"I never... know how I'm supposed to react... at all... Everyone else can manage it so well... But I can't.
Just like everyone laughs and cries... I just... can't do it well."
― Satō Mafuyu
Note, this is the anime page for Mafuyu, for the manga page: Mafuyu Sato.
Mafuyu Sato (佐藤 真冬 Satō Mafuyu) is one of the main protagonists alongside Ritsuka Uenoyama in the Given series. He attends the same school as Uenoyama and has an extravagant singing voice. Ever since he asked Uenoyama to fix his guitar upon their first meeting, he has become emotionally attached to Uenoyama. "It was a chance for me to fix the guitar, so I became attached to the summer." Mafuyu owns a nine-month-old Pomeranian named Kedama.
Mafuyu has unkept pink-tinged hair that is long enough to be over parts of his face. His similarly colored eyes are visible and for clothing, Mafuyu wears a cardigan over a buttoned, collared white shirt and dark trousers tucked into a pair of laced boots.
Mafuyu is considered a quiet, introverted and reserved type. He has difficulties in expressing himself and interacting with other people to the point of remaining silent and even walking or running away from situations. He is very diligent when it comes to his band such as paying attention to how they play to taking up a part-time job and being serious and committed to it. He is a quick learner regarding his musician's side.
Mafuyu shows that he is very straightforward in his style of speech and tends to take certain things literally.
This is an at a glance overview for Mafuyu in the Given anime, for the fully detailed in-depth account of events see:
Mafuyu has a recurring dream, at school sleeping on an isolated stairway he awakens to see Ritsuka Uenoyama. His broken guitar strings are fixed by him and hearing him play, Mafuyu desires Ritsuka to teach him the guitar.
Meeting him again he is unsuccessful in persuading Ritsuka to teach him even with the offer of money and bread, to which Ritsuka Uenoyama offers the thought of visiting the Light Club at their school.
On the way home at night, Mafuyu is pulled out of the way of a car after hearing that he is unable to see them play again, on another note Ritsuka has never taught anyone guitar before.
After a few days, Uenoyama starts to feel guilty so he returns to the steps where they first meet. Not returning to the steps where they met, Mafuyu eventually returns to the studio where Haruki had let him in. Seeing Ritsuka, Mafuyu tells him he has been to the light music club but he was not as entranced as he was when he saw "The Seasons" play.
On their staircase, Mafuyu is at last taught guitar by Ritsuka and learns the type of guitar he has and how to tune it.
By his lockers he is invited by Ritsuka to watch the band play, waiting outside his classroom they take the train together and learns more of the band.
Making their way to the studio Mafuyu has a chance to practice. Connecting his guitar, he finds himself wanting to learn the chord Uenoyama first played, which to his happiness he manages to perfect.
He continues to agree with everything Ritsuka is telling him. Upon the band rules, they all need to pay for the studio they are currently renting and then the idea of getting a part-time job would be helpful. They discuss it further at a restaurant.
Walking back with Ritsuka, Mafuyu shares that he had fun. At school practice continues where Mafuyu divulges his guitar is not from his dad, he does not have one. He is also unsure of his favorite music but does know the one that plays in his head all the time and sings it aloud.
One winter, Mafuyu remembers not feeling lonely despite not being able to see someone again.
When invited to join Ritsuka's band after showing he can sing, Mafuyu declined. At a crossing and in front of the school to staying in his class during the break for homework, though Ritsuka comes across him, Mafuyu is clearly distant.
He has attained a job at a small concert venue and is shown around by Tsubaki and first sees Yatake Kouji. Leaving the venue he finds Ritsuka waiting for him but whilst talking they are come across by an old school friend of Mafuyu's with blonde hair Hiiragi Kashima. This shocks him and when Mafuyu hears Yuki's name spoken, Mafuyu turns and runs.
It takes Ritsuka catching him to get Mafuyu to stop but Mafuyu does not reveal the background of what happened. When it comes to the band, Mafuyu shares he feels he is bad at expressing himself but sings again for Ritsuka hearing that is something he does very well.
Discussing it further next to a vending machine, Mafuyu asks Ritsuka if he is okay with him before announcing he will accept Ritsuka's offer of joining his band.
Mafuyu and Ritsuka go to the city of Shibuya to look for an effect pedal. Mafuyu and Ritsuka come across two music stores with the prices on the effect pedal being high. Mafuyu decides to write his name down on a piece of paper to work for the money to get it. Mafuyu thanks Ritsuka for taking him with the two of them walking back home together.
In the studio, Mafuyu thinks of a song to perform live on stage, at school join Ryu and Shogo in playing basketball. Joining his band at a barbeque restaurant, they discuss their upcoming performance. Mafuyu later messages Ritsuka on the effect pedal, at school listens to the song he made.
Working at the concert venue, Mafuyu is found by Hiragi and they leave to discuss the past including Yuki's guitar. Mafuyu is not sure if he is embracing music to be positive or because he cannot let go.
Announcing that he does not think he can perform to his band, afterward, Mafuyu discusses with Haruki on relationships and losing someone.
Mafuyu agrees to join a basketball tournament as he continues to think about lyrics for the song. At home, he makes his way across the city leading to the ocean and tells himself he is not lonely.
On the school stairs with Ritsuka, Mafuyu shares that he truly loved someone.
Practicing, Mafuyu is called out by Ritsuka on whether he is practicing. Joining Shogo and Ryuu, they oversee Ritsuka calm Kasai outside. Mafuyu has the answer to why Ritsuka is so popular - he is genuinely kind to everyone.
At the studio after a brief nap, Mafuyu awakens with his hands in Ritsuka's, they continue to practice guitar playing. Spending time with daily events, in one case Mafuyu is taken home by Akihiko and told if he is not able to settle his past we will not be able to write lyrics.
Mafuyu's Performance Lyrics
Just like snow that hasn't melted
In the shade I continue on with these feelings inside me
please tell me how I'm supposed to close the door on this love
Your everything has lost its tomorrow
And is now wandering eternally
Along with me who was unable to say goodbye or move on
Just like a spell that still won't break or some kind of curse
I'm still holding on to some heavy baggage
Hey, what kind of tomorrow am I supposed to look for in this town?
The cold tears that fall freeze under the sky
They pretend to be kind and around the time they fall down my face
Two people who were always together are torn apart
That's all there is to this story
Even if your everything loses its shape one day
You'll always be here within me
As I try to move forward again, even though I couldn't say goodbye
You'll always be here with me
Mada toke kirezu ni nokotta
hikage no yuki mitaina
omoi o daite iki teru
boku wa kono koi o don'na kotoba de tojitara ī no
anata no subete ga
ashita o nakushite eien no naka o samayo te iru yo
sayonara dekizu ni
tachidomatta mama no
boku to issho ni
mada hodokenai mahō no
yōna soretomo noroi no yōna
omoi nimotsu o kakae teru
boku wa konomachide
don'na ashita o sagaseba ī no
tsumetai namida ga sora de
itetsuite yasashī furi shite mai ochiru koro ni
hanareta dareka to darekaga ita koto
tada soredake no hanashi
anata no subete ga
katachi o nakushite mo
eien ni boku no naka de ikite ku yo
sayonara dekizu ni
aruki dasu boku to
zutto issho ni
- The name Mafuyu means "midwinter".
- His last name, Satō, is the most common surname in Japan and means "help" (佐) and "wisteria" (藤).