Fuuka – 04
I don’t know what to say — this episode was done quite beautifully and left me feeling like everything in the world of Fuuka is going in the correct direction.
Love Triangle? HAH!
While it remains to be seen whether or not Koyuki will come rampaging back in the future, I must say that the resolution that came out of this episode left me feeling surprisingly full with joy. Seeing how our titular character is probably the one who Yuu will eventually end up with (at this point at least), I’m so happy that we got to see both sides of a complicated misunderstanding. Starting with Yuu and Fuuka unable to even hold a simple conversation, I was loving the amount of teen angst that was flowing out of my screen. With Fuuka and Yuu unable to find common ground to even express their feelings, the tension was getting so thick you could cut it by simply swinging your finger around. And typically, it’d be at this point where there’d be some crazy plot point that would attempt to bring the two together and eventually leave us with a half-assed answer that partially fixed things without actually addressing what happened. Instead, the best wingman in the world named Mikasa managed to get our two love birds to express their true feelings to one another. Sure, there was a little bit of deception in play but there’s no denying how effective it was.
All of which eventually lead to everyone ending the episode on a high note. Something that I didn’t expect even by the halfway mark and was happy to see since there’s enough shows out there that try to build up romance based off of impossible anime-logic.
While the drums might have been a dead giveaway, I’m confident that most of us realized that Yassan was some sort of influential drummer. His hair, the goatee, and that body build just screamed like he could have been part of a band that may have gotten its name from a spiny mammal that sometime is colored blue with red shoes. What was a wee bit surprising though was seeing how their homeroom teacher was also a part of HEDGEHOGS, which in hindsight explains a lot but in any case was a fun little surprise. At this point, I suppose I shouldn’t be too surprised since the story needed a really good way to get some music guidance into Yuu, Fuuka, and Mikasa and what better way to do so than with some professional musicans?
Also, even though I wasn’t expecting much in terms of animation, the impromptu performance actually looked pretty good! If I had to rate it, it was a bit better than what we got for K-ON! season one’s performance right before it ended. But honestly, the expressions on everyone’s faces a they performed (and Yuu literally not playing at all) really sold it for me.
Boy, I thought I was going to have some real choice words for this post when the episode started. Amazingly it turned around quite quickly and actually turned into one of the best things I’ve watched all week! Man for a third episode (I know it’s the 4th, but technically it’s the third week) I have to commend Fuuka for doing such a great job at staying true to what drew me in. Anyways, I’ll see you guys next week. Ciao!