Anime Club – Fooly Cooly (FLCL)

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have the ridiculously short and wacky Fooly Cooly.

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CREATED BY: Kazuya Tsurumaki

NO. OF EPISODES: Six OVAs

GENRE: Action, Comedy-drama, Science Fiction

YEAR: 2000-2001

COUNTRY: Japan

fooly_cooly_by_akomango-d5thmj9FLCL is a coming of age story and revolves around Naota Nandaba, a 12-year-old, working class boy living with his widower father and grandfather. His life in the city of Mabase is interrupted by the arrival of Haruko Haruhara, who runs over Naota with her yellow Vespa 180 SS scooter, gives him CPR, then hits him on the head with a blue vintage Rickenbacker 4001 left-handed electric bass guitar. Naota discovers that the blow to his head created an “N.O.” portal, from which giant robots produced by a company known as Medical Mechanica emerge periodically.

Alright, when it comes to absolutely ridiculous anime series, FLCL (also known as Fooly Cooly) definitely takes the top crown. The characters are over the top and ridiculous, but while this can normally be a bad thing, it actually works for FLCL. Naota is a weird main character, as he can oddly be related to due to his imagesnihilistic attitude. He doesn’t really care what happens to him for the first few episodes and it works well with his character. If you are looking for a very short series to sink you teeth into, I recommend.

My biggest pet peeve with FLCL is the animation style. I am definitely not a fan, as it appears very amateurish and unpolished. Then again, that is exactly what FLCL is. A word of advice, don’t even try to understand the story. The further and further you travel into the series the farther you dive into the rabbit hole.

PROS:

  • Ridiculous characters.
  • Awesome soundtrack.
  • Protagonist design.
  • Short episode run.

CONS:

  • Animation style.
  • Confusing story.
  • Continuity errors.

SCORE: 6.0 / 10

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Anime Club: Durarara

Hello everybody! For this week’s anime club we have the fantastic character driven series Durarara!

DURARARA!

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CREATED BY: Takahiro Omori

NO. OF EPISODES: 38

GENRE: Action, Suspense

YEAR: 2010, 2015-

COUNTRY: Japan

Durarara!!_x2_Shou_E01_00m_00sMikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city moves to Ikebukuro to attend Raira Academy with his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, who he has not seen since he was young. After the two meet at the train station, they set out at night to the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns Mikado about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city, such as the violent and superhumanly strong man Shizuo Heiwajima, the information broker Izaya Orihara, and the mysterious gang known as “The Dollars.”

After running into some of the side characters, Mikado sees a local legend called the “Black Rider”, who rides around Ikebukuro on a black bike that occasionally neighs like a horse, and who is rumored to have no head under her helmet. The “Black Rider” is Celty Sturluson, an Irish dullahan who is in Ikebukuro looking for her stolen head. The narrative follows all of the characters equally, showing how their lives intersect and creating a greater plot line from what each character knows about a common incident.

durarara_wp_01_by_hum4n01dtyph00nI decided to give Durarara! after watching the older yet similar Baccano!As I have not finished the second series yet, this review will only be regarding Durarara!. I actually started watching it, having no real expectation as what I was about to see. The massive amount of characters that each get their own part of the story is phenomenal, I wouldn’t be able to fit all of those characters into one episode. I guess it does help that we are able to see different events in the relative same time period, just changing scene angles. There is so much depth among all of the characters with their backstories and relationships that it is hard to rationalize, but not too hard. Did I mention the animation style? It is very crisp and clean, as well as being well presented.

So far, there isn’t much I can say that I don’t like about Durarara!. While it is indeed helpful, it becomes quite tiresome watching similar events in a handful of episodes. The storytelling becomes a little confusing, but after watching Baccano! I was definitely be able to keep up with it. There are a handful of characters that I didn’t necessarily like, but hey, they serve their purpose and they serve it well.

PROS:

  • Similar to Baccano!.
  • Massive amount of characters.
  • Character depth.
  • Clean animation

CONS:

  • Different scene angles.
  • Story is somewhat confusing.
  • A few unlikable characters.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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Hot Fuzz: All of These Murders and…Cultists?

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club we have the second entry in the Cornetto trilogy, Hot Fuzz.

HOT FUZZ

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DIRECTED: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost

GENRE: Action Comedy Parody

YEAR: 2007

COUNTRY: United Kingdom, France

Its been quite a while since I watched the Cornetto trilogy. For the next two weeks we will be watching the first two entries of the trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. We will not be watching The World’s End, as we already have a review for that one. Anyway lets start.

hot-fuzzTop London cop, PC Nicholas Angel is good. Too good. And to stop the rest of his team looking bad, he is reassigned to the quiet town of Sandford. He is paired with Danny Butterman, who endlessly questions him on the action lifestyle. Everything seems quiet for Angel, until two actors are found decapitated. It is called an accident, but Angel isn’t going to accept that, especially when more and more people turn up dead. Angel and Danny clash with everyone, whilst trying to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the apparent “accidents”.

Time for our second entry in the Cornetto trilogy! Now the comedy duo of Pegg and Frost are police officers. While I initially thought that this was out of their wheel house, Pegg’s super cop to Frost’s bumbling idiotic role was perfect. Ihot-fuzz-073107 can’t leave out the actually interesting story, as I was actively trying to figure out who was murdering everyone. Also, I can’t forget the shootout towards the end if the film. God damn spectacular.

Initially, Hot Fuzz was the only Cornetto entry that I didn’t like. I mean at all. My gripes are still there, like the overuse of common tropes as well as uninteresting characters, but my second time through I took them with a grain of salt. Looking at the film from more of a satirical statement, I understand why it is funny. That’s why the score goes up in my book this time.

PROS:

  • Interesting story.
  • Main cast performance.
  • Shootout.

CONS:

  • Overuse of common tropes.
  • Uninteresting supporting characters.

SCORE: 6.0/10

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