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FLCL: Progressive
Air date June 30, 2018
Writer Hideto Iwai
Director Kazuhira Irai (art)
Storyboards Kei Suezawa

Fool on the Planet is the fifth episode of FLCL: Progressive and eleventh of the FLCL series.


Having made damage to the plant, the iron now stands up straight. Raharu tells the class that she's happily married and now pregnant. The only way to become happy is to go to the amusement park (run by Tonkichi).


Hidomi dreams again, this time of a colorless, devastated world overrun by the irons of Medical Mechanica. At its end, as she runs down the beach, smiling, she awakens to find her headphones have slipped off. Eye Patch and Masuro take the pieces of Canti to the Oozu City Immigration Center Orbit Elevator to dispose of it. A seemingly pregnant Haruko bursts into class on her Vespa, announces that she is getting married, tells the class a false anecdote about how she met Atomsk, and cancels school to take them to the amusement park. Ko and Hidomi are the only ones who refuse to follow; Ko, now brandishing Jinyu's guitar as his own, confronts Haruko in the school's empty swimming pool and demands that she stop dragging Hidomi into her plans. Haruko easily defeats Ko in the duel that follows; Haruko expresses disappointment that he has failed to learn anything, to which Ko replies pointedly that she doesn't satisfy him. When Hidomi finds them, she sees Haruko trying to seduce Ko; she overflows, pulling him into herself and leaving behind the limp, featureless husk of his body. Haruko apologizes thinly and soars into the sky on her Vespa.

At the husk's gasping request, she takes it in her arms and stands under the pool shower with it, recalling the discovery that her mother is closing the cafe and the anger she felt in the moment. Under the shower, Ko's husk inflates like a balloon and floats into the sky; as Hidomi watches it disappear, her portal opens once more, this time shredding the world around her into pieces. At the theme park, Tonkichi begins the operation of collecting N.O. energy from the high concentration of adolescents in the park, using it to transform the park's rides into a large mech-like robot with which the Medical Mechanica factory; the factory survives the attack and begins assaulting the mech in turn. In orbit, Ko's husk is picked up by the Immigration Center's Lost-and-found satellite, which dumps it into a bin full of metal shards; an elderly woman in the room scoops out the husk in a dog bowl and feeds it to the head of Canti, which has sprouted legs like a puppy. As Haruko, no longer appearing to be pregnant, watches the battle unfold, Hidomi, now a fusion of human and metal due to her overflow, finds and attacks her, demanding that she return Ide to her. As they duel, she asserts that Haruko's quest to capture Atomsk makes her "no different from the rest of them", and that she is "just a girl in love". The sky turns red, and as the two stare up at it in awe, Haruko whispers that Atomsk has arrived on Earth.


  • "Fool on the Planet" (fool on cool version)
  • "I Think I Can" (fool on cool version)
  • "Last Dinosaur" (fool on cool version)
  • "Spiky Seeds"



  • This episode is animated in the style of Paint-on-glass animation.


  • Original Concept: Production I.G.
  • Executive Producers: Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Jason DeMarco, Keiji Ohta
  • Producers: Maki Terashima-Furuta, Mike Lazzo, Masaya Saito
  • Animation Producer: Junichirou Kawahara
  • Production Supervisor: Katsuiji Morishita, Takayuki Oshima

English Cast

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