The highly anticipated episode of the band’s show has arrived. Are you in for some character development, for some intense bonding, and for a phenomenal performance? If so, keep reading, since in Episode 9 of Given, so many events occurred that your mind will be blown!
The boys are facing a problem with Mafuyu’s guitar strings and, as always, Haruki’s logic give the solution: JUST BUY SOME NEW STRINGS AND REPLACE THE OLD ONES. For the love of God, I don’t know why everyone panicked. Till this point, I’m pretty sure that Mafuyu and Ritsuka are drama queens, considering the fact that they always panic about -literally- everything. So, the end of the world was avoided, due to Haruki’s common sense…
Moving on, the concert finally begun and, surprisingly, it seems that Ritsuka’s tough love had a positive impact on Mafuyu, since he decided to sing. He dedicated the song to his lost love, and we got a chance to see more of him and Yuki. I’m sad that we’ll never get the chance to see more of Yuki, since he appears to be a quite interesting character. Unfortunately, he was quite sensitive, so maybe Mafuyu’s phrase Are you willing to die for me? affected him more than it should… Now I get it why Mafuyu blames himself. Sometimes words can cause some pretty bad damage.
Singing: Finally, after all this time, Mafuyu decides to express himself through singing. His interpretation was intense and emotional, since he sang his soul out. I have to admit that during the first part of the song I wasn’t excited, neither with his voice nor with his stage-energy. Yet, when he started to feel more free, while being reminded of his past love, I was thrilled.
Kiss: Ritsuka’s kiss to Mafuyu came out of nowhere. It caught me off guard, since I was thinking that their first smack would be more… slow and romantic, not during a rushed concert break. Yet, it was emotional and affected Mafuyu in a good way. So, cheers to the boys!
Themes & Trivia
Episode Title: This episode is called A Winter Story. The title is inspired by a song of The One, a Japanese band! There is also a short film with the same name, which was released in 1986 and was directed by Dave Edwards.
This was a fast-paced episode. It was eventful, explanatory, and intense, and gave me what I was asking for. I have to say that I didn’t think Ritsuka would make the first move, since he’s still uncomfortable with his gay feelings. Yet, due to the concert’s ecstasy, he found the courage he was missing. To be honest, the more flashbacks I see with Mafuyu and Yuki, the less I ship Mafuyu and Ritsuka… Those 2 boys were perfect for each other and their relationship deserved better. I’m curious to see how Sato’s character will change after he moves on…
‘I miss you…’
Did you enjoy Mafuyu’s performance? Was everything as emotional as you wished to be? And most important of them all: who do you ship with Mafuyu? Can’t wait to read your comments here, in MANGA.TOKYO!
Summer 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast