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Fuuka – 01, 02

OP Sequence

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.

General Impressions

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!

Cringe Factor

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.

Looking Ahead

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 Sequence

ED: 「ワタシノセカイ」 (Watashi no Sekai) by 中島愛 (Nakajima Megumi)

January 7, 2017 at 12:08 am
51 comments »
  • January 7, 2017 at 12:26 amTrippwire

    Right? First thing I thought to myself after watching these 2 episodes was, “This show is going to piss me off, isn’t it?”

    • January 7, 2017 at 3:48 amTakaii

      I hope it doesn’t piss us off too much :T

    • January 7, 2017 at 7:53 amSyaoran Li

      If it follows Suzuka, be ready to get pissed off, especially if they put on us a Fuuka scenario and the love triangle is just for drama. Check Suzuka and you know what I mean.

      • January 8, 2017 at 8:09 amFox

        Oh man I didn’t even know this was a sequal to Suzaku. If it’s anything like its predecessor, I’m going to end up throwing my own phone on the ground out of irritation…

  • January 7, 2017 at 12:56 amlivevoid

    Yeah I know exactly what you’re talking about Takaii. Spoilers ruined my entire morning commute.

    • January 7, 2017 at 2:17 amJeffers

      i think RC should be a bit more strict or place some control on spoilers posting. if some folks wants spoilers, have them find it and not us spoon-feeding it to them. this series has some potential.. spoilers can destroy that potential.

    • January 7, 2017 at 3:47 amTakaii

      I haven’t found any spoilers on the site (didn’t check in with the Preview post too much though, so not sure about that one)

      In any case, I try my best to keep an eye out for my posts and spoiler tag if people forget.
      If you see anything in general on any post though, you can always drop me a line on twitter @rctakaii or e-mail!

    • January 7, 2017 at 3:47 amTakaii

      @livevoid: I’m sorry qq

  • January 7, 2017 at 1:10 amjcoe

    What kind of rational person charges into someone, blames them for not moving out of the way, accuses the person they charged into of taking pictures of them, breaks their phone and slaps them in public?

    It feels as though Seo Kouji newly discovered what Twitter was when writing this. And, boy, the show is cliches abound.

    • January 7, 2017 at 3:45 amTakaii

      This is an anime, so I accepted the Girlwholeaptthroughtime™ part, but the phone smashing? Oh HELLL no.

      • January 7, 2017 at 12:21 pmTakaii

        I mean, Twitter was still pretty big in 2014 all things considered.

    • January 7, 2017 at 6:33 amzztop

      Seo Kouji’s 42 years old now, and started Fuuka in 2014. Would that be too old for him to discover tech like Twitter?

    • January 8, 2017 at 4:15 amRyuuGP

      Exactly! first 2 minutes into the show and it already making me mad

  • January 7, 2017 at 2:13 amJeffers

    if one can ignore the early panty shots and nude… nude? errr undergarment scenes, fuuka is certainly enjoyable and with 2 episodes out, long term otakus can deduce already that this series will become a train full of emotions waiting to get wrecked in the end and spill all of it out. overall definitely a strong start for this series for me.

    —anyway i will watch this more for the idol-commoner relationship plot. i like popular girl idol and a commoner guy type of story. and yeah, i am already seeing a insane wreck of emotion between the two.

    • January 7, 2017 at 2:19 amJeffers

      and yeah, been awhile since i saw a nakajima megumi song being used in anime.

    • January 7, 2017 at 3:48 amTakaii

      Meh, fanservice wasn’t too bad all things considered. If anything, it’s been a while since I’ve watched something that dove into this side of ecchi :^)

  • January 7, 2017 at 2:46 amzztop

    An ANN reviewer said this about Seo Kouji:

    “…It would be different if this show was an in-depth exploration of complex feelings between adolescent characters, but Seo has never [been] interested in that kind of writing. He’s a man of simple tastes…who carved his niche in romance by writing basic teen dramas mired in the melodrama of love, just aimed more directly at a male audience than the female audience that tends to dominate that genre sphere. ”

    In short, Seo writes romance stories that appeal to dudes instead of girls and shoujo conventions.

    • January 7, 2017 at 3:49 amTakaii

      Hey, I can appreciate it. Simple can work :D

  • January 7, 2017 at 2:47 amgusto

    Seo’s trainwrecks best trainwrecks. Glad to see that we finally got some decent production quality for his works. And that we don’t start the story with 80th chapter this time.

  • January 7, 2017 at 3:50 amFabio

    It was nice to see Yamato and Suzuka again. :)

  • January 7, 2017 at 6:29 amzztop

    http://randomc.net/image/Fuuka/Fuuka%20-%2001%20-%20Large%2021.jpg

    Half & Half was Seo Kouji’s first manga, created in 1996. It revolved around a boy and girl who are killed in an accident, but are allowed by cosmic forces to live for another week, after which 1 of them must truly die. In addition, both of them must always be together and share each other’s senses, or else they die.

    It exists as a oneshot and 2-volume manga.

    • January 7, 2017 at 6:37 amzztop

      PS. The oneshot is from 1996, while the manga’s from 2012.

  • January 7, 2017 at 6:34 amzztop

    Fuuka’s manga is still ongoing at 14 volumes, so the question is what a good cutoff point would be for the anime.

    • January 9, 2017 at 6:18 pmJuan

      I think it’ pretty obvious that it will be “For You” (I’m assuming you read so you should know what I’m talking about without spoiling it for anyone else)

  • January 7, 2017 at 7:33 ammaverick

    Guys, do yourselfes a favour and stop watching it before truck-kun and version 2 and 3 of the same person appear and you realize that Seo fucked up again.

    • January 8, 2017 at 1:12 amKazakiri

      I LOL’ed at that comment, though to be fair I think ver. 2 is a bit different from 1 and 3

  • January 7, 2017 at 7:42 amSol

    Should be renamed Fuckhead, to better reflect the writer’s skills.

  • January 7, 2017 at 7:59 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    Three words of the vibe I’m quickly getting from this…

    White Album 2

    …of course, I still love it so far.

    At first, I thought Fuuka was going to be a pretty tsundere bitch most of the time with that kind of introduction, with misunderstandings abound that always get Yuu punished when it’s so obviously Fuuka’s fault, and then she would fall for Yuu after one good deed or something, and thus push me to unanimously root for Koyuki, but thankfully, they managed to quickly shed that part of Fuuka and show a much more likable personality underneath and now I really can’t decide who I want to support.

  • January 7, 2017 at 8:14 amraxar

    How to describe this anime based on these two episodes? I could say that this series is going in the wrong direction in the right order. Since we all know that things are going wrong. We just don’t know how wrong it will be.

    UNFORTUNATELY for me, my friend gave me major spoiler just after I download both episode BEFORE I watch them. So. Yeah. It gave me headache, like every five minutes during I watch this. Probably I should format his hard drive to get back at him someday. Probably will stick for the music now…ugh.

    • January 7, 2017 at 12:19 pmTakaii

      “Opps, my drink spilled all over your case”

      “Sorry, I tripped and punched a hole through your monitor”

      “Oh my bad bro — I just happened to spill all this glitter everywhere”

  • January 7, 2017 at 8:17 amSyaoran Li

    I couldn’t handle very well the bullshit that Suzuka put me through 12 years ago, with its anime adaptation. So, I don’t know what to think of this Fuuka adaptation, because I don’t like a love story when the author has set in his mind from the beginning how the love story will unfold and we’re just here to see his silly drama between the characters.

    Let’s hope the author has set something different for this story.

  • January 7, 2017 at 8:49 amVelvet Scarlantina

    I kind of like the double episode special debut. I’m sticking around for the ride

    And yes Stilts nee-san… future posts on Fukka (if any) needs to be moderated. I glide past the spoilers here

    • January 7, 2017 at 12:18 pmTakaii

      People have been pretty good about spoilers in the post — everyone’s either been talking around them or just not saying anything specific.

      Also, Stilts is over there. I’m Takaii :^)

  • January 7, 2017 at 9:11 amNaweG

    “it feels like we have two trains speeding toward each other, just waiting to crash into each other”

    Takaii – you sure you didn’t read the manga?

    • January 7, 2017 at 12:17 pmTakaii

      I didn’t! I meant it more as a metaphor, but boy wtf am I going to do when trains appear?

  • January 7, 2017 at 12:18 pmArche

    There was one thing on my mind that bugged me through the whole damn premiere:

    “Is she ever going to apologize for smashing the cell phone?”

    • January 7, 2017 at 12:19 pmTakaii

      Right? RIGHT?

  • January 7, 2017 at 1:04 pmSilivious

    Tru-Kun incoming. Stopped reading the manga around chapter 70 or so, just got so tired of it, lol…maybe this will make me read it again…maybe.

  • January 7, 2017 at 5:14 pmCroos

    <3

  • January 7, 2017 at 5:17 pmonion warrior

    Is it worth watching?

    //After reading comments…

    Umm…okay. I think i’ll just gonna leave it right.here.

    • January 7, 2017 at 10:42 pmTakaii

      I’d try watching it.

      I’m sticking with it \o/

      • January 8, 2017 at 12:56 amonion warrior

        I’ll come back after few weeks to see if anything catches my attention…

  • January 7, 2017 at 7:14 pmSeorori

    As a reader, I would say Seo’s writing got better. I was pretty annoyed with Suzuka and Kimi no Iru Machi, but I actually look forward to read Fuuka every week. I haven’t seen the anime though but I’ll probably watch it later on.
    By the way, is it too hard for some people to let anime viewers enjoy the story?
    Just keep it to yourselves, manga readers. I’ve read Fuuka but I’ve never felt the need to act immature and spoil the story.
    Let anime viewers decide how they feel after they experience the anime by themselves.

    • January 7, 2017 at 8:52 pmVelvet Scarlantina

      Well said about the manga readers. Commenters on FaceBook are so acidic.

    • January 7, 2017 at 10:49 pmTakaii

      Welp. I’m an anime-only viewer, so we’ll see how this goes haha

      • January 8, 2017 at 12:01 amVelvet Scarlantina

        Proud anime-only viewer here as well

      • January 8, 2017 at 8:53 amHalfDemonInuyasha

        Same here.

        Very rarely have I read a manga/LN before watching the anime (Claymore being one example I can immediately think of) – it’s usually the other way around, the anime sometimes making me check out the manga/LN – but yeah, it’s REALLY annoying when I say I enjoyed the anime version of something, having never read the manga/LN version of it, only to have manga/LN purists/elitists jump down my throat, demanding I go read the manga/LN, saying the anime version sucked for X reasons, that I’m not a “true fan” unless I read the manga/LN, etc.

    • January 8, 2017 at 10:56 amManly Tear

      Yo, I’m READY to be pissed off and go full SEEOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! on this ~ I mean, it’s secretly(is it even secretly?) why we’re all watching this right? RIGHT?

      That aside, I haven’t read the manga even thought I’d said I’ll pick it up after reading Kimi no Iru Rage(which I overall enjoyed, with all it’s ups & downs) so maybe I’ll finally get to it after the anime’s over. Good to hear that Seo’s writing got better though.

  • January 8, 2017 at 9:36 amCraig A McLeod

    Not going to spoil but I wouldn’t bother. The author is one of those types who thinks he’s God’s gift to writing and any writing he does is best no matter how many chairs are thrown into the ring.

    I’d pay CR more if they removed it from thwir manga service.

  • January 8, 2017 at 7:21 pmSK

    Seo Kouji stories will always have you flipping tables at some point, so you’re better off not looking around in advance to get the full experience. Part of the fascination of a train wreck is that you aren’t prepared for the wreckage.

    It was nice to see Suzuka and Akitsuki again after all these years, though.

  • January 9, 2017 at 6:10 pmJuan

    Anyone who has read Kouji Seo’s works will know that it’s similar to any vice. You know it’s gonna be bad for you at some point in time but you just can’t resist.

    Prepare the Tissues and Pitch Forks! (you know you’re gonna use them)

    For those who are coming in blind, enjoy the ride. It’s gonna be an emotional rollercoaster ride but love him or hate him, Seo has this knack for making the audience feel enough that they will be moved to action

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