What The F@#$ Did I Just Watch?! FLCL Episode #3

Topic started by No_name_here on April 1, 2010. Last post by John_Martone 4 years, 5 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11
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ANOTHER girl’s crushing on Naota?! Sheesh… if the kid has this much natural game at 12 years old, women everywhere better run when he grows up.  Don’t even try to say that girl with the USSR shirt ( Eri?) is just annoyed by him. She obviously likes him, so she’s going to act like she doesn’t in an exaggerated way. That’s how it works at that age (and, often, most ages actually). Well, at least she's his age, even though she’s a bold new kind of precocious. Not only is she not flipping out over her father having an affair with his secretary, she’s also giving the tramp tips on how to hide it? Now, that is COLD professionalism.

Once again, I feel like I have to put my interpretative literature hat on and speculate on what all the head protrusions symbolize. This time, I have to say it represents psychological repression (or growing up, take your pick).  Naota is adamant about his opposition to playing Puss in Boots, but perhaps, deep down, he actually wants to and, thus, he sprouts cat ears to evidence that hidden and denied desire. It seems like each episode's going to end with Naota fusing with Canti for a bio-mecha brawl after some new creature pops out of somebody’s head. It’s like how the Power Rangers would always form the Megazord at the 20 minute mark to fight whatever monster Lord Zed had cooked up that week.

I haven’t commented too much about Haruko throughout my reviews so far. I do like her psychotic spin on the whole free spirit thing. I’m not quite sure what her agenda is at the moment, nor what the deal is with her interest in a boy 7 years younger than her. Were I to hazard a guess, I’d wager that she’s magic genie like the chick from WEIRD SCIENCE who’s arrived to push Naota into whatever the next stage of development he needs to go. Perhaps he needs to be more confident? Perhaps more open-minded? Maybe more comfortable with girls? Maybe all three? We’ve only got three episodes left to find out.

-- 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 Hellos (2,482 posts) See mini bio Level 11

Fooly Cooly!
Post by Sigue (860 posts) See mini bio Level 8
I'm enjoying your take on the series. It's interesting to see your thoughts develop from episode to episode. I look forward to seeing what you thought of the show once you're finished and everything comes together.
Post by John_Martone (2,992 posts) See mini bio Level 10
Easily my favorite episode overall. Like with his other, very similarly formatted work (the 6 episode diebuster), this episode is almost entirely side story, and hardly touches the main characters what so ever. Not only do we get this big portrait of a side character, but she then immediately returns to the background, giving us the opinion/hope that all of the side characters are this real.
 
If I remember correctly, I did a write up on Eri Ninamori covering this.
 
Edit: actually, apparently I did two.
 
 http://www.animevice.com/news/digging-deeper-flcls-eri-ninamori/1602/
 http://www.animevice.com/news/digging-deeper-flcls-eri-ninamori/1621/
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