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Naota is a lonely boy in a lonely town living a quiet life amidst utter chaos. His father's a perv and his grandfather a nut. His brother left to seek riches playing baseball in America, and now the brother's ex-girlfriend won't leave Naota alone. Then, from beyond the stars drops an impish defender sent forth to stop alien robots from destroying the Earth. Where do the al ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Tokyopop (first published 2000)
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Logan Freedom
this is an amazing series not for the easily confused or weak of mind, i think. it is without a doubt strange and fast paced as is the anime series. some people just can not seem to grasp what is going on or what meaning there is behind this. most of these of whom i have met or spoke with seem to be younger viewers so it is understandable. i was at first caught off guard by it all when i first came across this book. but i was also hooked as soon as i started. unique artistic style illustration. ...more
furious
Feb 27, 2008 furious rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone cool
Recommended to furious by: takun
Shelves: comics, mines, sci-fi, humor, manga
medical mechanica has advised that i not review this material.
Taylor
FLCL the manga isn't bad but you should really watch the anime first. The anime is fantastic [but really warrants several viewings in order to really understand what's happening]. The anime is hard to follow but not in a frustrating way. However, the manga is almost impossible to understand. Also the entire story is crammed into two volumes which doesn't help [just so you know the anime came first]. However, Hajime Ueda's artwork is fantastic. So, seriously, the anime is really great so take a l ...more
Andrew Backs
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FLCL is about at young boy named Naota who lives in Japan with his father and grandfather. His brother left him a few years back to follow his dream and play baseball in the United States. While his brother is earning fame as an athlete, Naota is suffering from the tedious and boring days in his home town.

The story turns as he is followed by a girl riding a Vespa and wielding a guitar. The girl blasts Naota in the head with her guitar and sends him into a dazed and confused new world. N
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Cindy
I hadn't picked up a manga in quite a while, and felt the need to after seeing Alison's Manga Monday post week after week. I'm not sure if FLCL (pronounced Fooly Cooly) was the best place to start because...well its a weird story.

There isn't too much to say about the actual characters. There's plenty but they didn't really stand out too much, although they all seemed different in their own way. Naota was a quiet sort of boy, and I thought he was cute. The other characters are drawn simply and
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Ben
Aug 25, 2012 Ben rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Wished I could of given it five stars due to the anime being one of my Favourite series, but unfortunately 3 is the best its gonna ever be.

Now I am usually not the kind of person, to rate something before I have read through its entirety, however I am over half way through this volume and find that reading it is becoming such a drag. The reasons for this are simply that this manga has not lived up to its expectations, for instance the art style although it somewhat works for the story, can be t
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Katy Kat McKatums
A few years ago, when our local book store was having a going-out-of-business sale, I saw FLCL #1 on the shelf, looked through it, and considered buying it because I thought no one else would want it, with its quirky art and strange-sounding story. Little did I know then that this is a very popular series. I was fortunate to find it at the library, and I finally got to read it.

One thing you should know before reading/watching FLCL: this series is weird. Really. REALLY. Weird. Apparently the mang
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Sinai C.
I mean...it's FLCL, what do you expect?
We're watching this in anime club now...and well...it's FLCL.

What is Fooley Cooley? No one knows. No one except for the person
who created this world REALLY knows what this anime/manga means.
Like, wow. It's not that I don't like it, but just...I'm not getting where
growing up is coming into this with the robots and the fires and aliens...and it's all so weird!!

One Star for drawing: It's...not that I don't like the drawings even though they're SO weird and
un
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Sam
Aug 02, 2007 Sam rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only the bravest of the brave.
FLCL defies most descriptions. At the basest level: It is a manga. It is two volumes in length. It involves characters, one of which is a boy, another of which is his insane father, and a third of which is an alien that rides a Vespa and plays a guitar that has a rip-chord on it like a chain-saw. Vespa girl uses the guitar to fight just about everything, and it's totally awesome. (Did i just say 'totally awesome?' I think I did. Because it is.)

FLCL is one of many manga that has an anime equivale
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Matthew
FLCL Volume 1 sets up all of my favorite characters in an alternate story from the anime. It bubbles over with electrifying questions that are philosophical and yet still hold their nonsensical charm.



The first volume doesn't pack too much punch by itself, but when you spill over into the conclusion, it all becomes part of the allure of FLCL. Having both the special edition and the regular edition, though ... I have to warn those that are thinking of picking up this volume as well. There is nothi
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Michael
One of the rare cases in which the film (or in this case, OVA) version is better. HOWEVER! That said, this still remains one of my favorite mangas to date. The manga's plot is much harder to follow than that of the animated version (believe it or not), but the art is so solid and so wildly different than anything out there that it really needs to be appreciated on its own merits.

As a whole, the characters remain somewhat underdeveloped by comparison to the anime, and the tone found in the manga
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Casseroll
Confusing and surreal manga. The artwork could be confusing as well. The series seems to refer to stressors in our lives and how the people around us handle them/perceive them as well as ourselves. I'm going to try the anime but this was boring and frustrating for me to get through.
Zoie
Nov 18, 2007 Zoie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone willing to take the challenge
This manga is completely useless when it comes to trying to understand the plot. Why? Becuase it almost has no plot. In this manga, they jump back and forth through time, reviewing the past, then present, etc. The anime was released before the manga and trying to sum up this anime into a two book manga.... no. You will NOT understand this series upoon reading it through the first time. It will take you a while before you understand it. A long time. I had to eventually watch the anime before I go ...more
Dave Johnson
i love the TV show FLCL, so i was interested in the manga to see if it was any better. sometimes that's the case. not this time. this seems like it was made after the fact. it's short, doesnt make ANY sense--and that's saying a lot, since the show made little sense to start with. FLCL is a very popular anime. the tv series hit it big, the soundtrack hit it big. so it only makes sense for them to try to make a manga and expand to a different audience. but it doesnt work. and it seems like they ju ...more
Daniella Murillo
This is FLCL, so the randomness, the drawings that I had to look at for a few minutes to get an idea of what was happening, and the entire what-is-going-on-this-doesn't-make-any-sense-oh-wait-it-kind-of-does feeling were very welcome.

It's a bit different from the anime, but that's a good thing because, I mean, I wouldn't want it to be the exact same thing, because that would be totally boring.

Anyways, this was very fun to read, very entertaining. Also, hello Harry Potter reference! That made me
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Natalie Patalie
The most confusing manga I've ever read. Watching the anime doesn't help as they're almost entirely different. The artwork is gritty but somehow adds to the humor.
Jessica
The anime this is based on is brilliant. Unfortunately, the randomness, humor, and frenetic energy that made me love it didn't transfer well to manga form. Perhaps the scratchy, messy, penciled-in style of the art is done purposefully in an effort to capture and emphasize the insanity of Fooly Cooly, but half the time I could barely make out what was happening - granted, that could be the whole point, but I just found it distracting. The story and dialogue didn't flow very well, making it more c ...more
Ryu
What makes this series amazing is that it is so off the wall to anyone who doesn't know what the show is actually about. FLCL is all metaphors for puberty. It seems strange at first to whoever starts viewing/reading this anime/manga, but it becomes more enjoyable once you realize what's actually going on. Everything is a metaphor/innuendo for puberty. The main character, Naota, is going through that period in his life where things are changing with his body. This story tells about the birds and ...more
Adam
I'm a big fan of the anime. I've never been much into manga, but I've read a few. I've enjoyed them. I enjoyed these in fact. But good gravy was the action hard to follow. I had an idea of what was happening because I'd seen the show. But I don't know how anybody unfamiliar with the series could get into it without totally playing it off. I'd really have to say if you aren't a fan of the show you probably didn't like this manga. And if you say you like this manga, that it was the greatest thing ...more
Coco
Most people would be completely lost reading this (as I was the first time I read it back in the day!). A boy with robots coming out of his forehead, an alien girl on a moped who bashes kids with her guitar, a chick who starts fires... It's all very confusing, but if you stop trying to make sense of it, then you start to understand the underlying story--about idleness during childhood in a decaying society and the blur of fantasy (dreams/video games) and reality. Though even knowing that, it's s ...more
Devyn Kennedy
This is the sort of thing that I can't really put into words. This series, be it the graphic novel or the anime, holds a certain emotion. That feeling is like being lost and not know anything about yourself. The confusion is easily shown by the chaos of everything else going around. Honestly, it is a beautiful coming of age tale, but what makes it better than that simple term is that you come of age with it's character. It isn't quirky like Micheal Cera or serious like Jessie Eisenberg, it is so ...more
Kayla
Apr 02, 2015 Kayla rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
How much you like FLCL depends a lot on how much you can understand it. Obviously if you don't understand something you probably won't like it, even less so if you force yourself to finish. It won't take you long to figure out if it's for you or not. And even if you do understand it, you might not like what it's about.

There is an Anime of FLCL too, so you might want to give that a shot if you (a.) Didn't like the Manga
(b.) Did like the Manga
(c.) Like Anime better anyway and don't want to bother
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B.d.
In an effort to make some extra money off of the cult hit FLCL, this happened. I picked up the first volume from the library and found it to not make much sense at all. Not in a "haha FLCL doesn't make sense and it's funny" kind of way, in a "this doesn't make sense even if I try to laugh at it" kind of way. I find it very unlikely I'll be reading more, because this was a chore to get through. Watch the anime instead. It's only six episodes, the DVD set is cheap and it's regularly played on TV.

D
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Luula
Apr 26, 2014 Luula rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I tried.

I just could not make head or tail of this manga. The storyline didn't seem to exist, and the artwork was funny. Not in a bad way, but not really my style. I read most of the first volume, and it wasn't for me. I'm assuming it makes more sense if you've already watched the anime, but I don't think I will be. I'm not big on anime.

If you want to read this book, take my advice, watch the anime first. Idk if it will help, but it'll probably be better than going in blind.
Matt Stalbaum
It's strange to give anything FLCL such a low rating, and I'm probably being harsher than I should be. But this 2-part manga adaptation just doesn't match up with the series. The elements area all there, sure, but they just don't add to the awesomeness that was FLCL. They're an interesting read nonetheless, if you wanna see where the show could've gone, but ultimately it'll probably just make you realize what the anime did right by seeing what the manga does wrong.
Jessica
I really really like the FLCL anime, but I am not nearly as big of fan of the manga. The frenetic surrealist story that works beautifully when animated in full color, becomes very (oh lets face it-even more) difficult to follow when on a black and white page. The art style is very free and sketchy, but to the point of obscuring the action. FLCL is an interesting read, but the anime just has more style.
Chip
Saw the anime first - the anime was better. The book doesn't capture the nuance and subtlety of the anime... if you've seen it, you'll enjoy the manga more because you're familiar with the undercurrents. There's a lot left out of the manga. Or a lot added to the anime, I'm not sure which came first. I'm looking for Volume 2 now but I'm not going to pay top dollar for it...
Cody
I just started reading this series. One of my friends tried to get me interested in it when I was twelve, and I should have listened, but I didn't really get it and wasn't interested in just laying back and checking it out. This first one was really interesting. The style is really gritty and awesome, and the story is cool- I wanna read more, at least.
Trip
Classic of early 2000's anime+manga. If you haven't read it, then watch the show, all 6 episodes! Its hilarious, and be prepared to not get it. That's sort of the point. Also, the entire thing is a gigantic metaphor for how confusing it can be to go through puberty. But seriously, Guitars, Neon Vespas, Robot battles, and Aliens? You can't loose.
Linkchoo
The art in this book is really good. The cat is so cute! The only problem I had with FLCL is that i couldn't make heads or tails of what was going on. The scenes seemed to shift randomly and without adequate transitions. This made it hard to decipher what was happening, especially when the only clues are found in pictures and dialogue.
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