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.
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.
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 main plot of the story is the phases of grief, and in my opinion it has been written in a very realistic way. I have been really touched by the way used to develop it.
The story begins with a prologue of 4 volumes (~ 40 chapters) that introduce
all the characters and create some bonds between them. Once that done, the story truly begins with a huge environment change.
I really think that this was one of the best decisions the author could take even if he has disappointed some readers, and mostly because it allows to really understand the feelings of the characters. In some way you will not need to make assumptions.
And then, the story is gonna continue, being developed, and ending with all the answers you need to understand what the author is saying.
On the other hand, speaking about weaknesses, at least for me there is some of them. At first I really think that some of the ecchi situations that happens doesn't match at all with the message of the story. But well, this is a manga published in the Weekly Shounen Magazine, so I suppose that is inevitable just because the kind of readers that is buying this magazine in Japan. And also I have to highlight that there is maybe some situations that are way too unrealistic, but to be honest, overall this flaws don't really hurt too much the story and the characters development.
So, if you are wondering if you should read Fuuka let me tell you something, this manga is not for feel better, is for feel even better. The story is quite sad and it isn't really as simple to read. But if you are interested in this topic and you don't care about ecchi go ahead, I don't think that you are gonna be disappointed.
I'm a new fan of Seo, Koija I started with Kimi no iru machi and then went to read Suzuka now Fuuka. So I was quite excited to read this. It is a continuation of the same universe of the three stories. They have some cameos of the other characters from both series which is always fun and nice.
Story: What is this about? Well its about Yuu-Haruno your typical shy guy who can't communicate in person but is obsessed with twitter. That all changes with a chance meeting with Fukka. (Who is the daughter of Suzuka and Akitsuki). They become friends and meet some
other character and they decide to create a band. Then something F****** TRAGIC happens. That s*** shook me. It almost made me want to stop reading because it came out of no where. It was so unsuspected but I trusted SEO writing and continued reading. The story in the end was quite wholesome. It deals with the tragedies of loss and coping with hardships. I really enjoyed the story as a whole. It was one of my first music based manga's I've read. I would absolutely recommend reading this story by SEO but warning it will hit you in places.
MC: Usually you get really annoyed at the MC for being shy and having no gall but Yuu-Haruna is different. He feels more real as a character/person. He acts in a realistic in the way things happen. He may be too optimistic vs the usual pessimist.