Genre: Music, Drama, Romance, Ecchi, School, Shounen
Plot: 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 this affect his new life now?
Impression: Fuuka initially gave off the vibe of a romance comedy, but I later found out that it focuses more on romance than comedy. You can guess the basics from the plot synopsis above. Diomedea is animating this series, adapting the manga of the same title. Diomedea have made a good amount of anime before, but none stood out to me as worth mentioning. So fingers crossed for Fuuka.
Fuuka Akitsuki is the girl of the title. She is living away from home and is a crazy music fan. But not just anyone’s music, she is a fan of a popular female singer, Koyuki Hinashi, who is also around her age (figures) and unknown to Fuuka, she is an old friend of our protagonist, Yuu Haruna. Fuuka’s meeting with him is as mentioned in the plot synopsis, and I’ll get to that soon. We also have a blonde gay friend, he might become the catalyst for Yuu and Fuuka. You can guess from the romance tag what happens next. Fuuka is falling for Yuu. They have some moments that apparently lead to this, conclusion? No, not a conclusion yet; by the end of the third episode, we are presented with a love triangle. Yes, not a harem, but a love triangle. That’s even the title of the third episode, “Triangle.” Koyuki, called “Tama-chan” by Yuu, is in love with him and Fuuka sees them together. Such fine story telling! (Sarcasm intended) And yeah, almost forgot; Yuu also has naked (almost) sisters all around his house, just a warning in case you’re watching with family or minors.
Fuuka appears to me as some sort of Indian Soap Opera that’s been turned into an anime. The events are too unrealistic. I’m complaining because they want to make it appear as realistic. The anime is filled with cliché moments, like not seeing each other because you both turned at the same time type of stuff. And it’s not cute like the “wavelength” stuff from Bakuman either. Here’s a spoiler, Fuuka gets Yuu; but you knew that too by now, didn’t you? With the initial scenes matching Your Lie in April a bit, people thought it might resemble that, but honestly, this is nowhere near. I know I’ve only seen three episodes and things might change later on, and I’m honestly hopeful for that. Fuuka is not technically bad, I’m just disappointed because I had much more expectations. Opening and ending themes seemed okay to me, nothing too special.
I’m interested in the show to see where the story goes, but that’s only because I’m somewhat into the romance genre. If you also like romance, you might want to give it a try. You’ll love it if you’re new to anime, and you’ll find faults yet still be entertained if you’re a veteran (hopefully). I’ll keep watching it, if you want to is up to you; let’s hope we don’t get too disappointed further along the road. My first impression of this anime is a 6 out of 10.
Here is the promotional video for Fuuka:
Here are some screenshots from the first three episodes of Fuuka: