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Cosplay Sundae: Haruko Haruhara (FLCL) Cosplay 09 MAY 2010

This time, taken from the anime that you can experience a hundred times over and still never quite understand, Haruko Haruhara of FLCL infamy!

Hey, quit looking at me like that. Next thing you know, you might just be sitting on the pavement spitting those teeth out boy!

Kannaya and VirtualGirl throw together a great cosplay costume for everyone’s favorite manic, guitar-armed weirdo, namely Haruko Haruharu (and the more subdued, spaced out Mamimi Samejima) of that completely insane and over the top GAINAX classic, Kazuya Tsurumaki’s FLCL – or Furi Kuri if you must. As you can see from the pictures above and below, the girls have pretty much hit their respective characters’ look spot on, so hats off for a job well done! :)

As for Haruko herself, if you don’t know about her then you’d better hit that anime classics rack sooner than later, but for those of you who couldn’t be bothered, here’s the info download: Basically she is Mabase’s newest resident, an extraterrestrial investigator for the Galactic Space Police Brotherhood. Somehow she wangles her way into becoming the Nandaba household maid, while secretly working to find Atomsk, the most powerful space pirate in the whole known galaxy. Her bass guitar is capable of creating an N.O. portal in poor little Naota’s head, though what comes through that portal is mostly quite unexpected.

Like Medical Mechanica robots for instance. You know, the ones with television screens for heads.

As for Mamimi, well she’s a high school truant, possible pyromaniac and just happens to be Naota’s brother’s ex-girlfriend. She’s lonely, depressed, a heavy smoker and most of all – pretty much spaced out all the time. (So not real marriage material in other words!)

Hey. she's armed with a mean-looking guitar. I'd sit down if she told me to as well!

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flcl

FLCL (Volume 1) Manga | My Reviews 26 JUN 2009

FLCL Volume 1 CoverNaota is a lonely boy in a lonely town living a lonely life amidst utter chaos. His father’s a perv, his grandfather a nut, his brother ran off to seek riches in America, and his brother’s dumb ex-girlfriend won’t leave him alone. Now from beyond the stars drops an impish defender sent forth to stop alien robots from destroying the Earth. Where do the alien robots come from? Well, from Naota’s forehead for starters.

From the twisted mind that brought us End of Evangelion comes this bizarre tale of adolescence in a world gone mad.

To this day 2000’s Gainax OVA release FLCL (Furi Kuri) remains a firm fan favourite all over the world, mostly in part to its completely insane mishmash of genres, style and just completely off the wall story telling and sense of humour. Needless to say, it is therefore no surprise that a manga adaptation of the hit anime soon followed the success story, with art provided by Hajime Ueda (the same man who brought us the quirky Q.Ko-chan: The Earth Invader Girl manga series).

The story for FLCL volume 1 sticks pretty close to the first two episodes’ storyline, though there is a definite darker slant to the manga retelling, a theme that quickly rises to the fore as one progresses through the first couple of chapters. The pacing of the story is surprisingly quick, but there are more than a few stages where one can’t help but feel a little lost, though this shouldn’t be considered a negative when you consider the source on which this manga is based upon.

Weird and strange alien presence sums it up pretty nicely in other words.

Artistically Ueda hits us with a particularly stylistic, quirky look, opting for extremely rough, sketchy outlines that are haphazardly shaded in and for the most part, make for quite an interesting visual take that forces one to quite often strain that little extra to figure out just what the heck is going on in some of the more interesting panels. Layouts and panels and framing cover just about all the know styles used in manga and the result is a very distinctive looking book where the visuals perfectly match up with the zany story being told.

However, despite this extremely rough, sketchy, seemingly hurried and unfinished look that Ueda forces upon us, it actually works damn well and causes the otherwise insane, almost illegible story to ooze personality and charm, in the end making the book more than worth the effort of actually picking it up and working your way through it.

So in summaty it certainly isn’t award-winning stuff, nor it is particularly emotionally-pleasing or even funny for that matter, but zany and quirky it most definitely is, and that alone certainly makes it a worthy addition to any otaku’s bookshelf.

Related link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furi_Kuri