Fuuka

Fuuka

Fuuka Cover Art featuring Fuuka and Koyuki
Fuuka Cover Art

Overview

Fuuka is an anime about a girl who loves music so much that she essentially forces people into a band with her against their will. I don’t remember this anime too well even though it only came out a year ago, but that in itself should be some indication of how impact-less it was.

Without checking, I’m going to assume this is the only music themed anime I’ve watched so far since I’ve not started Love Live! yet (unless that title is now a  link, in which case, I have).

The way I generally see it, there’s not much need in making an anime about music because you could always just make a better anime that has a great soundtrack anyway. Just look at Madoka Magica, Made in Abyss, or even this year’s Devilman: Crybaby.

Also Fuuka is not about some idol group like most other music anime appear to be, although there is an idol in it. Instead Fuuka is about bands. Real bands.


Characters

There’s only three characters I’m going to go through. Before writing this I looked up the main characters just to check them and apparently there’s four, but since I have no memory of the fourth one she must not be important so we’ll skip her.

Fuuka is the titular character, although she isn’t the protagonist. She’s easy to spot because she has short, light blue hair and often has a pair of headphones on her. She’s obsessed with a band called the Hedgehogs and because of their music she wants to form a band of her own.

Yuu is the protagonist. His relationship with Fuuka got off to a rocky start when she smashed his phone on the street because she thought he was taking pictures of her, but they eventually bond over music. Yuu is later forced into a band with Fuuka even though it seems he doesn’t really care one way or the other.

The final character we’ll look at is Koyuki. She’s Yuu’s childhood friend who is now an idol and she serves as Fuuka’s romantic rival I suppose. It’s half romantic rivalry and half Fuuka wanting to prove she’s just as good as Koyuki. By all accounts Koyuki is the one Yuu should be interested in because she’s actually nice, but her name isn’t the title of the anime.

Fuuka Akitsuki taking off her headphones
Fuuka Akitsuki

Conclusion

Fuuka is a pretty generic anime in my opinion, but maybe the subject matter just didn’t appeal to me. I gave it a 6/10 originally so that’s what I’ll stick with.

If you like anime about music then you might as well give it a try, but just know that there isn’t much of a selection of songs since they just play the same one over and over. The song is called “Climber’s High” and it’s featured in the OP as well so you’ll get pretty tired of it by the end of the series.

The OP for Fuuka can be found here. *This video has been taken down.

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