What the F@#$ Did I Just Watch?! FLCL Episode #5

Topic started by No_name_here on April 7, 2010. Last post by Outlaw_Spike 4 years, 8 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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 Every frame is this busy.
 Every frame is this busy.

Saying FLCL is a loony ‘toon isn’t going to turn any heads. It’s less an opinion than just a statement of fact. I use that specific description because the similarities I’ve seen to Loony Toons throughout the series ratchet up considerably with this episode. Wild, spastic gesticulations from the characters? Check. Vaudevillian quick-costume and voice changes? Check.  Characters inflicting harsh violence on each other, only to bounce right back like nothing happened? Check and double-check.  Calling that last bit slapstick is far too tame a descriptor. With characters blazing through Uzi rounds at each other nearly non-stop, it’s clear that this is slapstick modernized for the joystick generation, right? Perhaps whip-pistol is a better name for it? Seriously, Naota’s father caps the kid at point blank when he’s jealous for the kid shaking up with Haruko.  Just caps him, like swatting a fly, and the kid pops up immediately.  That’s a new kind of harsh humor.

And, I must note, it was… surprising to see another, more explicit reference to Western animation with Eyebrows’ sudden re-rendering in the SOUTH PARK style. Perhaps a bag of anthropomorphic Cheesy Poofs will sprout of Naota’s head, next?

 One of these things is not like the other.
 One of these things is not like the other.

I suppose if last one I watched was the baseball episode, then this is most definitely the gun episode. There’s Naota’s Oedipal duel for Haruko’s hand in the swamp, that strange, recurring trigger-pulling visual metaphor (the symbolism of which I can’t quite grasp) and, of course, that giant six-gun-packing flasher in the trench coat that they have to take out with the power of rock 'n roll.  To be sure, I do like how the hyper-kinetic surrealism is accelerating with this episode, even though I can’t always keep up with it.

Score one for me, by the way. One thing I was able to grasp throughout this is that Haruko’s presence is obviously meant to (absurdly) instigate Naota’s passage into adolescence. Now he’s the one bossing Mamimi around, like a real man.  However, considering that Mamimi’s playing dumb now about her flirtation with him and Haruko’s got her eyes on the TV head bio-mecha, perhaps his new aggressiveness isn’t helping get too many results with the ladies.  I’m going to slap my bet down on the table right now and predict that the kid will end up with the girl his age - - not either of those far-too-older girls.

-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this April - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

Post by Paulrus (30 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I no of no human being who has seen this anime and did not at least raise an eyebrow when everything went South Park.
Post by Outlaw_Spike (21 posts) See mini bio Level 4
.@Tom_Pinchuk said:

 "Seriously, Naota’s father caps the kid at point blank when he’s jealous for the kid shaking up with Haruko.  Just caps him, like swatting a fly, and the kid pops up immediately. "

I'm pretty sure that, during the scene you're talking about, they're all playing with airsoft guns, not real guns. Hence the reactions.  
 
I've enjoyed reading your take on this series. Looking forward to what you think of the final episode.
Post by Sand (39 posts) See mini bio Level 1
This is one of those shows where when I think back on it, I don't remember it being that good.  In fact, I can remember hardly anything about.  But this article made me go back and watch a bit of it and... I guess it is sort of like eye-drugs.  The art's very pleasing, and I appreciate all the weird stylistic twists.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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@Outlaw_Spike: You ever been shot with an airsoft gun, though? It's not like a marshmellow cannon.
Post by daotherkenji (48 posts) See mini bio Level 4
I was watching the heroman opening and theres a chick with a guitar that looks a lot like Haruko. Maybe Stan Lee had some inspiration from FLCL?
Post by Outlaw_Spike (21 posts) See mini bio Level 4
@Tom_Pinchuk said:

" @Outlaw_Spike: You ever been shot with an airsoft gun, though? It's not like a marshmellow cannon. "

Fortunately not, but I don't think Naota getting right back up would be an inappropriate response (and I think he even says, "That still hurts, you know?!") . 
 
But the way I read the article made it seem that you thought they were all using real guns, which is why I said something. That's all.
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