I’ll be straight with you, being a mackem this anime attracted me because the title sounds like regional slang, you can see it too don’t lie. Looking closer you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover this is a sequel to Suzuka. If you haven’t seen Suzuka it’s highly recommended to watch that before this as the characters become the parents of Fuuka and it, like Fuuka, is a heart-wrenching roller coaster of young love in the modern world.
Fuuka follows a young girl Fuuka Akitsuki at the crossroads in life where she hasn’t quite found out what to do in life just yet. Her life is turned around when she bumps into fellow student Yuu Haruna and her life is turned around. After what was a classic anime misunderstanding, the two become close friends and Fuuka finds her passion for music as the path she wants to take in life and so decides to start a band. Alongside fellow school mates, Fuuka begins to set up a band to play a school festival and she begins to fall for Yuu but nothing is ever straight forward as his childhood friend and national idol star Koyuki Hinashi come into frame.
Fuuka is an amazing sequel to Suzuka. There’s no other way to put it, out of all of the winter 2017 season line up Fuuka is my personal favorite and I feel that the majority of anime fans will have overlooked it because the hype train is usually reserved for the shows that are geared towards merchandise and memes. First off Fuuka seamlessly follows on from Suzuka, I didn’t expect a sequel as Suzuka was a fantastic show and the ending was more than satisfying but Fukka managed to follow on with the same high quality. The first thing to note is the upgrade in lifestyles, Fuuka is a thoroughly modern take on the youth of today with a huge emphasis on modern technology and social media. It’s taken a long time but we are starting to see in anime just how much things like Twitter and Facebook influence and shape our lives. In Fuuka they have done an amazing job implementing Twitter into the plot and even newer things like live streaming feature.
It’s not just the practical uses like messaging and tweeting but the darker side of social media are depicted. After Koyuki confesses on TV to her unrequited love with Yuu, her fans send abusive messages and even form a mob at the bands’ appearance which, as sad as it seems, would be the outcome if the same happened with a real idol. The few negatives I have about the anime is they phoned in some main points from the manga like the rabbitz which were hurriedly touched on in the ending credits. It’s understandable given time restraints but a disappointment for those who read the manga. And you can forgive the familiar tropes and misunderstandings as well as the fact Yuu managed to master the bass in such a short time, I’m not saying the bass is that hard to master but to play at that standard from the off was a bit unrealistic.
It’s not just the modern take which deserves credit, the characters and plot are fantastic and they played well on what they did in Suzuka with a new take on the unrequited love angle. This kept the emotions flowing and got you to root for certain characters through the series. Keeping with the modern feel, credit is due for adding a homosexual character which is becoming more common in anime and I hope to see more of the same in the future. Finally, a huge part of this series is the music. The soundtrack is catchy and a really good listen, it also shows how good the voice work on this series is one of the best you’ll hear anywhere. I can’t imagine this to be to everyone’s taste but if a slice of life/romance anime is your cup of tea then Fuuka is a must watch.