Manga / Fuuka

Yuu Haruna is a cell phone and Twitter addict who just moved into town. Out on his way to buy dinner while engrossed in his phone, Yuu bumps into a mysterious girl, Fuuka Akitsuki (the daughter of Yamato Akitsuki and Suzuka Asahina from Suzuka), who breaks his phone thinking he was trying to take a picture of her panties. What follows is Yuu's adventures in making friends and starting a rock band.

Written by Kouji Seo (author of Princess Lucia), Fuuka is set in the same universe as his previous works Suzuka and Kimi no Iru Machi but is ultimately a standalone piece.

The manga is available in English digital-only editions, with new chapters being streamed on Crunchyroll. It also has a 12 episode anime adaptation that began airing on January 6, 2017.

This series provides examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Yuu regularly faces this problem whenever he does basically anything. Depending on the target, they may or may not be offended, turned on, or impressed. As per a typical shonen lead, it's usually due to bad luck or just plain clumsiness on his part.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Possibly with Fuuka's sister, Haruka. The manga implies she resembles their father with brown hair, while the anime shows her as having blue hair and eyes like their mother.
  • Always Second Best: Koyuki and Sara. Both of them have crushes on Yuu, but both come up short and lose Yuu to Akitsuki. After Akitsuki dies, it seems that they are on the brink of losing to Aoi. This tends to happen with the band itself as well; they're often inconsistent in live performances, but when they put it together and put on a great show, they almost always get shown up by another band, whether its Le Bard, the Rabbitz, or the Hedgehogs.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Averted with Mikasa Makoto. He's quite straightforward about himself "not being interested in girls" and mercilessly teases Yuu. Several characters make remarks about this during the (normal) interactions of the male cast.
  • Arc Symbol: The Usamune cellphone strap. Akitsuki giving one to Yuu was the start of an unbreakable relationship between the two. That is until Akitsuki's untimely death. After her death, her Usamune was given to Aoi as a sign of Yuu not trying not to get hung up by Akitsuki's passing. Later on, that same cellphone strap was destroyed by a truck when Yuu saved Aoi from being hit which probably symbolized him finally moving on from Akitsuki. A few chapters later, it was confirmed that Yuu is indeed in love with Aoi.
  • The Cameo: There are tons of cameos from Kimi no Iru Machi, including Rin, Daiki, Nanami, Akari, Yuzuki, and Haruto. Also, Shinichi and Yuuki of Half & Half (which is an in-universe movie) make a cameo, with additional appearances from, of course, Fuuka's parents Yamato and Suzuka from Suzuka.
  • Character Title: Played with, as there are 2 different central characters with the given name "Fuuka". Initially, it's assumed the title refers to Fuuka Akitsuki; however, she dies in a car accident early in the series, which makes it appear as though it's become an Artifact Title. However, the band continues to bear her name and soon afterwards another "Fuuka" appears and joins The Fallen Moon.
  • Childhood Friends: Yuu and Koyuki were best friends based around their mutual love of the band The Hedgehogs until Koyuki had to move away. The relationship between the two is initially a secret due to how absurdly rabid Koyuki's fanbase is.
  • Cursed with Awesome: A very meta example. Ever since he met Fukka, Yuu can't seem to stay on Twitter for more than five minutes without something going pulling him into a loony scenario. But he does get to date a Manic Pixie Dream Girl for his trouble, so it's not exactly the worst suffering I've ever heard of. See what happens when you put down your phone for five seconds.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: The most famous twist in the series is the fact that the titular character Fuuka Akitsuki gets run over by a truck in Chapter 36 without warning. Toyed with again when Aoi almost gets hit by a truck 80 chapters later.
  • Egocentric Team Naming: By accident; when Shelly Hornet asks Akitsuki in English what her band's name is, Fuuka is only able to understand the word "name" and ends up giving Shelly the English translation of "Akitsuki", "Fall(en) Moon", which ends up sticking. Later done deliberately when the band reforms into the Blue Wells, which is taken from the characters of their new lead singer Fuuka Aoi's surname.
  • Gay Moment: Invoked by Mikasa to tease Yuu anytime Yuu expresses admiration for him and how comfortable he is with himself. Mikasa switches targets to Nachi after he joins the band, presumably because Nachi is far easier to work up. Turned up to 11 when Aoba decides that the band needs to spice it up with some sexy photos and pairs Mikasa and Nachi for the shoot.
  • Idol Singer: Koyuki Hinashi and Shelley Hornet. Shelley is foreign, so the peculiar culture surrounding idol singers doesn't come up, but it comes up in spades with Koyuki any time she's around. Aoi isn't really one, but she does operate as a solo act after her band goes back home.
  • Lead Bassist: Yuu is arguably all four types.
  • Loser Protagonist: Yuu is portrayed as a socially inept guy who spends far too much time on Twitter (going as far as getting a replacement smartphone when his phone gets broken, for no other purpose than simply to have Twitter access). He easily caves in under other people's pressure and even his sisters treat him as an absolute loser. It starts to become funny when people still treat him like this when he's the lead singer of a popular rock band with a healthy harem of famous, beautiful women.
    • This Loser Is Yuu: Yuu's inability to function outside Twitter mirrors that of many teenagers nowadays, making it easy for them to identify with him.
    • On the other hand, Yuu starts to grow out of this after meeting Akitsuki. She just won't let him stick his nose in his smartphone and completely ignore the real world, even if he still has to fight the temptation to constantly post things on Twitter from time to time.
  • Mean Boss: The band's label boss, Amaya. She provides her artists with conditions that are near-impossible to fulfill, and demands that they repay large sums of money if they cannot meet the conditions. She apparently believes this kind of behavior will somehow motivate them to do their best and become better than the Hedgehogs.
  • Meaningful Rename: The Fallen Moon eventually reform themselves as the Blue Wells, to symbolize them moving on from Fuuka Akitsuki to Fuuka Aoinote .
  • Mistaken for Gay: Happens to Yuu twice, first in Chapter 7, when his female classmates mistake an argument between Nachi and Mikasa as them fighting over him, and again in Chapter 30, when one of said classmates yells out to everyone in the hall that Yuu likes Mikasa and Nachi, after everyone called on him to "confess his feelings" to Koyuki.
  • Official Couple: Yuu and Akitsuki are an item from the first chapter and start dating pretty early into the manga.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. There are two important characters with the given name "Fuuka".
  • Panty Shot: The plot starts this way: Akituski believes Yuu tried to take one when she first met him. He ends up actually snapping one later.
  • Plucky Girl: Akitsuki is an optimistic, energetic girl - and once she gets inspired, it would probably take a 18-wheeler truck to dislodge the idea from her head. Makoto even comments how she seems to grow wings whenever she gets inspired or simply enjoys herself.
  • The Reveal: Before the Budoukan concert, the Fallen Moon meet their "senior" band, which is a rock band in which everyone is dressed like a rabbit complete with masks. All the other Rabbitz turn out to be older guys, which shocks the gang, but then the vocalist takes off her mask, revealing herself to be the retired idol and Yuu's childhood friend Koyuki Hinashi.
  • Romantic False Lead: Akitsuki, who gets together with Yuu and dies a couple of chapters later.
  • Secondary Character Title: An ambiguous example; technically, the main character is neither Fuuka Akitsuki nor Fuuka Aoi. Even more so after Akitsuki dies.
  • She Is All Grown Up:
    • Fuuka Akitsuki. Her birth was an important event in Suzuka, and the last time we saw her in the extra Return Home chapter she was just a little girl.
    • Chisa from Kimi no Iru Machi. She accidentally bumps into Yuu in chapter 115, where we see that she's still continuing her dream of being a musician.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Took a while to get to that point, but Akitsuki dies in chapter 36.
  • Sugar and Ice Personality: Several characters have these, notably Iwami, the band's label boss Amaya and the entire Hedgehogs band.
  • Tsundere: Several of the girls have some of the personality quirks, but the most straight-forward example of the trope is the band's label boss, Ms. Amaya, who is like this to the band itself. Amaya constantly puts the band and its members down, threatens them with large financial punishments if they don't meet various (absurd) goals and acts like they're generally terrible, yet its shown that she really does care about the band and believes in their worth. Not that she would ever tell them that directly.
  • Unwanted Harem: Despite being tagged as a "visually unappealing" Loser Protagonist, Yuu has at least 5 attractive women who have all expressed interest in him.
  • Wham Episode: It's a Seo Kouji series, so they happen a lot.