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FLCL - the manga [Jan. 8th, 2004|10:31 am]
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[I'm all | confused]

By Hajime Ueda. Hajime is a very common name, innit. I still haven't decided if I like the story or not, but I love the art. It's in no way as delicious as Cain Kuga's art, but it's quite intriguing. It's a bit of an irreverent style.
I'm really not sure how I feel about the story changes. Distinct lack of Amarao and Kitsurubami, although there is some small cameos. I think I should read it again to see really how I feel. I didn't like the ending, and I'm going to hide why bhind a cut in case you wanna be surprised.
In the anime, Naota telling Haruko that he loves her is like, the climax of the series. (furikura, right!). In the manga, he tells her several times towards the end, and a kiss is the climax. I think, since I've seen the anime, that I wanted the telling to be the focus. It felt oddly whiny in the manga, him telling her he loves her several times while she goes off and pretends she doesn't like him. Atomsk is a bit of a nothing, too, considering he's not mentioned until the only scene that might have anything to do with Atomsk. It's very odd. I really don't know how I feel. I've only said that several times now. But really, I like the unique style, but not sure the story is solid.

The whole theme is different. The reason for robots coming out is different. The conclusions are different. There are lots of similarities, but it's kinda like the similarities are there just to make it close to what's in the anime. I'm confused. I will read it again and discover the truth.

I'm not insanedrop trou!

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Date:January 8th, 2004 - 06:25 pm
I felt the same way when I read the Gundam Wing manga. The art style wasn't all that different from the anime, but they changed a lot of the characters' motivations, and even kept Zechs alive at the end! (okay so Zechs lived in the anime too, but nobody knew he was alive)

The changes weren't as big as those, but it was still annoying that they changed just enough to make it weird to read.

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Date:January 8th, 2004 - 06:53 pm
The overall plot in GW manga was the same, though. But in FLCL, it's really not. The whole theme of adolescence lost is , well, lost. It's almost the opposite of the anime. There's one scene in vol. 1 in which Naota has horns coming out of his head, and he had hidden them under a hat, and his buddies Gaku and Masashi take his hat off and see the horns, and they say "Color it the same as your hair," and Masashi takes an ink pen and acts like he's coloring it in, but really he's drawing a face on it. It's really funny. But when they show it to Naota, he laughs his ass off. I don't think in the anime he would have laughed. He may have *wanted* to laugh, but I don't think he could have. The caption on the panel says "To be a boy is to be a fool. And to be a fool is pure bliss." It's very froofroo.
Maybe my problem with the manga is just that I can't separate the characters enough to start chardev over from page 1. It says story by Gainax, but it's so completely the opposite of everything they did in the anime.
I might like it more if i read it over and over. But, I might also be sidetracked by reading Bebop Shooting Star over and over.