When I was offered to take the wheel of Given, I was hesitant about this series. Since I’m not the biggest romance fan, I was biased about it and didn’t know what to expect. Yet, everything turned out fine and it seems to be a pretty good anime. It didn’t amaze me, but I respect the fact that it’s well made, relaxing, and full of music. But enough with the intro, let’s move to the plot section and take a closer look to the events of the third episode.
In this episode, the plot unfolds in a straightforward but fun way. After Mafuyu continues to be silent about his thoughts and motives, Ritsuka’s starting to lose it. He asks his friends for advice; he searches for relationship guidelines online; and he is determined to approximate the singer of his interest. Nevertheless, Mafuyu remains a hard nut to crack and this whole situation awards us with some hilarious ‘rejection’ scenes.
Except for the carefree parts, we got the chance to learn more about Mafuyu’s dark past and finally got a proper explanation about his introvert character. Now all the pieces of the puzzle are connected. However, I’m quite disappointed by the way he treated his old acquaintance, and although he has some serious psychological issues, he could at least try to talk to him. But, happily, this event – alongside Ritsuka’s mental breakdown – encouraged him to open up and agree to join the band, eventually. Hooray!
Disinterest: Mafuyu is making Ritsuka’s life difficult. He is always lost in his own thoughts and for the guitarist seems so unreachable and far away. The scenes where Ritsuka was trying to make a conversation happen and Mafuyu was just leaving are definitely a highlight!
Singing?: Please, don’t flame me, but I honestly laughed way too hard with Mafuyu’s ‘lalala’ by the end of the episode. I can’t say yet if I like his voice or not, but definitely, this murmuring wasn’t charming.
Themes & Trivia
Different Name, Same thing: While Ritsuka was trying to find relationship tips online, he used a search machine named ‘Pollo’. This machine looked noticeably similar to Google, though the word Pollo translates to ‘chicken’ in Spanish. Do you think this is the first time brand names have been changed in anime? Of course not! There are many instances of this and some of them are hilarious. Let’s see some of the best:
- Yahoo turned into Yohoo in Durarara
- Toyota turned into Doyota in Galaxy Angel Rune
- Steam turned into Seam in Honkai Impact 3rd
- Starbucks turned into Moonbucks in Hataraku Maou-sama!
- Sony turned into Cony in Paranoia Agent
- Samsung turned into Samyung in Blood+
- Red Bull turned into Red Gull in New Game!
- Pizza Hut turned into Pizza But in Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid
- Gmail turned into Gmale in Inuyashiki – my personal favorite!
This episode made me giggle and I feel so relaxed while watching this show. It may not be my favored style of anime, yet it’s well made and its slow paced nature makes me appreciate it more. I’m glad that Given shows that communication may seem easy for some people but it’s an extreme challenge for others. It portrays how easy it is to be pulled back by a haunting past and how people might misunderstand your behavior, unless you explain it to them. It conveys, in a lighthearted way, that it’s always important to fight your inner demons and to chase your dreams.
‘Music is all about communication…’
In conclusion, Given appears to be a good anime. If I, who detests the majority of romance anime, liked it, I guarantee that romance genre fans will love it!
I’m curious to learn more about Mafuyu’s past and I can’t wait to read your thoughts about him joining the band. Let us know what you thought about this episode in the comments! Till the next episode!
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast