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Japanese: ギヴン


Type: TV
Episodes: 11
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 12, 2019 to Sep 20, 2019
Premiered: Summer 2019
Broadcast: Fridays at 00:55 (JST)
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Lerche
Source: Manga
Genres: Boys LoveBoys Love, DramaDrama
Themes: MusicMusic, SchoolSchool
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.311 (scored by 315165315,165 users)
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Ranked: #2592
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Popularity: #382
Members: 576,212
Favorites: 17,253

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Preliminary Spoiler
Sep 19, 2019
Given strikes the rare balance of being openly gay - none of that maybe he is, maybe he isn’t crap - while not indulging in over the top eroticism to pander to a niche viewership. This is a vanilla, realistic, down to earth romance that can be watched by anyone open minded to love that exceeds conventional desire.

It is fairly unconventional for a single cour romance to have convincing characterization...yet Given makes this a strong point. Each of the band mates are given practical goals, motivations and fleshed out backstories that are sprinkled into the narrative as the episodes progress rather than forcefully crammed ...
Sep 19, 2019
As Crunchyroll states it: "Why You Should Rock Out With Given, The Best Summer Anime You're NOT Watching" AND YOU SHOULD WATCH IT, regardless if you're a fan of Shounen Ai (or as we otakus like to call it BL) or not. Heck, it's not even about if you're a straight male or female casually watching BL. It's just SIMPLY PHENOMENAL in every degree.

Many will tend to call out Shounen or Shoujo Ai (or as we know it, Lesbian and BL) as those kind of taboo subjects that are made even worse when described into a medium (e.g. anime), and more often than not, the ...
Aug 2, 2019
Preliminary (4/11 eps)
Given is probably one of the best adaptations of a Boys Love manga out there. I can say this with confidence despite the fact that I have only seen the first 4 episodes. (WARNING: may contain spoilers). Also, this is a review from the perspective of a huge Given manga fan.

Story -
It's mostly about love, loss and then slowly learning to move on and let go. I have to say, it's one of the most engaging, realistic and emotionally resonant young love stories I've come across so far. Not much has happened in the anime yet - but I think it was done with purpose. ...
Aug 8, 2019
Preliminary (5/11 eps)
Bear in mind I've actually never watched a Boy's Love anime in my life, but there was something about Given that immediately struck me. The fact that I never watch this genre yet felt compelled to watch this show says something, and I'm telling you to watch it too.

Now this is my first time watching BL, though I am familiar with the common issues that come with BL. Sometimes the romance isn't portrayed right or is way too forced, not allowing the romantic aspect nor the representation of BL to come through as well. However, Given does this in a subtle, yet intriguing way ...
Aug 23, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (3/11 eps)
Three episodes in and I am seriously struggling not to drop this anime. Granted I happened to pick up this anime just by chance and not specifically for BL/manga adaptation. I feel like although a fair attempt has been made to give characters a mysterious edge, the development is so slow it’s difficult not to zone out. So far I have only continued to watch out of will to do so, not because the story is keeping me hooked. I don’t feel justified in giving the series bonus goodie points just because it’s a BL so I am going to rate it as a 5-average ...
Oct 1, 2019
Mixed Feelings
Given was undoubtedly an anime full of surprises. I found it interesting the Uke (Mafuyu) is apathetic and not ashamed to say what he feels and Seme (Uenoyama) be more inexperienced in relationships than he is. The soundtrack was also excellent... the episode in which the band performed was simply AMAZING! I could feel all the pain that Mafuyu put into his music. However, I noticed some forced comic scenes, some unnecessary episodes for plot development (could better explain Mafuyu's childhood), and what bothered me most is that virtually all characters are gay. This is a criticism that I have been making for a long ...
Sep 21, 2019
Given is 2019’s dark horse. It’s a title that has been slept on for its subject matter instead of appreciated for its prowess. Unlike Bloom Into You which received a major backing over the course of its run, Given seems to have received little fanfare within the community despite the praise most viewers have for it. I wouldn’t call it amazing, but it certainly does resonate, much like a good tune.

The tunes in this show are very solid. There are several fun jam sessions where the main band of the show plays some delicious math rock, and there are several background tracks that also have ...
Nov 27, 2023
Considering BL as a Genre which is MAJORLY just full of Cliche, Cringey and non-consensual harassments, this show was a bliss. An amazing show that deals maturely and delicately with the gay characteristics of seemingly Masculine men, and how that leads to a lot of miscommunications and fabricated display of feelings.

Gay men are often portrayed as having that "voice" and the way of moving and talking in real world, however that's not the reality of it. We get to see how common seemingly straight looking men can be attracted to other men and confront the societal expectations for them to act a certain way ...
Aug 10, 2019
Preliminary (5/11 eps)
Given is a story about two young musicians, one just starting his real journey into music, and the other trying to rekindle the passion he lost through the disillusionment the teenage years can bring. Ueenoyama, Has lost his passion for music and finds it rekindled by Sato's genuine Naive desire to learn to play the guitar and become a musician.

The Animation is colourful and although it can be clunky at times, at other times, they can achieve some interesting and engaging shots, from often unused angles, you can notice this particularly in the first episode.

The sound is good, and engaging enough, it's not revolutionary, ...
Sep 6, 2019
Preliminary (9/11 eps)
Honestly, this is probably the best yaoi/shounen ai anime that I've seen in years. So much so that I can relate to the characters and their emotions perfectly. This anime describes what a normal relationships will through, the ups and downs. As you move along the story you will experience connections with characters as if you were to put yourself in their shoes. The perfect combination with just the right amount of both yaoi and slice of life makes it perfect for the audience to anticipate.

It may be slow at the beginning but trust me, if you manage to stick through it. It will not ...
Aug 29, 2019
Preliminary (7/11 eps)
I'm absolutley in love with this series. I've never heard of Given before the anime came out, nor do I watch a lot of yaoi, but what really grasped my interest on this anime was the theme song. I'm subscribed to Crunchyroll on Youtube and this happen to come on while I was listening to their 24/7 Livestream music thing and I was sucked in. I wanted to know what type of story this anime was going to have. And all it took was me accidentally listening to the theme song! The story is engaging and the characters are so lovable and not to mention ...
Jun 5, 2020
Shounen ai isn't something that most anime fans find comfortable watching. Not that it makes these viewers necessarily homophobic, but considering the genre's abysmal record of featuring BL containing romanticized sexual assault (I'm looking at you Junjou Romantica) to portray romance between men—on top of subpar writing and cringe-worthy dialogues, it's understandable that viewers would rather avoid it.

With regards to Given though, please don't. It made me grateful that I gave shounen ai another chance. I would have to chuckle at the next person who complains that it panders too much to fujoshis considering that Given is a lot more subtle and tamer compared to ...
Sep 22, 2019
I'm having a hard time figuring out what to start this review with, simply because even days after its conclusion I still have so many thoughts and feelings swirling around about it. Perhaps saying "nevermind the genre categories" is a good start. Sure, they give clues as to what to expect, but expectations are dangerous. Many of those words that describe genre have way too many negative connotations, which inevitably influence one's decision to watch or avoid a certain anime. And even without those connotations, I'm sure "shounen ai" is something many people avoid on principle. Well, here's a great reason why you should not. ...
Sep 19, 2019
“Everything that you left behind became my everything.”

These words from the opening song hold true for Mafuyu Sato (CV: Shougo Yano), one of the main protagonists of the series. He seems like an ordinary person, but at the very first episode, you can already see that he has been through a lot, and this has turned him who is today: an expressionless, gloomy guy who doesn’t really communicate. The only thing he seems to care about is a guitar he holds throughout the first episode, which he doesn’t even know how to play. Bring in Ritsuka Uenoyama (CV: Yuuma Uchida), a regular guy who’s interested ...
Mar 24, 2022
Just to be clear I'm already a big fan of the manga, so like I was not surprised with anything and it wasn't as painful as the manga. I think the anime enlighted the mood of the story much more than the manga. I'm saying this bc when I read it, I felt so much pain that gave me an anxiety attack after a long time, and because of that I was very very worried that the anime will affect me as well. But it didn't. I'm not saying the manga is super depressing, but the tone is darker than what it's being portrayed in ...
Feb 12, 2020
It’s the week of Valentine’s and you all know that means a romance anime review. This year, we have Given a 2019 anime from Lerche. They’re the studio behind the Danganronpa anime adaptations and nothing else I’ve reviewed. It’s based off of an ongoing manga by Kizu Natsuki. Who I’ve never heard of. So, no idea what to expect here.


Uenoyama Ritsuka is just searching for a spot to nap when he spots a boy, Satou Mafuyu lying down clutching a guitar. Uenoyama notices that the guitar’s in bad shape with rusted strings. He’s berating Satou which leads Satou to the realisation that his guitar’s strings ...
Aug 31, 2019
Preliminary (8/11 eps)
I love this series, its one of my favourite boy love shows. Mafuyu's past is sad and it suits him well and the relationships he has with others. The band was good on it's own but when Mafuyu came along it added another piece and if he wasn't there the band would feel empty. He has impacted other characters and the show well as long as the other band members.

I love the relationship everyone has with one another they learn more about each other in sad and funny ways, it eventually turns into romantic feelings for each other, even though that's hoe most ...
Sep 19, 2019
Now that I've finished the series I have to say Given is perhaps one of my favorite Shonen-ai anime adaptions of all time, it was just perfect right down to the music which was absolutely breathtaking, not many Shonen-ai or Yaoi shows can do that.

The Characters are easily likeable and the animation was really good as well, especially during that performance which was amazing and just seeing the romance blooming made me want to come back and see more.

It was just perfect, if I had to recommend any Shonen-ai shows to anyone I would recommend this, it was just an amazing experience that I'll ...
Sep 9, 2022
Given is a work of art, from story and music, to choice of voice actors. I highly recommend- Its not just a BL but a story about over coming grief through finding new love- be that through a person or new passions. Just please overlook the lalala's for your own good- I swear its worth the 4 ish hours of watch time. Movie is 10/10 too and OVA is so cute. The characters are well thought out- even the small characters are lovable and make the story what it is. The way the manga authors story is potrayed as an animation is done to the ...
Nov 21, 2022
Anime Genre Roulette 🎰 Review 2 🎰 School

Though i won this anime in the school genre roulette, the school serves mostly as just a location rather than it being about school life, yes they have exams, play basketball, and sleep in class, but the main focus of this show is the music, some dark and mysterious drama, and a cute little love story

Given doesn't shy away from serious and more mature themes throwing you straight into the deep end with it's opening scene
While it does have a lighthearted side to it, showing the sweet but awkward journey of young love and the adrenaline rushed ride ...