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.
== 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".
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.