[adult swim] circa 2005 i think. end of the summer, last weekend before school. Toonami was in one of it's stages of cancer, as it were on Saturday evenings, leading into the late night blocks. I had become jaded from anime given i wasn't able to enjoy the offerings on cable anymore. then a special bump comes on as i was readying for bed
BK Schedule change. FLCL ALL NIGHT.
I was intriged.
"Why show a single show all night? you won't get through all of it anyway."
How naive i was.
I said to myself, "Self, let's see what this is all about." and i concurred.
Soon i was greeted w/ a pleasnt rock song that was underscoring talking. Things seemed pretty bland at first, with just talk back and forth, and some awkward sexual inuendos thrown in. ( i later would get the geniousness behind all that of course) As the clock seemed to reach the 10 min mark, and i was bored ready to change the channel, this odd backround beat picked up, and in a flash, a vespa came out of nowhere and smacked a boy in the head, shocking me to the core.
An old flame stired in me.
AND it was then i saw again for the first time in ages. The memories flooded back, of the days spent watching toonami and relishing the awesomeness spewing forth from the tv into my eye sockets. And here it was, all over again. Except it wasn't nostalgia that drew me in. it was the freshness of the show.
By the time the first ep was over flowing into the second, i knew what the trap was and realized that there wasn't any other option. I would watch this all night.
And i did. Each character was distinct. Mamimi, Haruko, Kamon, Canti, Ninamori, Amarao, Kitsurubami, and of course Naota. one of the most well done dubs i have ever heard and will ever hear i firmly believe.
Each ep distinct and unique, the setup, the arson arson, the school play, the baseball, and the Fooly CLIMAX.
But I need not attempt to describe in words the show. There's novels for that. (I have no clue how they work)
The pacing, Perfect. The characters, well developed. The Music, Awesome it needs it's own paragraph.
The Music was so well done that it drove me into a deep apprication of Japanese Music. Moreso than current American stuff anyway. I bought the CDs once i found the. The Pillows are still one of my favorite bands. And no song is inspiring like Ride On, Shooting Star.
And thus i was reborn. No longer a little kid who watched anime, i became an apostle of the church of Otaku. A convert of FLCL, which led me into the wide world of the greats, and not so greats. It's a turning point in my life as a fan of anime, because it brought me back. And i thank it.