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?
Fuuka is not a fantastic story as Suzuka. It has good and bad points. The hard question: Is it Suzuka’s sequel? For me, it is not. Some characters from the previous series appear here, at some point in the story, you will notice a disjuncture separating Fuuka from Suzuka, however. On the other hand, we can appreciate Seo’s style in the story. Furthermore, the story has some interesting twists that could get you happier and angry at the same time. It is hard to describe my feelings towards Fuuka but it is not Suzuka and never will.
If you are a fan of Suzuka, you
will read the story but will find that Fuuka prolonged too much to the point that some parts of the plot are irrelevant and useless. Furthermore, Seo sometimes used a loop in the story that is very tedious. I don’t know, maybe it is Seo, but he enjoys reaching a climax and maintaining a never-ending loop until we get tired of it. In the end, you will be grateful for the story, but it won’t fulfill all your expectations. No matter the despiteful parts, the story is entertaining and combines an excellent visual with adequate flow from panel to panel. Also, if you haven’t read Suzuka don’t panic, you don’t need to read the previous series to understand Fuuka. Both stories separate after some chapters.
Sadly, some plot events will divide the readers. The half of the readers will call the manga abysmal, and another half-titled Fuuka as “unusual.” I call it, a tale of unexpected events with fascinating art and boring chapters. Also, I understand it is hard to express music with drawings and onomatopoeias, but give some credit to Seo; he did a good job. Sometimes, I felt the music rhythm and the lyrics, but the broken plot in some chapters end up lowering the momentum.
Lastly, maybe you are wondering, should I read Fuuka? My answer: Yes and no. I will say yes, if you are a fan of Seo’s works, you will know what to expect. No, if you cannot handle the plot twist and the disjuncture events that could kill the narrative. Also, a big NO if you don’t have patience in a story that overuses some events and exhausted the plot after several chapters. I loved Suzuka, and I follow Seo’s works. However, Fuuka is not Suzuka and isn’t near to the emotional level from the latter.
Fuuka is a very good story, personally I have been enthralled from the beginning to the last page.
In a superficial way Fuuka could be summarized as the story of young people that seek to succeed in the world of music, however this is just a support for the true story and the set of issues that touches.
The better point of the story is the fantastic character development of the protagonist and the main theme. However the other characters are not leaved behind and all of them have a reason to keep on the way they have chosen.
Fuuka main theme is the phases of grief,
and in my opinion, it has been written in a very realistic way. I have been very touched by the delicacy used to develop it. On the other hand this manga also is about the integrity, the pride, the will to live, and a little bit of romance.
The only thing that I could reproach is an ecchi that doesn't match with the main theme. Although on the other hand it is very soft and it doesn't really prejudice the story.
As far as Fuuka is concerned with respect to Kouji Seo's other works, I think it is undoubtedly his best manga. I see clearly the improvements he has made as a scriptwriter and the maturity with which it is written.
In the end, If you are the kind of reader able to stand on a phrase to understand what really means and you don't care about ecchi, maybe this story is for you.
I can't believe that I read Fuuka first instead the prequel Suzuka. So, I've come a prequel that need to be done. By the way this is my first time read Seo Kouji's work, I'll give my opinion based on my experienced reading fuuka not to compare with another Seo's work. I like the story even though a little bit cliche, but who cares? I enjoy the art that Seo's gave so beauty and clean. The development on characters are really good although a little bit being rushed. And I'm impressed with the way Seo's afflict me to be emotional with the conflict he put.
Overall, I think Fuuka is worth to read.
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.