I had the joy of reviewing this one each week with Irina and I know that it was a definite highlight of the Summer anime season. Given is a low key boys love anime with two adorable dorks at its centre.
It's the final episode and I know both Irina and I are sad to see Given come to an end. That said, we're back with this final review as we see where the band ends up at how things play out for Mafuyu and Uenoyama.
Right, so Irina is reviewing Given this week with some minor supporting comments from me as I'm still trying to get over this stupid fever that has had me feeling just awful for the week. That said, Given was worth getting out of bed to watch and write about so that's something.
Given was amazing this week. An absolute emotional roller coaster. Come and see what Irina and I have to say as we work our way through the events of this episode.
It is drama, drama, drama this week in the best possible way. We learn about Yuki and see the band gearing up for the show but things are definitely not going well with Mafuyu either still having no lyrics or not able to sing them at the rehearsal. It was a great episode and Irina and I are ready to gush.
Both Irina and I continue to find reasons to be thrilled that we are watching Given this season. Not that it is hard to find reasons when you've got great writing and great characterisation.
Given has made Irina gush praise for it this week, and I'm not all that far behind. A very solid episode dealing with some emotional beats for the two main characters. Definitely worth watching and Irina is sure to let you know why.
The focus has shifted in Given this week from Mafuyu and Ueno to Aki and Haruki. This is not to the anime's detriment however as these two other band members show us they can carry an episode just fine. Irina and I discuss the latest developments in Given.
In Given episode 4 Karandi will tell you what happens if she remembers to update this text! Otherwise, this will be funny. No one tell her, we can see how long we can keep it our little secret! - Um, Irina, you know I do read the posts going out on my blog right? Incidentally, we'll be discussing Irina's need to have musically themed titles and gush over various enjoyable moments in an anime that is proving to be a very nicely crafted story even if it doesn't perhaps have the budget to really blow the audience away.
In Given episode 3 Mayufu is playing hard to get and it is driving Ueno crazy as he tries to figure out how to convince him to join the band. Irina and I discuss our thoughts on the episode and the story so far.