The name Fuuko means "wind child."
Fuu=wind, ko=child. It may be spelled as Fuuko or Fuko (with those two
dots over the "u"). Kirisawa means foggy swamp. Though she certainly doesn't
look like a "swamp thing " ^_^ (remember that 80s series?). To see another
interpretation of the name Fuuko, click here).Her birthday is on August
2nd and she's Leo (just like me, hee hee ^_^). She's 16 years old and a
second year/sophomore high school student. She goes to the same high school
as Hanabishi Recca. Her blood type is B (Aha! Two things in common with
Fuuko-sama @_@). In
the anime, she has purple hair and blue-violet eyes. In the manga, her
hair is brown and her eyes are green. I dunno how tall she is, but she
probably falls among the usual height for female anime characters (between
5'1" to 5'4").
Fuuko is introduced in the
second anime episode and in Book 1 episode 3
of the manga. She is Recca's neighbor and childhood friend (Er...sweetheart?
Not quite ^^;;). Since childhood, she's been trying to beat/outdo Recca
but to no avail. They would've been best friends if they had not been arguing
all the time. Fuuko is hellbent on beating Recca
so he would be her servant/lapdog. So when Sakoshita Yanagi shows up with
Recca on bent knee serving her, Fuuko is enraged. Now is this a show of
jealousy? Most definitely! Though whether Fuuko is jealous because she
had a crush on Recca or that Yanagi was a better
butt-kicker than she was (Fuuko thought Yanagi beat the hell out of Recca
for him to serve her like that), is beyond me. An early viewer of the series
would think that Fuuko had feelings (other than
annoyance) for Recca and that she was mad that Recca found another
girl to be his girlfirend. Of course this doesn't seem to be the case.
Since I had not seen the first few episodes of FOR, Fuuko had been described
to me as a friend/foe of Recca's.
Enter Kage Houshi who tells
Fuuko that she can help her beat Recca. The gift of the Fuujin
is given unto her. What Fuuko doesn't know is that it contained a stone
that put her mind under the control of Kage Houshi. She challenged
Recca to a fight one night and released the full strength of the Fuujin
on him. She almost gets herself killed in the process. Of course this doesn't
happen and she lives to overcome the power of the Fuujin and Kage Houshi.
At this point, Fuuko role
becomes more defined as Recca's ally. She is able to overcome her resentment
with Yanagi and becomes her friend. She even aids Recca in rescuing
Yanagi from the hands of Mori Kouran. Fuuko's intelligence and fighting
skills are revealed at this point, as she outwits Kurei's
firing statue. She also came face to face with a living mannequin, Reiran
Katashiro and her minions. This happened to be merely a facade done by
Morikawa, a little girl who had control of these living dolls. Fuuko
defeats her amidst a long, tiring battle and later becomes her friend.
They also meet in this story arc, Kouganei Kaoru and Kurei
When Recca learns about his
past while the group was visiting Kage Houshi, they were attacked by The
Three Fools, Kurei's henchmen. It is from defeating these three assassins
that Fuuko was able to acquire the Oni no tsume,
a weapon that she utilizes with her fuujin. Fuuko
then goes on a sojourn to the mountains with Domon to hone her skills in
facing Kurei (who had beaten her to a pulp the
last time they met).
Fuuko, together with the rest
of the Hokage Team were invited to the Urabutosatsojin. There, she faced
a number of adversaries. The first of which was Fujimaru
of the Kuu Team in the opening tournament. The second battle was supposed
to be against one of the Uruha Maboroshi team, but Fuuko was captured in
a trap set by Kurei. Domon and her fell into a pit and nearly drowned in
the pool of water that filled it. They were saved, however by Raiha,
another member of the Uruha Jyuushinshuu. He appears to be Kurei's right
hand man, as it is often showed that Raiha stands by Kurei when the latter
is viewing the tournament. Fuuko has then done battle in the quarterfinals
against a member of the Uruha Ma, Gashakura.
She beats him, using the newly-discovered power of the fuujin, the
spirit of wind. In the finals, Fuuko is pitted against the merciless
Mikoto and her living robot. Mikoto deals Fuuko-san her first ever loss
in the Tournament. However, this was mainly because of Fuuko got knocked
out of the ring. See my versus section for more
details of this battle. After the UBS, Fuuko faces another formidable opponent
in the form of Soukakousai and his magic cauldron.
This cauldron pulls people into it, and whoever it captures dries up turning
into nothing but a dry husk. This was not seen in the anime however, and
runs from volumes 17-20 in the manga. In volume 18, Fuuko acquires a new
weapon, the Shinryu, a double-edged she got from
her adversary Hisui.
Fuuko seems to be one of the
more popular members of the Hokage Ninja. Possibly after Recca himself
and the hunk Mikagami Tokiya (Hey, they're both bishounen! No questions
asked ^_~). She's everything I like about
a female anime character: rough, tough, gutsy, brave and can hold her own
with little if any help at all from the men (e.g. Kamiya Kaoru,
Rei and Makemuchi Misao- all of which I like ^_^). If it weren't for
her voluptous figure, you'd mistake Fuuko for a boy with the way she acts
and carries herself. Her rough-and-tumble demeanor and her devil-may-care
attitude says it all. And yet deep inside you know she's gentle, vulnerable
and caring. Traits she doesn't like showing too often as she doesn't want
to appear weak and dependent.
For some reason she seems to
like the color green, as you see most of her blouses appear. She also has
a tendency to dress like Ranma. No, not girl-type Ranma, but boy-type Ranma
*_*! Those short shorts and male undershirts. Fuuko also seems to like
gym clothes (cycling shorts, sweatshirts, leotards and torn-sleeve tees).
She dresses like a boy, alright. Seemingly oblivious to the fact that the
clothes she wears are rather...uhhm...provocative. They enhance her curves,
and tend to attract more attention that she wants. I guess Fuuko-sama is
a little naive in this aspect. At 16, she isn't as self-conscious of appearance
as other anime femmes. Does she show any change in the manga? I dunno,
really. Go figure :P. So what if she dresses like a 16-year old boy instead
of a 16-year old girl? Fuuko is Fuuko is Fuuko is Fuuko. She rules my
world! Want to see my top ten for Fuuko-sama?
OF THE NAME FUUKO
The name of Fuuko creates an
easy-going, good-natured personality, meeting and mixing easily. You appreciate
the company of others, to the point that you do not like to be by yourself
for very long. You are gifted with natural expression, both verbal and
musical, but you would find it tedious to study music and practice theory.
Anything that involves concentration or just plain hard work, you prefer
to avoid as best you can. Although you have many creative, original ideas,
procrastination is your worst enemy because you can seldom make decisions
and carry them out. In your desire to gain the favour of others and to
keep peace, because you abhor friction, you change your opinion to agree
with those at hand. It is easy for you to express love and affection, but
you would have to watch that your emotional nature does not get the better
of you and lead you to indiscretions which you would later regret. A desire
for sweet, rich foods could create skin problems, overweight, or you could
suffer weakness across the back, or possibly a liver ailment.
Do you want to know the
story behind Fuuko's headband, Domon's mohawk hairdo and how the latter
fell for the former? Click here for the
special story on Fuuko-san!
11- Interview with Fuuko Kirisawa
happened on Volume 11 of the manga, translated by Firetigeress. This interivew
was originally taken from her site, Raging
Interviewer: Now we're interviewing
Team Hokage's lone female fighter - Miss Fuuko!
Fuuko: How do you do!
Interviewer: When did you
get your first kiss? And with whom?
Fuuko: I haven't been kissed
Interviewer: What's your
favourite colour for your underwear?
Fuuko: White, white, white!
Interviewer: In the summer
do you sleep naked?
Interviewer: [Are you the
type of person who doesn't like to wear a bra?]
Fuuko: Sometimes I don't
wear a bra... Hey! Why are you asking these weird questions? Hentai!
Interviewer: So... sorry...
Ah ah - - *heart*
(Even though the interviewer
was beaten half to death, he still feels very fortunate to have this interview)
1. She *does* have a family.
Consisting of mom, whom Recca always runs to since he doesn't have his
own. And a bro (now whether older or younger, is not mentioned) since she
had lent her bro's clothes to Koganei. I'm assuming he's older and may
be at university since he doesn't seem to make an appearance in the Kirisawa
household. No mention of a father though.
2. Fuuko, even when she is
on her deathbed with illness, never cuts classes. Back in junior high and
even before that, she has perfect class attendance!
3. Fuuko calls Recca's adopted
dad Shigeo, "Uncle" whilst Recca always called on Fuuko's mom because he
didn't have his own at the time.
4. She sings karaoke (and
Yanagi does too ^_^!)
5. Yanagi was initially jealous
of Fuuko (back in volume 1).
6. Recca and Fuuko have been
in the same class since first to sixth grades and junior high school. They
were also been neighbors.
7. Recca's nickname for Fuuko
is "North Wind Brat." He thinks he's her natural enemy but he also calls
himself her "buddy."
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Bluhdy One/Fuuko no miko