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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. #4

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FLCL Vol. #4
© Starchild/King Records


What They Say


The Review!
"Good game! Heated much! FLCL, the digital animation by GAINAX!" Welcome again fans to the fourth volume of the FURI KURI OVA (Yay!!). Batting for the visiting team is Haruhara Haruko. For the home team Nandaba Naota swings a lot of air! So anyway, here we are again with the cardboard-like packaging. Is there an Amaray case shortage I don't know about? The color of the jewel-case this time is lime green, as the packaging, which is lime-green on white with an illustration of Haruko ready for an afternoon of baseball on the front. The sound is LPCM stereo, which comes across really well. The dialog is clear and the music rocks.
We start this time with a friendly game of baseball where Naota displays his less than prolific batting skills: especially against Haruko's pitching game. Developments in this volume include the seemingly intensifying relationship between Kamon, Naota's dad, and Haruko. Watch Haruko wriggle in pleasure as Kamon massages her back with his chin! See Naota's jealousy seethe beneath his exterior surface as he watches Haruko eat fried eggs being fed mouth to mouth by Kamon. The egg-yolk dribbles on her chin waiting to be licked up (Whoa, nosebleed city!). Yes, the action is hotter and steamier than the film "Like Water to Chocolate." But, is it all as it seems? His father is acting a little strange after all. Find out why the electric bill in the Nandaba household has been higher than usual lately!

We are also introduced to a new character. Remember the mysterious voice I mentioned in volume three, the one that Ninamori heard coming from outside a window while she was taking a bath in Naota's home? He comes to warn Naota against getting involved with older women, specifically, Haruko. He also rides a vespa, a different model, like Haruko does! Are they related somehow? But, there is something strange about him. What's up with his eyebrows anyway? Later on we find out that outside the town of Mabase there is the (secret?) headquarters of the Department of (Interstellar) Immigration and they are tracking the approach of a target in orbit falling towards the town. Kind of reminds me of the NERV control center. Apparently running this installation is Chief Amarao, the guy with the strange eyebrows. So what else happens in this volume? Naota confronts his obvious feelings of jealousy towards his dad. Actually they turn a bit violent, as it seems that he assaults his dad. Through a sequence where Chief Amarao interrogates Naota, brief explanations are given as to why things come out of Naota's head. At the same time, the object in orbit falls towards the town threatening to destroy it. While the town panics, it seems that Haruko's reasons for originally wanting Naota's swinging older brother in the first volume are revealed. Too bad, it seems, for the town of Mabase she had to settle for his little brother!

Yes sir! Nostradamus would be happy with this end of the world scenario! This episode includes some interesting animation work that will leave the viewer feeling like he/she smoked too much of a certain weed. So far, this is the most (let me say) surreal episode yet. What? No horns? Indeed, Naota's head is bandaged and something does come out of his head too, but it's not a robot this time. Wait until you see. It is certainly an episode to watch over and over again. Many details are revealed and many mysteries get deeper. What does Haruko want? Is "Haruko" her real name? What is Medical Mechanica after in the town of Mabase? Find out when you watch FLCL!

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles

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

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