Though all us Given fans are sad that today is the last episode of the current anime series, we also have cause for celebration! A new Given movie has been announced and should be released sometime next year.
We’ve been pretty fanatically excited about Given over here at The Geekiary. Jamie has been reviewing episodes weekly since it started, and both Farid and I binge watched to catch up to her (check out his reaction video here and my article on Fandom Hyperfixation). So to say we’re thrilled with the news of a Given movie may be a bit of an understatement. We are ECSTATIC. Thank you, anime production gods!
— 『映画 ギヴン』公式｜８月２２日（土）〜公開中 (@given_anime) September 19, 2019
Quality LGBTQ+ anime content is generally a cause for celebration, but sometimes the release can be fairly slow. Yuri on Ice came out in 2016 and the highly-anticipated movie has been delayed. Most YOI fans have accepted that this is a good thing, as it means the film will be even better quality than it would be if they rushed it out. The crew has worked incredibly hard already and we’re happy to let them push back the release to create content to be proud of. But still, it makes the desert of LGBTQ+ content feel even drier than it already did. We understand and appreciate you, but, man, we need some content.
The announcement of a Given movie feels like a nice cool cup of water in our desert wasteland of content. Not only is more content coming, but it’s coming incredibly quickly compared to Yuri on Ice. We’ll have it some time in the next 15 months!
Fans of the manga know there’s quite a bit of material coming after our current storyline playing out in the anime. The tweet seems to hint at a focus on Akihiko and Haruki. Their relationship is a complex one that we’ve only seen glimpses of in the show thus far. The chance to see it play out on screen is incredibly exciting.
Sadly, if you want to pass the time while we wait for the movie by reading the manga, but you don’t speak Japanese, you may have some trouble. The official English translations are not yet available. They will begin to get released in February 2020, though, which means that 2020 is hereby dubbed the Year Of Given! We get a movie! We get the English manga! We get everything! Next year can’t get here fast enough.
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. They earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. They have contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. They’ve also written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. They identify as queer.
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