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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
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  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Starchild/King Records
  • MSRP: ¥3700
  • Running time: 25
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: FLCL

FLCL Vol. #3


FLCL Vol. #3
© Starchild/King Records

What They Say

The Review!
Here we are at volume three of FLCL and we are back to the box format for this release! Like volume one, the blue jewel case came housed in a cardboard-like box. The color blue stands out in this one as an image of one of the female protagonists, Ninamori, is featured on the front. The back features images of rough pencil sketches and the expected blurb. Don't get me wrong, it is a handsome presentation. It is just that having to pull the jewel case in and out every time I want to watch the show gets tiresome. So, unless I plan on moving or taking a trip, the jewel case stays out of the box! The menu is not flashy, but it is functional: point and click to see part A, the eye-catch, part B and the previews for the next episode. You can also choose to see credit-less closing credits. Of course, the menu allows you to choose to watch the show with English subtitles. Keep in mind that the default setting is to play without the subs. Moving on, the sound is described as Linear PCM (stereo). Now, I don't know what the difference from DOLBY stereo may be, but to me it sounds the same: pretty darn good! The video quality is very good except for a little thing of a distortion right at the beginning that in my limited experience looks similar to some I have seen in certain console video games. This being a digital animation coming out of a computer I think it is something that is somewhat common. It looks like a rainbow effect without the colors. The scene is that of Ninamori being driven, presumably, to school by whom it turns out to be her father's secretary. Quickly it becomes clear that Ninamori doesn't like this woman since she is having an affair with her father, the city's Mayor. This is part of this volume's theme as young Ninamori is trying to cope with the seemingly inevitable disintegration of her famous family.

Through all this Naota is being a pain about playing the cat in an upcoming school play of "The Puss in Boots." Of course, Ninamori being class president, and the lead, wants very much for Naota to play the part. This is so, of course, after a fair class vote decided who would play what part, right? Haruko continues to be a constant source of despair for Naota as she now has taken to lovingly stroking the cat-like ears that have sprouted from his unfortunate head. No horns this time! Kanchi now does a lot of the chores in the Nandaba household. Through a series of events Ninamori ends up spending the night in Naota's house. You can be sure that Haruko and her moped had something to do with that. Now Naota has two pretty women living under the same roof with him! Hot dog! Watch the sparks fly as Ninamori wishes in her mind she could stroke Naota's feline ears as passionately as Haruko does! Meow! Catfight!

Oh yeah, while taking a bath in Naota's home, a stranger's voice comes from outside the window. Who could it be, friend or foe? In any case this mysterious person has helped her get rid of the secretary and is kind enough to give Ninamori a "shampoo hat." There is also this wonderful sequence involving spicy curry and its effects in the digestive system of some people. Spicy curry plays a big role in this volume, folks! Later in school on a Saturday, Naota's classmates are practicing for the play with a less than enthusiastic "Puss." Haruko has brought a curry lunch for Naota who quickly makes it clear that he would die of shame if he played the cat (never mind his "ears"). Him and Ninamori get into an argument over the issue and tensions rise. This combined with her hidden fears about her parents breaking up and the scandal that preceded it, culminate in her spitting out the real reason she wanted the lead in the play and in Naota blabbing about how Ninamori really got the part. Boom.
In an unexpected twist, the ears switch from Naota's head to Ninamori's and guess what happens as the sirens at the Medical Mechanica plant go off? Here the climax comes and the confrontation is set. Haruko jumps into action with Kanchi in the funniest battle involving robots I have ever seen. I'll say no more. There is more in this episode that I have not revealed and it is to be seen. Fun stuff!

Japanese Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Viewed with a Panasonic DVD-L10 region 2 portable player, a Phillips Magnavox 13" color TV, a JVC HR-A55U hi-fi Stereo VCR, and an Emerson Cinema Surround system all connected with regular stereo cables.


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