FLCL Omnibus Paperback – May 15 2012
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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.
**** out of *****
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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.
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