A return to Given Anime; the parallelism of hot and cold- a quick reflection

Given anime has a lot of parallelism pertaining to temperatures and seasons. My favorite is how Mafuyu often reflects that his relationship with Yuki was like night and winter, while his relationship with Uecchi is like the summer and day. It's not explicitly said but that's the vibes that I get from his monolog in episode 9. He had trouble expressing his feelings then, even after…

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A reflection on: Thank you my god- On why favoritism is toxic

I have been mulling over this manga since this afternoon and even until now, I can't get it out of my head. The isolation and the desperation that the main character has felt is palpable. Although the story is hard to follow at first because of its flashbacks, the pieces fall together once you read everything. And then it hits you hard the second time. The…

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The Duality of Light and Dark- a Symbolism in Given Movie- Ugetsu’s Darkness and Haruki’s Light

It strikes you right from the get go. Haruki always had this ray of sunshine behind him. Warm, golden, bright. Ugetsu on the other hand, had a backdrop of steel, gray and washed out blue. In a lot of occasions, we meet or are introduced to him when it's raining. It's not just the color and the theme either. The location of their homes are loudly…

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