Fooly Cooly: What is it, and Why is it So Popular?

About fifteen years ago many of us have seen a good amount of anime titles from that time, by time we mean the early 2000’s. We would give you a detailed list of all the titles that came out during that era in time, but we’ll save that for a whole other post. There are many titles and series out there that span over a variety of genres from horror to comedy, but there are also a few titles that are a little bit…’creative’, by the way they tell the story. Both A. Goldman and myself have seen this title first hand, but we still have one question: What the hell does Fooly Cooly even mean?!


Before we answer that question, we’ll give you a brief rundown on what this 6-episode OVA series is all about (for those of us who haven’t seen or heard of it yet). Basically, this is a coming-of-age series about a 12-year-old boy named Naota Nandaba, who lives with his widowed father and grandfather. He pretty much lives a working-class lifestyle in the city of Mabase until this average life of his gets suddenly interrupted by the arrival of the ‘Vespa Woman’ (aka Haruko Haruhana) via getting ran over by her Vespa 180 cc scooter. She gives the poor boy CPR and then whack him on the head with a guitar, but not just any guitar, a Rickenbacker 4001 (for all of you electric guitar enthusiasts and players out there).

Now he’s got a portal on his head from where Haruko hit him, where robots from a company called Medical Mechanica have started sprouting from. Later on down the line it has been made clear, that Haruko is really an investigator for the GSPB (Galactic Space Police Brotherhood). She uses Naota in order to track down the Pirate King, and we don’t mean Gold Roger! (Give that a minute to sink in.)

With Naota being watched by Commander Amarao of the BII (Bureau of Interstellar Immigration) as well as the periodic interruptions from Medical Mechanica, the working-class 12-year-old of Mabase is now in a three-way battle between them, and Haruko. You can watch the first season on Crunchyroll and FunimationNow!

Whew! Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I suppose most of you are still wondering what the term “Fooly Cooly” actually means. The real definition of the term is simply put; to fondle a part of a woman’s body, which in this day and age is something that you should NEVER do. (Unless you’ve got a girlfriend/boyfriend and do it in the privacy of your own home.) Another way to look at the term is through imagination made ‘physical and tangible’, from the words of Director Tsuramaki.

FLCL returns with two new seasons; FLCL: Progressive, and FLCL: Alternative in June and September 2018 on Toonami, where it aired originally. That will do it for this filler post, but we’ve got more stuff coming later this week! 🙂


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