The tenth episode shows us how the band managed last night’s blast. Bonding, feelings, revelations, and funny panic moments are unfolded in front of our eyes. Let’s take a closer look and see what happened!
This episode featured the juicy bits which took place after the big concert. Yet, it was extremely slow paced, making me bored and sleepy from time to time.
Moving on though, after Ritsuka realized what he did last night, panic is all over the place. He decides to pay a visit to Mafuyu’s house, and -since gingerhead is sick- he stays there to keep him some company. Meanwhile, Haruki and Akihiro are having their jealous-hilarious moments, but still nothing major happened between them. I’m kinda relieved about it, since I prefer Akihiro with his ex, the violin master! They look great together and they seem to have a unique bonding.
In the meantime, after the boys are over with uploading their song online, they decide to name their band Given (wow! didn’t see that coming) and are getting ready for an opening act at a big show. I’m sure they’ll do great, since Mafuyu’s ready to write a second song and Ritsuka’s starting to realise why he ‘lost’ his talent. Towards the end, Mafuyu makes a sneaky suggestion for an ocean date, ending up confessing his feelings towards Ritsuka.
Yayoi: Poor Yayoi thought she had a chance with Akihiro… So, she made her moves, yet all she got was some rude rejection. So, what every over-emotional teenager would do under this circumstance? Cut their hair and cry. This must have been the most realistic and funny moment of this whole episode!
Confession: Mafuyu went from shy to… fly! He changed so much after the concert I can hardly recognize him. He stated that he’ll write more songs, he invited Ritsuka into his house, he took him on a -secret- date, and he confessed his love towards him. Mafuyu, the guy that couldn’t even look someone in the eyes, took a huge turn and left me speechless. I’m curious to see how he’ll evolve.
Themes & Trivia
Episode Title: This episode is called Wonderwall. The title is inspired by the worldwide famous song of Oasis, which was released in 1995 and is extremely popular even today!
Don’t flame me, but I didn’t enjoy this episode. It all felt like a huge delay, like the production wanted to somehow just fill the episode, keeping the important parts for the finale. It’s a bad strategy because, under different circumstances, I would have dropped this series a long time ago. Monotonous episodes and a huge cliffhanger towards the end? If that’s what you like, Given is your thing!
The show is heading to its end, since we’re already on the tenth episode, yet I rarely spot some intense action. The slice-of-life elements are all over the place and the romantic tensions are usually oppressed. I hope for the last episodes to be more energetic, since, after the phenomenal concert, I was ready for things to get serious.
‘I love you…’
Are you as annoyed as I am about this slow-paced episode? What do you think about Ritsuka’s reaction towards Mafuyu’s confession? Can’t wait to read your comments here, in MANGA.TOKYO!
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast