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 to 4 April 2018 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine. It was published online in English by Crunchyroll. An anime television adaptation produced by Diomedéa aired from 6 January 2017 to 24 March 2017.
Cover of the first manga volume
|Genre||Drama, romance, music|
|Written by||Kōji Seo|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Magazine|
|Original run||12 February 2014 – 4 April 2018|
|Volumes||20 + 1 special|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Keizō Kusakawa|
|Produced by||Ikuno Iida|
|Written by||Aoi Akashiro|
|Music by||Iga Takuro|
|Original network||WOWOW, Tokyo MX, MBS, BS11, HTV|
|Original run||6 January 2017 – 24 March 2017|
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.
- Yuu Haruna (榛名 優, Haruna Yū)
- Voiced by: Yūsuke Kobayashi (Japanese); Aaron Dismuke (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 (Japanese); Jill Harris (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 "The Fallen Moon" after her surname, and becomes the band's vocalist. They successfully perform at their school's school festival. Her fate is different between the manga and the anime adaptation. In the manga she is accidentally killed by a truck, whereas the anime has her surviving and following part of the manga story arc of Fuuka Aoi. The anime ends with Fuuka going out with Yuu.
- Fuuka Aoi (碧井 風夏, Aoi Fūka)
- Generally referred to as Aoi to distinguish her from Fuuka Akitsuki, she is a budding musician who originally came from Izu, Shizuoka. After performing at a battle-of-the-bands competition, she later performs together with The Fallen Moon at a music festival organized by the band Hedgehogs. Following this, Aoi requests that she join The 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 (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado (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. By the end of the manga, she disbands Rabbitz and becomes the new lead vocalist of the Hedgehogs.
The Fallen MoonEdit
- Makoto Mikasa (三笠 真琴, Mikasa Makoto)
- Voiced by: Soma Saito (Japanese); Ricco Fajardo (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. He initially thinks of himself as gay, but realizes he is bisexual after falling in love with his teacher Tomomi.
- Kazuya Nachi (那智 一矢, Nachi Kazuya)
- Voiced by: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese); Shawn Gann (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 (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 met Fuuka. Upon realizing this, she develops a crush on him.
- Maya Haruna (榛名 麻耶, Haruna Maya)
- Voiced by: Mikako Takahashi (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)
- Yuu's eldest sister who works at an advertising agency.
- Hibiki Haruna (榛名 響, Haruna Hibiki)
- Voiced by: Saori Ōnishi (Japanese); Alex Moore (English)
- Yuu's other older sister who attends college.
- Chitose Haruna (榛名 知歳, Haruna Chitose)
- Voiced by: Kaede Hondo (Japanese); Kristen McGuire (English)
- Yuu's younger sister who is attending middle school.
- Suzuka Akitsuki (秋月 涼風, Akitsuki Suzuka)
- Voiced by: Kanako Mitsuhashi (Japanese); Leah Clark (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 (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (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 (English)
- Fuuka Akitsuki's younger sister, around 8-9 years old. In contrast to Fuuka (who resembles her mother), Haruka resembles her father.
- Ms Tomomi (友美 先生)
- Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa (Japanese); Tia Ballard (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. She later becomes Makoto's girlfriend.
- 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 (Japanese); Caitlin Glass (English)
- Reika Tama (多摩 レイカ, Tama Reika)Ch. 153 the former vocalist for the Hedgehogs. At the end of the series, she and Nico marry.
- 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.
- 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. It is later revealed that she was a classmate of Yuu and Fuuka who had moved to Fukuoka and changed her appearance to resemble Fuuka, who she greatly admired.
Fuuka was published by Kodansha from 12 February 2014 to 4 April 2018 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine and compiled into twenty volumes. The manga was published online in English by Crunchyroll. A Fuuka Special Edition volume was published on April 13, 2018 and contains alternative endings for other heroines.
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. The series' ending theme is "Watashi no Sekai" by Megumi Nakajima. For episode 6, the ending theme is "Yukihanabi" (雪花火) by Saori Hayami. The anime ran for 12 episodes and was released across six BD/DVD volumes. Crunchyroll has licensed the series in North America, with Funimation releasing a simuldub for the series. 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.
|No.||Official English title[a]
Original Japanese title
|Original air date|
Transcription: "Fūka!" (Japanese: 風夏!)
|6 January 2017|
Transcription: "Habatake!" (Japanese: はばたけ!)
|6 January 2017|
Transcription: "Toraianguru!" (Japanese: トライアングル!)
|13 January 2017|
Transcription: "Raibu!" (Japanese: ライブ!)
|20 January 2017|
|5||"One of Us!"|
Transcription: "Nakama!" (Japanese: 仲間!)
|27 January 2017|
Transcription: "Hinashi Koyuki" (Japanese: 氷無小雪)
|3 February 2017|
Transcription: "Dai enjō!" (Japanese: 大炎上!)
|10 February 2017|
Transcription: "Toppu!" (Japanese: トップ!)
|17 February 2017|
Transcription: "Dēto!" (Japanese: デート!)
|24 February 2017|
Transcription: "Unmei" (Japanese: 運命)
|10 March 2017|
Transcription: "Bando" (Japanese: バンド)
|17 March 2017|
|12||"Fair wind"||24 March 2017|
A soundtrack album titled Fuuka Sound Collection was released on 15 March 2017, containing all insert songs and soundtracks from the anime.
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.
Volume 1 reached the 26th place on the weekly Oricon manga charts and, as of 25 May 2014, had sold 64,879 copies; volume 2 reached the 18th place on the chart and, as of 27 July 2014, had sold 73,193 copies; volume 3 reached the 28th place and, as of 26 October 2014, had sold 70,638 copies; volume 4 reached the 20th place and, as of 21 December 2014, had sold 51,164 copies; volume 5 reached the 12th place and, as of 22 February 2015, had sold 62,771 copies; volume 6 reached the 14th place and, as of 24 May 2015, had sold 69,659 copies; volume 7 reached the 17th place and, as of 26 July 2015, had sold 66,456 copies; volume 8 reached the 25th place and, as of 25 October 2015 had sold 61,372 copies; volume 9 reached the 25th place and, as of 20 December 2015, had sold 36,105 copies.
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