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Let’s Look: Fuuka Review Episodes 6-12: Drama the Music Anime!

I’m sorry it takes me so long to get to a review. I’m going to try and get them out more often.

So we’re back after 6+ weeks of Fuuka so what happened. Once again I’ll try not to give spoilers about the manga. I’ll mention some stuff if it’s hinted at in the anime though.

The story follows Yuu Haruna, a loner and an avid Twitter user that made a promise with his childhood friend Koyuki Hinashi of starting a band. One night, on his way to buy dinner, he stops to take a photo to upload to Twitter. A strange high school girl named Fuuka Akitsuki accidentally bumps into him and mistakenly believes that Yuu is trying to take a photo of her panties, which causes her to smash his phone. Fuuka leaves behind a CD, which Yuu returns the following day. Appreciating Yuu’s personality, Fuuka starts a relationship with him, but this is complicated when Koyuki, now a popular idol, contacts Yuu on Twitter and invites him to attend her concert. 

According to Wikipedia

Art

As the anime continued the art grew to be quite beautiful. And there were also some fanservice parts from both the original Suzuka and general cute girls that really popped. Once again I need to say that Seo really does cute girls well.

Story

Continuing on from first part of the anime we see that things are getting a little more serious. This is an important part to Kouji Seo’s writing style. He leads us in with happy and cute times only to pile on the drama.

We get Yuu and the band starting their first gig when Koyuki comes over. They do have a little conversation only to do this.

And someone catches a picture of it which predictably gets on the internet and turns into a crisis which Koyuki doesn’t help with. She announces online that every song she’s written as been has been about him.

This really brings a lot of hate down on Yuu and the band at the high school gig and Koyuki doesn’t help it out by coming to the gig to support Yuu only to be revealed.

Order manages to be restored and Yuu and the band do a really good set.

Now at this point, the anime moves away from the manga. More on that later.

At this point all of Koyuki’s events are canceled after a combination of her revelation about her feelings for Yuu and what happened at the Fallen Moon’s first concert. In addition to this her manager asked her to keep quiet with all calls.

Yuu tries to catch up with and eventually manages to catch up with her at a beach, after which they start dating. Fuuka, after finding out about Yuu and Koyuki’s relationship, decides to leave the band to pursue a solo career.

Without Fuuka to be the binding force, the band breaks up and goes their own seperate ways. However Yuu is determined to keep the band together and writes a new song called Fair Wind. He manages to reach out and get to Nachi, Sara, and Mikasa but Fuuka refuses to return both on pride for leaving and not wanting to be near Yuu while he’s in a relationship

Seeing how far Yuu is going for both Fuuka and the band, Koyuki tries to get Yuu’s attention using the appeals only a woman has…

And just like Honoka before her in Suzuka, she sees that the guy she’s in a relationship with is in love with another girl. And chooses to let go.

Once Yuu breaks up with Koyuki, the Fallen Moon get a gig but Yuu keeps trying to reach Fuuka no matter what until he talks to her on top of the school.

At this time, Fuuka and Yuu manage to make up and go to the gig on time .

And that’s how the Fuuka anime ends.

My Thoughts

The major reason why this review took so long is mostly school but also the fact that the Fuuka anime has an anime exclusive ending.

Sometimes this happens because there isn’t enough adaptable content for a ending of any sort so they make one. This happens to be a particularly special reason.

Link to the article

So for those that don’t want to read the linked article, Seo as well as the anime staff saw it would be impossible for the 12 episode anime to end with Fuuka’s death as well as to fulfill the feelings of the fans that were shocked at her death in the manga.

I can understand that completely since I read the original manga, Suzuka, so I know the circumstances that led to Fuuka’s conception. It does feel really sour because essentially her parents, Yamato and Suzuka, were top tier track atlethes with bright futures. Then they did the deed and Suzuka got pregnant and they choose to live for their daughter instead of themselves. To see their daughter die after being so invested in her parents really made me sad.

So like I said I see the reason why they let her live in the anime.

However that leads to issues with the characters not even talking about never seeing Fuuka Aoi or any of the other characters that happen after Fuuka’s death.

I’m talking about Yuu, Mikasa, Nachi, and Sara. It was clearly shown in both the anime and the manga that Fuuka was the drawing force that both brought them together and kept them together. Without her, they fell apart.

Fuuka’s death was the point of Yuu’s life where he had to make a choice without no one pulling him along with the current. Was he in this band because of Fuuka or did he really want to play music? He found his own answer and made the band his own instead of chasing that feeling of being a part of Fuuka Akitsuki’s band like in the anime.

That’s a major point that I feel that the anime failed on.

Other than I believe that the anime did some well to a good extent. Overall I’d give it a 7 out of 10.

Thanks for putting up with my annoyingly rare reviews. Hopefully I’ll have more time this summer to write reviews but I doubt it since I’ll be trying to work two jobs as well as trying to move out this summer. It’s going to be a lot but exchange I’ll have my own place so the time that I do have to myself will be very good.
You can ask me as many questions as you want on Ask.fm and you can follow me on Twitter to know when my new reviews are coming out. You’ll know when stuff comes out right when it does! 🙂

Also check out my right hand man, SkyCorps on AnimeWithSky where I’m also a writer. We’ve got some good reviews from all the writers, Speculations, Light Novel Reviews, and Manga Chapters Reviews. What are you waiting for? Come and check us out! You won’t regret it!

Let’s Look: Fuuka Review Episode 1-5: Music the Animation!

Ah it feels good to be in the reviewing seat now especially when I’m reviewing one of my favorite manga.

Okay Fuuka is one of my favorite mangas and I’m long ahead there so interest of those that haven’t watched/read Suzuka nor read the Fuuka manga, I will not give spoilers.

The story follows Yuu Haruna, a loner and an avid Twitter user that made a promise with his childhood friend Koyuki Hinashi of starting a band. One night, on his way to buy dinner, he stops to take a photo to upload to Twitter. A strange high school girl named Fuuka Akitsuki accidentally bumps into him and mistakenly believes that Yuu is trying to take a photo of her panties, which causes her to smash his phone. Fuuka leaves behind a CD, which Yuu returns the following day. Appreciating Yuu’s personality, Fuuka starts a relationship with him, but this is complicated when Koyuki, now a popular idol, contacts Yuu on Twitter and invites him to attend her concert. According to Wikipedia

Let’s get down to the main review.

Art

I have to say both in the anime and the manga, the art is top tier. Seo, for all of his strange quirks, knows how to draw cute girls and interesting places. Fuuka and Koyuki are top tier beauties in the anime.

Sara is a total cool beauty as well. The environments in the anime are looking good and it really makes me happy to see the old places that were in Suzuka redone in a higher quality of art. It feels me with some nostalgia for the original series.

Story

The story for Fuuka takes a completely different turn from the other stories in the Suzuka-verse, Suzuka and The Town Where You Live. This is due to the fact that it has a heavy focus on music while the two prequels had heavy focus on romance.

While there is romance, love triangles, and massive misunderstandings(It wouldn’t be Seo without them), they aren’t the main focus. While Yuu is falling in love with Fuuka, he is drawn into the feeling of being a musician and making music.

Characters

Yuu Haruna

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If I had to describe Yuu, it would be similar to Yamato from Suzuka although Yamato was a bit more social than Yuu. As a protagonist is really getting dragged around by Fuuka to most of the stuff in the story that has happened so far. It’s not really all that interesting right now. However he will be a bit more interesting later in the manga may I add.

Fuuka Akitsuki

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Our lovable main heroine, born from Suzuka protagonists Suzuka and Yamato, Fuuka Akitsuki. SHe’s definitely the driving force of this anime and I really like her for it. Lynn(her seiyuu) definitely brings the perkiness and happy go lucky attitude that she had as Nozomi from Keijo. She makes things more interesting and move forward against Yuu’s indecisiveness, Mikasa’s go with the flow livestyle, and Nachi’s “I want to do this but I’m going to be tsun about it” mood.

It makes her really adorable and I really like it.

Koyuki Hinashi

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Koyuki, being voiced by the awesome Saori Hayami, seems to be doing well in this anime. She’s cute and a little bit shy which makes her really endearing. There’s going to be a really interesting part in the later parts of the anime that I hope you’ll love.

So that’s all I’ve got.

So until the next Review,
Later Days
You can ask me as many questions as you want on Ask.fm and you can follow me on Twitter to know when my new reviews are coming out. You’ll know when stuff comes out right when it does! 🙂

Also check out my right hand man, SkyCorps on AnimeWithSky where I’m also a writer. We’ve got some good reviews from all the writers, Speculations, Light Novel Reviews, and Manga Chapters Reviews. What are you waiting for? Come and check us out! You won’t regret it!

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