If you're looking for anime similar to FLCL, you might like these titles. All recommendations are made by Anime-Planet users like you!
Nono, a clumsy young girl living in the backwater countryside of Mars, dreams of becoming a space pilot. But when Nono witnesses Lal'C, a real space pilot called a Topless, and her brutal fight with one of the invading space monsters, she discovers that it may not be so easy as she's rocketed into orbit alongside Lal'C in the ensuing struggle. With guts and effort her only recourse, Nono reaches for the stars to become a "Nonoriri" and a Topless alongside her Onee-sama, as well as to fight back against hordes of space monsters!
Gunbuster 2 is more or less what Furi Kuri would be if Gainax had added a plot to it. It has lots of action, strange robots and aliens, and somewhat emo main character. I'm certain that any fan of Furi Kuri will enjoy Diebuster.
These brief, demented OVA titles from Gainax director Tsurumaki have pleny of crazy violence and indulgent weirdness - FLCL is by far the stranger and more outre of the two titles, but the visual style remains fairly similar.
This is one of those circumstances where one anime can be perfectly recomended to 2 different ones. The director, Producer, scriptwriter AND chracter designer for FLCL worked on Diebuster, so you can say that "Diebuster has FLCL written all over". From tone to pacing, to the characters and action, you will love FLCL if you've seen Diebuster and vice versa. But lets not leave out Gurren Lagann, even before its time, Diebuster's action will get Gurren Lagann fans nostalgic, not to mention the almost Kamina-esque feel of episode 4, If you loved Gurren Lagann, Diebuster will be among your favorites easily.
Another 6 episode OVA by the same director and studio, Diebuster takes a lot of the same aesthetic as FLCL and puts it into a far flung future scifi mech setting. A lot of the same scifi concepts are used, including NO and using cats to communicate. The overall structure and plot progression of the 6 episodes also tracks that of FLCL pretty closely.
In the future, aliens coexist freely with mankind on Earth. One such alien is NieA, a lazy yet spirited girl who wastes away her days while living with the studious Mayuko. And life isn't easy... Mayuko is always short on food money, the spa where she works is about to go bankrupt and Mayuko's alien-crazy friend Chiaki is obsessed with NieA.
These two animes are made up of two completely different plots, however both share an underlying theme. Both have settings here on earth where people live normal lives, but somthing out of the ordinary surrounds them yet they continue to live as if nothing has changed. For FLCL giant factories of an unknown origin are scattered around, in niea, inhabitants from another planet are now part of the world as a lower social class. These two are both great comming to age style animes, where human emotions are essential to relationships and in the end could be the determining factor to decide if the world will end or not!! (booga booga booga)
The speed of action, comedy and drama in FLCL can't be matched by any series, though for its length, thats not surprizing. With more time to develop characters in NieA, the action and insanity take a back seat. The style of comedy is the same, constructed around the peculiarities of culture differences, and the plot for each is of the style of a small family making due in a world full of change. NieA may be mild by comparison to FLCL, but if you like crazy humor, social examination of a culture, and eccentric aliens who have a tendancy to blow things up, you'll enjoy both of these gems.
Granted, FLCL is rather more... energetic than NieA_7. But I got a really similar feeling from each of them, due to the ridiculous characters/situations being taken for granted and the ominous and omnipresent giant iron/spaceship that nobody knows anything about but manages to be in the background for what seems like every scene.
Ten years ago, Senpeita Kobayashi fell in love with the girl of his dreams; she left his life, but promised that in ten years she’d see him again and become his bride. Fast forward to the present, and Senpeita is a typical student attending Akebono Academy. That is, until the wide-eyed tiny robot Kemeko crash lands in his bedroom and proclaims herself to be Senpeita’s new bride! As if things aren’t strange enough, Senpeita soon discovers that inside Kemeko is a beautiful girl – a girl who has an uncanny resemblance to his lost love! All Senpeita wants is to be a normal boy, but now he must keep himself out of the way of flying fists, raging jealousies, and battles between Kemeko and Mishina – a global corporation that has a vested and dangerous interest in Senpeita!
Both FLCL and Kemeko are over-the-top sci-fi about a weird superpowered girl and an unlucky highschool student with hidden powers. They are equally psychodelic, with crazy and hilarious stuff happening every minute, and both feature nicely animated action scenes.
Kemeko DX is what happens when FLCL is walking around in the dark, trips, falls, and forgets that it is not a harem.
They are both about hot alien girls beating up unfortunate kids because they want to stop some big electronics corperation (or some form of energy phonix)
Absurd humor / robots / ecchi / fast-paced.... if you like those element from FLCL you might want to check out Kemeko Deluxe!
When otherworldy Kazumi met normal Yuko at a rockin' punk show, great things were destined to happen. And great things, of course, implies riding a cybernetic creature from the TV named Face to another world full of scantily clad heavyweight men, encountering murderous and sex starved jello-like demons, and even gaining the ability to morph body parts into weapons! Just a normal day in the life of two friends... right?
EofW and FLCL are both spastic mindf*ck anime, and allow for a wide range of viewer interpretation of what's going on in the anime. Both anime see the protagonists try to save the world, and both include a living robot companion that fights alongside them. The way in which both anime end are also arguably similar, including the theme that they both portray. Luckily, both EofW and FLCL are short anime, and thus checking either one out won't be such a waste of time.
Both FLCL and End of the World are shows that take place in a strange, colourful world and are driven by a completely random plot. You'll get vague hints about what is going on in both shows, but not enough to make you actually understand it. Fans of randomness rejoice! These two are a perfect fit for each other.
A robot companion, aliens, and some really abstract mindf*ckery. Both anime also include a normal human getting involved in some interstellar battles.
Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.
I find it curious not seeing FLCL in Arakawa Under the Bridge recommendations and vice-versa, as both shows share a very similar type of humor. Randomness and sillyness is what predominates in both series, as well as the good amount of unusual characters. There's also a bit of romance going on. I definitely recommend watching both if you're in the mood for something light, fun and easy on the eyes.
Arakawa Under The Bridge and Furi Kuri are quite random shows that often surprise the viewer. However Furi Kuri has a much deeper meaning than Arakawa.
Terribly different storylines, the similarities in FLCL and Arakawa Under the Bridge is the off-the-wall, eccentric crazy humor.