Fooly Cooly

Season 1 Episode 4

Full Swing

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Aired Saturday 1:00 AM Aug 08, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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When Haruko helps defeat Mabase's baseball team, which has been falling in quality ever since Naota's brother left them, Shigekuni drafts Canti onto their team to help even the odds! Meanwhile, Haruko and Kamon have been fooling around and Naota doesn't know whether he should be disgusted or jealous. The only thing he does know is that it is getting on his nerves! But then, a mysterious man named Amarao, who has "really odd eyebrows", comes along and gives Naota some strange advice about Haruko. Things then begin to go haywire, but as usual, Naota feels that it's just a typical day in Mabase.moreless

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  • FLCL Episode #4 - "Full Swing"/"Furi Kiri"

    9.5
    "Full Swing" is the fourth episode the "FLCL" series, and like it's predecessors, continues with the craziness. "Full Swing" however, is the first episode in the series to truly introduce the main plot of the show and start to explain exactly why Haruko came into the life of Naota Nandaba and to the town of Mabase. It also introduces the important characters, Commander Amarao and Lieutenant Kitsurubami (the former being the one to tart shedding light on the plot). "Full Swing" centers around the theme of baseball, as well as Naota's view on a potential relationship (which is what one may originally perceive it to be...) between Haruko and his father, Kamon. Probably the least popular episode in the series after "Fire Starter" (though generally a lot more well-liked). Still a great episode in my opinion, and a fine addition to the series.



    9.5/10moreless
  • absoulutely fantastic

    10
    This episode is absoulutely fantastic. There are some new chaacters introduced such as Amarao an Kitsuabame. The sexual innuendoes continue full force in this episode as Naot becomes more and more jealous of his father and Haruko. Amarao's eyebrows are a personal favorite of mine, especially the way they seem to move independently of his control. The music is great again, and I really enjoy the creativity the writer's are showing with some of the ideas they come up with.moreless
  • This episode is an absolute masterpiece; We learn so much more about Naota and his abilities with N.O, and the way the tension is built is utterly amazing! The soundtrack by The Pillows pushes this episodes tension into your mind and will leave you feelinmoreless

    9.3
    The Fooly Cooly/FLCL/Furi Kuri series is, in my view, one of the most incredible anime that Japan has ever given to us. This episode is one of the reasons that I have that view, so much happens in this episode, and it all tenses up to a climax that will leave you shaking in your chair with your fingernails tearing into the armrests!



    One of the main focuses of this episode is Baseball, The opening scene and the first quarter of the episode focus on Haruko getting paid to bat for the opposing team to Mabase and obviously winning. Then Mabase recruit Canti to match her batting skill by fielding.



    Later you learn of a massive satellite carrying a bomb falling to Mabase after getting severely damaged... Who will save Mabase and all its residents from total destruction?



    Get hold of a copy of Fooly Cooly to find out!



    (I recommend looking on the internet for a copy.)moreless
Barbara Goodson

Barbara Goodson

Naota Nandaba (Eng.)

Jun Mizuki

Jun Mizuki

Naota Nandaba (Jap.)

Kari Wahlgren

Kari Wahlgren

Haruko Haruhara (Eng.)

Mayumi Shintani

Mayumi Shintani

Haruko Haruhara (Jap.)

Jun Mizuki

Jun Mizuki

Ta-kun (Jap.)

Guest Star

Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer

Martians Baseball Player (Eng.)

Guest Star

M.T.F.

M.T.F.

Ta-kun (Eng.)

Guest Star

Dave Mallow

Dave Mallow

Amarao (Eng.)

Recurring Role

Izumi Kasagi

Izumi Kasagi

Mamimi Samejima (Jap.)

Recurring Role

Joe Martin

Joe Martin

Kamon Nandaba (Eng.)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Noata swings the bat (guitar) Mamimi's head appears on the screen of the robot

    • This is the only episode where Canti doesn't turn red, although the Atomsk does logo appear.

    • When Naota is with Mamimi and Haruko comes on her vespa and tells them Canti is playing in the baseball game, look closely (or tape it and press "slow")
      When Mamimi jumps up, she knees Naota in his back and his hands flail around and he ends up pulling off Mamimi's underwear.

    • Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Naota returns home from the baseball game, Canti is in the kitchen chopping vegetables. However, when Canti joins Haruko and Kamon at the dinner table, the chopping sound effect can still be heard.

    • When Naota is sleeping as Haruko drives him home, the first shot shows his head between her knees, but the next shot shows his head resting on her lap.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (8)

    • Original Japanese Title: Furi Kiri

    • Original Japanese Airdate: October 25, 2000

    • Music List (all by The Pillows):
      Opening Song: "Happy Bivouac"
      Commander Amarao's Introduction: "White Ash"
      Kitsurbami's Introduction: "Stalker"
      Canti's Baseball Game: "Carnival"
      Naota Gets Jealous: "Stalker"
      Emergency Blimp: "Beautiful Morning With You"
      Naota Finds Kamon: "Come Down"
      Satellite Crashing into Town: "Crazy Sunshine"
      Naota and Haruko on Vespa: "Little Busters"
      End Song: "Ride On Shooting Star"

    • In this episode, it is mentioned that Naota's favorite food is Genetically altered fermented soybeans.

    • This is the only episode in where Naota's classmates, Ninamori, Gaku, and Masashi, don't appear.

    • Amarao's peculiar-looking eyebrows are represented by sheets of nori, a type of seaweed used in wrapping sushi rolls, digitally scanned into the animation.

    • When Mamimi runs off to see Canti play baseball, if you look closely, her underpants come off as she makes the initial mad dash. When Naota calls after Haruko as she leaves with Mamimi, said underpants can be seen lying on the ground behind him.

    • When Robo-Kamon is massaging/tickling Haruko with his beard, you can actually see the extension cord coming out of his/its back and into an outlet.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • N/A
      At a few points during this episode, most notably when Naota comes home to a malfunctioning Robo-Kamon and when Haruko offers to be Naota's batting coach, events occur out of sequence or are cut off with flashes of scenes that never happened. This is due to the episode's director being a fan of 60's art films and wanting to use their surrealistic style in anime.

    • Naota
      When Naota is accused of hitting his father with a bat, the scene is similar to how characters in the anime series Paranoia Agent get killed; Naota is even wearing a baseball cap, just like Lil' Slugger, the main character of Paranoia Agent.

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