Comedy, drama, coming-of-age storylines, and outright hilarity all converge in these anime. This is a must-have for any FLCL enthusiast.
FLCL, a popular Japanese anime, is a show unlike any other. ‘ A long-time favorite among anime lovers, Haruko Haruhara tells the bizarre coming-of-age narrative of sixth-grader Naota Nandaba and his otherworldly housemaid. In FLCL, awe-inspiring worlds are paired with relatable fears of adolescence, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. It’s amusing to watch. It’s heartfelt. It’s stunning. The Pillows, a Japanese alternative rock band, provide the soundtrack. As a bonus, the show is only six episodes long, which can either be a blessing or a curse for anime aficionados with a never-ending backlog.
After viewing FLCL, if you’re looking for more of the same, you might want to check out the anime on this list.
Also, don’t miss FLCL: Alternative and FLCL: Progressive, which are the films’ official successors.
10 Punch Line
Non-linear storytelling techniques from FLCL are incorporated into Punch Line, which follows a wandering spirit who is powered by the sight of underwear. Yuuta Iridatsu realizes that his soul has been expelled from his mortal body after a bus hijacking goes awry.
While Yuuta waits for his physical body to be restored, he utilizes his new life as a spirit to keep an eye on the female residents of Korai House. Yuuta’s strength can be amplified by a single look at a girl’s underwear, but two consecutive looks will cause an asteroid to crash land on Earth, wiping out everything in its path. Punch Line’s absurdities have unquestionably been amplified by FLCL. However, sexuality and the process of self-discovery figure prominently in both.
9 Dead Leaves
Production I.G., the studio behind FLCL’s Dead Leaves, has released a 52-minute OVA (original video animation) entitled Dead Leaves.
Pandy and Retro, two extraterrestrial outlaws captured following a crime spree on Earth, are the focus of the plot. Their new prison surroundings turn out to be a top secret cloning lab full with genetically-experimented horrors, which they quickly discover. Dead Leaves, as opposed to FLCL, is more daring in its use of exhilarating animation.
8 Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
A more conventional story, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has the same passionate adolescent point of view as FLCL.
Kamina, Simon’s hot-blooded adult mentor, and an ancient mecha of enormous might pilot the strange wastelands above in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann’s stunning visuals and fast-paced action are enough to entice anyone, but the show’s honest look at maturity and the suffering and sacrifices that come with it makes it a must-see for every fan of anime.
7 Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill is a sultry action series that flips the script on the typical anime high school setting. Ryuko Matoi, a 17-year-old high school student who moves to Honnouji Academy in order to track down the person responsible for the murder of her father, is the star of the show. Satsuki Kiryuuin, the student council president of Honnouji Academy, is a cold-hearted dictator.
Following her defeat at the hands of one of Satsuki’s henchmen, Ryuko finds herself in possession of an absurdly revealing symbiotic clothing that grants her superhuman abilities. To top it all off, Hiroyuki Imaishi, the man behind Dead Leaves and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, directed Kill la Kill.
6 Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
Shopping in a Fantasy Arcade The goofy animation comedy Abenobashi is another example of this style. An adventurous 12-year-old, Satoshi Imamiya and his best friend are tempted away from their monotonous life in Abenobashi, Osaka’s Abenobashi commercial district to fantastic (and perilous) variants of their hometown. Mune-mune and Eutus appear in each new reality, despite the fact that each new world is completely different from the last.
While FLCL’s absurdist comedy and youthful pleasures are present in Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, it also takes an amelancholy look at childhood.
5 Excel Saga
If you were a fan of FLCL’s wild anime parodies, then Excel Saga has even more to offer. An energetic young woman, Excel has committed her life to fulfilling Il Palazzo’s vision of dominating the globe. Excel’s impulsive and ill-advised activities have resulted in the demise of most of Il Palazzo’s goals.
Featuring funny parodies of popular and obscure anime series, Excel Saga features an eccentric ensemble of likeable yet mentally ill characters.
4 Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
With a graphic style reminiscent of FLCL, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt delivers an over-the-top comedic experience. By killing the bad spirits that inhabit Daten City, Panty and Stocking will be able to return to Heaven. Because of this, Panty and Stocking’s angelic tasks are not taken seriously even with the guidance of Father Garterbelt.
With racy humor and WTF storylines, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt is reminiscent of Cartoon Network’s FLCL.
Adulthood and family are explored in Kyousougiga, a fantasy action show that shares FLCL’s over-the-top humor and animation. There’s a mythical city called The Looking Glass City, where Myoue, who could convert his drawings into reality, lives and works. The story takes place there.
Koto, a black rabbit in human form, Myoue’s wife, and their three children lived in the Looking Glass City when Myoue was exiled from his home. As a result, the children of Myoue and Koto are in charge of running the imagined universe created by their father. Adding insult to injury, a young girl by the name of Koto who is also searching for the black rabbit has crashed into the parallel universe.
2 The Tatami Galaxy
Similarly, FLCL and Tatami Galaxy deal with the difficulties of adolescence. While FLCL tells its tale of regret and squandered youth from the viewpoint of a child, The Tatami Galaxy does so from the viewpoint of a young man.
Watashi is a third-year college student who has second thoughts about how he handled his academic experience thus far. When Watashi meets a mystery man with an eggplant-shaped head, he is thrown back in time as a student until he gets the college life he has always wanted. For FLCL lovers, The Tatami Galaxy’s strange, fast-paced plot and unusual graphic style will feel right at home.
1 Space Patrol Luluco
Astronautics An average middle schooler tries to juggle her responsibilities as an interstellar cop in Luluco, a 13-episode anime series. In Ogikubo, a space colonization zone, Luluco was just a 13-year-old girl who craved a regular existence in a place where humans and interplanetary aliens coexisted. Because her father unintentionally consumes a sleeping drug that causes him to be frozen solid, Luluco is forced to step into his role as a member of the Space Patrol, which she despises.