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.
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?
Story: 4, generic hareming it up into a light music band. Nothing original in concept. However, the plot moves a fucking mile a minute - bad anime misunderstanding that stretch out into 1-3 whole episodes in other shows get fucking slammed into 6 minutes and are done with, whether the characters really should be over them or not.
4, looks decent but has absurd, erroneous cinematography issues. MC's phone gets thrown in a bush so he searches the same spot in a bush for 8 seconds. A boy in a sweatshirt during episode 4 stands up in an up and to the right maneuver, which somehow results in him flipping 540 degrees, putting the sweatshirt fully back on, and grabbing a girl's midriff.
Sound: 6, yeah, sounds fine, except for whenever someone gets slapped by a male and it shatters their bones and the sound barrier.
Character: 2, dear god, what? Character motivations for being into the MC stand on barely any ground or none at all. Side characters show some spirit, but a lack of human logic.
The main character's a bland shy baby that the girls like for no reason.
Fuuka is an enjoyably enthusiastic character but she's insane - shatters his phone one day, asks to see the picture the next. Super sensitive about her panties for the opening plot point, but then hangs her ass in front of the MC's face in a swimsuit without any concerns at all for minutes on end (her end am I right? Ba dum chhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I'm so alone). Characters act inconsistently in this show if it'll move the plot points along.
Enjoyment: Honestly, 10. This is where the big money is. I'm having an amazing time riffing on this hot garbage with some friends and the experiences you have in life are all you have in life before you die and pass away and it's a good chuckle fest of laughing our asses off between the inconsistent characters, inconsistent editing and logicless mise en scène found in some scenes.
Watch this if you consider yourself a pseudo-intellectual and like to riff on anime with friends.
This quickly written review with a few holes in it brought to you by the fact that I couldn't just paste (from the synopsis, the bare minimum effort to characterize our blank slate MC) "Yuu Haruna just moved into town and loves to use Twitter" and the word "Fuck" and call it a day.
Through all the shitty fanservice shows and idol/music anime airing for this season, the two categories overlapped at this show.....Only it's mostly music and barely fanservice. This was not the best.
First off, this show was one of the WORST dramas I've ever seen in my life. It's so forced and the pacing of everything is terrible. Everything is forced i this show. Someone will say something then infer the exact opposite or take something personally that wasn't directed towards them.The pacing could not be any worse. One event will happen right after the other and then they'll get distracted and go on to something
else entirely. (Also their "problems" are always solved within one episode.) The "drama" is just a bunch of plot conveniences and a stupid love triangle that makes no sense in the first place. The love triangle consists of Yukka(I think that's his name), Fuuka, and Koyuki. Only problem is that Yukka shows in one of the very first episodes to be more committed to Fuuka, than Koyuki and he does it time and time again showing he's more committed to Fuuka. This shows that it is unnecessary to even consider Koyuki an option, But for the sake of forced drama........
The charaters in this show are so bland. Starting with Yukka, he is the most boring. We all know that he is a stick in the mud,and he is antisocial??? That was all I could get from him. The blonde one is basically there just to clear up any "drama" between Yukka and Fuuka. Finally Fuuka,she is maybe the most interesting out of all of them. She likes to sing, she jumps to a lot of conclusions, and wants to make her own decisions. Fuuka never really goes beyond her character. She stays consistent with jumping to conclusions singing, and talking about bands, or wanting to start hers.
The art for this show is good at best. At times it's inconsistant and almost jarring to even look at. It's color scheme it has is very cool, to which I have to commend them for. They made it so that the colors flow smoothly but the focus is still obvious. It's character designs are good-looking, but like had said, it's almost jarring to look at them when they gook so off model with them.
Overall I was neutral to this show it was boring to be honest and the only things keeping me hooked were the opening song and fanservice. That can only get you so far though....
I haven't watched many "Romance" type of anime but this one seems to be really great!
I've watched 4 episodes so far and i can say im enjoying it! Fuuka, the main character, in my eyes is a person who doesn't afraid to take risks in her life but she is also too guarded and secretive.
However the anime has suspense and it's being a little bit rushy at the beginning which makes you wonder, what it will become at the next episode? How things will end up now? So i see it as a positive thing!
The art is magnificent and everything looks so
realistic to me! It perfectly fits with the story and some backgrounds were outstanding!
The characters are all mixed up i'll say. Like our society, they are a variety of characters that they have different personalities, weaknesses and strengths but there is always a balance in between! They are all acting so realistic which satisfies me enough to not skip the anime!
I am really enjoying the series, my overall score (by far) it's an 8 and if i'll enjoy it even more at the end i might give it a 9! The show is good i'll gladly recommend it to those who love Music and Romance type of anime!
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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.
== Warning: This Review will Contain Spoilers to Back Up My Claims towards the Show ==
Note: If I need to correct myself in some areas of this review, please let me know.
As a person that has some bias with shows, there’s to some degree where I can at the very least ignore issues or glaring flaws, as long as the show delivers to what it’s either promised or should give some entertainment value to it, or even if I dislike a series, I can somehow see what it did well while I ain’t the biggest fan of it. That’s what matters to me the most
in the first point, but in some cases, there will be shows that are so rotten and outright oblivious that it’s hard to even ignore the glaring flaws of them. Fuuka, is no exception of this sentence, as the show while it doesn’t have a very promising premise, it all comes down to how the execution can be played, and frankly I’m the type that can at least can see execution when done right, even if some shows weren’t pleasing to me at the end of the day (example Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu as one of the more apparent examples, same can go with other shows).
Fuuka can be considered as one of those series that can have the potential to be at least somewhat decent with some good development and characters, but in the end of the day when the show came to the reach of its conclusion, everything in terms of the writing and the characters, and in terms of production and direction falls apart like when you’re almost done with your best masterpiece of a castle. It falls apart around everything, hence it then turns into a pile of mess.
And when I talk about mess, I mean the biggest literal mess of writing I’ve seen in a while, and the last time I encountered this issue to where it actually genuinely frustrates me was last year, where I did my review for Divergence Eve which was pretty much aggravating to go through and it still lingered my mind to this day. To give into perspective, execution is what matters in many series in the industry. There’s no more originality unless you dig a deep hell hole, and generic or clichés cannot be avoided no matter how much you can probably try (unless you are a master of writing then that’s good for you), what matters the most for it is how these generic and clichés are handled in the process, which is the most essential thing to do. In Fuuka’s case however, that’s when the pile of shit falls on. The problem mainly for Fuuka is all about the execution, from the clichés it uses to way it handles the interactions with the band itself, where it feels like it is more frustrating than a typical Light Novel adaptation due to the show’s usage of them feeling off and disconnected, not only that it personally disturbed me. And when I say compared to a stereotypical Light Novel adaptation, that’s just me giving props because I feel like by that, the way these types of shows uses its own clichés for the most part are somehow mediocre, whereas Fuuka on the hand uses it in a way where it will tick me off every second, from the misunderstandings between the characters, towards the accidental boob grab, towards the typical panty shooting misunderstanding, to the entire conflict, etc. I could go on and point these out but these are more of the issues Fuuka as a series gets, mere poor execution for its own clichés, as well as terrible execution for the drama itself.
For the drama it could be described as forced (as part of the execution point), as the entire situation with the band and the characters themselves do not feel normal with the flow, thus it feels like it’s trying to make the entire development feel “real” but in the end it feels quite weird and it takes away the immersion. For example, Yuu learning a song in a short amount of time span. I’m not a musician, but I’m pretty sure you cannot learn a song in that time span, especially if you are considered a newbie to this sense unless you mastered a way to learn these things quickly, this can be placed on anything in the argument. It doesn’t take like that amount of time to actually learn it, it takes maybe weeks, or around months to even remember a song, especially in a band to get on the beat and get the entire tone right and running. It doesn’t take that short amount of time to even get it right, realistically speaking. And from my experience, despite not being a musician it took me at least months to year in playing a song in the instrument, and it wasn’t even because I was participating on something. I just did it because I enjoy playing the piano, same can go with me singing an anime Opening accurately, and it takes a while especially if the lyrics are fast.
The entire character interactions comes off as rather poor or not very strong considering the characters do not really share any sort of love for the music or they want to actually want to be in the band for their reasons, and it doesn’t seem to showcase this either for the most part. If the characters have developed or had some sort of fitting conflict with each other, for example, and them working together on something as a way to drive into characterization as well as character development, it could mostly be beneficial towards the band and the characters alone could be decently developed. But it was never done in any sort of way.
This is one of the first few issues the shows has: Mere poor execution on the clichés, drama, and its characters. The second main issue I wanna go and talk about is mostly the characters themselves. Most of them, with the exception of Koyuki (being the only decent character in this entire show) are downright stupid, braindead, uninteresting as rocks, bland, or just outright dislikable beyond belief. To explain what I mean, the characters do not really have any sort of personality trait in them, not even a bit. They don’t really have much of a goal, they have reasons which could be somewhat semi-justify their reasons to join, but they do not really have goals. Most of them, especially our beta MC Yuu, do not really have any sort of motivation, not even a decent reason to stay in the band, or at least be in the band… in their own accord. And this is the next problem I will go and bring up in this: Fuuka herself is the main issue of this series.
To elaborate a little bit, Fuuka specifically as a character, is probably the most despicable character I’ve ever seen in a long ass while when it comes to anime. She’s just a typical mary-sue character, with no actually likable treaits, no actual real motivation when it comes to the music stance, she doesn’t even have a good personality as she comes off as inconsistent when it comes to her traits. In occasions she’s just mean and rather bullying, but then in the other cases she’s energetic and charming. The thing that did actually made me feel a bit of a piss was mostly how this was handled around Episodes 10 and 11 to point out. She pretty much had the “apparent” issue with Mr. Truck-kun (which will I will get shortly), so she then decides to go and take more on a career as a standalone, which was nice and all and somehow a bit justified… but then the next episode it completely contradicted everything that it was done down upon, and making it more like the main reason why the band even existed, wasn’t because they wanted to make a band and want to build it. The reason why the band even existed, is because Fuuka existed, so without her the group is just as shallow as water. Honestly, call me bullshitting or not, but that in itself is technically worse than most of what the Spanish Dramas have done as reasons when it comes to certain areas. If the only reason the band existed was because of her alone then I call that extremely unrealistic. Sure you can argue that without her people can go and try to build their own band again, but because that’s the sole reason the characters had in the first place, this doesn’t count and this type of argument in my opinion gets debunked entirely because of this situation. This just makes her as a character look more like a plot device if anything in this entire series.
Not to mention as I have stated, considering what Episode 11 has done to the series where because of Fuuka's attitude it caused the band to get disbanded, and while yes it came back afterwards (albeit that's horrible pacing as hell), it doesn't face the fact the way she acted in this situation. She was being a bitch, that's pretty much it.
Most of what Fuuka, and most of the characters even lack on is bonding and logic, not only those, but they also lack any sort of hard-working. The cast, especially the main two, seems to learn the songs and all as if they were professionals. It comes off as forced and unrealistic because you just do not learn how to even learn a song in a small span of time, and I'm not saying episode numbers, I mean what's in the display. Especially the biggest example is the finale: Yuu learned how to make songs... without really giving any sort of actual hints that he did practiced. And Fuuka, learned how to sing the song Yuu wrote perfectly, without having the actual living knowledge of the song itself. That's when things fall apart in the band and character aspect, they don't even feel a slight of hint of development nor hints of practice, it comes off out of nowhere without really showing anything. Which is fucking terrible.
My next issue which is something I’m not too familiar with the manga, but this has been apparent anyways: Deviation of the Original Source Material. Despite me giving spoilers in the previous segment, let me go and summarize it for you: Basically, the anime was supposed to take this “twist” or “turning point” to where the entire band and Yuu himself would learn from this, which goes to a different direction of the manga afterwards. As far as I am concerned by people, this “twist” was so bad, a lot of people gave backlash towards the author of Fuuka, Seo Kouji, for making this decision for the manga source. So, in one of the articles I have read which was released a week or so (by the time this review is released), the author explains that when he made this decision, the one reason why he made the change in the manga is to obviously put Yuu in a place where he has to move on as well with building the band with the others. This doesn’t sound bad as the intentions while being rather poor regardless when it came to the anime (at least cannon wise) was poorly handled anyways but the reasons would be semi-justified albeit very forced in the end from what I am getting at, I can see that working. He pretty much wanted an anime where “Fuuka lives” so to say, so in that case the reason why he did that was to pretty much give some of the fans that likes that character a “happy ending” so to speak.
This doesn’t sound bad on paper if he wants to make the said character stay alive, but then let me ask you this question. If the intention of said changes of the original source material was to have her have a happy ending:
Why did you pretty much made Fuuka as a character, especially the episode 11, so dislikable beyond belief? If you wanted to at the very least make her have a happy ending, you shouldn’t have her act this way in the first place, and the reason why is because nobody, including myself, will not buy this decision as it doesn’t really let me and anyone support her, in fact it goes for the opposite direction of what it could be intended.
Why did you pretty much teased the relationship or forcing development between Koyuki and Yuu, only to then throw that development as pointless? Instead of giving Koyuki screentime and development towards Yuu to build up the relationship, you could easily at least give the suggestion to the staff to focus more on Fuuka as a character with her relationship with Yuu, especially since in the anime they don’t have any sort of romantic chemistry or hinting whatsoever. It comes off as forced and unrealistic as hell.
Maybe it can’t be the mangaka’s fault, but either way someone should have thought of this before making this desperate and failure attempt at writing romance and development, since it doesn’t come off as good as it looked on paper. It just falls apart like papers.
The other issue that I find with this series is the Visual Presentation and how the art looks. To pretty much give you a bit of a background, this is pretty much produced by Diomedea which was a studio that at the very least for me, had 2 good winning streaks in terms of the shows from last year. Being Handa-kun and Girlish Number, two shows while not being extremely amazing, those had decent to good characters, they have either decent to good stories and way they were executed, and how they worked with the comedy. I know comparing a comedy and a drama would be a bit of a stretch but getting to the point: Those two's strengths had good or decent visuals. Handa-kun is probably decent looking albeit some of the animation can be alright and bland, while Girlish Number while it dipped down in terms of the art later on it was still looking a bit consistent.
Fuuka's case? None. The art is just mostly bland and very not appealing, the direction is just atrocious when it comes to that as well as everything feels for the most part rather static, animation is mediocre at best for the most part with the exception of few scenarios where it looked decent, as well as the ways the characters looked, although they stayed at least stayed true to the source material from what I can gather, for some reason the way it looks is just... meh. Just, mediocre all the way imaginable. Not interesting, not pretty, nor at least handling on its own. Overall this is one of the few saving graces with the show.
Lastly the problem with this show which is the most obvious one to look at: Poor Direction. Basically, the show doesn’t know what it wants to be when it comes to the genres, the staff do not really know how to even handle these and making these work, or maybe they don’t know how to make what Seo suggested or anything of the sorts. The point is, the show falls off as pretty terrible directed due to the fact that the transitions, visual presentation, the way it was handling its own themes and structure, its own clichés and genres at the worst way possible, and in the not only most predictable way, but in the most insulting way as possible too. I know people from my end that felt like this show insults them, and one of my friends is an avid musician for nearly 10 years, so in some sense when a show fails to do what the person likes from the genre or poorly handles its own themes and execution, it’s a bigger problem. The reason why it is a problem is because this show might be the worst to represent the genre. It’s bland, it’s executed poorly, it’s uninteresting, it’s forced and contrived, messy writing to the core. Honestly, I can’t really blame anyone for this series at the very least. I can understand why they feel this way, and that’s totally fine. I believe this show fails in almost everything in the regard to this, exception of the music which is actually the only redeeming factor of the show alone, albeit not impressive, it’s not that great either. The EDs are probably the highlights of the show as well as the inserts. Other than that, nothing too much about the show.
Fuuka could be a pretty decent show in the end, it could be somewhat decent with at least doing some twinkies to go and fix the problems, possibly the manga could have wanted. But the problem comes that all of these, from its execution from both writing, original content, characters, drama, thematic structure, etc. Comes off as so bullshit, that there’s nearly no redeeming qualities in this series at all. You pretty much have a show that is essentially “How to not Write a Drama Series” in a nutshell, and this is coming from someone that has a inconsistent liking for shows as you would be aware. I do not Recommend Fuuka to anyone over here if you are going to go and check it out, please just go and save yourself from this mess story and a sad excuse of a "drama".
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.
Will you watch a series that dropped from 7.5 to 7.07 after the last episodes?? The mediocre meter measured a change of 0.43, in other words, the ending and the last minute changes destroyed the animation. It is boring and mediocre. We want to block it in our memory next to Bing Bong. Usually, a series will rise in the last chapters, but Fuuka is one exception let me correct that, 2017 winter season deception.
No matter if you follow the manga or not, you will feel that they took the wrong direction. We can't call the anime an adaptation because it is a side
The animation had potential, but the developments killed any chance of seeing a good narrative. The pacing is horrible. The characters aren't well developed. In this fantastic world, you can be a musician using the 24 hours magical training, and you will get a studio record contract after playing a school fair and a single club concert guaranteed, no hard training needed.
The main characters are different in the manga. For example, imagine Vegeta. In the manga, he is arrogant, self- entitled and ruthless, but now we take him into the animation and change him as the lover of all the living creatures. It is like seeing a dog eating cat food and meowing.
You can't explain why they focus several episodes on some characters if they were planning to trash them. The drama is forced. The romance is weird, from nowhere the characters start loving each other. Their actions and decisions lack background because the story isn't well developed.
There is a big crater in the story, details that you can't explain or aren't needed for the new thing. Even if they wanted to change the story from the manga, they shouldn't tease the watchers with details from the manga (street lights). There were better solutions than this aberration, and we could have enjoyed it more.
But not everything is bad. There are some cameos with Suzuka if you are a follower of that story. The art is fine, and the music is good. I am wondering if the main idea of the adaptation was selling the songs because selling the episodes is going to be a pain.
Finally, if you want to spend some fun time, perhaps you should pick other animation, you could feel disappointed after watching this. My score is 5.0, I saw Suzuka, but I wanted to see this animated in a different way. All these decisions killed any opportunity for a second season
Now let's give this adaptation some awards (for more info read my profile). I will give this the Picard's Facepalm Award; the School Days give me other ending Award and the Sakura Haruno Character Award.
(This review may have spoilers. I said "May"because truck-sama is pretty famous)
Edit: Episode 5 and truck-sama hasn't appeared.
Fuuka, by the author of A town where you rage, he knows how to make his fans rage like a god. And in Fuuka is the same. Characters? The only good one is maybe Fuuka or Sara and I said, MAYBE. But this guy likes plot twists so, spoiler ahead, he killed Fuuka using truck-sama . Well, he is going to kill Fuuka again in the anime. And the rest of the cast is filler. The gay one, the childhood friend that is in love of the main
guy, the other one that god knows who is him but he plays the drums and Sara, the typical cold but later warm girl (atleast, she is cute).
The ecchi is no sense. Or maybe, the skirts in Japan are so fucking short that you can easily see the panties of any girl wearing them. Btw, Fuuka is a little bit crazy. I mean, she broke the phone of a guy twice without any proof. Well, not only Fuuka but also nearly every main is retard. In the manga they dropped out high school like YOLO and only the gay one is the only one that graduated.
Another spoiler ahead. Later the author makes another Fuuka,then, is pretty much the same when It was with Fuuka 1. And surprise, the father of Fuuka 2 was truck-sama's driver.
The romance and drama and shit are forced like a rape. Even the love between an otaku and a dakimakura feel more real.
I'm pretty sure this review I'm writing is easily the resume of the anime.
Don't watch this shit. Go watch Pokemon, the plot is much better.
English isn't my mother language, sorry for the mistakes.
I have literally created a MAL account just so I could write this review.
Fuuka is one of the worst excuses for media that I've ever seen in my life, and this is no exageration. My reaction after finishing its (currently) 9 dreadful episodes is one of repulsion, disgust, and pure anger. This anime does everything wrong and then some, but let's start with the basics.
The story is stupid and unfocused. The drama is some of the most forced I've seen in my life. The characters are unnatural and borderline retarded for the sake of petty drama.
The music section of the show is no better.
Yuu Haruna Twitter Man plays the D Chord and a C comes out, and that's all you need to know about it.
The animation is terrible and lazy, plain and simple.
I'm opposed to anything with an Ecchi tag, and this anime is the reason why. I bet all the sexually repressed 12-year olds were fucking loving the bathing scenes. Congratulations to them, I hope your hormones were properly activated.
FUCK Fukka. I'll probably be unironically writing a fanfiction where Yuu Haruna dies a slow, painful death
EDIT: After the first 9 episodes, Fuuka stops being a forced, unbearable trainwreck and becomes obnoxiously generic instead. This apparently coincides with the point where they deviated from the source work, which is telling. I'm a sucker for romances and good endings though, so the score goes up to a 2. It's almost sad, really. It could've been the perfect example of a godawful show, but I'm glad they at least tried to make it good in the end.
So I saw that this anime had a not of negative reviews, but life's too short to hate things, so I decided to make this review to touch on the parts that I found great and where it could have done better.
First of All, this anime is a music/romance anime, at first I thought it was a weird combination, but i felt like it actually worked really well. It's also a music anime which you don't need to be ashamed of if any of your parents catch you watching it (No stages full of girls doing cringy cut/paste dancing in horrible fps). So the anime
starts off weird, i personally did not enjoy the first episode as much as the others as i felt like the meeting of the characters was completely unnatural and felt a little forced. Regardless, the characters develop a friendship in the first episode despite their rocky beginnings. The more episodes I watched, the more I actually enjoyed.
Fuuka is a sweet, adorable girl with a passion for music, and is incredibly friendly, and cares deeply about her friends. She is shy, and unexperienced with love, and likewise with Yuu, so their characters are quite cute as they eventually develop feelings for one another despite Yuu and Fuuka have a slight speedbump in their relationship, allowing for them to discover what the other means to them.
On to the music side of things, the sense of time in this anime is a little weird being honest, like at times it skips days,weeks, months which i personally feel works with this anime, as it saves having montages of characters developing their skills. The anime did make it seem like learning an instrument and making a song is childs play, which we all know for a fact that its quite the opposite. The first song the band learns is Climbers high by a band in the anime called Hedgehogs (whom also play a vital role in the development of the music), and the song was played at the schools culture festival which had a shaking start, but as the band began playing, the crowd warmed up to them and it was a great success. I have no clue why, but when the band was playing and having a great time, I was always getting goosebumps while watching it, i guess I was so happy for everyone.
Anyways, im sick of writing a review so imma just say again that lifes too short to hate things, watch an anime and look for the things you enjoyed about it, and not the things you didnt.
There’s a type of show that has been showing up more and more in recent seasons, whether we as critics and reviewers like it or not. These are the shows whose success relies completely on how much the viewer likes a single character, with all of the show’s potential wasted on making this character as interesting and appealing as possible. Unfortunately, the result is, more often than not, a show with a cast of boring cardboard cutouts overshadowed by a single interesting character whose personality is a horrible Frankenstein’s monster of character traits that, despite not meshing, the show’s creators desperately hope will appeal to
“Fuuka,” Diomedia’s latest production, is one such show.
It’s a shame, honestly. Diomedia’s previous work, “Gi(a)rlish Number,” was thoroughly enjoyable due to its wide and well-developed cast of characters. Each character in “Gi(a)rlish Number” exhibited a specific set of character traits that could be identified and explained easily, character traits which managed to bounce off of each other and create legitimately interesting interactions. It came as a surprise, of course, to me when I was told by a friend that “Fuuka” was quite the opposite.
CHARACTERS - 2/10
As I've said before, the entire show is carried by a single character - Fuuka Akitsuki. As this is an ecchi romance, what ultimately decides Fuuka's success as a character is how appealing she is to the viewer. Her character hits on some of the right notes - She's very cute, for one, and certainly stands out in a crowd, given her pretty design and unique style of dressing.
However, Fuuka only stands out visually. Personality-wise, it's very difficult to figure out what kind of person she actually is. One moment she's acting defensive and violent, and the next she is acting clingy and romantic. Fuuka seemingly has trouble understanding what other characters are thinking, as well. At one point she catches the protagonist with a childhood friend and immediately jumps to the conclusion that this friend is the protagonist's girlfriend. After she runs away, the protagonist tries to talk to her, but she gives him the silent treatment until eventually punching him and saying "baka" in a very generic tsundere voice. Now, it's only natural to have mood swings, and, for some characters, mood swings can become a very entertaining plot point. But Fuuka's mood swings are little more than an annoyance, and are especially jarring due to their stark contrast against the two-dimensionality of the rest of the cast.
The main character is a run-of-the-mill, obnoxiously dense high-schooler, someone who can't help but get into perverted situations and then not understand what's going on. Usually, I can tolerate annoying characters as long as their annoying traits either make sense within the context of the narrative or advance the plot. However, this isn't true for our protagonist. When faced with a difficult task such as playing the bass for a rock band, he has the typical shounen-protagonist response of telling himself that he'll "do his best." I mentioned previously how Fuuka reacts to his being with this childhood friend. Well, he barely attempts to explain to Fuuka what's actually going on. The two main characters are so infuriatingly unable to understand what's happening that their misunderstandings drive the entire plot. If there's a better definition of "contrivance," I'm not aware that it exists.
As for the other characters, they're also pretty cookie-cutter. There's a gay guy whose entire personality is defined by his homosexuality, a controlling idol who would probably be one of my favorite characters if we actually learned more about her motivation and her reasons for existing other than providing forced tension between Fuuka and our protagonist, and a legion of sisters who always seem to be naked when our protagonist comes home for no purpose other than fanservice. There's not much else to say here.
VISUALS - 7/10
Diomedia has impressed me pretty consistently with their visual style. The characters are drawn with realistic proportions (with the exception of breasts, but it's an ecchi show - they're supposed to be large and attractive) and pretty eyes, and there is solid animation of hair blowing in the wind and of ocean waves crashing. Diomedia's style is characterized by the fact that the lines bordering objects are not black but are instead darker tones of said object's color. This gives the art a very vibrant, fun-to-look-at feel. During the opening sequence, the lines are traditional colors, with the shadows darker than usual in a sort of comic-book style. This is also nice, because it not only sets the opening sequence apart from the rest of the anime, but it gives the feeling of an exciting rock concert.
SOUND - 7/10
Well, it's a show about music. Of course the music is going to be good. The opening theme is performed well, and the female vocalist is especially talented. It reminds me of the ending theme from "Mob Psycho 100," which is one of my personal favorites.
My one complaint is that, although the song is good, we hear it multiple times in every episode. If something is going to be a shows opening, it's reasonable to assume that we'll hear it at the start of every episode, at the end of the finale, and perhaps one or two times during exciting scenes near the end of the series. However, whenever the band is playing, they play the OP. Once again, the song is good, but it gets old very quickly when you hear it as often as you do.
STORY - 3/10
I don't mean to sound crude, but the story feels like an eighth-grader's goofy sexual fantasy. The contrivances in the plot are absolutely hilarious, creating a perfect storyline for the protagonist that not only gets him into multiple perverted situations with Fuuka but that gets him making out with her not long after they've met. It's completely and totally unrealistic to think that the girl who accuses you of taking photos of her panties would ask you out within the day. It's equally unrealistic to think that she'd let you stare at her ass without noticing what was going on only a few short days later.
There's a subplot about a rock band which is, unfortunately, thoroughly unoriginal. It feels as though the band was simply thrown in for the sake of giving the story more substance, but the idea of joining a high-school band has been done many times, to a much better effect (May I suggest "K-On!"?). More coincidences are left for the viewer to simply accept - The band is missing a bassist and a vocalist, and it just HAPPENS to be Fuuka and the protagonist's favorite band, and these two just HAPPEN to be capable of playing the missing instrument and singing (Speaking of singing, the way that they establish Fuuka's talent is also painfully silly - She and the protagonist are walking home and she suddenly opens her mouth and belts out a really loud, really low song that most likely wakes up half of the people in town who are trying to sleep).
I have a small amount of knowledge of the manga, so I know where the story is going. Without spoiling anything, I must say that the impending plot twist will certainly distinguish Fuuka from other ecchi romance shows. However, the effectiveness of the plot twist will, of course, depend on how much the viewer likes Fuuka herself. If the viewer doesn't feel any emotional attachment to her, the plot twist will likely feel like another contrivance, and will be another unintentionally funny moment. My friend who dropped this show burst out laughing and vowed to watch the rest when I alerted him to this twist.
ENJOYMENT - 4/10
Overall, I'm not too impressed by the show. Having not read the manga, I don't know what direction the series will take after this nebulous plot twist hits, but I doubt that it will totally save the show. As of right now, I don't like Fuuka's character, and I can't see that changing before the end of the series. Of course, the art is still great and the music is enjoyable. I've always liked to see shows about bands and musicians. And I won't lie - I do enjoy the fanservice.
However, for a show that I started watching on a whim because a friend said it was "aggressively average," I do think I'll keep watching because I'm interested in what direction it might take in the future. If nothing else, it will provide me with a good laugh.
Anime original adaptations have always been a heavily debated subject within the anime community.
In some cases it has resulted in a far superior product than its source material, like with Usagi Drop.
In other cases it has downright split the franchise's fan base in half, like with Fullmetal Alchemist 2003.
And yet in other cases still it has been widely considered to have been a simply terrible decision, like with Akame ga Kill.
Whatever your stance on those particular series may be, I think most of us can at least agree on the fact that going heavily anime original instead of faithfully following the source material is very
hit-or-miss. Sometimes it works, but most of the time it does not. And in Fuuka's case, I am honestly not sure what to think of it, because its original elements ended up turning an already mediocre manga into an equally mediocre anime... but for totally different reasons.
Before I get into this though, I would just like to mention that Fuuka is actually a next generation sequel to an older series called Suzuka. To get straight to the point, no you do *not* need to watch/read it before watching this anime as they are wholly separate stories. All you really need to know is that the protagonist and main heroine of Suzuka are Fuuka's parents, and that they are both national level athletes. That aside Suzuka is a ten times better romance manga than Fuuka has ever been so I would still definitely recommend it if you have the time (never watched its anime though but as far as I know it was a very incomplete adaptation so you are probably better off with the manga).
In any case, Fuuka is to a large extent a rather old school and cliché romance drama. We begin with the fairly reserved and introverted protagonist Haruna Yuu who prefers to spend his spare time on Twitter over hanging out with friends, who one day moves to a new town. There he runs into a strange yet energetic girl with blue hair called Akatsuki Fuuka; a girl running around wearing a pair of headphones and listening to an old CD-player instead of using a phone. Some misunderstandings ensue, but the two of them eventually sort things out, and in the process end up befriending each other. And so begins the spark of a potential romance in the making. Fuuka is someone living with an uncertain future. Because of her parents she is largely expected to become a professional athlete as well, but that is not something she wants to become. Instead, she spends a lot of time outside hanging out with Yuu in order to try to find what she really wants to do in life. And eventually, the answer she arrives at with Yuu's help, is music, which alongside romance is the central theme of the story as the two of them set out to start a band together with their friends from school.
It all sounds simple enough, but unfortunately, there are some serious problems with Fuuka as an anime. First and foremost, the drama is incredibly forced and unnatural more often than not. Numerous times we have girls just so happening to show up at *just* the right/wrong moment in order to catch Yuu in some interaction with another girl, leading to misunderstanding upon misunderstanding which the story then has to go about an episode or two sorting out only to return to the status quo again. There is even a scene in the first episode where Yuu and Fuuka are supposed to meet up in town and end up missing each other for a ridiculously long time just because they were standing on opposite sides of a statue at their decided meeting location. I mean seriously? Just how stupid is that? Or how about how she just casually breaks his phone in the opening scene of the show just because he (completely unintentionally) caught a glimpse of her panties? I mean people... would not normally do that, not to mention how Yuu actually reacts to the situation as if it somehow *is* normal. The story has a tendency of generating its continuity through quite simply retarded character behavior which in turn results in drama.
The second problem is the characters themselves. While Fuuka is an all-round likable girl with her cheerful and constantly energetic personality, she, just like everyone else in the show, has a tendency to sometimes act incredibly abnormal just for sake of drama as mentioned previously. But you also have to ask just why she would fall in love with Yuu to begin with? Sure, he helped her find a new passion in music by starting a band together, but beyond that Yuu is kind of a doormat. He is cautious and anti-social in nature and generally just follows along wherever Fuuka drags him along, and just feels incredibly bland and uninteresting in general. And do not even get me started on the other band members, they are so forgettable and have so little character development that their sole purpose in the show is effectively to be Yuu's and Fuuka's sidekicks by providing instrumental support. The final character of note is Hinashi Koyuki: an old childhood friend of Yuu who has now become a popular idol. She creates what is a rather unnecessary love triangle by frequently trying to get in-between Fuuka and Yuu, which not only causes drama in-between them but also on a larger scale when her idol otaku fans find out about her feelings after some pictures end up being leaked on the internet. And now we are really getting into the epitome of ridiculous character behavior by seeing how aggressively and violently some of her fans react to the news. Granted I am well aware that there are in fact some really crazy idol fans out there in the real world too, but still come on.
The third and final major issue with Fuuka is the anime original content. This is fairly difficult to talk about without spoiling anything, but basically everything from the middle of episode eight and onwards is all anime original. Now, the manga is quite infamous for having one of the most wtf plot twists ever a couple of volumes in which completely alters the story for all future, and not in a good way. This also happens to be one of the worst kept secrets in the anime community though so if you have somehow avoided being spoiled on this then... congratulations. As stupid as this development was though, it was at least quite unique, and really it is without a doubt the most memorable part of the entire manga. So when the anime then decided to not even adapt this at all and instead to go off do something different altogether, I was left with some rather mixed feelings. Sure, if the original version is bad to begin with then doing something else in the anime is not a bad idea on paper, but replacing it with something equally mediocre is not really an improvement. The manga's version was at least unorthodox and unexpected even if it was dumb, but the anime's version is bad *and* generic on top of it. I do not know about you, but personally I would rather take the former. Furthermore, the reason the manga's development is bad is not because of the twist itself (that was actually kind of cool I thought), but rather that the author seemingly ran out of steam completely because ever since it happened, there has been absolutely nothing good happening in it, and that is now over 100 chapters ago... which is kind of inexcusable. However, since the anime would not have covered very far beyond the twist with merely 12 episodes anyway, that would not really have been a problem so why not just adapt it faithfully for as long as the timespan allows and then stop? That would have made sense to me. At the very least it should have been better than the manga if so, but now... I am not so sure. Because instead, we are left with a bunch of additional forced drama between Yuu, Fuuka and Koyuki for our anime original ending, with a heavily increased emphasis on the latter compared to the manga. And while I guess we at least got a sort of conclusive ending for anime-only viewers this way, it still felt very underwhelming in the end.
According to an interview with the anime staff and the original mangaka uploaded to Animenewsnetwork on March 17th, Seo Kouji said that while he had never regretted taking the manga in the peculiar direction he did, he had always been thinking about the what-if scenario where had decided not to, and thus said that if Fuuka was finally getting an anime adaptation he would like to take the chance to showcase this what-if scenario in the anime instead, and apparently the anime's producer thought the same. I guess that is a simple and understandable reason, but it also feels more like self-satisfaction than trying to come up with the best final product anime-wise to me. Also, if he really felt that way, was there any reason to throw in all these subtle teasers about the twist throughout the anime only to then never adapt it anyway? It literally feels like nothing but an attempt at trolling and baiting those anime viewers who had already read the manga, which would be rather unprofessional if so.
If there is anything positive to mention about this anime though, it would definitely be the music. Of course this might be expected to go hand-in-hand with being an actual music anime, but either way the live performances in Fuuka are actually pretty awesome. Especially the first half of episode eight (right before the original content starts) was really enjoyable to listen to, and by far the best scene of the anime. Granted, this naturally depends on your taste in music as well, but at the very least I think the band performances were really well-made when they actually gave it their all (though it would have been nice if there was a greater song repertoire used throughout the anime). And that is one thing which was most certainly a hell of a lot better than in the manga; there are few things more awkward than reading about a supposedly awesome concert when all you are hearing is the deafening sound of complete and utter silence set to still imagery.
Overall though, the main problems with Fuuka stem from the manga being mediocre to begin with rather than it being anyone at Diomedea's fault, and while the decision to go anime original is questionable and in my mind probably wrong, I can still somewhat understand it, and relatively speaking it still resulted in a final product which is not necessarily too much worse than its source material (which admittedly does not say very much). The music elements of the show also come across a lot better in anime format due to actual presence of audio this time, so overall I would still say this was an okay-ish adaptation relative to the manga all things considered. Unfortunately, that still does not make it a very good anime in this case.
Fuuka's main character is the epitome of patience, forgiveness, and all around charity. We can observe some of this overflowing generosity in even the very first episode. Now our main protagonist here is a shining example of peace, perhaps comparable to Martin Luther King Junior or Ghandi, but that wouldn't be very humble or modest, now would it? See, I myself am not a very patient or forgiving person, I'll admit. I'll sometimes be hateful and rude to other who may not deserve that hate. After watching Fuuka, I've realized the error of my ways and now strive to become just like the main character.
Well what makes this main character so great, you ask?
Listen carefully now. In the very first episode we can begin to see the shining purity of the main character. Within just two days, he gets his all important phone broken twice by the same woman. Normally, I would have been infuriated by this woman's actions, bubbling with rage. But does out protagonist falter? No, he calmly just pays up several hundred dollars without protest. But the story of our protagonist's charity does not end here, no no. See, the woman who broke his phone both times did not ever compensate or apologize in the slightest for her actions, but luckily for her, our shining hero 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!
See, we could all learn from this man's example- all of us; no matter who you are, whether it be the president of the United States or a young businessman. If your house has been robbed of tens of thousands of dollars worth of cash and property, don't take the hasty action of calling the police; instead, track down the thief yourself, apologize for not having more valuable items for him/her to take, and calmly offer to instead give your house to him/her as compensation.
I guess Fuuka is another anime that has a decent rating, but mainly has reviews bashing it. Luckily, I didn't watch it all and end up hating it so I'll be one of the few so far to give it a higher score.
The story follows Fuuka and how she came to meet Yuu Haruna. They end gathering a few other students and they form a band together. There's romantic stuff thrown into the mix and it ends up just being an enjoyable show as you watch the characters get more attached to each other.
The art is vibrant and colorful like it
should be for a show based around music. I really like the character designs and outfits too. The outfits actually kind of help you tell what the characters main type of role is in the show.
The sound was really good. The slower music scores worked well for the romantic scenes and drama scenes, while the more upbeat lyrics worked well for their concerts/performances, and happy moments. Both types of sound tied very nicely together.
The characters are kind of lacking though. I don't hate any of them, but not all of them are memorable. At least, the main characters get development.
I enjoyed watching this each week. It is something different and all the elements came to together to make it a really enjoyable experience.
What makes a good character? In my opinion, the most essential thing of all is a relatable personality. Otherwise, the audience won’t be able to sympathise with the character at all. This is why people are criticising Kirito from Sword Art Online for being too overpowered; while at the same time praising Saitama from One Punch Man even though he’s litteraly one of the most overpowered characters in all of fiction including the bible. What makes us care about him is his altruism and normal life style. He’s depicted as a normal dude who just happens to be a godlike figure, whereas Kirito is depicted
as a godlike figure who just happens to be a normal dude.
This is also why the characters in Fuuka never succeeds in making me give two shits about them. From the get go we are presented with a main character whose actions are as logical as a flat Earth painted by Dali. Not only does he decide to hang out with the psycho who just smashed his phone into a million pieces, but he also decides not to mention the fact that the very famous singer said psycho loves is an old childhood friend of his; something he doesn’t tell her until episode four, after they’ve gone to her concert together.
This is where we as an audience gets pulled out of the immersion of the show. Because just like a magic trick isn’t as effective if we’re able to see the card hidden in the sleeve, a show loses its credibility if the audience are able to see the hand of the director. In this case it’s painfully obvious that the only reason why the main character acts as he does, is to create drama later on. In other words, the show sacrifices its inner logic in favor of a spicy story.
In fact, the whole show is a little bit too convenient. The main character just happens to be a childhood friend of Fuuka’s favorite singer. Their teacher just happens to be a member of Fuuka’s favorite band. The person Yuu tweets with just happens to be sitting in front of him. The list goes on. And when you have so many examples of coincidences stacked on top of each other, it becomes impossible to relate to anything that happens just because it’s so unbelievable.
The shallow characters combined with the bad story structure results in a big ol’ mess. The show never seems to figure out what it wants to be, and by the time you reach the end you get a feeling of what was the point? The only real charachter development in the whole show is that Yuu learns how to play the bass on a professional level in the span of what feels like a few weeks, that’s it. In the end, Fuuka expects you to relate to unrelatable characters and believe an unbelievable story. And not to mention, it’s pretty &#@% boring.
I believe that anime like Fuuka are a breed apart from the usual slice of life anime that we've been struck with as of late.
You guys all know what I'm talking about; those anime that show great promise initially but then taper off into bitter disappointment or worse boredom.
Fuuka manages to break the barrier set by these mediocre anime in several regards.
I will be the first to admit that its story is nothing original but neither is it terrible and that's exactly what you want in a slice of life. The art style is great to look at and the soundboard of
the series is better than many others I have heard (although I have found slice of lifers to have generally fantastic music).
Where this series shines though is in its characters and its progression of the story. Rare is the anime these days where you feel that there is actual progression of the story with each episode. While the main character is nothing too special the heroine possesses a kind of bubbly charm unique to her character which really stands out, particularly as this is a romance anime.
What I like the most is that there is a clear progression of the relationship between the two leads and it is neither at a snails pace nor breakneck quick in its development.
5 episodes in and I am decently confident that in this anime we might actually be left off with a confirmed relationship rather than the "friends but not friends" endings we get with most "romance" anime.
To be honest I have never written a review for an anime because I have always felt that I have seen decent enough anime. So forgive me if I don't do that great of a job.
That changed when I watched the first 5 episodes of Fuuka. This anime couldn't have taken more of an L.
Cookie-cutter anime characters with no originality
-MC that is dense as hell and blushes 90% of the time
-Outgoing girl that changes the atmosphere of the boring lives of those around her.
-Tsundere purple haired chick that hits the MC
-Shy girl that is obviously in love with MC.
-Apparently all other guys in this anime are just background characters
The excessive fanservice. C'mon what's with that boobfall!?
-Now we all love these and many romantic anime have these, but the setup was done terribly.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against people of other sexual orientations.
However it seems that Mikasa's (yes the gay guy in this anime) purpose in this anime was to make gay jokes and console Fuuka because as we all know only gay guys can see how other characters are feeling.
Hello? The plot? I know I love a good fantasy anime where I know nothing there is possible but what!? These kids are just starting a band? And have no experience whatsoever?*Incoming message* Oh it's because they believe? Yeah okay that's the reason.
Pros:The animation is damn good and I can only give them that one
Fuuka is one of the worst anime i've seen this season. After sitting through the panty shots and bad charecter devolopment, I can't seem to find interest in the story. All the perfect moments were ruined by boobs or ass (The end of ep 4 mostly) and they didn't even try to be clever! I couldn't even get through ep. 4 without even rolling my eyes! It's fine if an anime has a bit of ecchi in it, but please, please make it bearable to watch.
Another thing that completley ruined this anime was the childhood friend. You knew she'd never win the
love triangle based on the main charecter's stupidity! He can't even realise when a girl is in love with him! Plus, who would fall for a bland, dull guy like that? It's just not realistic!
Fuuka is not even a good charecter. We don't seen enough backstory to this charecter to even like her or not. She's just a big blob of drama in this anime and honestly, if they actually replaced her with a better, mofd realistic version of this charecter, I wouldn't complain.
Fuuka is a series with many problems. I'll list them out here while avoiding spoilers as much as possible.
1: No attention to detail. The biggest example here is the songs playd by the band, which don't sound at all like they are being played live OR by a group of amateurs.
2: Awful pacing. Everything is just so very slow, with a lot of lingering unanimated shots. The whole story could be better conveyed with 12 10-minute episodes. I'd be willing to bet it would be a more enjoyable experience.
3: A lot of unnecessary scenes, like the truck scene from episode 10. I'm pretty sure they
could have found a better way to do what that scene needed to do, so that it didn't have to feel so jarring.
4: Stupid, unfunny jokes based around a certain character's sexuality.
There is one thing the series tried to do, and managed to pull it off, even if it was not as good as one might wish:
There was some character development, enough for there to be a feeling that the story was evolving and going somewhere. The stakes for each character were well-defined, but the show felt the need to shove scene upon scene on the viewer's face to get them across, which led to many a boring scene. The show could really benefit from more subtlelty.
WARNING: to anyone who hates clichés, this anime is certainly not for you. Everything from "girl misunderstands guy and hits him" to "childhood friend is in love" and a harem.