time to talk about given!
tw given spoilers and my rambling under the cut
I’ve been writing a post about why I love given since the first season finished airing bc I was that impacted by it yes I watched it as it aired and since then it’s become one of my fave series
I don’t think I’ll ever finish that post so you get this instead! my half assed thoughts bc I just rewatched the given movie
part of why I love given so much is bc I related to mafuyu a lot. at the time it aired I had also lost someone I loved so I very much related to mafuyu’s grief. while our circumstances were different, I saw a lot of myself in mafuyu and the episode where he sang his song was so extremely cathartic omg I cried like a baby watching it. honestly I think it did help in my healing even though like I said our circumstances were different we were both grieving a lost love and it was so nice to see him express those feelings.
now the given movie oh man that also hit all those same wounds again. a couple of years have gone by and I’ve mostly processed my grief by now but seeing akihiko and ugetsu’s relationship reminded me so much of the relationship I was grieving when I watched the first season. I saw parts of myself in both aki and ugetsu but I resonated the most with ugetsu for his fear of letting go. and seeing that scene of the concert where mafuyu had processed some of his grief and was in a good place, trying to communicate to ugetsu that it’ll be okay…broke me lol bc here was someone who struggled so much to verbalize his own grief, finally did, came out the other side, and was now trying to help another person understand that things will be okay…that got me and obviously spoke to me bc yeah it’s been years since my breakup we’re calling it a breakup for simplicity but when I think back to what happened some of the ugly feelings still poke their way through
and the scene immediately after it where aki and ugetsu both finally let go…yep I cried like a baby again! seeing that they both very much still care for each other but knowing they’re not good for each other, ugetsu’s distraught face once he realizes things are over and tries to reach out to aki only to be met by the image of mafuyu’s reassuring smile before calming down..ah it just really gets me!!!
overall given to me is like a warm hug. it reminds me of similar things I experienced and then says I see you you’re not alone things will be okay and that’s why I love it so much and I highly recommend it