A surprise thing happened on April Fools. FLCL Alternative’s first episode premiered on Toonami at midnight instead of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. It was in Japanese with subtitles too, which was amazing. I, being a crazy person that had to wake up early in the morning on a Sunday and came home from an anime convention that night, recorded this special event instead of watching it live. I think that this is the best thing that I could do, because I like being at least mildly awake when I watch anime. At this moment, I don’t think that one episode of something that is going to air months ago is enough for a full review, but let’s talk about this episode a little bit anyway. This being apart of the FLCL franchise gives this one episode enough baggage to talk about already.
I really liked is one episode. At first, I thought it was a little slow for something that is apart of FLCL. The original FLCL is franticly paced and has so many art directions thrown all over the place. That’s what I thought that FLCL Alternative was going to be. The end result was something completely different and I really liked it for that. Alternative focused on four different female characters that felt like real humans. The first half was spent developing the relationship between them, which felt even realistic. Even the fat character was more than what Studio Trigger thinks fat characters are and was the largest contributor to the group’s efforts and activities. Some subtle world building was thrown into the mix too. Then, of course, Haruko showed and all chaos happened across the land. You know, the usual FLCL stuff with things popping out of people’s heads and Haruko hitting things with a guitar. So, if you were in for that usual FLCL insanity, it eventually showed up.
So let’s talk ending thoughts. I am glad that Alternative doesn’t look like, act like, or feel like the original so far. I feel like the original FLCL was a lightning strike that can never happen again. It’s commentary on Naoto hitting puberty, it’s crazy art style changes, it’s frantic pacing, and the pillows playing in the background is only something that can effective once. I think that going for something different was the smart choice here. It may seem a little boring right now, but we will all have to wait months for this to air in order to see if this changes. That’s about it, really. Don’t judge a thing by its first episode even if it’s only going to be six episodes.