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Haruki questions Akihiko and Ritsuka if they do not both work for a moving company as well. Ritsuka says to Haruki that he wants to get as buff as Kaji-san. Akihiko shows his arm muscles and tells Haruki that he does motorcycle deliveries, works as a waiter, and a security guard at times. Haruki grabs Akihiko by the shirt and asks him when he did all of that stuff with Ritsuka asking Akihiko why he did not invite him to work with him. The reason given to Ritsuka is that Akihiko is pretty sure high schoolers cannot do those.
Given Episode 2
Further flashbacks shed more light on this situation, peppered throughout the episode, and specifically involving Ben dying. At his funeral, a man approaches and claims that Ben died fighting for his country and the papers are announcing false truths about what happened.
The series has been adapted multiple times, notably as an audio drama in 2016, an 11-episode anime television series in 2019, an anime film in 2020, and a live-action television drama in 2021. The anime television series aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block, and was the first boys' love (BL) series to air on Noitamina. An English-language translation of the manga is licensed in North America by the Viz Media-Animate joint publishing initiative SuBLime, while the anime and film are syndicated outside of Asia by the streaming service Crunchyroll.
Ritsuka learns that Mafuyu's guitar was previously owned by Yūki Yoshida, Mafuyu's childhood best friend and boyfriend who died from suicide. The band begins composing music in advance of a live performance, but Mafuyu is unable to write lyrics for the song. On the day of the performance, Mafuyu has a breakthrough and sings a powerful song about his feelings of loss over Yūki. The song prompts Ritsuka and Mafuyu to act on their growing romantic feelings for each other; they kiss backstage and begin dating. The band names itself "Given", in tribute to the guitar given to Mafuyu by Yūki's mother after his passing.
The majority of the episode titles in Given are references to British alternative rock songs, Ritsuka's favorite genre of music; episode nine is titled after the original song performed in the episode.
A six-episode live-action drama adaptation of Given was announced on May 26, 2021, and was released on Fuji TV's FOD streaming service on July 17, 2021. The series is directed by Kōichirō Miki [ja], and stars Jin Suzuki as Ritsuka Uenoyama, Sanari as Mafuyu Satō, Kai Inowaki as Akihiko Kaji, and Shuntarō Yanagi as Haruki Nakayama. Crunchyroll licensed the series for distribution in English in non-Asian regions.
The anime adaptation of Given was positively received by critics. In a review of episodes one and two for Anime News Network, Steve Jones called the series "one of the season's most emotionally resonant offerings," praising its soundtrack and Yamaguchi's direction. The series' writing, which Jones noted was "undercooked, but not egregiously so" in his initial review, was noted by Jones as improving in subsequent episodes. Specific praise was given to the relationship between Mafuyu and Ritsuka, with Jones calling it "one of the most compelling anime romances of the year."
Interestingly, one of the many themes explored in this episode, entitled "Children of the Comet," is that the evolution of organic life, in this case on the planet Persephone III, was at least assisted by the release of elements from a comet impact. And only weeks ago, scientists discovered that key building blocks of human DNA, that previous research failed to find in meteorites, have now been discovered in space rocks, suggesting that cosmic impacts once helped deliver these vital ingredients of life to ancient Earth.
The flashback recap at the beginning of this episode confirms that there will be character-based story arcs, but we knew that already. And almost straightaway we're focused on young Cadet Nyota Uhura (Celia Rose Gooding) as she prepares for her first dinner in the captain's quarters ... and oh my goodness, what quarters they are.
At this point, we at Space.com would like to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone behind "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" for not using the "Transformer"-effect with the USS Enterprise environment suit helmets. We saw this quick-fix effect applied in the Season 2 premiere episode of "Discovery" entitled "Brother" and since that took place less than two years ago in "Trek" Time, it was entirely possible it would be used again, now. It's a lazy, unrealistic answer to "what shall we do with our helmets in this scene" that always feels out of place. Here, the issue is handled perfectly, even when Sam Kirk (Dan Jeannotte) is injured and must have his helmet removed; it's subtle, understated and you probably won't have even noticed, but little things like this are oh-so-important to creating a truly immersive experience. ThankYouThankYouThankYou.
However, we've seen his unfortunate demise in "The Original Series" when, in eight years from now, he's killed by a flying parasitic alien on the planet Deneva, in the episode "Operation -- Annihilate!" (S01, E29) along with his wife, Aurelan Kirk. However, his son Peter survives, along with two other children whose names vary in "Star Trek" canon, depending on which novel you're reading. But, what that means is we may potentially have some time to explore this little-known sibling of the legendary James T. Kirk.
Pike's PTSD continues to plague him and it's good that it hasn't just been kept to the first episode, last week. In fact, this whole episode comes back to entertain the notion that perhaps he can change his future, a potential plot that could be interesting to watch unfold. However, Nyota Uhura is the real star of this week's episode and as she's the one who manages to unlock the secrets of M'hanit. Hopefully all of the main characters will be given whole episodes to further explore their past over the course of the next couple of seasons.
The first episode of "Strange New Worlds" is now available to watch on Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) as is the entire second season of "Star Trek: Picard." Season 4 of "Star Trek: Discovery" is also available on the Paramount streaming service in the US and CTV Sci-Fi or Crave TV in Canada. Countries outside of North America can watch on the Pluto TV Sci-Fi channel.
This recap of House of the Dragon's second episode contains spoilers for...well, for House of the Dragon's second episode. That's pretty much what a recap is. Proceed accordingly.
If you're just joining us, here's a recap of episode one and here's a glossary of people and places you may have forgotten.
This is as close to a beating heart as the series has managed to find so far. It's hinted at in the book, but not given the room to breathe that it gets here. Here's hoping we get more of it, because House of the Dragon, aka Many Mendacious Medieval Meetings, could use it.
Game of Thrones delighted in what it believed were sudden, surprising rug-pulls, like in the episode in which Littlefinger met his ultimate fate. House of the Dragon also loves a fake-out, it seems, so when the King announces his decision to wed ... Alicent Hightower, the only ones not gobsmacked by this twist are those of us who've been watching the episode.
Turns out, the idea for this episode was actually born out of the same exact gift that executive producer Steve Holland received from the show's visual effects supervisor. "The gift we got is the same gift you see in the episode," Holland says. "It is a wand. The joke was when we got it, we didn't quite know what it was. We had it it the writers' room for years and we'd joke about it, so we decided to turn that into an episode where Sheldon and Amy get the wedding gift that they don't know what it is."
Mike then agrees to run an operation for the local police to bring down a meth dealer. They bring Mike in on an epic radio-guided chase to cause an accident, giving them the cause they need to search his car and bring him in. The car chase is the one moment of action in a Mayor of Kingstown episode otherwise filled with emotional talking.
Meredith Loftus is a Los Angeles-based freelance features writer for Collider. When she is not writing for Collider (or watching movies and TV series), she can be found recording podcast episodes for Next Best Picture and running the Mixible live stream for Paramount. She enjoys baking, hiking, and explaining to others why the Mamma Mia movies deserves its own cinematic universe.
Anthony Simpson: So, ANN does not list who did the script for the first episode but it seems that this episode and the next episode were done by Fumihiko Shimo who is doing the series composition.
House of the Dragon season 1, episode 2 opens with the death of the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard, Ser Ryam Redwyne. Ryam is mentioned several times in the A Song of Ice and Fire books: Jon Snow pretended to be him in sword fights with Robb Stark as a child; Bran dreamed of being a knight like him; characters ranging from Jaime Lannister to Varys mention him as being an exemplary knight.
House of the Dragon season 1, episode 2 sets up a war at the Stepstones, with Daemon Targaryen and Corlys Velaryon teaming up against the Crab Feeder. The Stepstones are important to Corlys, but also to Westeros history. Myth has it that Westeros and Essos were once joined by a land bridge, known as the Arm of Dorne, which was used by the First Men for their invasion. The Children of the Forest are said to have used magic to break the Arm of Dorne, leaving behind the small islands that would become the Stepstones.
House of the Dragon season 1, episode 2 takes viewers back to Dragonstone, which was last seen in Game of Thrones season 8, with Daenerys deciding to make her attack on King's Landing. The setting on the long walkway up to the castle feels reminiscent of Game of Thrones season 7, where Jon Snow met with Tyrion Lannister before going on to meet Daenerys for the very first time, and there's also some familiar musical notes of the theme typically used for dragons (such as "Dragonstone) in Game of Thrones. This is also a chance to see Dragonstone more in its full House Targaryen glory, serving its purpose as the home of the dragons in more ways than one. 041b061a72