The story follows the life of Yuu Haruna, who recently moved into Tokyo with his sisters after their father is forced to transfer overseas on work.
On his way to buy dinner while looking at his Twitter account, a high school girl suddenly crashes into him. Thinking he was taking upskirt pictures of her, the girl takes Yuu's phone, breaks it, and slaps him before leaving Yuu lying on the ground. As it turns out, this girl—Fuuka Akitsuki—also goes to the school Yuu is transferring to.
Unlike most people, Fuuka doesn't own a cellphone; she even listens to music using a CD player. Eventually these two become closer, and decide to form a band with their friends and enter the professional world of music. With Fuuka around, what will now become of Yuu's new life in Tokyo?
I honestly have no idea what this manga is getting such high reviews, its abysmal. I honestly thought he couldn't do much worse than Suzuka. Well, I was completely wrong.
Fuuka, down to its core, is a music tragedy that tried so hard to be different but failed so hard. In the end, it became nothing to a cookie cutout of all the other musical tragedies out there and for that, is nothing but boring and stale and lacks anything that would make it continue to be worth reading.
The whole manga feels rushed and it never ever feels like its well paced.
All the events happen so fast that you are left wondering about the in between. This manga lacks buildup and only has execution. The only reason I read Fuuka is I enjoyed the character named Fuuka and she made the manga interesting to read. On top of being the character that moved the story progression the most, you can really see it after she is killed in a copout way.
Fuuka is kiilled by a truck while stopping at a crosswalk and picking up a keychain. There are a lot of huge flaws in this. The crosswalk was green and somehow she was like the only person crossing it in a huge Japanese city in the middle of the day? I don't buy that. Also when they were crossing the street, traffic was stopped, as in the truck wasn't even moving, and when the crosswalk light turned red, somehow the truck was moving at 30 mph? You can't tell me that the trucker didn't see her and try to stop. You can't tell me that the trucker as soon as the light turns green decides to step on the gas seeing someone still in the crosswalk. He killed the only reason I read Fuuka and killed the one person who made the story interesting.
Seo Kouji clearly has lost his touch when he resorts to huge amounts of drama to get anything done. Not to mention the rushed narrative and the lack of buildup and backstory for his characters, or doing things in a meaningful way that would not make certain events shake your head. This is my last manga I will ever read from Seo Kouji as he is now a washed up writer. Save your time and go read Beck or Nana.
Even thought i have this account from 2010 this is my first review, so i hope it will help you.
The story is verry original, complex, funny but you will also cry at this manga is if you read it with heart.
I don't like beeing a spoiler but if you like genres like Music, Sports, Funny and also Drama you have to watch it.
Also even though the title is the name of a girl the main character is a boy who by the entire story becomes a real man. With good times and funny jokes and also with sorrowfull times when you might cry, this manga
is a MASTERPIECE!
The story to Fuuka is well paced, light-hearted, funny, romantic... It's heart-warming to read stories like this. Kouji Seo puts amazing effort into all of his stories.
Every piece of work done by Kouji Seo has out-of-this-world art. This manga is no exception. You can see how much work is put into this every day, just by looking at the art, without even reading anything.
Honestly, I like the characters in Fuuka a lot. Fuuka's character is a music lover who needs music to feel complete. Haruna is a likeable character who keeps to himself, and values peace of mind. Although, he's a
bit dense. The best character in my opinion is the gay guy, Mikasa. He seems like he's got Haruna's back no matter what, and will help him build his relationship with Fuuka. As I said before; I like the characters. But liking characters isn't enough to give them a 10. What made the characters worthy of a 10 was the cameos from other manga written by Kouji Seo! If anybody has read Kimi no Iru Machi, you see Haruto crying on the train after he breaks up with Yuzuki. Then a little girl walks up to him, hands him the fallen ring and says "Boys shouldn't cry." What's this girl's name? FUUKA! Time skip several years to the final chapter of Kimi no Iru Machi, and a girl bumps into Haruto as she's running through a crowd. Who's this girl? FUUKA! Now, we get to the cameos in Fuuka. When Haruna is looking at the movie tickets in his hand deciding who to take, the movie was Half & Half. AN OTHER MANGA BY KOUJI SEO! Then on the train, Mikasa is wearing sunglasses, then asks him "Where did you get those sunglasses?" He says "Mizumoto Restaurant." Who owns Mizumoto Restaurant? MIZUMOTO-SENPAI FROM KIMI NO IRU MACHI! *sorry for the rant*
So far, I'm in love with this manga. Even before chapter 15, Haruna realizes he's in love with Haruna. By then, I knew I was hooked. I'm seriously enjoying this. It's awesome!
All in all; I'd recommend this manga to anybody who reads manga in general. This will have you statring at your screen, waiting for the next chapter. I wish there were more stories like this in the world. Oh wait, there are. ANY OTHER MANGA WRITTEN BY KOUJI SEO!
This sequel to Suzuka is great so far. With only a handful of chapters out, I can tell it has a bright future just like it's prequel series (Suzuka) not Machi. The story is in the same world as Suzuka (obviously) and is about Suzuka and Yamato's daughter Fuuka, and Fuuka is already much like her mother was in the early chapters of Suzuka. It kind of already feels like Suzuka except just different characters. Also, Fuuka is the same age as her mother was in the Suzuka manga.
I highly recommend this to all Suzuka fans out there who have been dying for an
"After Story" of the Suzuka manga, this is much better and hopefully longer. I think 18 volumes sounds good :) So I say again, to all Suzuka fans, I know you'll enjoy this great new sequel series.