I should really watch more Anime. What holds me back is that I don't know what to watch. Different people have different tastes, just because someone recommends one to me just because they like it, doesn't mean I'll like it. I have the same problem with music, I have narrowly defined tastes. The only Anime I watch on a regular basis is the line up on Adult Swim on Saturdays, including Bleach, Kekkaishi, Durarara! and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood; I don't stay up any later. Bleach wasn't very appealing, Kekkaishi was somewhat entertaining but overall a flop for me, Durarara! I find hard to follow, but Fullmetal Alchemist is arguably one of the best Anime's out there, and I understand why. Its full of good old action, a solid plot, and presents it in a serious yet playful style. I look forward to it every week.
The problem is I don't consider myself to be the weeaboo type, I prefer dubbed anime over subbed and I prefer if it sticks relatively close to reality rather than full blown ultra weird Japanimation (See this).
One Saturday Adult Swim advertised that they would be airing an Anime called FLCL after FMA. I decided to stay up and watch it and Im glad I did.
FLCL or Fooly Cooly or Furi Kuri is an Anime and manga about a young boy living in a boring town until an eccentric young woman from space runs him over, causing strange machines to grow out of his head. Overtime, they develop a notable little brother/big sister type of relationship. It's funny, charming, cute, entertaining, down to earth, and actually has some complex literary undertones. You may not fully understand the plot the first time you watch it, but watch it multiple times and you will pick up on things that show just how surprisingly deep it is.
Anime Insider ranked it as the #4 greatest English dubbed anime of all time. Giancarlo Volpe, directer of Avatar: The Last Airbender ordered his entire staff to watch FLCL for inspiration. The sad part is, its only six episodes long, which I find disappointing. It would be a smash hit if it became a full blown series.
FLCL easily tops my list of the best Anime's I have ever seen. Ive watched the whole thing a dozen times and Im still not bored of it. I plan to get the DVD set for Christmas.
Perhaps it was simply the mood I was in or the particular mixture of caffeine and sleep deprivation but I have to say that I've rarely watched an anime with the kind of emotional impact that FLCL has. The fact that it does it without being mind- numbingly pretentious makes it even better. Due to the nature of the plot there's not a lot I can say about it without giving stuff away or making no sense. So instead I suggest you go out and watch this, its only six episodes long and it is so very much worth the time. - uthred @ LiveJournal
I really encourage you to check it out. Too poor? No problem, watch all six episodes here!
Episode 1: Fooly Cooly
Episode 2: Fire Starter
Episode 3: Marquis de Carabas
Episode 4: Full Swing
Episode 5: Brittle Bullet
Episode 6: FLCLimax
The soundtrack is by J-Rock band "The Pillows" (Google them)