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    A BL show where the two boys form a band and become emotionally attached to each other.

    Airs: Thursday, July 11, 2019

    Studio: Lerche

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    "It's stuck deep inside me and I can't get it out of my head. Mafuyu's voice is an insane and dangerous weapon."

    That day, Ritsuka Uenoyama started to feel that playing the guitar and playing basketball, both of which he liked very much, were becoming boring. He then encounters Mafuyu Sato, who's holding onto a broken guitar, and decides to fix it. The moment Uenoyama finishes fixing the guitar, Mafuyu becomes completely attached to him. However, after hearing Mafuyu sing it leaves a deep impression on him.


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    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

  • #2
    Episode 1

    Comes with strings attached.

    So it begins with Ritsuka bored out of his mind with both the guitar and basketball, but that quickly changes when he has an encounter with Mafuyu and a special guitar in need of repairs. And thus, things are set in motion with Mafuyu asking Ritsuka to teach him on the guitar, as well as form a new band. That sure got Ritsuka out of his boredom seeing that his guitar skills were being laid to waste with the way things were going. That was quite a nice start there as the chemistry and relationship development is going to be something great if it captures the heart and soul of the manga, which I heard is amazing. While I'm not into BL, I will watch a well-done BL show as this is shaping up to be.

    So as usual, this is put through the trial process, and while my interest was low coming in, I have a feeling it's going to turn into something special seeing that this is on the Noitamina block, which is supposed to be for shows with widespread appeal, and BL is a genre that generally lacks that.
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    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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    • #3
      Episode 2

      Singing is believing.

      So Mafuyu's lessons under Ritsuka begins, and as to be expected he's having trouble. Not so much with the technique as it is his trust as he's just answering with yes, no, maybe so, or some other one or two word answer. But nevertheless, the band is coming together nicely as Mafuyu's singing is really something, and having him in the band is an absolute must after hearing him out. However, these guys will need some money if they are going to ever make it, and so the college boys are going to work. Things are coming together quite nicely here as Mafuyu and Ritsuka are developing some nice chemistry. And now, the ending has lyrics with Mafuyu singing, and it's great.
      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
      Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
      Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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      • #4
        Episode 3

        Hard at work.

        So Mafuyu rejects the offer to join, only to reverse course later on. He's devoted to his dream of playing music, and for that it's good to see him working hard and seeking jobs to pay for it. And then there's this guy named Yuki who is quite important in Mafuyu's life. It will be interesting to see who this Yuki person is, as well as how the band gels.
        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
        Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
        Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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        • #5
          Episode 4

          Kicking things into overdrive.

          Interesting to see what Yayoi has been up to as she's falling for the drummer, but Akihito doesn't seem to be interested in Ritsuka's older sister. And so, the lessons continue, and Ritsuka is showing how an overdrive pedal makes quite a huge difference in sound. Mafuyu still needs a little bit more cash before he could buy it, though. While things are looking up, seeing those girls all jealous of their relationship leads me to believe that really turbulent times are ahead for this BL couple.

          So with that, the trial period is over, and while this wasn't a show I'm the targeted audience for, the storytelling and relationship building has been amazing. So it looks like a keeper for the season.
          MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
          Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
          Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
          The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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          • #6
            Episode 5

            That's why he doesn't smile.

            It's another typical episode where the boys are just hard at work making it through school, and then building the band as they are preparing to make their soft debut at the place Mafuyu is working part-time at. That was some nice backstory there as to how Haruki and Akihito became bandmates. But it's the stuff at the end that has an ominous feel to it as Mafuyu rarely smiles, and the reason why is because he was in lobe with a boy who would go on and commit suicide according to one of the girls who went to the same middle school as he did. That bombshell ought to shake things up in a big way as Mafuyu appeared to be that perfect guy, but it's all a facade to cover up a dark past.
            MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
            Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
            Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
            The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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            • #7
              Episode 6

              Life. Death. BL in between?

              And it turns out that the previous owner of Mafuyu's guitar is the boy who committed suicide, Yuki. While the relationship will never be known, it was clear that Mafuyu did something to drive him to killing himself that remains to be seen. Mafuyu has been struggling to get the lyrics, but it should really be something once they are written. In the meantime, there's a sports festival coming up, and Mafuyu is quite fired up about it.
              MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
              Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
              Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
              The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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              • #8
                Episode 7

                All substance, no style.

                This is an Akihito-centered episode as his backstory is explained here. His yaoimate is the renowned violinist Ugetsu, and while the two got along ever since Ugetsu transferred into this class, the talent gap pretty much spelled the end of the relationship. While that's happening, Mafuyu continues to struggle with the lyrics, and with time running out Akihito takes charge and puts an end to practice as he realized that practice is not what they needed right now. Nope, Ritsuka is holding the band back with the lack of flair in his performance, and he's the reason why Mafuyu is struggling with the lyrics. Things have gotten pretty moody now, and Ritsuka will need to man up, and fast.
                MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                • #9
                  Episode 8

                  Break a leg, not a string.

                  And now, Mafuyu's backstory comes to light about how he formed a band with Yuki, Hiiragi, and Yagi. Yuki drunk himself to death after getting into an argument with Mafuyu over something that's not really worth arguing over. What started it was that Yuki exhausted himself with work to get enough money for the band, and things just went south. So with that, it's go-time, and things are already looking bad with the string on Yuki's guitar snapping. As if it weren't bad enough that Mafuyu can't sing, now this happens and things aren't going to end well with the way things are going.
                  MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                  Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                  Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                  The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                  • #10
                    Episode 9

                    On that winter day...

                    That was some great quick thinking there by Haruki asking the band before them to play extra songs so that Ritsuka has time to buy a replacement string. And from that, Mafuyu is singing with lyrics being based on that winter day at the beach shown in that flashback scene after the credits with Yuki. Such a moving episode that was going to show how much Mafuyu thinks about Yuki and how important he is in his life. But with him no longer alive, he moved on and formed a relationship with Ritsuka. Great episode that was with the performance and Mafuyu's character development.
                    MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                    Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                    Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                    The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                    • #11
                      Episode 10

                      Talking normally, that's a given.

                      That last episode really changed the mood of this show as now, things are looking up with Mafuyu over the death of Yuki and the band having overcome a lot of adversity to perform. Now that they have gotten a foot in the door, the next step is Shibuya, where they perform the opening act, with the band now known as Given since Seasons is too similar to several other bands. The name comes from the fact that Yuki gave his guitar to Mafuyu, and he's using it to honor his memory rather than seeing it as a frightening reminder. And then there's the ending as Mafuyu confesses to Ritsuka at that same beach that Yuki confessed to him. One more episode left as it will finish with Mafuyu's new song coming out.
                      MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                      Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                      Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                      The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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                      • #12
                        Episode 11 (Finale)

                        Summer is here.

                        That reaction by Ritsuka after Mafuyu confessed really cracked me up. So it ends with Haruki's birthday being celebrated, all while Ritsuka and Mafuyu go about their relationship that they are instructed to keep under wraps. Pretty much, this is all about setting the stage for the movie that's coming, all while it's the beginning of a normal life now that they have taken the first step to becoming a big-time band. With summer break coming, these boys have some pretty big plans there as Mafuyu and Ritsuka are going to work to improve their equipment. Pretty laid-back way to ending after things got really tense in the past few episodes, and while there's another song coming from Mafuyu, that's going to be saved for the upcoming movie. I certainly look forward to hearing it as he did an awesome job with his winter-themed song.

                        Overall, this show offers a lot more than the typical BL show as it's utilized very well to drive character development and establishing relationships. What was particularly well-done in this show is the way it reveals important information choosing the right time to do so. And add to that great animation and soundtrack and that made for a very compelling show. This show has a couple of big issues as the show didn't have the best of starts and was dragging its feet during most of the first half, all while losing focus at times at the big picture, but in the end the well-done character development is what makes this show stand out in a great way.

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                        MyAnimeList | Avatar: Rikka "Lily" Isurugi, Black Fox
                        Watching: Gate, Mitsuboshi Colors, Snow White with the Red Hair, Ghost Hound, Toonami Stuff
                        Simulcasts: FTL, KYB, FRB, MIX, FIL, MTI, DUN, ALS, COP, DRS, IDD, FSN-LE, VLS, MMZ, GIV, HES, HDB, AKO, NHG, RST, SND, PKC
                        The only thing better than anime is sports. Get hit hard and you got JACKED UP! Or else it's a C'mon Man!

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