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FLCL Omnibus [Paperback]

Gainax , Hajime Ueda
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May 15 2012 F L C L
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 Naota doesn’t know who’s friend or foe! One thing’s for certain—he has to grow up quick and save his hometown, whether he wants to or not!

With Dark Horse’s FLCL Omnibus, fans will not only get every chapter in Hajime Ueda’s acclaimed FLCL adaptation, but this collection will also include revised story pages and over a dozen color FLCL illustrations by Ueda.

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4.0 out of 5 stars FOOLY COOLY!! June 1 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A note: Don't expect to understand what's going on in this manga the first time you read it. It is just like the series in a way that you won't know just what the hell is going on the first time around. Surreal craziness and a unique, fast-paced style of story-telling is part of what FLCL is. It's got robots, schoolgirls with robots stuck to their heads, some sort of alien(?) woman in a bunny costume, the same woman driving around on a Vespa running kids over and smacking them upside the head with a guitar that can transform into a shotgun, and...
You get the point.
The basic premise: We're introduced to 'Takkun' (a nickname that everyone refers to him by), an uncaring boy who lives in a fictional town controlled by Medical Mechanica. However, one day he's run over by a woman with a Vespa and smacked in the forehead with her guitar, which somehow forms a parallel universe inside his head where robots can sprout out of his forehead and wreak havoc. This Vespa woman also has plans of her own, although those aren't completely made clear even when she explains them.
At first, I thought the artwork was too simplified and sloppy, but the further I got into the book (which contains both volumes of the manga) I realized the art style actually suits FLCL in a dark-but-playful, weird way. It also differs from the OVA series' storyline toward the end in a way that still makes sense (in a Fooly Cooly kind of way), which I also liked. The artwork actually works with this story, which was pretty surprising (it often switches between complex and detailed to simplified and neat). I think this is a great addition to my manga collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Like the Show June 22 2013
By Aaron S - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are like me, you are viewing the Fooly Cooly omnibus because of your love for the anime, and i LOVED the anime and wanted to fill my bookshelf with some Fooly Cooly-ness! If you are just looking for a space filler, and nothing else, then look no further!

The manga adaptation of the show (Yes the show came first) was taken on by Hajime Ueda, whos name meant nothing to me before I purchased the manga. Upon reading the manga though, you can see Uedas unique art style, and how it (Kinda-Sorta-NotReally) fits the FLCL vibe (Again...not really...)

The manga was very disappointing though, it was just soo random and the art was hard to keep up with, that FELT FLCL, but...beyond that of the anime, wayyy beyond that. Many of the memorable characters are scrapped, although some iconic outfits return.

The omnibus boasts bonus art pages and a extra story, but they are lame. There are only 6 bonus art pages in the front, half of which look like Ueda just scribbled onto a napkin in a restaurant and colored it in. The bonus story in the back is small, and just seems....out of place...and boring.

Try to get this package under $13, as a hardcore Fooly Cooly-er, i would not recommend this product for the price, although again...it looks really nice on my bookshelf, but thats about it, no second reads for me. 3/5
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, I recommend watching the anime first! May 16 2012
By T. Waters - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this manga. If you are unfamiliar with the anime, i would highly recommend watching that first due to the pure weirdness of FLCL. After all, the anime came out before the manga (which seems to be rare)! If you enjoyed the anime, check this out. The story is about the same as the anime, but it seems to be much darker. The nice thing about FLCL is the fact that every time you read it, you notice something different each time. The Omnibus version of FLCL is exactly what anyone could ask for, the complete manga. Also, there is some nice art on the first few pages, it made me wish the whole manga was in color!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars (3.5 STARS) Nice Artwork But Story Is Difficult to Follow (Watch the Anime First) June 17 2013
By Tsuyoshi - Published on Amazon.com
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For anyone who hasn't seen the original "FLCL," six-part Japanese anime series made in 2000-01, the manga version of "FLCL" makes little sense. Even those who have seen the hugely influential animation, Hajime Ueda's manga adaptation is something puzzling and difficult to read. I'm a fan of the original anime, but found the comic slightly disappointing for the following reasons.

First, you know the story of the OVA series directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki, whose intention is clear from the first episode, in which a Vespa-riding girl hits a 12-year-old boy Naota with a guitar. Whatever you may call it - sci-fi action, wacky comedy, coming-of-age drama - "FLCL" is experimental, silly, outrageous, and, most of all, fun. Thematically the anime is kind of antithesis of "Evangelion," though it may share some story elements.

The comic counterpart, which is darker in tone, misses the point, taking itself too seriously at times. In short, where is Haruko fighting in a bunny girl costume? Where is special agent Amarao with his fake (dried seaweed) eyebrow?

The manga version's story differs considerably from that of the anime. That is fine with me. The real problem is, despite the unique drawing style, the panel layout is hard to follow. The story feels rushed and you often get lost between pages, trying to figure out what has happened. (This is what happens in Ueda's next comic "Q*Ko-chan: The Earth Invader Girl.")

Don't get me wrong. The artwork itself is brilliant. The fact is, Ueda is more an illustrator than a comic artist, as is seen in some of his recent works including the great design he provided for the end credit sequence of anime "Bakemonogatari."

After all, "FLCL" is an animation. The comic has its own merits, though. Check it out you are a diehard fan of the original.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Addition to the Anime March 4 2013
By C. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Some people have been saying that this manga is nothing like the anime, but I feel that is a good thing. It's almost like reading a new story with all the characters I love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good, and totally different from the anime Jan. 20 2013
By Ben Olson - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've seen the anime, this is essential. The art style is very unique, and it has a very different plot from the original.
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