I’m what you might call a part-time anime fan: I enjoy the genre, but I’m far from an encyclopedia of knowledge about the medium. My experience with it began with Tenchi Muyo!, then Sailor Moon to Dragon Ball Z, all through the Toonami block on Cartoon Network. While I enjoyed these shows, my real love for the medium began thanks to this week’s Throwback Thursday: FLCL, pronounced Fooly Cooly (released in America in 2003). This show combined absurdity with the heartwarming moments of a coming-of-age-story. For a younger me, this was exactly what I needed. It’s known for being a difficult show to describe, or understand, really, but I’ll try my best.