Ashley and Luke exchange roles in a podcast where they watch landmark anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Along with watching the episodes they discuss it's characters and themes, as well as getting into the usual tangents.
Ashley & Luke look at the FLCL follow up that's considered not as good, but after they came away from the original in low spirits maybe this one will be great? Nope! We talk about how the show handles Haruha, how Hidomi doesn't have a character except being super horny for gore, how the lower budget affects the show and how the choice to have one of the main characters be a guy in a skirt is unfortunately loaded.
Wasn't this show supposed to be good? Luke and Ashley are looking forward to the part of the show they considered the best as kids and are resoundingly disappointed. The show plays with treating it's pedophile antagonist as a serious threat but doesn't do enough, while making jokes about a 12 year old's big genitals. Meanwhile our fav Mamimi (who is also super into kids who don't know better) is pushed to the side, even when the sub-plot is all about her. Combined with disappointing plotting, random Nazi imagery and a quick but bad gay joke it's all a mess. Well at least the animation is nice!
Wanting to get away from the serious thoughts we had on Evangelion we take it easy with... almost three hours on the first three episodes of FLCL. Come on guys.
We talk about the controversy that has come up around the Netflix translation of NGE, the way FLCL was localized so well, the way it falls into some of the same pitfalls NGE does and hey how did kid us not realize that Mamimi was homeless?