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15 Anime Like FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

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FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

About FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

Naota Nandaba is a sixth-grader, living a dull life in a city with nothing adventurous to barge upon. One day his brother, Tasuku, leaves America to play baseball. Naota takes full responsibility for his belongings such as his top bunk bed and even his ex-girlfriend, Mamimi Samejima, who hasn’t left Naota’s side after Tasuku left.

Unbeknownst to Naota, his monotonous life is about to alter forever when he meets Haruko Haruhara.

Haruko is a pink-haired psychopath who encounters Naota while riding her Vespa. She accidentally runs tire tracks over his back, also giving him a giant horn on his forehead. She revives him with CPR and the incident ends.

Naota wishes for a peaceful and quiet life but when he learns the same girl, Haruko has become his live-in maid, his life turns upside down. He learns he is now involved in one of the greatest battles between Earth and alien invasion. FLCL follows the story of Naota and how his battle for life and death begins when an alien investigator named Haruko intrudes on his privacy.

A very amazing story, FLCL deeply explores different genres including action and romance, and an urge to become a hero. Seemingly, some more anime share a similar theme and character arcs, here are the best of them.

15 Anime Like FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

1. Dead Leaves

2. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

3. Kill la Kill

4. Neon Genesis Evangelion

5. Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi)

6. Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel Saga

7. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

8. Bakemonogatari

9. Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

10. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

11. Kyousou Giga 

12. Mob Psycho 100

13. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)

14. Detroit Metal City

15. Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster (Gunbuster 2)

Dead Leaves

Dead Leaves

1. Dead Leaves

Pandy and Retro are two mysterious characters that find themselves naked on Earth with no memories of the past. To ensure their survival, they go on a horrifying crime spree to find food, shelter, and transportation. Unfortunately, they are captured by officials and sent as prisoners to a lunar penitentiary called Dead Leaves. While stuck confined, they discover the prison has a secret cloning facility controlled by villainous guards and genetic experiments.

They along with fellow inmates try to take advantage of the secret facility. As the story progresses, their actions are not only meant for a prison break but also hinting at a global catastrophe. Moreover, their true identities come as a shock turning the series of events once and for all.

Dead Leaves is a dark thriller. While Pandy and Retro appear to be serial criminals at first glance, they later turn out to be something extremely crucial for humanity. On the other hand, the deep down secrets of the lunar penitentiary cause several characters to unexpectedly reveal their darker sides.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

2. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Simon is a weak and timid young boy who has no motivation at all. He greatly admires his brotherly friend, Kamina, who is a revolutionary youth. Kamina has high self-esteem and passionate personality. He aspires to travel to the above surface and explore the unknown. They, together, live in Giha Village, which is an underground village and is constantly threatened by unexpected earthquakes.

While excavating the Earth, they find an unusual object, which Kamina dubs as Lagann. Lagann is actually an ignition key to an ancient war artifact. Later, when their village is attacked by Gunmen, Lagann helps them get rid of the situation. They also come across Yoko Littner, a short-tempered gun-wielding redhead, who lives on the above surface.

Yoko informs them about the constant threat her world faces from Gunmen. Simon and Kamina decide to help her fight these monsters who are controlled by humanoid creatures called Beastmen. Facing daily challenges and setbacks, the newly found team is not only saving the inhabitants but also on the verge of discovering a huge mystery.

Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill

3. Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill is set in a fictional high school named Honnouji Academy where students wear Goku uniforms to provide them with supernatural abilities. Satsuki Kiryuin is the fearsome student council president of the school. She is also a major opponent of our protagonist, Ryuko Matoi.

Ryuko Matoi is on a mission to find her father’s killer. For the same reason, she joins the academy and is in rivalry with Satsuki and her comrades (better-called Elite Four). She is in possession of God's clothes, “Kamui”, which has the ability to cut through Goku uniforms.

The journey which was foreseen to be bare and hopeless tunes out to be world-changing when Ryuko finds her ground against her enemies. She not only fights the Elite Four and defeat them, but also finds her father’s killer. Unbeknownst to Ryuko herself, her endeavor will not only change her life and but that of the entire academy.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion

4. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Nerv, a special organization under the United Nations, is the only survival hope for humanity. Their giant machines called Evangelions are in a constant fight with monstrous creatures called Angels who have caused the world to stand on the verge of destruction. Gendou Ikari, the head of the Nerv, is recruiting potential pilots to skillfully handle Evangelions. The mission is supported by Ritsuko Akagi, Chief Scientist, and Misato Katsuragi, Head of Tactical Operations, who are ranked among the best of the best-talented personnel.

The story revolves around the 14-year-old Shinji Ikari, who is unexpectedly called upon to work with Nerv. He has to become a pilot of Evangelion Unit-01 and support his father to protect mankind.
Neon Genesis Evangelion explores the life of Shinji and his comrades. Though he is an average boy, his zest to destroy the enemy force makes him a legend. However, as the story progresses, ancient secrets come into the picture that changes the entire plot once and for all.

Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi)

Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi)

5. Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai (Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi)

Sasshi is living a dull life and believes everything is turning against him. He lost his card collection and most importantly, his childhood friend, Arumi is moving to a distant location. However, not too late, his all worries fade away when he and Arumi are transported to an alternate reality due to an accident.

The new world is all about swordsmanship and sorcery. It is magical and resembles the environment of a sci-fi movie. Their effort to escape throws them into another weird world. Though all these alternate realities are actually the remake of their hometown, they meet two strangers Mune-mune and Eutus, who might be the key to their freedom.

Abenobashi Mahou Shoutengai is a comical journey of two friends who are clueless in finding their way back home. They come across a peculiar series of events in the alternate realities that make them question their desire to return home.

Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel Saga

Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel Saga

6. Heppoko Jikken Animation Excel Saga

In order to become the ruler of the world, Il Palazzo starts with the city of Fukuoka. He is the leader of the ACROSS organization and works with two young officers Excel and Hyatt. Their mission is obstructed by the City Security workers, which is consist of three ordinary guys, a somewhat normal girl, and robots.

No matter how systematic plan Excel and Hyatt may have, they always end up causing a hell lots of destruction and death. They never fail to do their job improperly. They are later accompanied by another ACROSS member Elgalal, who is equally clueless.

The anime follows the journey of these two teams who are working restlessly to stop each other but to no avail. ACROSS believes the world is corrupt and they have brilliant minds to bring justice to the people. On the other hand, City Security workers believe themselves to be among the best, but they rarely achieve success in any of their investigations.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

7. Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Panty and Shocking are the Anarchy Sisters. They have been thrown off Heaven because of their mischievous acts. Assisted by Garterbelt, a priest, these angelic sisters can return back to heaven if they can destroy the devilish spirits in Daten City. Daten is taken from the word “Datenshi” meaning “fallen angel” and the city is situated between heaven and hell.

To accomplish the tasks, they require special weapons, which are manifested from their clothes when needed. Their every win gives them heaven coins, but neither of them is serious about the task. Panty would prefer to sleep rather than work and Stocking would prefer to stuff her face with sweets rather than killing the evil spirits.

Though their sidetracked interests make the mission impossible, the presence of Garterbelt by their side may force them to focus on their endeavor. But will they gain enough coins to find their way back to heaven?

Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

8. Bakemonogatari

Koyomi Araragi was once attacked by a vampire but survived because of a strange man named Meme Oshino, who lives in an abandoned building. Studying as a third-year high school student, Koyomi is a human again however he has gained certain supernatural abilities such as fast healing and enhanced vision.

He doesn’t intend to be the center of attention. But when he saves a life of a student along with his friend, Tsubasa Hanekawa under dire circumstances, things begin to turn complicated. He witnesses more and more unusual situations where he is forced to help people and thus, raising doubts among his friends. To take a better hold of the situation, he asks Meme Oshino for help.

Bakemonogatari follows the journey of an unexpected hero, Koyomi Araragi. As Araragi delves deep into his abilities, he realizes it’s indeed a severe battle between gods and demons.

Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

9. Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)

The city is Hellsalem’s Lot, which was previously known as New York City. Humans co-exist with vampires, monkeys, and other supernatural monsters as part of their daily life. This started three years ago when the portal to different dimensional worlds opened for everyone to pass through.

To maintain sanity and peace within the society, an organization named Libra is established. Comprised of superhumans and other weirdos, Libra conducts strict regulation to prevent any chances of illicit activities.

Kekkai Sensen follows the life of Leonardo Watch, who is a photographer by passion. He lives an ordinary life with his parents and sister. His daily life becomes a serious mess when he begins to harness the power of “All-seeing Eyes of the Gods”. He quickly becomes a member of Libra, though he didn’t intend to. He has to learn to live with strange creatures and embrace his new extraordinary life.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

10. Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

Kyon is a typical high school student. He has no interest in supernatural stuff and believes in living a practical life. His practicality is soon challenged when a new girl, Haruhi Suzumiya, arrives in his school. Haruhi has highly passionate about time travel, aliens, and many other similar things.

Realizing there’s no such club for psychic activities, she forms her own club with Kyon as one of its members. The club is named the SOS Brigade that deals with everything supernatural. The other members are Yuki Nagato, the bookworm, Mikuru Asahina, the shy and calm one, and always cheerful Itsuki Koizumi.

Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu follows the life of these club members with their whimsical leader Haruhi. As they embark on different insane adventures, their past series come into the pictures, also exploring the real life of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Kyousou Giga

Kyousou Giga

11. Kyousou Giga

Myoue is a high priest with a peculiar ability. He can bring anything to life by drawing it on a piece of paper. He used to live a peaceful life with his wife, Koto, and three children. His ability frightened the villagers and labeled him an outcast.

However, their peaceful existence continued in an alternate reality, the Looking Glass City, until one-day Myoue and Koto disappeared. Now his eldest child, Yakushimaru, has taken the title of the high priest and runs the council with his brothers, Yase and Kurama.

Myoue and Koto are eternally caught in the alternate world. They later come across a young girl named Koto who falls down from the sky. She reveals she was looking for the duo for an important purpose. Highly likely, she must be the key to their freedom, though everything is possible in an alternate reality.

Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100

12. Mob Psycho 100

Mob (Shigeo Kageyama) is an eight-grader student who has attained excellence in controlling his psychic powers from a young age. His powers quickly become his greatest liability when he learns how dangerous it could be if used recklessly. To strike the balance, he uses his powers only to entertain his longtime crush, Tsubomi, but his same old tricks soon become dull and boring.

To master his extraordinary strength, he takes the help of a con artist named Arataka Reigen, who pretends to be a psychic. He tricks Mob to use his powers for earning illegal cash. Unknown to each of them, if Mob’s true potential comes into action, he may run berserk due to uncontrollable emotions and infinite rage.

Mob Psycho 100 explores how Mob manifests his inner strength to its highest potential. He meets with different characters who help him enhance his strength under different situations. This all unexpectedly leads to a cataclysmic event that may trigger his completely different personality.

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)

13. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei (The Tatami Galaxy)

Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei follows the story of an unnamed young man who is a third-year student. One faithful evening he encounters a man with a peculiar appearance, who calls himself a God of matrimony. The encounter causes the protagonist to recall all his deeds of the past two years at the college.

He recalls joining the college as a freshman, then meeting with conflicting characters who throw him into a net of disillusionment. His friend, Ozu, who put him onto a mission of shady morality. His close friendship with his crush Akashi, whom he made some romantic promises that remain unfulfilled. Recalling all the past incidents make him miserable, however at the same instant, he is sent to the first year of his college. His re-life begins to make amends for the wrongdoing.

Though he is given another chance to live his life, how will it impact his surroundings? Most importantly, will this re-life actually help him improve his future and find true love?

Detroit Metal City

Detroit Metal City

14. Detroit Metal City

Detroit Metal City (DMC) is a heart-robbing death metal band famous for its mesmerizing dark and crude style. Johannes Krauser II, the lavish lead singer, is predominately known for his demonic persona. He claims to risen from the depths of hell to the sunshine of glory, brought the world to its knees, and dominate it.

Interestingly, Krauser II is an alter ego of an ordinary college graduate named Souichi Negishi. He is soft-spoken, calm, and prefers to listen to Swedish pop all day long. He is a member of DMC’s flashy concerts to make both the ends meet.

The anime narrates Negishi’s misfortunate adventures with a hilarious tone. He struggles to balance his college life with his hectic band schedule. To add more to his mental stress, he also has to deal with a budding romance, crazy fans, and problems that come with being a public figure.

Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster (Gunbuster 2)

Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster (Gunbuster 2)

15. Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster (Gunbuster 2)

The war with the Space Monsters began many generations ago such that no one remembers how and why it actually started. However, humanity still battles against them with the help of “Topless”. It’s a group of space pilots with exceptional powers that let them handle the Buster Machines, the only machine effective against the Space Monsters.

Top wo Nerae 2! Diebuster explores the life of Nono who hails from a remote town. She aspires to become like the legendary pilot, “Nono-RiRi”, and by chance, becomes a part of “Topless”. She later meets Lal’C Milk Mark and instantly idolizes her for smartness and dedication.

As Nono tries to fit in with other members, she begins to learn the real deal of becoming a true hero. Moreover, her mysterious past also comes into the picture which alters her entire life mission.

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