Announcing The Results of the Reader’s Poll – The Best Anime of 2019

I asked and you voted - it is time to reveal the reader's choice for 2019's Anime of the Year. This one was definitely surprising.

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Given Anime Series Review

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.

Given Episode 11 – Outro

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.

Given Episode 10 – A Lighter Note

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 Episode 9 – Resolution

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.

Given Episode 8 – Chorus

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.

Given Episode 7 – Diminuendo

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.

Why I Think Given is a Better Anime than A Manga

I feel like a lot of viewers may be sleeping on Given. It’s a surprisingly good character-driven drama. I am enjoying a lot and I enjoy neither drama nor romance. It’s just well written. It’s also really well adapted. I’m currently reviewing the season with Karandi and you can check out our reviews below. After … Continue reading Why I Think Given is a Better Anime than A Manga

Given Episode 6 – Tritone

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.

Given Episode 5 – Drum & Bass

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.