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FLCL Omnibus (FLCL #1-2)

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The complete FLCL manga adaptation—now with bonus color illustrations and remastered story pages! In this surreal sci-fi romp, a sullen Japanese boy finds himself in the middle of an interstellar conspiracy. As his home life unravels, a sexy space assassin becomes his family maid, and his own head becomes a portal for armed robots. Life as he knows it is quickly falling ap ...more
Paperback, omnibus, 392 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Dark Horse Comics
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Krk
Apr 12, 2015 Krk rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is really hard to rate. I like the anime a lot. Specifically, I enjoy it's frenetic and humorous qualities. I also like the animation. I took that into reading the manga, and I think taking my visual/audio memory into the reading helped me enjoy the text adaptation more. I think a great deal is lost in translation, both in language and medium, but there is something I very much enjoy about both the anime, and now this manga. In part I just like the idea of an intergalactic cop riding around ...more
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I honestly have no idea what I just read. It's bizzare, confusing and all over the place. I don't know whether it has something to do with me being tired every time I tried reading it or if it was due to the fact I was reading it on my laptop. I just don't really think I took any of this manga in. There is a girl with a vespa, a boy who grows a robot out of a lump of his head (not the mention the
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Melissa Jacobson
This was easily the weirdest thing I have read all year and I loved the crap out of it. I can see why so many people don't like this, it is strange, bizarre, off-kilter, and insane. Nothing makes sense and that is the beauty of it. Certainly not the manga for everyone but certainly a manga for me.
Hitzuji
Sep 06, 2015 Hitzuji rated it really liked it
El estilo de ilustración es algo que me gustó muchísimo, pues de pronto es muy simple e incluso parece como borrador con trazos muy irregulares y luego hay cuadros con mucho detalle. Creo que así es la historia, como las ilustraciones, irregular. Pero me gustó.

Ya había visto el anime hace muchos años y una característica del anime es que la verdad nunca había entendido bien qué pasaba, en el manga al principio así se siente, completamente random, pero conforme avanza la historia comienza a tene
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the golden witch.
As I've already read "FLCL" in manga form, I'm going to focus on Dark Horse's omnibus re-release edition of this awesome work from the quintessential GAINAX canon. Dark Horse has done a wonderful job with this re-release, like they have with the CLAMP omnibuses that they've been releasing for the last few years and they don't disappoint with a fresh new translation and lovely extras. Whether you're new to "FLCL" or an old fan, this is definitely a must-have edition either way.

"FLCL" in manga for
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Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
Jun 30, 2012 Courtney (Storybook Slayers) rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Usually I can follow a manga but FLCL was just too over the place for me to really take in what was actually going on and it was just too weird for me to understand anything that came through the pages. From what I understood from the synopsis felt like it was going to be an interesting science fiction manga and I really enjoy those. But from what I read I was completely lost. I could only retain what happened in the first few chapters.
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Bri
Jun 30, 2016 Bri rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
It's a rare day that I say I enjoy the visual version of something more than the written, but for FLCL that's the case.

This story is so crazy and motion driven that I feel it's simply better suited as an anime rather than a manga. Don't get me wrong, though; I still very much enjoyed it! And Ueda did an awesome job representing these cooky characters. But I found myself setting this down repeatedly because I just couldn't stay focused.

I really feel like the story just jumped around EVERYWHERE. I
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Alan
Mar 28, 2014 Alan rated it liked it
What the F is FLCL? If you've seen the 6-episode anime series, you still may not know or care, other than it's one incredibly weird, wild, and trippy series where a kid sprouts robots from his head and keeps getting run over by a girl on a Vespa. Yep, strange stuff indeed.

I picked up this manga volume believing that it would be the basis for the anime, but now I see that it's the other way around. And it's a bit of a relief, because I was perplexed to find that I loved the anime way more than th
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James Jr.
Feb 09, 2015 James Jr. rated it did not like it
I rarely ever give a book or manga a one star, but I wish there was something lower to rate this omnibus. As soon as I finished this dreadfully long manga I went straight to eBay and listed the thing. Never have I read such a waste of paper. There really is no plot, there isn't even a coherent sentence in the entire book. It simply doesn't make any sense at all. I get that it isn't supposed to, but I seriously think the person who wrote this has to be a psychopath because it's like something a d ...more
Garrett
Jul 13, 2016 Garrett rated it really liked it
FLCL is one of the weirdest mangas I have ever read (the anime actually came out before the manga did) but the artwork is astonishing and it is one of my favorite "slice of life" themed mangas. I can't wait for the new anime series!
Monique
Mar 13, 2016 Monique rated it it was amazing
This book really took me out of reality and I take it everywhere I go. A lot of the time this manga makes no sense but I think that is the beauty of it.
Jennifer
Apr 05, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
Oh man I forgot how hard it is to follow this story!
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Background: From the Publisher “The complete FLCL manga adaptation--now with bonus color illustrations and remastered story pages! In this surreal sci-fi romp, a sullen Japanese boy finds himself in the middle of an interstellar conspiracy. As his home life unravels, a sexy space assassin becomes his family maid, and his own head becomes a portal for armed robots. Life as he knows it is quickly falling apart, and Ueda doesn’t know who’s friend or foe! One thing’s for certain--he has to grow up q ...more
Euan Blackstone
Nov 20, 2015 Euan Blackstone rated it liked it
FLCL Omnibus is an "okay" adaptation. This manga is entertaining, to an extent, but there is far more enjoyment to come out of the anime. The problem I have with FLCL Omnibus is that it can be confusing, at times, to the extent where I have no idea what is happening. When I don't have a clue of whats happening, I get really frustrated and I hate being left out in the dark which is when FLCL Omnibus can be unenjoyable. All around, this manga is, like I said, "okay".
Slack617
Feb 18, 2016 Slack617 rated it did not like it
It's not enough that the story is confusing but this book leaves out out details and jumps around too much. If it wasn't for the show I wouldn't know what's going on at all. I'm not even going to bother finishing it because it's too confusing to follow. Do yourself a favor and skip the book and just watch the show.
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
All over the place and confusing, but after a few reads it starts to make a little sense. It's an interesting retelling of the original anime series, though, but nothing too special. The sketchy artwork was probably the biggest turn-off for me with this book.
Acalbitaza
May 09, 2013 Acalbitaza rated it it was amazing
I bought this manga at Barnes & Noble a while back after watching the FLCL anime. If you know anything about the anime, you'll know it's an insane version of your typical coming-of-age story about a young boy who goes through his "ordinary" town life which chock-full of teenage miscreants and sexy alien ladies and robots and many euphemisms for sex and maturity in a young boy involving horns popping out of his head. The FLCL Omnibus takes this original story line and turns it on a whole new ...more
Drew
Dec 10, 2013 Drew rated it liked it
While out questing for some decent manga -- I rarely ever buy manga since I'm super picky -- I saw FLCL on the shelf and it looked and sounded neat. It's difficult to explain really. I enjoyed reading it, but at the same time I felt that it was way too disjointed and rushed. The characters seemed interesting, as did the plot, but there just was never enough setup for anything. It bounced back and forth between scenes and characters so quickly that I never got the chance to get attached to any of ...more
Matthew
Aug 18, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it
The art style is a lot different from the anime; sketchy and minimal where the anime was bold and detailed. It took some getting used to but by the end I dug it. The story still doesn't make any sense, so don't look for any insight here.
Jen
Jan 18, 2016 Jen rated it liked it
can't say I completely understand it's randomness. I'm not even entirely sure of the plot. however, towards the end, I felt more for it so more stars! perhaps after watching the anime, I'd understand more. maybe.
Micheal Lee
Sep 24, 2015 Micheal Lee rated it really liked it
This was a cool alternate take on the original anime story line.
The art style doesn't do it any justice compared to the animation,
but might be a nice read for fans.
Ryan
Jan 19, 2015 Ryan rated it it was ok
What?
I've seen the anime. That was confusing but I had some sort of idea of what was going on. This is much more confusing.
Steven Petty
May 01, 2013 Steven Petty rated it it was amazing
FLCL is one of the few stories that was a movie before it was a text. I feel that this gives it a very interesting edge. It feels almost like it is just another take on the story. Events occur somewhat out of order and differently than they do in the anime but that plays to its advantage. If you dive into this book with the expectation of finding the same story you might be disappointed. I very much enjoyed a darker version and it left me satisfied. It is a quick read since it is mostly pictures ...more
John Plaski
Nov 11, 2015 John Plaski rated it it was amazing
Five word summary: A different breed of bananas.

P.S. The anime is the original kind of brilliant, must-watch bananas.
Bobby Ruiz
Mar 24, 2016 Bobby Ruiz rated it liked it
So I guess this is growing up. Worth the read for those looking for something out of the norm!
Anthony
Nov 13, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it
An interesting companion to the anime. Not as tight but still with enough good imagery and surrealism to please fans of the show.
David Lovato
Jun 06, 2013 David Lovato rated it liked it
A must-read for fans of the show. While it shares the same characters and a few of the same events, it's a different story from the anime. The art and writing are hectic, but where the show challenged the viewer to watch it again and again to eventually find the sense that is very much buried beneath the surface, the manga just comes off as random and confusing. Still, its stronger moments that aren't borrowed from the show (and there are more than a few of them) make it a worthwhile read, and t ...more
Zai Bálint
Dec 20, 2015 Zai Bálint rated it really liked it
bit disjointed, different story than in the anime, but it works
Matthew
May 31, 2014 Matthew rated it liked it
This is a pretty good manga. Has a lot of good themes and serious topics about family and growing up, and deals with them in an interesting style. However, the last 100 pages or so just lose their narrative substance, and there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to what is going on. Maybe I'm missing an important theme or two during the conclusion, but the writer doesn't care to make anything clear. This manga may possibly only be used to accompany the anime. The art style is nice, but it al ...more
Mackenzie Nelson
Oct 20, 2015 Mackenzie Nelson rated it liked it
Don't read this if you haven't seen the anime. That is all.
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