Fooly Cooly

Cartoon Network (ended 2003)


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Naota Nanadaba is an ordinary twelve-year-old sixth grader who lives in the city of Mabase and feels that nothing interesting ever happens in his life. That is, until a mysterious woman on a Vespa motorbike, Haruko Haruhara, smashes into him causing him to change in ways he never would have expected. As Naota deals with his life and the awkward circumstances caused by Haruko, his brother's ex-girlfriend Mamimi Samejima, and many others, he soon discovers that his life may be changed forever; though in a town as normal as Mabase, will Naota manage to deal with these bizarre circumstances?

Fooly Cooly, or FLCL, or Furi Kuri (フリクリ), is a unique series that combines many aspects of animation, an extensive soundtrack and some outstanding writing to make one of the most bizarre and hilarious anime ever created. FLCL is a six episode OVA (original video anime) created by Kazuya Tsurumaki of Gainax and released by Gainax and Production I.G. In 2003, it was licensed and aired on Cartoon network's Adult Swim programming block.

Character Descriptions: Naota Nandaba (ナンダバ・ナオ太): Naota is a twelve-year-old boy who lives in the town of Mabase. He lives with his father, Kamon, and is often used by his brother's girlfriend, Mamimi. He is the main character in the series and is targeted out by Haruko in the first episode, in which the series deals with him coping with the circumstances going on around him. His name is derived from the Japanese word for "honesty".

Haruko Haruhara (ハルハラ・ハル子): Haruko is a pink haired woman of unknown origins. Most people know her as "The Vespa Woman" since she is usually always on her yellow Vespa wherever she goes. After she runs over Naota with her Vespa and causes weird things to come out of his head, she decides to stick with his family as a housekeeper so she can keep an eye on him. She becomes more and more complex as the series progresses.

Mamimi Samejima (サメジマ・マミ実): Mamimi is seventeen years old and is the girlfriend of Naota's older brother, Tasuku, who went to America to play baseball. She usually skips school and heads down under the bridge where she usually smokes and waits for Naota to come along.

Eri Ninamori (ニナモリ・エリ): Ninamori is in the same as Naota and she was elected the president. She is the daughter of the mayor of Mabase, who is often caught up in scandal, which likely had an affect on her personality. While she may seem to be sophisticated, her father's charm and intelligence has rubbed off on her and she knows how to cheat to get her way. It is also implied that she is somewhat interested in Naota romantically and possibly even sexually.

Kamon Nandaba (ナンダバ・カモン): Kamon is Naota's father and a freelance writer who more often than not just makes up stories to get people to buy his articles. While he may not always be successful in his endeavors, his store does sell other novelties of the past, such as Crystal Pepsi, which helps finance their household.

Commander Amarao (アマラオ): Amarao works for the department of Interstellar Immigration as a middle man for negotiations between the government and Medical Mechanica. He has fake eyebrows made of nori which make him look manly and protect him from N.O. Amarao also seems to have had a past relationship with Haruko similar to that of Naota's.

Canti (カンチ - Kanchi): Canti is a robot that came out of Naota's head. While he doesn't seem to have much use, he is often used by Naota's family to do minuscule and mundane tasks. He has a television for a head and can perform other various tasks as well, though whenever weird things comes out of Naota's head, it's usually Canti, along with Haruko, who do the fighting.

Kari Wahlgren

Kari Wahlgren

Haruko Haruhara (Eng.)

Barbara Goodson

Barbara Goodson

Naota Nandaba (Eng.)

Mayumi Shintani

Mayumi Shintani

Haruko Haruhara (Jap.)

Jun Mizuki

Jun Mizuki

Naota Nandaba (Jap.)

Steven Jay Blum

Steven Jay Blum

Masashi / Miyu Miyu (Eng.)

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