FLCL Retrospective: A comparative reading between FLCL and Where the Red Fern Grows, coming of age between worlds.


FLCL is a Japanese anime series that follows the story of Naota Nandaba, a young boy who is struggling to come to terms with his own identity and the changes happening around him. Where the Red Fern Grows is a classic American novel about a young boy named Billy Coleman who is determined to buy and train two coonhounds to hunt raccoons.

One of the main themes in both FLCL and Where the Red Fern Grows is the coming of age and the struggles that come with it. In FLCL, Naota is struggling to find his place in the world as he is constantly bombarded by strange and surreal events that challenge his sense of reality. In Where the Red Fern Grows, Billy must navigate the complexities of growing up and finding his place in the world as he embarks on his quest to buy and train the coonhounds.

Another theme that is present in both FLCL and Where the Red Fern Grows is the importance of friendship and the support of loved ones. In FLCL, Naota is aided by his friends and the strange, enigmatic girl Haruko, who helps him navigate the strange events happening around him. In Where the Red Fern Grows, Billy relies on the support of his family and the close bond he shares with his coonhounds as he faces the challenges of growing up.

In terms of style, FLCL is known for its fast-paced, surreal storytelling, while Where the Red Fern Grows is a more traditional coming-of-age tale. FLCL’s unique blend of humor, drama, and surrealism makes it stand out, while Where the Red Fern Grows’s heartwarming and nostalgiciac storytelling has made it a classic of American literature.

Overall, while FLCL and Where the Red Fern Grows may seem like vastly different stories, they both explore universal themes of coming of age and the importance of friendship and loved ones. Both stories offer unique and memorable storytelling experiences that will stay with readers for years to come.


One response to “FLCL Retrospective: A comparative reading between FLCL and Where the Red Fern Grows, coming of age between worlds.”

  1. Nice side-by-side comparison, Nicholas—thank you. I’ve often thought we are all, always “coming of age.” Be well and happy new year, wherever this finds you!

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