becomes the Nandaba household maid while working to find Atomsk, the most powerful space pirate in the galaxy. She uses her bass guitar to create an N.O. portal in Naota’s head, through which various objects periodically appear–including Medical Mechanica robots, Naota’s and Atomsk’s guitar, and various others. Amarao states in episode 4 and episode 6 that Haruko’s real name is Raharu Haruha.

Voiced by Kari Wahlgren (English) , Mayumi Shintani (Japanese)


FLCL - Canti

Canti

Canti

The first robot to emerge from Naota’s head. It was manufactured by Medical Mechanica, and had been used by them to capture Atomsk. It is later revealed that Atomsk can manifest through Canti, with Naota being the catalyst.


FLCL - Mamimi Samejima

Mamimi Samejima

Mamimi Samejima

A high school truant, and Tasuku’s ex-girlfriend. She is a lonely and depressed heavy-smoker, and a possible pyromaniac. She adopts several pets and names them all “Ta-kun”  as a replacement for Naota’s brother, including Naota himself, but later grows uninterested when Naota exhibits independence. She has also shown interest in photography and at the end leaves the city to become a photojournalist.

Voiced by Stephanie Sheh (English),  Izumi Kasagi (Japanese).


FLCL - Eri Ninamori

Eri Ninamori

Eri Ninamori

The daughter of the mayor of Mabase and the president of Naota’s sixth grade class. Ninamori is a complex character—like Naota she is obsessed with acting grown-up, but she often loses her composure when angry or excited. Ninamori hides her frustration with her father’s sex scandal, and rigs an election for the school play so that she gets the lead role while Naota gets cast opposite her, hinting that she has a crush on him.

Voiced by Melissa Fahn (English), Mika Ito (Japanese).


FLCL - Kamon Nandaba

Kamon Nandaba

Kamon Nandaba 

A would-be editor and Naota’s father. Unlike his son, he is clearly outgoing and does what he pleases. Naota often reprimands his father for not acting like an adult.

Voiced by Joe Martin (English), Suzuki Matsuo (Japanese).


FLCL - Shigekuni Nandaba

Shigekuni Nandaba

Shigekuni Nandaba 

Naota’s grandfather, a retired baker and current manager of Tasuku’s former baseball team. He does not like Mamimi.

Voiced by Steve Kramer (English), Hiroshi Ito (Japanese).


FLCL - Amarao

Amarao

Amarao 

A special agent of the Bureau of Interstellar Immigration. He apparently has some past with Haruko and claims to know who or what she really is. Amarao’s childhood also seems to mirror Naota’s. Amarao wears fake eyebrows made of nori to keep Haruko from using his head as a portal.

Voiced by Dave Mallow (English), Koichi Okura (Japanese).


FLCL - Kitsurubami

Kitsurubami

Kitsurubami 

An agent of Commander Amarao, a healthy young woman with a ganguro-like appearance who worries about her boss’s eyebrows. She is generally repulsed by him, especially by his occasional advances toward her. It can be said throughout the series that she is the only character that can be considered mature by any means.

Voiced by L. Villa (English), Chiemi Chiba (Japanese).


FLCL - Tasuku Nandaba

Tasuku Nandaba

Tasuku Nandaba 

Naota’s brother who lives in the United States and plays minor-league baseball. He is never shown in the anime except in a flashback as a silhouette and in a photo of Tasuku and his “American girlfriend”, which only shows the bottom half of his face.


FLCL - Atomsk

Atomsk

Atomsk 

The most powerful space pirate in the galaxy, also known as the Pirate King. An enigmatic character, all that is known for certain about him is that he can manifest entire galaxies through his body with N.O. power, which Haruko desires. He takes on the form of a massive phoenix-like creature. Amarao erroneously believes him to be Haruko’s lover, and imagines him in a more humanoid form.


FLCL Episodes

01 Fooly Cooly Watch SDHD
02 Fire Starter Watch SDHD
03 Marquis de Carabas Watch SDHD
04 Full Swing Watch SDHD
05 Brittle Bullet Watch SDHD
06 FLCLimax Watch SDHD

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