Post Reply Overall "Analysis" of FLCL, to anyone who wishes to watch the series or read the manga and understand it.
Posted 7/1/08 , edited 9/1/17
I heard a lot of people have told me that FLCL sucks and it's idiotic because "the robots came out of his head", the purpose of this forum is to give away acknowlage of this series to those who haven't seen it yet. And also, I just wanted to defend this series because of ambiguous replys that I heard recently. I personaly think that the FLCL is an great anime! And very original.


To properly analyze FLCL, we must first consider the theme of the series: coming-of-age. This is demonstrated through Naota’s pursuit of maturity, the idiocracy of adults, and Naota’s personal development throughout each episode.

Naota is going through puberty. His life is rapidly changing and he is experiencing all kinds of new and confusing emotions. As any kid his age, sex is a constant subject of curiosity.

There are many different parallels between FLCL and society. The foremost is the innuendo of a young male’s sexual awakening. People are quick to defend the series — “Naota is only 12 though! Why would they make a whole series about sex?” The truth is, many people find FLCL curiously amusing and engulf themselves in the crazy series with out considering the obvious sexual tension and metaphors.

The creation itself is an amazing work of art that draws techniques from classic American literature and modernist ideas. To fully understand the depth you must be familiar with literary techniques and purposes. The characters, social interactions, and plot elements are all metaphors overlapping each other to cross-hatch the bigger picture that is, coming of age. The finer pieces are up for interpretation. FLCL creates analogies on a variety of social fronts. The series uses sexually ambiguous imagery similar to create humorous themes as Ren & Stimpy did in America during the early 90’s (FLCL draws reference to a variety of television shows).

The animation style drastically changes throughout the series. In the first episode, precise detail and traditional Japanese animation style is used. By the sixth episode the show is using relaxed slapstick artwork typical of Children’s cartoons. This change is often excused as a test of Gainax’s new development studio. While this is partly true, the style was also an intentional mood set by the director. It exemplifies Naota’s exploration of sexuality and what it means to bee an adult.

You were probably confused when you watched FLCL for the first time. The dialogue is very confusing and seemingly random. This is because the story was written promiscuously, fixed around implications about sex. I challenge you to try listening to a few minutes of the show with your eyes closed. It can actually help to paint a picture of what is being discussed.

Haruko enters the story when she hits Naota on her Vespa, traveling at 400 MPH. The context of this scene is more than ironic; Mamimi starts kissing Naota under the bridge, they cross the bridge on their walk home, Naota is hit by the alien girl and the insanity of FLCL begins. This is even clearer in the manga; Naota is hit by Haruko while he is making out with Mamimi. Haruko’s entrance symbolizes the the confusingness of puberty - hitting Naota out of the blue like an alien on a Vespa (foreign and unknown).

Naota’s Horns
Naota’s horns and bumps are an obvious metaphor for an erection. The horn stiffly sprouts from his forehead during intense situations; or more specifically, sexually arousing situations. Embarrassed, Naota tries to hide them with hats and bandages.

Other Theories
Sexual awakening is not the only theme in FLCL. In general, the series is about Naota’s coming of age. Other common themes include social anxiety, religion, and pop culture.

Hope you do enjoy the series.
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Posted 10/9/08 , edited 10/9/08
I find your analysis quite interesting and quite close . See I do agree with you on the recognizing of most of the sexual innuendos and references that are implemented throughout the show but there's a bit more to this show than all sex and such. The show is based on growing up, dealing with life, realizations, and epiphany's. See although you did pretty well on recognizing the growing up aspect of the show, you seem to have missed the importance of the ending when he had finally recognized that it's okay to b a kid. The show was an over exaggeration of just as you said the adult like changes of the boy Naota but also the adult like responsibilities. The point of the entire story is, Naota want's to grow up and it seems strange to him and the responsibilities are also tough. Plus with all the pressure put upon him by the surrounding characters it's not easy, and without the help of his father, Naota feels lost. In the end the Epiphany dawns upon him, It's okay to be a kid and to not rush into becoming an adult. With the great Ending line from Haruka, "Hey Naota, Why don't you come with me? ... You know what Naota, Maybe Next Time, you're still just a kid." lol Hope my input helps your well detailed summary of FLCL.
Posted 12/25/08 , edited 12/25/08
Oohh so the horn thing comes out when Naotas horns come out of his head when he's h0rny xD
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