Fuuka – 01, 02
OP: 「Climber’s High!」 by 沼倉愛美 (Numakura Manami w/ Arrangement from SHO from MY FIRST STORY)
Episode 01 – 風夏!
Episode 02 – はばたけ!
「EP1 風夏! / EP2 はばたけ!」 (EP1 Fuuka! / EP2 Habatake!)
“EP1 Fuuka! / EP2 Take Flight!”
I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about Fuuka. It has parts that I really enjoy but at the same time it also has a few things that give me a dreadful feeling about what’s to come. Overall though, I really liked what we got (makes me nervous for all the negativity I saw in the preview). And based off of these two episodes (double episode release ftw!), I can honestly say I’ve been adequately pumped with enough “stuff” to keep me coming back for episode three.
Boy, where do I start with this one? With a strong opening that led to the destruction of our MC Yuu’s phone, you can bet I was pretty pissed off. Especially in a world like ours where cell phone ownership is ubiquitous, how the hell can you go and smash someone’s phone simply based on an assumption? Minor gripes and sour first impressions of Fuuka aside, the show definitely hit its stride right after that. Throwing us into Yuu’s world and Fuuka’s by association, I loved how all the minor things were tossed aside in favor of supercharging the beginning of Yuu and Fuuka’s relationship. Promptly hitting all your typical flags from awkward meetings to accidental cute interactions all the way to Fuuka taking the initiative and avoiding a disaster during their first date, it felt like the pair’s relationship was all but sealed.
That is, until the monstrous appearance of Hinashi Koyuki, the super famous singer who is also Yuu’s childhood friend. With a simple DM and an honest phone call after, it was clear that we had a good old fashioned love triangle about to form. Now, I’m never one to turn away from an interesting love triangle, but something about this one feels like the impact of when everything collides is going to be catastrophic. With both girls focusing on music because of some inspiration from the guy they’re both going after, it feels like we have two trains speeding toward each other, just waiting to crash into each other. And honestly, I can’t wait for it to happen since the show is doing a fantastic job at building it up. And by fantastic, I mean how things didn’t just come crashing down when Koyuki saw Yuu at her concert standing alongside an enthusiastic Fuuka.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed what this first episode gave us!
Boy, does this show love to make you cringe or what? With episode one nearly topping the charts for the amount of times I had to look away or hit pause because of second-hand embarrassment, I must say that the show did a pretty good job at unleashing all of that cringe without hitting my threshold. It’s tough to describe, but there’s always something right around the bend when it comes to the story that’ll alleviate some of that embarrassment just in the nick of time. So yeah, good on you show for not killing us with cringe.
Man, I have no idea what’s going to happen and I absolutely love it. With a fairly wide range of characters and a clear direction for where Fuuka wants to go with her life, I’m excited to see where her Light Music or K-ON! (:^)) club ends up going. How convenient for Yuu to have an opportunity to learn bass, huh? In any case, I’ll probably be back next week since there’s no way I’m going to miss an episode with the word “triangle” in its episode title. See you then!
P.S. Please avoid any spoilers in the comments by using the spoiler tag! I think I stumbled on something by accident, and I almost flipped my table. Hopefully I just misread whatever it was since I clicked back as fast as my hands would let me.
ED: 「ワタシノセカイ」 (Watashi no Sekai) by 中島愛 (Nakajima Megumi)