Book Reviews of FLCL, Vol 1

FLCL, Vol 1
FLCL Vol 1
Author: Stephanie Sheh, Hajime Ueda
ISBN-13: 9781591823964
ISBN-10: 159182396X
Publication Date: 9/16/2003
Pages: 192
Reading Level: Young Adult
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.

3.2 stars, based on 36 ratings
Publisher: TokyoPop
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
The anime this is based on is brilliant. Unfortunately, the randomness, humor, and frenetic energy that made me love it didn't transfer well to manga form. Perhaps the scratchy, messy, penciled-in style of the art is done purposefully in an effort to capture and emphasize the insanity of Fooly Cooly, but half the time I could barely make out what was happening - granted, that could be the whole point, but I just found it distracting. The story and dialogue didn't flow very well, making it more confusing (yes, it's possible) than the anime, and the jokes felt pretty flat, as did the characters. Overall, I was pretty disappointed by this.
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The manga follows the same lines as the anime. The art style is fairly scratchy and rough, somewhat like the American company Slave Labor Graphics' output, which fits the story well.

Plotwise, it's a fairly poignant coming-of-age comedy. It runs to slapstick humor that centers around the stoic protagonist's reactions.
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At first, I was disappointed with the manga. It seemed to be poorly drawn and it was a bit difficult to follow. BUT I picked it up again a few hours later and I was able to get right into it and follow it perfectly. The art adds to the story in a way I didn't pick up at first glance. You just have to pay attention to what is going on and you will enjoy it. It is amazing, just as the anime is. I read the first and have ordered the second. I LOVE IT!