Anime review: Given

Hello people. So, my first midterms will be this month and it’s so nerve-wracking for me already, even though I know I only have 4 tests….. Ahhhh, this will cost me something. on the other hand, I do have a lot of time at that time, so even though I will study hard, I know for sure I will have lots of time left stressing out.

That aside, let’s talk about the anime. I’ve been anticipating this for quite a while, since I knew a BL manga would get adapted. The manga itself was already in my ‘wanting to read’ list for quite a while, but could never really bring myself to read it. When I knew the airing date was closing in, I decided to binge-read it really fast. Well, I took my time reading it, I meant like, being a bit hasty with deciding to read it. Anyways, my impression of that, well, you’ll find out soon enough. Anyways, let’s get moving on, instead of rambling on like this.

Given theme 5


“It’s stuck deep inside me and I can’t get it out of my head. Mafuyu’s voice is an insane and dangerous weapon.”

That day, Ritsuka Uenoyama started to feel that playing the guitar and playing basketball, both of which he liked very much, were becoming boring. He then encounters Mafuyu Sato, who’s holding onto a broken guitar, and decides to fix it. The moment Uenoyama finishes fixing the guitar, Mafuyu becomes completely attached to him. However, after hearing Mafuyu sing it leaves a deep impression on him.

(Source: MU)

Given theme 1


So let’s talk about the concept. Bands, well, you see it here and there. Most music animes like these get pretty big, so I guess music-genre is a good one. Even if I see it here and there, I always see so many music animes that are children tv-shows and so not realistic. Ugh…. Anyways, about the concept, well, I already knew about it from the manga. I think, processing past events is a very interesting thing. I was really interested in how this would be developing. I think the mangaka did a great job with this. The music knowledge in it wasn’t very well said, but I think that the mangaka brought the feelings and intentions out very well.

^anyways, this is half manga rambling, as I can’t help compare it a bit to it, but because Given isn’t a completed manga, I won’t review it now… *cries*

So the story, I think the anime was stretching out some parts waayyyy too much. I sometimes got a bit impatient because of that. Of course I can understand the fact that the amount of chapters, in comparison to the number of episodes and the length of the episodes need to be filled, but still!!! So slow sometimes…. I don’t think it was necessary at some parts and that they could’ve stretched parts somewhere else maybe. Still, a good story, very solid and understanding. Though maybe a bit hard to read sometimes with what’s going on, the melancholy was the thing I liked so much about Mafuyu. And yes, although there are some things left open, I think the story, in general, got a pretty good closing.

The character themselves, I loved them. Mafuyu stays my favourite guy. Yes, he’s the protagonist, yes he’s cute, yes his hair is fluffy, yes he spaces out, yes I love those starry eyes animations!!!! Uenoyama is a bit of a tsundere haha. I loved the last episode, mostly because of his inner dialogue in his head omfg lmao. I laughed really hard. I didn’t know how they would do it, but they did this so well. The side characters each got their own problems too, but they’re like foreshadowing things. Unfortunately, as the manga release isn’t that far right now.

The story development wasn’t really very clear always. Sometimes kept vague on what they meant, but interpretation is the key here. Though some wouldn’t like that really, as lots of manga are often no-brain stories. But even though it’s vague, I think I liked that, it made it a bit…. more for interesting for the readers who sometimes like to think in a story.

The art wasn’t the most remarkable thing, alongside with the animation, so I’ll skip that.

So, about the song that is sung in episode 9. As I didn’t really know what to expect as Mafuyu only hummed a bit and his voice wasn’t that amazing in my ears, I didn’t really know what to expect. Of course, he sang the ending too, but still. So, when I heard the song, I thought it was really perfect for this. I felt thrilled. I felt a bit sad, but not so sad I cried, because that went a bit too far for me. I could relate to some parts, but not a lot tbh. Still, a really good song. The songs are available to buy on Animate, CDJapan and probably other sites too. Even though I would like to buy the songs, I think I’ll hold it on the fact I can listen to the songs on YouTube.

Given theme 3

So, in the end, I’ll give this anime an 8,5/10. I loved that a BL manga was adapted to an anime. The episodes were a bit stretched out in my opinion sometimes. I saw parts where I thought that this would be a good part to end the episode with instead of the parts they ended up with. They really hold it strict towards the original. Also, big respect to the voice actor of Mafuyu as he has an amazing voice.

And even though the shounen-ai tag wasn’t really that visible, I wouldn’t say to not recommend it to those who don’t like BL, as it isn’t really explicit or anything. The main thing is to grow as a person and maybe with someone else too. Give it a shot.

Given theme 4



And this was it for this week. I’ll stop by this end begin on working on my homework….. OTL

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