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FLCL Omnibus

(FLCL #1-2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  584 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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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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.

Booktalk -
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, manga
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
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
this series made no sense whatsoever
Kameron Mitchell
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-buy
I mean...what?
Lex Marroquin
Loved the art. The story was fast and loose. To the book's detriment more the latter. Did get hyped for seasons two and three of the show.
usagi ☆ミ
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
Courtney (Storybook Slayers)
Jun 30, 2012 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.
Oct 04, 2015 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
Feb 18, 2016 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.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh man I forgot how hard it is to follow this story!
Jan 20, 2016 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.
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I've been a fan of FLCL since about as soon as I could watch it here in the States (first through a fan translation bootleg, and then later the DVDs when those hit). Some time back, I had seen the manga version in some bookstore and thumbed through it and then put it back since it seemed to be mostly the same. I often prefer manga to anime when given the choice, but there was something so...multimedia...about FLCL - the storyline, among other things, is deeply entwined around The Pillows-featuri ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
You know how some people say that certain works just cannot be translated to another medium - not out of risk of doing a disservice to the source material - but because it would be a nigh impossible task to have it make sense to the reader? There's a reason why Tolkien's Silmarillion was never adapted into a movie franchise, let alone any other format than the book itself. The FLCL Omnibus is where you take something that was already perfect in its format, that being an animated serial, and try ...more
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The FLCL anime is an extremely important part of my life. To me, FLCL has always been more about the feeling instead of the story you're told. I don't think it's for everyone. I definitely don't think the manga is for everyone, despite the fact it's far less vague than the anime. However, if you haven't seen the anime yet, there's probably no point in you reading the manga.

That being said, the manga still invoked deep emotions in me. Do I love the anime more? Yes, but they are different creatur
Luke Wilson
Aug 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings of this book. FLCL has long been one of my favorite anime, but I knew that the manga was adapted from it instead of vice-versa, which doesn't always produce good results. But I decided to take a chance on this one, and overall I was satisfied. It was quite a bit different, but in ways that I liked. The ending was a bit happier, though it was also slightly counter-intuitive to the critical themes presented in the anime. I still liked the ending a lot, though. My main complai ...more
David Basora
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I had read this before, but hadn't remembered it that well, and with my brother watching the recent addition to the anime, I decided to revisit this strange tale. For the record, I have not watched the original anime, nor the sequel series, so I think I would appreciate both the manga and the anime more once I have the "complete package" to review as a whole. That being said, while the story is absolutely crazy and often hard to follow, it is still fun and hooks you well enough to get to the end ...more
Benjamin Kass
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's not that I don't like this. I like that Gainax tried doing something completely different with the manga version. But unlike Canti, the manga never gets off the ground. The parts of the story that are from the flcl anime work better in the anime, and the parts that are Hajime Ueda work better in his original work, like Q-ko chan. FLCL the anime manages to cram a ton of information into each scene and has a lot of different textures. Ueda...does not do either of those things. He's elliptical ...more
Malea Mandoki
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is nearly entirely different than the anime for the most part, which makes reading it an interesting experience. It's a bit darker than the anime but in different ways than you'd expect.

My only issue is that the way the panels are set up makes reading things confusing here and there. With certain scenes you can't really tell who's talking at first or what certain characters are doing. The direction the artist takes with his art at times can be confusing too.

It's worth the read though
Fraser Simons
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I feel like my watching the anime the day before left the manga to be much desired. It does not get across all of the same themes as the anime and almost feels like it misses the point sometimes because it wanted to diverge from it. Ultimately, in forging its own path it made for an OK manga, whereas the anime is a master class.
Lou Fillari
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was scattered and difficult to follow. I had to stare at many pages for a hot minute or two to make out what I was looking at.

I liked some aspects of this more than the anime but the anime is overall very very much better.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
That was disappointing. It was almost totally nonsensical, and the unique artwork is not enough to make up for that. This was a mere shadow of the anime.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found this even more confusing than the anime. Not my style. At least the anime was visually entertaiining.
Mar 28, 2014 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
Gainax is here to drive you mad one anime and manga at a time in this volume combining volumes one and two of the FLCL manga in a single omnibus format. Just so everyone knows Dark Horse Manga does not offer an age rating like many of the mainstream publishers so if I were to guess FLCL would probably be rated Teen (Or about PG movie wise if you are unaware of the usual ratings) due to violence, strong language, and some sexual references but nothing to bad.

For those that have seen the 6 episode
Malobee Silvertongue
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel like I may be unfairly biased toward this book because of how much I loved the anime when it was first released (and in subsequent re-watches). There was just something about the frenetic pacing and animation style in the show that did not translate as well for me in the book. It was a fun read, but ultimately I was left a bit disappointed.
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
James Agee Jr.
Feb 08, 2015 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
Dec 10, 2013 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
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