Saturday, December 14, 2013

End of Fooly Cooly: FLClimax

For whatever reason, Adult Swim has decided to put Bleach on hiatus until the new year... but when it comes to a lot of my shows, they're all going away until January at the earliest.
So far, "Grimm" is the only one that has left on a positive note. Well, "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" have been good.
It's "Castle" and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." that has me concerned with their cliff-hanger endings... the "Once Upon a Time" franchise as well, although I have yet to see the finales of either series...

Anyways, according to the info, Fooly Cooly is starting all over again. But I more or less decided the 2:30am time slot is too late for me to keep up with.
I managed to find the final episode just so I remembered how it all ended.

It's pretty much gotten to the point where I really don't care to fully explain what it all means. But I did get where they were going with all the character development. That's what makes the finale so good. Not only do they EXPLAIN some stuff and Haruko opens up a little bit more about why she's there in the first place.

In episode four, "Full Swing," we're introduced to this government agency who wants to find out what Haruko is up to. I never really caught names, but we see a lot of this blonde girl that's a second in command and this dude in charge...
This dude apparently has some history with Haruko and for whatever reason, he's always seen wearing fake eyebrows. In this episode alone, his subordinate and Naota say "eyebrows" at least three times because they're basically the elephant in the room.

"Full Swing" focuses on Naota's unwillingness to swing the bat when he's at home plate for his baseball team... but it's also a metaphor for his attitude towards life. And for whatever reason, Haruko is pitching for the other team (and destroying the competition) and she offers to be his batting coach.
During this time, it appears that Haruko and Naota's father are now in a relationship... a very steamy one. They don't show much, Naota's looking through a crack in a door, but he sees them doing the nasty. Subsequently leading into a very strange scene later on where it appears that he hit his father with the bat out of jealousy, and there's another person there that looks like his father, but it's really an android.
Eyebrow guy talks with Naota a number of times, talking about Medical Mechanica and how Haruko is trying to infiltrate the organization.

When it comes down to it, a satellite heading to the earth, that takes the form of a glove throwing a baseball, Naota does, in fact, swing the bat... which is actually a bass guitar that Haruko pulled out of his head.

Episode 5, "Brittle Bullet" makes about as much sense as episode one the first time you're watching it...
for whatever reason, gun violence is a common theme, mainly with the characters shooting each other up with guns with unlimited ammo... with no blood or flesh wounds. Just randomly added in for this show only.
Eyebrow guy shows up again, trying to reason with Haruko and it's made clear that she was on Earth when he was Naota's age and she didn't go for him the same way. Apparently because Eyebrow guy's head doesn't allow robots and machines to come through... which is interpreted as him not being mature enough for Haruko.
Naota also has a tense moment with Mamimi and tells her to stop following him around and calling him Ta-kun, her pet name for his brother, her now ex-boyfriend.

So at the climax, the finale, Haruko and Canti are nowhere to be found. Been on the run from the past couple weeks/months. Since the previous confrontation, a giant hand (formed of the remanents of the latest robot adversery) is hanging over the giant iron, ready to grasp it at any second and a white smoke has enveloped the town.
We almost have a return to form when Haruko returns because it's deja vu of the scene in episode one where everything was in manga form. Then for whatever reason, it stops abruptly after it gets kinda strange (including some graphic nudity that's pixeled out...ok, very strange) and the actors are out of breath, as if the manga form was too exhausting to keep up with.

When Haruko and Naota are sharing the bunk bed again, he's pretends he's back to his indifference/annoyance with her, but breaks into tears because she didn't say goodbye when she left. He agrees to run away with her and help her accomplish her goal.
which seems to be rescuing this being called Atomsk known as the "pirate king" because he's stolen whole star systems.
His loyalty to her will soon be tested. But he makes an interesting statement about how everything is ordinary in town and Haruko was the only way he knew there was a world outside his town.

On the other side of things, we see Mamimi, who has found yet another non-human friend to take care of. This time, it's a small robot exhibiting dog-like behavior. Of course she calls it Ta-kun, same as Naota and the cat (first seen in episode 2). It eats her cell phone. She gives it the cell phones from kids at her school. Then she has it eat mopeds because someone splashed her when it drove by.
But as it eats, it gets bigger and bigger until it becomes the piece needed to activate "the hand".

The craziness goes down with all the characters present. Naota ends up absorbing the powers of Atomsk and Haruko fights him for it... until he stops on his own to declare his love for her.
After all the crap does down, she leaves, deciding he's not mature enough to come with her. She leaves behind the bass guitar and according to Naota, Mamimi decided to take off to become a photographer.

In an odd sort of way, it is a coming of age story. Just with too many twists and turns to fully make sense of. I can't explain a lot of it, but if you do see it, after a couple times, it does start to sink in.

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