「Fair wind」 (Fair wind)
After my noticeably negative post last week, I’d like to take it all back and say that I’m super happy with how things ended.
Fuuka x Yuu
If there was ever a moment for Yuu to step up, it’d be this week and boy did the guy show some backbone. Unfazed by every single problem that life threw at him, it was an absolute blast watching him be completely undeterred by Fuuka’s repeated attempts to avoid contact. But what may have been even better was watching Yuu scream out his affection for Fuuka. Not mincing words, it was just freaking amazing watching him just say three simple words — I love you. If you remember last week when I was asking where all of Fuuka’s spunk and enthusiasm went, it looks like the writers decided to throw it all into Yuu and I couldn’t have asked for a better way for Fuuka to come back into the fold.
In addition to Fuuka and Yuu finally becoming a couple, I really enjoyed the way the episode resolved the tension between Fuuka and Koyuki. Using Koyuki to finally open Fuuka’s eyes to her feelings for Yuu as well as spurring Fuuka into action with a subtle “I dumped him for you”, it’s nice to know that things weren’t resolved with the two suddenly sweeping things under the rub but rather the pair moving forward in a amicable way.
Overall, I thought we were given a pretty damn good final episode that managed to hit all the high notes that made the previous eleven so much fun to watch. And with that, I’ll catch you below in the final impressions!
I actually wasn’t sure how Fuuka’s adaptation to an anime was going to go. Having found lots of negative things about the story after researching it for the preview as well as having those criticisms reaffirmed by the comments in the first few posts, I’m still a little surprised I still continued to cover the show. But by the time we reached episode three, I was sure that I had made the right choice to continue covering it. By no means was this show a “perfect” show (what does perfection even mean these days), but it had all the things I wanted when it came to watching a budding romance overcome the struggles placed in-front of it. One huge thing that kept me coming back was the show’s pacing and how it didn’t extend things for too long. Be it awkward moments early on with Yuu and Fuuka or the pair getting into some sort of argument over a misunderstanding, the mere fact things wrapped themselves up within an episode or two was pretty awesome.
In addition to the great pacing and the well adapted story were a fun cast of characters that really helped accentuate the feeling of the show. With Yuu, Fuuka, and Koyuki rounding out the main cast of characters who we saw the most of, the addition of Mikasa, Nachi, Sara as supporting characters helped round things out when the romance part of the story started to get too heavy. If I had one complaint though, I wish the anime took more time to really give us some meat behind the latter three since it would have been nice to know a little more about what motivated them as well as if they had any internal reasons for joining Fuuka’s band.
Overall, I think Fuuka as an anime managed to do what it set out to do. It may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but I really enjoyed what we got. Would I put it down as one of my favorite romance shows? In all honesty, I’d probably add it to the list just because of how unconventional (unconventional as in not giving any damns and doing what it wanted) it was. Anyways, before I close things out let me thank everyone who’s been keeping up with the posts for being awesome and I’ll catch you guys next season!