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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 313430313,430 users)
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Ranked: #2572
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #383
Members: 573,197
Favorites: 17,219

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Tightly clutching his Gibson guitar, Mafuyu Satou steps out of his dark apartment to begin another day of his high school life. While taking a nap in a quiet spot on the gymnasium staircase, he has a chance encounter with fellow student Ritsuka Uenoyama, who berates him for letting his guitar's strings rust and break. Noticing Uenoyama's knowledge of the instrument, Satou pleads for him to fix it and to teach him how to play. Uenoyama eventually agrees and invites him to sit in on a jam session with his two band mates: bassist Haruki Nakayama and drummer Akihiko Kaji.

Satou's voice is strikingly beautiful, filling Uenoyama with the determination to make Satou the lead singer of the band. Though reticent at first, Satou takes the offer after an emotional meeting with an old friend. With the support of his new friends, Satou must not only learn how to play guitar, but also come to terms with the mysterious circumstances that led him to be its owner.

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Opening Theme

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"Kizuato (キヅアト)" by Centimilimental (センチミリメンタル)

Ending Theme

1: "Marutsuke - Piano ver. (まるつけ -Piano ver.-)" by Centimillimental (eps 1)
2: "Marutsuke (まるつけ)" by Given [Mafuyu Satou (Shougo Yano) (eps 2-11)

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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 ...
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 ...
Jun 5, 2020
This series has so many major flaws that make this show so insufferably dull and uninteresting.

The story starts off as pretty normal, which is perfectly fine. What I do have a problem with is how slow and uninteresting the pacing of the entirety of the series is. This show literally moves at the pacing of a turtle due to the insane amount of boring and useless dialogue the series has to offer. The music aspect of the series hardly feels substantial at all as well, I honestly can't tell what kind of direction the show is going for with the way they handle the music ...

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