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.
Yuu Haruna is the typical shonen protagonist, a plain looking guy with no particular abilities. He meets an interesting girl, Fuuka and shares her interest in music. They met a few more friends and make a music band. That's the beginning of this manga, Fuuka.
I really love Beck, so I saw that Fuuka was recommended, what I also saw was that it had lots of downvotes, ie. many people have rated it 1/10 , and that's unreasonable. Maybe it is because when they started reading, they were expecting a sequel to Suzuka,(by Seo Kouji, same author), or maybe they were expecting a definite plot, sadly
the manga takes a big turn within the first 40 chapters, I too was turned off by it, but then after that it just kept improving. Fuuka is a very engaging story with lovable characters. You should really give it a try, especially if you loved Beck.
PS. No manga can ever surpass Beck. MCP forever!!
The story is very simple, there is group of friends,
make a music band,
things get out of hand,
Now they're playing again.
( That's my rapping style)
The art is good, no compromise. Also there is LOTS of Fanservice. Lots of hot scenes. This ecchi part turned me off earlier, but later got used to it.
Initially they all seem like stock characters but slowly but surely they improve. You'll find yourself rooting for them, that's when you know you are a fan of this band.
I would say this is the biggest strength of this manga, it is enjoyable throughout, and well paced. I read 200 chapters in just 4 days, it was unputdownable.
I started reading expecting an average manga, but now that I'm done I feel like I'll never forget this story, these guys, and their music.
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.