BL Anime: Given Episode 9 Review

Given is a shounen ai anime from this season. It’s still airing and it’s one of the best Boys Love anime I’ve seen. It’s been a great show since the beginning, but episode 9 has been by far, the best episode yet. It was a whirlwind of emotions. It was heart-wrenching, yet so beautiful. The tears just wouldn’t stop when I watched this episode. I got goosebumps.

Synopsis: Mafuyu Sato has a difficult time expressing himself. He is bad with words and doesn’t understand his own feelings. He wants to learn how to play guitar and is able to when he meets Ritsuka Uenoyama, a boy who goes to the same high school as him. After hearing that Mafuyu can sing, Uenoyama invites Mafuyu to join his band, the seasons. The band is offered an opportunity to perform a live show. Mafuyu is given the challenge to write lyrics for a song composed by Uenoyama. However, he is struggling to write lyrics as he has his other stuff he needs to work on. With the live show approaching, will he be able to finish the lyrics on time?

He does – and the song went above and exceeded all my expectations. To understand the lyrics fully, you have to watch the show in its entirely. Yes, go watch Given. Even if you don’t understand everything because you haven’t seen the show, you can feel Mafuyu’s feelings in this song. Through music, he was finally able to express himself and say all the words he’s been wanting to say. It was a release of so many emotions at once, and I felt it.

If you do plan on watching Given, I don’t recommend watching the video because it contains spoilers.

August 2019 Anime & Asian Drama Wrap-Up

These are the shows I watched in August. This is my first time doing something like this, so I’ll see if I’ll continue it. I worked on this post for a month and wrote a bit whenever I watched a show.

I normally watch more episodes/shows, but the highlights of my month were playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair so that took a lot of time away from watching shows.

Durarara!!x2 Ten: Onoroke Chakapoko

Episodes watched: 1/1

Prior to watching this special episode, I watched everything related to Durarara!! except for two special episodes. So… I decided to watch them both on the same day. Durarara!! is one of my favourite anime and my favourite character is from this anime. Unfortunately, Izaya was barely in these episodes but I did learn that he does not like dogs.

This episode was focused on Shinra and Celty’s relationship.

Durarara!!x2 Shou: Watashi no Kokoro wa Nabe Moyou

Episodes watched: 1/1

This special episode takes place during the time Mikado and the others attended a hot pot party at Shinra’s apartment. We see a few flashbacks in this episode and it was nice to see what the characters were like when they were young.

Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou

Episodes watched: 3/13

This is season 2 of Natsume’s Book of Friends. I really enjoyed season 1. To be honest, I’m not too impressed with it so far but I’m sure my mind will change as I watch more…

Given (ongoing)

Episodes watched: 4 (4-7)

Given is a boys love anime and I recommend this. I’m really enjoying this anime.

The four main characters are in a music band and the ending song is sang and performed by them! Sato’s voice actor is amazing at singing. I am in love with the song. The opening song is also really good!

Dr. Stone (ongoing)

Episodes watched: 5 (5-9)

I was hooked on Dr. Stone within the first ten minutes of episode one. Dr. Stone continues to be a show I look forward to watching every week.

Vinland Saga (ongoing)

Episodes watched: 4 (5-8)

Vinland Saga is an anime about vikings. What I like about Vinland Saga is that I feel like I’m in the setting in which the story takes place. I’m completely immersed in the show every time I watch it.

Aimer sings the ending theme!

Autumn’s Concerto

Episodes watched: 1 (23 on Netflix)

Autumn’s Concerto is one of my favourite Taiwanese dramas and I cry a lot whenever I watch this. The main guy, Guang Xi, starts off as a jerk but he treats the main girl, Mu Cheng, very well later on. I recommend this drama.

Abyss

Episodes watched: 2/16

Abyss is a South Korean drama that was recommended to me. It’s alright so far. Asian drama episodes feel so long… I’m too used to anime episodes…

Kimetsu no Yaiba (ongoing)

Episodes watched: 6 (16-21)

I heard episode 19 was really good so I caught up to the anime. Inosuke and Zenitsu are irritating at times, but they’re both growing on me. I’m really proud of Tanjirou and Nezuko. They make a wonderful team.

One Piece (ongoing)

Episodes watched: 17 (730-746)

I finally finished watching the fight between Luffy and Doflamingo. One Piece is my favourite anime of all time but the bird cage lasted a very long time. Time isn’t very logical in One Piece. The episodes and fights are definitely dragged out in addition to the recap every episode but I’ll still watch every episode of One Piece.

It’s a little crazy to think that I’ve watched over 700 episodes of One Piece. I started watching One Piece from the beginning in 2016 and I’ve been consistently watching seasonal anime too.

Dororo

Episodes watched: 2 (14-15)

I hear that the ending is awesome. The start of Dororo was very strong but the anime feels kind of long…

Fruits Basket (2019) (ongoing)

Episodes watched: 1 (8)

I’ve watched the first Fruits Basket anime adaptation and I’ve completed the manga so maybe that’s why it’s taking me a while to catch up to this anime…

Kotoura-san

Episodes watched: 1/12

I watched the first ten minutes of this anime a long time ago, but I thought it was depressing so I dropped it. This anime was recommended to me and I gave it another try. The rest of the first episode certainly had a different feeling to it, so I guess the moral of the story is to not drop shows so hastily and to finish the first episode, at the very least!


My favourite shows from this season are Dr. Stone and Demon Slayer/Kimetsu no Yaiba.

As usual, I also read manga and webtoons but that would make a very long post so let’s not get into that.