Fuuka

In the past, I used to be really excited about romance anime, but in recent years, I have become increasingly jaded because most romance anime tend not to have any conclusive endings. So when there is a romance anime, especially when the source material is still ongoing, I am skeptical because I think the purpose of the anime is to promote the source material such as the manga. In the case of Fuuka, I approached it with caution because the manga is still ongoing, and the animation is handled by Diomedea, which in my knowledge, had never handled a romance genre before.

However, after completing the entire anime, I realized I was wrong to be skeptical. Fuuka would be the exemplary example of how I would want a romance anime to go about. The pacing was very well done, given the short number of episodes. While the characters were not really developed, especially the band members, I felt the studio managed to allow viewers to relate to them despite only spending so little time on the band members. Praise has to be given to the studio for the writing. Finally, what is most important is that the anime had a conclusive ending. It deviated from the manga, and can be said to be an original work after a certain episode. Compared to previous adaptations of Seo Kouji sensei’s works, I felt Fuuka is the best followed by Suzuka and finally Kimi no Iru Machi. I guess it is probably because I am older now, I am no longer that impressed by Fuuka, so I may not be giving it more credit than it should. But I can definitely say that if you want a romance anime to watch that reflects a cliche that has not been seen in a long time, Fuuka is one that brings back the formula of a classic love triangle and a school anime back. Who says that cliche anime cannot be good? It can, if it is done right.

TL;DR: Go and watch Fuuka if you are itching to watch a romance school anime that has a conclusive ending and contains a cliche love triangle.

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