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Fuuka
Fūka (manga) cover.jpeg
Cover of the first manga volume
風夏
(Fūka)
Manga
Written by Kōji Seo
Published by Kodansha
English publisher Crunchyroll
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 12 February 20144 April 2018
Volumes 20 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Keizō Kusakawa
Produced by Ikuno Iida
Jun Fukuda
Tetsuya Endo
Gouta Aijima
Toshio Iizuka
Masao Fukuda
Toshihiro Maeda
Yoko Tanaka
Hiroshi Endo
Written by Aoi Akashiro
Music by Iga Takuro
West Ground
Studio Diomedéa
Licensed by
Original network WOWOW, Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, HTV
Original run 6 January 2017 24 March 2017
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
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Fuuka (Japanese: 風夏, Hepburn: Fūka) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Kōji Seo. It was published by Kodansha from 12 February 2014[2] to 4 April 2018 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It was published online in English by Crunchyroll.[3] An anime television adaptation produced by Diomedéa aired fromn 6 January 2017[4][5] to 24 March 2017.

Plot[edit]

Fuuka is a sequel to the 2004 manga Suzuka. The story follows Yuu Haruna, a loner and an avid Twitter user that made a promise with his childhood friend Koyuki Hinashi of starting a band. One night, on his way to buy dinner, he stops to take a photo to upload to Twitter. A strange high school girl named Fuuka Akitsuki accidentally bumps into him and mistakenly believes that Yuu is trying to take a photo of her panties, which causes her to smash his phone. Fuuka leaves behind a CD, which Yuu returns the following day. Appreciating Yuu's personality, Fuuka starts a relationship with him, but this is complicated when Koyuki, now a popular idol, contacts Yuu on Twitter and invites him to attend her concert.

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Yuu Haruna (榛名 優, Haruna Yū)
Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi[6] (Japanese); Aaron Dismuke[7] (English)
Yuu is bassist of the band The Fallen Moon (later renamed Blue Wells). After transferring to a school in Tokyo, he meets Fuuka Akitsuki, a mysterious woman who does not have a cellphone. At her request, they form a band, which later performs at their school's school festival. Following Fuuka's death in the manga, he meets Fuuka Aoi, an up-and-coming musician who later wishes to join his band. He eventually falls in love with Fuuka Aoi and begins dating her in chapter 146 when he wrote a song for her explaining his feelings that Blue Wells performed together.
Fuuka Akitsuki (秋月 風夏, Akitsuki Fūka)
Voiced by: Lynn[6] (Japanese); Jill Harris[7] (English)
Fuuka is the heroine of the series, and the daughter of the main characters of Seo's previous manga Suzuka. Yuu initially meets Fuuka after an incident where she accuses him of taking a peek at her panties. Later on, she decides to form a band with Yuu, which is named "Fallen Moon" after her surname, and becomes the band's vocalist. They successfully perform at their school's school festival. Her fate involving a truck is different between the manga and the anime adaptation. In the manga she is accidentally killed whereas the anime has her surviving and following part of the manga story arc of Fuuka Aoi.
Fuuka Aoi (碧井 風夏, Aoi Fūka)
Fuuka, referred to as Aoi to distinguish her from Fuuka Akitsuki, is a budding musician who originally came from Izu, Shizuoka. After performing at a battle-of-the-bands competition, she later performs together with Fallen Moon at a music festival organized by the band Hedgehogs. Following this, Aoi requests that she join Fallen Moon. It is later revealed that her father was the driver of the truck which killed Akitsuki. She falls for him later on in the series and begins to date him in chapter 146 after playing the song he wrote for her expressing his feelings.
Koyuki Hinashi (氷無 小雪, Hinashi Koyuki)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[6] (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado[7] (English)
Koyuki is Yuu's childhood friend and a popular singer. Following an incident where she and Yuu are seen in public together, she confesses her love for him on national television. After retiring as a solo musician, she secretly forms the band Rabbitz, whose members wear rabbit heads during performances.

Blue Wells[edit]

Makoto Mikasa (三笠 真琴, Mikasa Makoto)
Voiced by: Soma Saito[6] (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo[7] (English)
Makoto is the keyboardist of the Blue Wells music band. He is well-liked by his fellow female schoolmates and girls in general. He has won piano competitions in the past.
Kazuya Nachi (那智 一矢, Nachi Kazuya)
Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu[6] (Japanese); Shawn Gann[7] (English)
Kazuya is the drummer of the band. At first relentless at trying to recruit Fuuka to their school's track and field team, he later becomes the "leader" of the music band.
Sara Iwami (石見 沙羅, Iwami Sara)
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu[6] (Japanese); Elizabeth Maxwell (English)
Sara is a student at Yuu and Fuuka's school, and the younger sister of Hisashi, Hedgehogs' guitarist. Like Hisa, Sara plays the guitar. She is actually Yuu's online friend, one of the very few people he was comfortable talking to before he meet Fuuka. Upon realizing this, she develops a crush on him.

Haruna family[edit]

Maya Haruna (榛名 麻耶, Haruna Maya)
Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi[6] (Japanese); Felecia Angelle[7] (English)
Yuu's eldest sister who works at an advertising agency.
Hibiki Haruna (榛名 響, Haruna Hibiki)
Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi[6] (Japanese); Alex Moore[7] (English)
Yuu's other older sister who attends college.
Chitose Haruna (榛名 知歳, Haruna Chitose)
Voiced by: Kaede Hondo[6] (Japanese); Kristen McGuire[7] (English)
Yuu's younger sister who is attending middle school.

Akitsuki family[edit]

Suzuka Akitsuki (秋月 涼風, Akitsuki Suzuka)
Voiced by: Kanako Mitsuhashi[8] (Japanese); Leah Clark[7] (English)
Fuuka Akitsuki's mother, the titular heroine of Suzuka and a former track and field athlete.
Yamato Akitsuki (秋月 大和, Akitsuki Yamato)
Voiced by: Daisuke Nakamura[8] (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn[7] (English)
Fuuka Akitsuki's father, the protagonist of Suzuka and a former track and field athlete.
Haruka Akitsuki (秋月 春風, Akitsuki Haruka)
Voiced by: Hitomi Ōwada (Japanese); Apphia Yu[7] (English)
Fuuka Akitsuki's younger sister, around 8-9 years old. In contrast to Fuuka (who resembles her mother), Haruka resembles her father.

Hedgehogs[edit]

Ms Tomomi (友美 先生)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[6] (Japanese); Tia Ballard[7] (English)
Tomomi Yoshino (吉野 友美, Yoshino Tomomi) is Yuu and Fuuka's homeroom teacher. It is later revealed that she is the former keyboardist of the band Hedgehogs, Yuu and Fuuka's favorite band.
Hisashi Iwami (石見 寿, Iwami Hisashi)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese); Seth Magill (English)
He is the former guitarist of the Hedgehogs. He runs a music studio and is Sara's older brother.
Nobuaki Yahagi (矢矧 伸明, Yahagi Nobuaki)
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
He is the former drummer for the Hedgehogs, who now runs the "South Wind" Beach House.
Tama (たま)
Voiced by: Manami Numakura[8] (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)
Reika Tama (多摩 レイカ, Tama Reika)Ch. 153 the former vocalist for the Hedgehogs.
Nico (ニコ, Niko)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese); Jason Liebrecht (English)
Musashi Nicholson Oda (小田 ニコルソン 武蔵, Oda Nikoruson Musashi)Ch. 153 is the former bass player for the Hedgehogs.

Others[edit]

Manager Yamada (山田マネージャー, Yamada Manējā)
Voiced by: Mai Nakahara (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)
Koyuki's manager.
Akira Mogami (最上 彰, Mogami Akira)
Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (Japanese); Aaron Roberts (English)
Mogami is a music producer for young artists.
Sakura Katsuragi (葛城 桜, Katsuragi Sakura)
A character who Yuu meets in the manga. She bears a striking resemblance to Fuuka.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation produced by Diomedéa began airing on 6 January 2017. The series' opening theme is "Climbers' High!" by Manami Numakura who voices Tama, vocalist of the band Hedgehogs.[8] The series' ending theme is "Watashi no Sekai" by Megumi Nakajima.[9] For episode 6, the ending theme is "Yukihanabi" (雪花火) by Saori Hayami.[10] The anime ran for 12 episodes and was released across six BD/DVD volumes.[11] Crunchyroll has licensed the series in North America, with Funimation releasing a simuldub for the series.[12] Songs in the anime are performed by My First Story's guitarist SHO, Ellegarden's drummer Hirotaka Takahashi, The Bonez's bassist T$UYO$HI and Takuro Iga, the series' music composer, playing the keyboard.[13]

Episode list[edit]

No. Official English title[a]
Original Japanese title
Original air date
1 "Fuuka!"
"Fūka!" (風夏!) 
6 January 2017
2 "Take Flight!"
"Habatake!" (はばたけ!) 
6 January 2017
3 "Triangle!"
"Toraianguru!" (トライアングル!) 
13 January 2017
4 "Live!"
"Raibu!" (ライブ!) 
20 January 2017
5 "One of Us!"
"Nakama!" (仲間!) 
27 January 2017
6 "Koyuki Hinashi"
"Hinashi Koyuki" (氷無小雪) 
3 February 2017
7 "Blown Up!"
"Dai enjō!" (大炎上!) 
10 February 2017
8 "Top!"
"Toppu!" (トップ!) 
17 February 2017
9 "Date!"
"Dēto!" (デート!) 
24 February 2017
10 "Fate"
"Unmei" (運命) 
10 March 2017
11 "Band"
"Bando" (バンド) 
17 March 2017
12 "Fair wind"  24 March 2017

Music[edit]

A soundtrack album titled Fuuka Sound Collection was released on 15 March 2017, containing all insert songs and soundtracks from the anime.[14].

In Chapter 189 of the manga, Hoshi no Furu Machi's lyrics from the anime was used, marking the first time the manga took elements from the anime.

To commemorate the end of the manga, Seo wrote the song "Wings of light", performed by Lynn, who voiced Fuuka in the anime adaptation.[15]

Sales[edit]

Volume 1 reached the 26th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts[16] and, as of 25 May 2014, had sold 64,879 copies;[17] volume 2 reached the 18th place on the chart[18] and, as of 27 July 2014, had sold 73,193 copies;[19] volume 3 reached the 28th place[20] and, as of 26 October 2014, had sold 70,638 copies;[21] volume 4 reached the 20th place and, as of 21 December 2014, had sold 51,164 copies;[22] volume 5 reached the 12th place and, as of 22 February 2015, had sold 62,771 copies;[23] volume 6 reached the 14th place[24] and, as of 24 May 2015, had sold 69,659 copies;[25] volume 7 reached the 17th place[26] and, as of 26 July 2015, had sold 66,456 copies;[27] volume 8 reached the 25th place[28] and, as of 25 October 2015 had sold 61,372 copies;[29] volume 9 reached the 25th place and, as of 20 December 2015, had sold 36,105 copies.[30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll & Funimation.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crunchyroll Announces Winter 2017 Anime Lineup". Anime News Network. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "A town where you live's Kouji Seo to Launch Fūka Manga". Anime News Network. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Kouji Seo's Fuuka Manga". Anime News Network. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  4. ^ to 4 April 2018 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine."Fuuka Manga Gets Anime Adaptation, PV and January Release Date". Nagame Digital. 24 November 2016. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kouji Seo's Fūka Manga Gets TV Anime Adaptation". Anime News Network. 31 July 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j ""Fuuka" Anime Cast, Staff And Broadcast Plans Spotted". Crunchyroll. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Official Winter 2017 Simuldub Lineup". Funimation. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Fūka TV Anime's 1st Promo Video Previews Opening Theme". Anime News Network. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Macross Frontier's Megumi Nakajima Returns From Musical Hiatus, Performs Ending for Fūka Anime". Anime News Network. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Koyuki Hinashi". Fuuka. Episode 6 (in Japanese). 2 February 2017. WOWOW. 
  11. ^ "Blu-ray&DVD". Fuuka. 
  12. ^ "Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Interviews with Monster Girls, ACCA, Fuuka, Chaos;Child Anime". Anime News Network. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Fūka Anime Reveals More Cast, Opening Theme Artists". Anime News Network. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "音楽". Fuuka official website. Diomedéa. Retrieved 24 June 2017. 
  15. ^ Sherman, Jennifer. "Fuuka's Kouji Seo to Launch New Manga in June". Anime News Network. Retrieved 6 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, May 12-18". Anime News Network. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, May 19-25". Anime News Network. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, July 14-20". Anime News Network. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, July 21-27". Anime News Network. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 13-19". Anime News Network. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 20-26". Anime News Network. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, December 15-21". Anime News Network. 24 December 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  23. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 16-22". Anime News Network. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  24. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, May 11-17". Anime News Network. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  25. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, May 18-24". Anime News Network. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  26. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, July 13-19". Anime News Network. 22 July 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  27. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, July 20-26". Anime News Network. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  28. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 12-18". Anime News Network. 21 October 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  29. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, October 19-25". Anime News Network. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  30. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, December 14-20". Anime News Network. 30 December 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 

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