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  • Audio Rating: N/A
  • Video Rating: N/A
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: N/A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Starchild/King Records
  • MSRP: ¥3700
  • Running time: 31
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: FLCL

FLCL Vol. #6


FLCL Vol. #6
© Starchild/King Records

What They Say

The Review!
So I finally got to finish up my reviews of FLCL. Boy, what a ride! Six volumes after, the cosmos-shattering conclusion to this series has come. But first let us get past some technical information. This here volume six comes in one of those ?slip-cases,? and here I have been calling them ?cardboard-like boxes!? Whether you love them or hate them is up to you. They are certainly hard to get used to. This one is white with gray printing and the jewel case holding the disc is white. The image is one of Naota standing in the aftermath of some destruction holding Haruko?s guitar. There is also the information insert with all those interesting bits written in Japanese, trés cool. Sound is the Linear PCM (STEREO) that I have come to love and it brings the sounds of a raging Haruko very nicely to life. The video is the standard high quality I have come to expect from this release and Studio Gainax?s Japanese releases.

So what has happened? After the events of volume five Haruko has gone missing and Naota is not himself without her. A very interesting thing happened also that revealed what was Naota?s real role in relation to Canti is. Was he the pilot, or at the very least, some sort of important catalyst in making Canti go? The answer is in the show folks. You just gonna have to watch. Frankly, I believe that Naota has been humbled a little bit and, because of that, has grown-up a little more in the end. He may have come to love Haruko (like the mother he doesn?t have?), but he is not about to let her cause the destruction of the planet. Related to that, there was also this symbol that appeared sometimes in Naota?s forehead during the show, usually when he was in some sort of pinch. Its meaning is finally made clear in this volume and it holds the biggest revelation of the FLCL story. I see now that there has been an unseen character that has been influencing certain events during this show. Who or what he is finally is revealed. Frankly, it?s a whopper of cosmic proportions in the opinion of this reviewer.

Mamimi too has had to adjust to some changes after volume five. She finally breaks the connection with Naota?s cheating older brother (remember volume one?). She also makes friends with a strange little newcomer whom she starts calling ?Ta,? like the little black cat from before and a certain hotheaded young boy. In fact, after one last attack on her pride, she decides to take matters in her own hands with the help of her new little, and growing, friend. Ninamori, Naota?s classmate from volume three, has come to terms with herself and her parents and has learned to express her feelings more openly (something she believes Naota should start doing also).

Like Haruko says in this volume, ?This is the climax!? It is the end, and the beginning, of Haruko?s quest. What fun! This is one title that has a lot of viewing power. I know I?ll be going back to it many times. It is an exciting example of the future of animation in Japan. The use of digital animation in FLCL has demonstrated that it doesn?t have to look ?digital.? One of the best characteristics of this animation is the greater detail that was given to facial expressions and the ability to give better lips to the characters. Yeah, lips are important! This is the one show where the mouth was not just an uncontrollable hole, but an important part of the character?s personality. At least that is how I feel about it. Mine is hardly a professional view of this. But I think that FLCL has been the first animation from Japan where effective manipulation of facial expressions has been made possible thanks to computer manipulation. With the up-coming release of FLCL in the United States by Synch-Point (http://www.synch-point.com) I urge everyone to get into it.

Overall Audio rating: A
Overall Packaging rating: B- (darn those ?slip-cases!?)
Overall Audio rating: A
Overall Menu rating: B+
Overall Video rating: A
Overall Extras rating: C+ (they were not bad, just not too many)

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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