FLCL (OVA Series, 2000-2001)
Produced by Starchild Records, GANSIS
FLCL? Fooly Cooly!? Twisting and turning and wiggling and jiggling and groaning and moaning and heyguysrememberwhenwemadeEvangelion becausewe'reGainax and herearesomerandompopculturereferencesforyoutorecognizeandrelateto... and then suddenly it's just a beautiful sunset... Silence but for the soothing bass and guitar.
This is FLCL, one of the best-known OVA series in anime history. Six episodes: 50% high-speed visual-comedy gibberish and 50% nostalgic-inducing serenity (okay, maybe 75% gibberish). The fictional town of Mabase is a stage where nothing interesting or exciting takes place... never mind the shape-shifting robots or vehicular assaults.
While there is a lot going on, most of what takes place happens without much rhyme or reason. Everything in the story feels thrown together (nothing is really even revealed until the show's final episodes). “Style over substance.”
That style really is something though. To begin with, the visuals are excellent. Just about every shot has something interesting going on. Animation is fun and over-the-top, in contrast to the subdued color palette, and the quality (if not the style) is consistent.
The Gainax humor may get tiresome, and while FLCLdoesn't tell a great story it isan entertaining and stylish OVA. Production is stellar, and the soundtrack certainly stands out from other anime. If you're in the mood for something stupid and fun (and if somehow you haven'talready seen it), give this short and well-produced OVA a watch.
-2 Awful, ruined it
-1 Took away from the experience
0 Okay, didn't leave an impression good/bad
+1 Added to the experience
Personal Bias: +1