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  • Video 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. #5


FLCL Vol. #5
© Starchild/King Records

What They Say

The Review!
In FLCL volume five (KAPOW! KAPOW!), we continue the adventures of Naota, Haruko and the rest of the gang. This volume comes in an Amaray plastic case, so I figure that the last volume will be another of the "cardboard-like" boxes. The purple cover features a sharp looking Assistant Kitsurubami apparently packing some heavy firepower. Why is that? You just have to see! In case you are wondering, she is the assistant to Chief Amarao of the Dept. of (Interstellar) Immigration. He on the other hand is the mysterious character that was introduced in volume four. The guy riding the other moped and sporting the odd looking eyebrows.
The video as usual is superb and the audio is too. Especially in this volume, the LPCM (stereo) sound really pays off as this episode is full of, let's say, explosive sound effects. I don't really want to give too much away, but let's just say that there is a lot of action reminiscent of Hong Kong action movies. In fact, there are also references to Lupin III, (quite possibly) Japanese Yakuza movies and South Park. Yes, South Park. The insanity is fast and furious and frankly I was completely taken by surprise by how this episode shaped itself. The humor is fast and furious too as, among other things, Kamon continues to try to "score" with Haruko and Naota becomes the unwitting rival of his father in winning Haruko's favors. As a result Naota and Haruko team against Kanchi and Kamon in an over-the-top "survival" game. Related to these events, Naota's latest "furi-kuri" horn manifests itself. This one is in the shape of the hammer of a revolver.

Naota also becomes too full of himself thanks in part to the events of volume four and he being the hero and savior of the town: at least in his own mind. Let's say that he gets a little too "cocky." Certain things are made clear in this volume regarding the true relationship between him and Kanchi. How much does he really control the robot when he pilots it? What is the exact role of Kanchi? The robot is also a Medical Mechanica unit. Why is it, apparently, a renegade? Is it because of Haruko? Medical Mechanica (MM) continues to make its presence felt as Chief Amarao acts on his own trying to avert direct intervention by the mysterious organization. His efforts are in vain as MM sends its biggest robot against the town. The relationship between Haruko and Chief Amarao is also made clearer as these two "slug" it out and the viewer begins to understand the nature of the Chief's odd eyebrows.

On a side note, fans of GAINAX's other work, "Otaku no Video," will get a surprise. A fun reference or two are made from that show. I'll give you a hint. It has to do with Daicon V.

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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