Yuu Haruna just moved into town and loves to use Twitter. Out on his way to buy dinner, he bumps into a mysterious girl, Fuuka Akitsuki, who breaks his phone thinking he was trying to take a picture of her panties. How will his new life change now?
Clichefest merged with shitfest.
For most of the duration of this show I was in a self-induced comatose state as a defense mechanism against the utter stupidity of the show.
Fuuka is one of the most forced drama series I have ever seen and it was a painfully generic and cliched show to watch. Fuuka is one of the worst excuses for media-entertainment that I've ever seen and this is no exaggeration. My reaction after finishing its 12 dreadful episodes is one of repulsion, disgust, and pure anger.
I do not seek to offend anyone but this show’s plot seems to be written
in the image of a teenager’s sexual fantasies, following a juvenile course that I often found irritating.
The story revolves around the unusual girl, Fuuka, and a new shy transfer student, Yuu Haruna and the popular singer Koyuki Hinashi. This plot is not just utterly generic but also filled with holes, conveniences, cringe worthy lines, it is cliched to the point that cliches form a large part of the story, it is poorly paced and poorly constructed with a poor execution.
From the very beginning of this show I had the feeling it was going to be bad, very bad.
In the first few minutes we see a forced and cliche scene where Fuuka runs into Yuu and both of them end up in an awkward and embarrassing situation where Yuu is accused of taking pictures of Fuuka’s underwear. Next thing we see is Fuuka smashing Yuu’s phone and then running off, where the f is she running to?... Never mind that, the following day Fuuka invites Yuu, who she a few days before accused of being a complete pervert, to a very requested concert… getting past the imbecilic story-line, where does Fuuka get her money from to be able to throw around front-row tickets to a popular concert. From here on, Yuu and Fuuka will grow closer through numerous plot conveniences and cliche scenes.
There are so many unbelievable coincidences and imbecilic actions to the point you lose track of their number, they just keep coming, being shot at the show with a machine gun.
For instance, we have members from the famous band “Hedgehogs” being school staff (what’s the chance of that?) but huge Hedgehogs fans can't recognize a single member from their favorite band. The protagonists just end up working over the summer with a member of that same famous band as their boss; the girl that ran into the male lead turns out to be in his class, etc.
In one episode, far from the beach, Yuu almost drowns trying to save Fuuka from drowning and then he is showed on the beach being resuscitated by Fuuka, through the mouth-to-mouth method (cliche). How the heck did Fuuka mannage to carry the unconscious Yuu back to the beach before he died?
That’s a shitload of hard to believe coincidences and actions.
For a music show this is very poorly done. Apparently it is very easy to play musical instruments, you just need to be briefly told how to do it, no practice needed and you just need to be a random girl who sings in the shower in order to be a good cover artist and vocalist.
This show is offensive to real artists and the work they put in… these few students start playing a song without knowing the notes or the song itself, their instruments or even which instrument they would like to play and succeed in playing that song. Planning to create a new song? Fuuka will compose it in two days. Oh, just give me a break!
"Here, Yuu-kun, you'll play bass while we see if Fuuka's got talent because reasons!" - just another imbecilic course of action.
The drama is made up of plot conveniences that are thrown together forming a complete mess and not only that but it is one of the most forced and cliche I have ever seen. We have the generic “misunderstanding” between characters that stretch out over 1-3 episodes only to be solved with two words, poorly done drama.
Of course, we have a cliche love triangle made up by Fuuka, Yuu and the childhood friend, Koyuki. This drama failed before it began, I already knew Koyuki will lose based on her shallow and dull personality, not only did the love triangle drama fail but it failed miserably.
Next on the list: Ecchi scenes. The ecchi scenes are so forced that they insult my intelligence.
How the hell does Yuu pulling his jacket off Fuuka result in Fuuka with her arms out of the jacket and up, her shirt pulled halfway up her chest and his hand under her shirt?
Jackets do not work that way, falling does not work that way. There is no way this “accident” could happen. You can't accidentally turn away from somebody wearing the same jacket, accidentally pull them underneath you and then also accidentally pull up their shirt and fondle their tits.
This is levels beyond the dumb anime logic I am used to, it makes an art out of being an idiotic show. I can suspend disbelief but now you are asking the impossible! And what the fck is up with the “sisters” that are always half-naked?
The plot is predictable and all the twists are predictable, once a character is introduced you already know how it will end up, removing any potential tension that may intrigue the viewer.
The characters are generic, cliche, one-dimensional (absolutely no development), poorly built and ultimately hollow having no real personality. These characters live in the bullshit land too.
The male protagonist, Yuu Haruna is a generic run-of-the-mill, dense high-schooler who keeps getting into perverted and embarrassing situations over and over again and later not understand what's going on.
He is also unable to properly share his thoughts with other characters, especially Fuuka, therefore creating cheap drama and a state of confusion.
When faced with an obstacle he adopts the generic “I’ll do my best” mentality and through plot convenience he will achieve his goal.
In the very first episode we can see the excellent patience and kindness of the main character. Within just two days,Yuu gets his precious phone broken twice by the same woman. Normally, I would have been infuriated by this woman's actions, oozing with rage. But does our protagonist falter? No, he calmly just pays up several hundred dollars without protest or resentment. The story of our protagonist's kindness does not end here, no, no. See, the woman who broke his phone, twice, that is two fking times, did not ever compensate or apologize in the slightest for her actions, but luckily for her, our protagonist is a kind and patient man. Because he was such a gentleman, he took the lady out on a date to her favorite movie! How wonderful and kind!
Enough with the jokes, Yuu is a shit character.
He is shy, kind and introverted. That’s all I could get from him.
Fuuka is a difficult character to decipher because of how poorly she is constructed, one moment she acts defensive and violent and next she acts cuddly and romantic so I am left here wondering what the hell is going on with her.
Fuuka is the generic “strange” girl that stands out through her cheerful and free-willed personality, she has numerous mood swings and oftens jumps to conclusions creating even more cheap drama.
She once saw Yuu with his childhood friend and jumped straight to the conclusion that this friend is Yuu’s girlfriend. After she runs away (cliche), Yuu tries to talk to her and to apologize (for what exactly?) but she gives him the cold shoulder until she punches him saying “baka” in a generic tsundere voice, giving me a cringe-worthy memory.
Is Fuuka a female Naruto? She gets everyone to be her friend and follow her lead, if it’s creating a band or going to work, her friends will follow her lead.
She claims to have never been in love only to later figure out she “loves” Yuu. Oh, give me a fking break! Can this get any more cliche?
The other characters have zero, I mean 0 personality or development and are utterly forgettable.
There is Makoto, the blonde gay guy who says lines like “I saw a really hot lifeguard, gonna go and try to land a date” who’s only trait is being gay, there is Nachi who is just there, and there is Sara, ah, I already forgot what she was like.
The animation&art for this show is good at best. It is mostly fluid but has considerable flaws with the character design of adults, they look like teenagers as well with some of the backgrounds. While the animation is mostly fluid it does have moments when it feels laggard.
Did I see a “music” tag? This show fails in the sound department.
The opening theme is atrocious, painful to listen to and the ending theme is also bad but I didn’t mind it that much mostly because I didn’t concern myself with skipping it. The voice actors did a decent job but not spectacular in any way.
In the end, the sound was really disappointing, having bad opening/ending themes and mediocre songs as an OST.
Whenever I wasn’t completely annoyed, I laughed at the show, not at the jokes but at how bad it was and the number of ways it failed. This show is a joke, that’s the only excuse I can find for it.
Fuuka, a show featuring a bad plot accompanied by poor characters coming in a package with mediocre animation and sound. I recommend skipping Fuuka and never looking back at it.
A show that’s mediocre at best and harmless at worst. If you’ve seen Nisekoi and about a million other romantic comedies/dramas just like Fuuka, you won’t find much different here. This is something that is such familiar territory and for most people watching they should be desensitized to it by now. The series exudes loads of fake stakes, fake drama, fake tension and of course the most beautiful of all contrived plot threads---convenience. Let me be clear this isn't the worst thing I've seen, not even in this season, but it is still pretty lackluster. The main problem with this show
isn’t that it is offensive, but that it is tired and boring.
Truly this show is just a forgettable slog. Even with its faults being immediately obvious, this was still a difficult review to write. It wasn't difficult because the series is so bad, but because there really is nothing to talk about. This formula has been done to death and better in shows like Toradora, School Rumble, Ranma ½, Rosario + Vampire, and Tenchi Muyo, which are far more worth your time than this. Hell, calling this series unimaginative is putting it lightly. The dialogue gets so poor to the point where much of the later dialogue consists of the words "I'm sorry" over and over, until they really doesn't mean much anymore.
The series follows a teenager by the name of Yuu-- who’s only defining character is that he uses Twitter and is dense as a brick-- and his relationships with several uninteresting girls who all want to get in his pants. The most important girl of the harem, for reasons unknown-- as she’s just about as well-developed as the rest-- being Fuuka (obviously). Oh yeah and there's a music plotline that really isn't good either as the characters have no individuality or chemistry as a band. None of these characters are interesting or enduring in the slightest. The story is literally driven by the same mundane plot repeating every episode with little to no differences between them, if you’ve watched episode one, you’ve basically watched the entire series. The main character can never decide on which girl he likes and each of them get upset with him for half the episode only to make up with him at the end. It's extremely predictable and you'll forget most of it shortly after completing it, which for a 12 episode series that's pretty atrocious.
Fuuka is one of those series, where most veteran anime fans can look at it immediately and say, “No one gave a single shit about this”. There is no subtlety or tact in the narrative, plot conveniences are thrown at you as if the creators were self-aware of how bad the writing was. Sometimes it was hard to even tell what was going on as quite a few characters backstories are poorly explained and have no relevance. One second a character is overacting and the next they seem totally unphased by what's going on. If a character needs to be in a certain place, they will be there. If the story (air-quotes) needs dragging out, it will drag. Poor plot conveniences are bad enough, but there really isn’t much story at all anyway. The entire series amounts to what can best be described as filler content. The characters much like the writing have flat, unappealing and unmemorable designs, especially the background characters that tend to be even more forgettable. Nothing stands out about anyone and it doesn’t help that the animation is that a1 pictures style of animation that is very by the books and very on model. Characters rarely move in exciting or interesting ways.
Listen I can understand why series like this are popular. People like to project themselves onto a character, because they relate to the subject at hand. Even if the concept is dumb or has been done a million times before, that viewer doesn’t care about that. The reason so many bad series get away with being defended by so many people is because they often grab the viewer’s attention when they are emotionally weak and desperately seeking this type of content. No genres are more guilty of character projection slates than the Romance and Ecchi genres. The reason I am disclosing this information is because honestly I think somewhere, some side of me actually wanted to enjoy this series. But I rarely go watching something with the intention to hate it anyway.
Fuuka is a clear cut example of “what you see is, what you get”. I don’t recommend this series at all. It shouldn’t be physically painful or hard to watch, but it might have you rolling your eyes a few times. I won’t lie to you there were somethings that I thought were cute and even sweet, but the lack of story, character development, conflict, interesting or expressive animation make for a product that just isn’t quality. If you weren’t watching it while it aired, don’t bother or waste your time, this isn’t a series that’ll become an undiscovered classic anytime soon.
There are two kinds of anime: those destined to fail, and those destined to be masterpieces. between those two. there are great adaptations, Anime-only arcs, and adaptation failures, there have been a lot of anime that used Manga as source, some of them made a faitful adaptation and succeeded, for example, Full metal Alchemist Brotherhood, the first Full metal alchemist had an Anime only arc, and it wasn't bad, in fact, Bones managed to make a great story with only the basis of the manga, wich was ongoing at the moment the first FMA was airing, of course, Brotherhood is even better, but both of
them are good as they are. I don't know why am I talking about adaptations if I haven't read Fuuka's Manga, in fact, I only know about some spoilers that people spread, but, the anime itself is enough to tell how terrible it is, and how easy is to tell what were they doing wrong. Fuuka made a Big mistake, and I'll show you why i give this a score of 2.
*Spoilers warning, there might be some spoilers in this review, as always, i'll try not to*
Starts pretty generic and cliché, there wasn't anything really wrong there, the fact of being cliché and predictable was some sort of enjoyable. in fact, if the beginning of the story stayed, the anime could have been better... but no, they decided to turn a music anime into a forced and unnecessary drama with a love triangle. they tried to pull an White album 2 here, and this is where they failed terribly, not only the fact that they didn't followed the manga, but the fact that they turned the story into a forced dramma with a huge amount of plot armor and illogical events that makes me question if the characters were late to the brains's giving. there is no music plot anymore, it easilty turned into a secondary plot that almost never happens to develop, and if they do some music, they will constantly sing the freaking opening over, and over, and over again, they did, indeed an original song, but thats all, only one song. But what could be wrong of a dumbass MC that accidentally meets with a girl wich the winds like to show her panties to him. then she decides to force some members into a band? that was okay, but after that, everything went downhill, it crashed into the floor, and went through it, going further below non stop
The OP was nice, untill you hear it over and over again, I don't really care about voice acting to this point if the characters are a bunch of idiots, and the unnecesary drama kills the OST (if there were really any... oh yeah, they sing several times the freaking opening!)
this is where the major failure begins. Apparently. it was a good idea for the studio to create some characters and turn them into a bunch of airhead idiots without the ability of even reasoning. I don't know if they are plot devices for cringe-y comedy, or they just went late to the brains's giving. is not the fact that I really dislike the childhood friend who is an Idol, in fact, i hate almost every character in the anime... (Sara-senpai is top tier waifu, she's the only one that i like) lets just say that is not the characters fault to be that stupid, the studio that did this anime was the one who turned the characters into brainless teens, so in the end, is the studio's fault (that doesn't quit how much I hate Koyuki)
*there are minor spoilers here*
that aside, im questioning if the studio knows well how people really acts in some sort of events. how the fuck is okay for a girl to smash an unkown person's cellphone into the floor just because he had the bad luck of having his cellphone in the direction of her panties (Cellphone-san you perv) or how the heck would you end in the floor, with your hand on a girl's shirt, almost pulling it to the point that you can almost see her breasts, if you were sitting next to that person? or even worse. why the fuck would you friendzone yourself on the TV ruining the reputation of your crush? now that's plain lunacy! tho, the all the stupid MC did was to give her attention, she turned into an Attention whore for me, and that's why I hate her so much
other thing that i hate of the MC is that he firstly gets interested on the main girl, and for some reason he ERASES from his memory the first 4 episodes he spent with her, just to waste 7 episodes with the attention whore, ruining almost everything?
*end of minor spoilers*
if this anime continued on the first 4 episodes were the MC was getting to know about Fuuka, i could have enjoyed normally despite of how cliché and illogical it might be, but it was at least acceptable. in the end, they changed a lot of stuff from the manga, and focused on the Attention whore A.K.A Childhood friend, who had a disgusting plot armor that worked on the brainless MC (the show's name is Fuuka for a reson) you can easily tell that it doesn't follow at 100% the manga when they just send to trash the first 4 episodes and starts something completely different beyond that point.
I mentioned above how they failed to pull a White abulm 2, is not like I'm overpraising that anime, but White album 2 atleast had a good reason to start a drama out from the music, since the music had the power to grow love between the three of them and all the characters had a good reason for their acts. but lets see fuuka, the two girls are just bitching around with some fantasies over music, then they meet the MC (in the case of the childhood friend is a re-meeting) and they are getting butthurt because the MC can't decide so they make everything possible to drag his attention. is not only their fault, but the MC lack of being decisive. I don't know why are there so many MCs that only think about being in good terms with everyone, they don't seem to care if a random person wants to kill you (Mirai nikki) or something like that, they just want to make the impossible, possible, the only thing they get is the title of the idiot of the year.
as you can see, I saved Art to this point, not because there was something good or bad. I just barely care about animation at this point. they are just extra points if the show is garbage, same as Enjoyment (tho, sometimes enjoyment can be critical on ratings) but if the show is garbage, Art is just some extra points that won't save it from being a failure.
Haven't seen something as bad at this, the last time was Mayoiga, another shit, but atleast it was entertaining and laughable, but Fuuka... I couldn't help but scream into the screen of the stupidity of the characters. so if you have reached here, just don't, don't watch fuuka. it isn't worth your time. you might be doing better reading the manga (the spoilers that I got, were in fact, more interesting than the whole plot the studio did in the anime, no matter how weird or illogical they seem, but I've heard that after certain event, everything was just going to be even better, sadly, it didn't happen)
I need to bring up the point of paid promotional advertisement. It feels like twitter has some sort of control over the product to an extent. They mention Twitter at times that wouldn’t make sense; it just feels like one massive ad campaign for the product. I’m all for advertisements, especially if it allowed anime studios to get more money but making it as obvious as this, I can’t be okay with it.
The first thing I noted about going into this anime is how everyone apart from the main character, is a total jackass- With the few exceptions. Moreover, the main girl of the series,
Fuuka, is a jackass too. Trying to create an anime centred on a romance for a girl, who was introduced to me as someone who hated everyone but herself is pointless. Why would they even think that I would care about the romance of the main characters when I despise one of them?
This anime basically revolves around a girl and a boy meeting through an overly clichéd event and falling in love. Your issue is that you’ll feel like rooting against them getting together due to the girl acting like a smartass. Then more and more girls are generically introduced until we have your generic 3. Girl he runs into, Childhood friend and bitch. Now they whole rest of the anime will be the whole ‘who will he get with’ shenanigans of literally every single other harem.
The major positive and only thing that separates this show from being another generic harem is the music, which for a musical anime, is thankfully really great. Well, the few songs they actually get round to playing which in the end is extremely limiting as who can be bothered to pay those licencing costs, amiright [Said in a condescending tone].
For the anime studio, Diomedea, who I have 2 of their anime on my worst 5 shows. Who have been known to produce some of the lowest quality animation I have ever seen in, they have surprised me. All the characters look interesting and it feels like they have a budget Kyoto animation thing going on. The over exposure of light in the anime is very similar to that of Kyo Ani with everything that needs to be stood out, deliberately getting stood out to provide emphasis. So I’ll praise them at least for how they did that.
Also I have to give props for having a mature gay character in the anime. Nearly all shounen ai’s overly sexualised (due to the nature of that genre) so it’s cool to see a gay guy that’s just. Normal.
Unfortunately this anime hardly breaks from the trends of the traditional harem. I know some people enjoy those kind of shows so you’d probably enjoy this. If you are looking for something deeper however, with thoughtful characters and a meaningful story, get as far away from this as possible. They tried to somewhat make it different with the music aspects only for them to skimp out on its involvement with their ending up only being one song in the whole first 6 episodes. I feel if they were to just try a bit more, make the story be slightly more interesting, this could have become something. But in traditional Diomedea fashion, it falls short. By around 7 kilometres.