FLCL, Volume 1

FLCL, Volume 1

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by Gainax, Hajime Ueda, Ueda Hajime, Gainax
     
 

Naota's life isn't simple: he lives with his eccentric father and grandfather in a two-story house above a family-owned bakery in a town marked by a gigantic factory at its heart. The factory looks suspiciously like a hand iron, replete with a steam release at the top -- not the most typical landmark. Life is already strange enough, but to top it off, his older…  See more details below

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Naota's life isn't simple: he lives with his eccentric father and grandfather in a two-story house above a family-owned bakery in a town marked by a gigantic factory at its heart. The factory looks suspiciously like a hand iron, replete with a steam release at the top -- not the most typical landmark. Life is already strange enough, but to top it off, his older brother's ex-girlfriend starts making extremely suggestive passes at him ... and an impish, playful alien smacks him in the head with a bass guitar and then infuses herself into his family.

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KLIATT
It's not easy to describe the plot of FLCL, which stands for Fooley Cooley, but here goes. Naota, our hero, is 12 or 13 years old. He is snuggling with Mamimi, who is a pyromaniac, when a motorcycle-driving alien named Haruko smashes him in the head with her guitar. This triggers the growth of a huge bump—which would be phallic except for the eyes and mouth—on Naota's head. A pair of robots sprout from the bump, one humanoid, the other in the shape of a hand. Haruko smashes the humanoid robot with her guitar and reprograms it; the next time we see Canti (the robot's name), it is garbed in an apron cooking breakfast for Naota's father. A third robot attacks Mamimi during a croquet game; Canti eats Naota; and together they defeat the croquet robot, although the art is so funky at this point that it's hard to tell. Got it? FLCL is not storytelling in the traditional sense; part of this manga's charm is trying to figure out what's going on. The characters are likable, and I especially enjoyed the way Naota adapts to the weirdness around him, until the surreal becomes commonplace. The art is great—scratchy, surreal, funky—although it will not be to everyone's taste. On the other hand, FLCL is not storytelling in the traditional sense. Scenes change unexpectedly; flashbacks come without warning; and your guess as to what's going on is as good as mine. If this is Naota's fantasy, he doesn't seem to be having a particularly good time; he takes loads of physical abuse, and he doesn't get (or even seem to want) either of the girls. FLCL contains vulgar language, comic book violence, and depictions of robots in hand-to-hand combat. Recommended forlibraries with manga collections. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Tokyopop, 170p. illus., Ages 12 to 18.
—George Galuschak
Library Journal - Library Journal
This two-book set, based on the popular "FLCL" anime series created by the anime studio Gainax (Neon Genesis Evangelion), takes a strange story, compresses and totally rewrites it, and makes it even stranger. Thirteen-year-old Naota is run over one day by an alien woman riding a Vespa scooter. The woman, Haruko, then proceeds to whack him with a bass guitar, whereupon various things begin to spring from his head, starting with a robot with a television screen for a face. In this volume, the chain of non sequiturs continues, as Naota's friend Ninamori grows a flying robot out of her head and a monumental giant emerges from the ground and threatens the town. Stylistically, this series is the Japanese equivalent of an experimental American alternative comic. The artwork is sketchy and jagged and sometimes simple or twisted. The storytelling is deliberately fragmented and obscure, and the overall effect is surreal in the extreme. Does Naota really kill his father? It's hard to say. Readers who have not seen the anime will be hard pressed to interpret the books, but for libraries where the anime is very popular, this is recommended for mid-teen to adult fans. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591823964
Publisher:
TOKYOPOP
Publication date:
09/16/2003
Series:
FLCL Series, #1
Edition description:
Right-to-Left Format
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.04(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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FLCL, Volume 1 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. This is my favorite book next to Naruto. There is no doubt you can get lost reading this book, but the plot and storyline, are all so interesting. This is a true must - read book. It opens a door in your mind and unleashes your imagination, like never before - no joke.
sam-thenightowl More than 1 year ago
I have no idea what happened in this. There's a robot and a girl who I guess is supposed to be an alien, and they're hanging around this little boy fighting things... yeah I have no idea. Apparently the manga is based on the anime, so if you're like me and haven't watched the anime yet, then you're just going to be confused and not understand what's going on. I also didn't like the art. The art is really sketchy, and sometimes it's so scribbly, like in action scenes, that it's hard to tell what's going on. This series is only two volumes long, but I will not be checking out #2. There's no point for me to do so since I can't even understand the story.
adlib More than 1 year ago
favorite manga of all time
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Guest More than 1 year ago
ZOMG!!!! I LOVED this book!! It was soooo funny!!! It's totally weird but that's what I loved about it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This manga is one of the best ive ever seen. The funky-style artwork and ever strange storyline are part of it's charm. Robot battles, wacky twists, and a guitar weilding bombshell make this a must have manga.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Craziest,funniest,hardest to follow manga/anime of all time. But an Awesome story and must buy
Guest More than 1 year ago
desent but you can get lost from time to time but, over all a desent book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This manga is INSANE! Just like the anime (which you probably should read first if you really want to understand the manga).... a must read for anyone into strangeness/manga/coolness!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING MANGA I HAVE EVER READ! THE ANIME IS ALSO INCREDIBLY FANTASTIC! WOW! (side note: it helps to watch the anime before reading the manga if you really wanna know what is going on
Guest More than 1 year ago
FLCL is THE FUNNIEST manga/anime of all time
Guest More than 1 year ago
FLCL IS THE BEST ANIME AND ONE OF THE BEST MANGA BOOKS IVE EVER READ!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Flcl is one of the funniest mangas i've read so far.I lovr it when Haruko hits Naota with her base and how crazy she is!This is 1 manga you can't read in class.Trust me.And it's not like the anime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most crazy and chaotic books I have ever read. With 'rough-draft' type illistrations, it makes this book fun and waky.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first manga I've read and i loved it. My friends got me hooked on the anime, and then they suggested the manga. Bought it, read it, loved it. Now I've got to get the second one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my God! Finally! I just recently watched the Furi Kuri anime on Adult Swim (They took off one of my fave Anime's, Inu Yasha, and put this on, so I checked it out) and as soon as I saw episode 1 I thought '...this sucks.' However, I watched episode 2 anyway, and despite the insanity and the fact that it makes no sense whatsoever, I fell in love. I reccomend it to anyone, but only if you have a tolerance for insanity, cuz that's pretty much all you'll find in FLCL. If you like the Manga, watch the Anime! Seriously, the only thing that the Manga doesn't have is the awesome soundtrack by The Pillows (Japanese, now theyre my favorite band!). Ja, minna!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's the funniest manga on earth!!!!!!!!!!!! plus is the same as the show on Adult Swim on cartoonetwork at midnight. But the first season is over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh MAN! I loved this book! For fans of the animé, you should know that this book is a LOT different. You'll need to read it through a few times to fully understand it, Takkun! I can't wait for the second one to come out on October 21
Guest More than 1 year ago
This manga was amazing. Believe me, it makes sense. You will have to read it over and over before it finally does to you, but it eventually makes sense. It's all out of order though. You'll love it. The anime was amazing, and the manga doesn't let you down, with unique art and crazy illustrations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was cool... entertaining... DEEEEP... maybe... I don't know... well... I liked it... yay!
Guest More than 1 year ago
a story of true love, space aliens, Guitars, and strange appendages growing out of peoples heads.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if you are new to the manga series this book should help and give you an i dea of what manga is really. its full of crazy action and big laghs read it or else!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
great art and plot and it's really cool how it is written backwards. it has very good anime drawings.