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English: Given
Japanese: ギヴン


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Apr 30, 2013 to ?
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, YaoiYaoi
Authors: Kizu, Natsuki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Cheri+


Score: 8.601 (scored by 1419414,194 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: N/A2
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Popularity: #314
Members: 37,114
Favorites: 3,174
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There is a tune stuck in Mafuyu Satou's head. As he clutches the guitar in his hands, this melody swirls around and around, screaming words of regret, longing, and loss. But with his careless expression that always seems to be up in the clouds, no one knows his true feelings. However, a chance encounter with classmate Ritsuka Uenoyama may finally give Mafuyu the push to let his voice be heard.

Uenoyama is the guitarist of a band, whose fellow members include the kindhearted bassist Haruki Nakayama and rough-looking drummer Akihiko Kaji. Even without a vocalist, their ragtag group has done well as an instrumental-only band. However, their chance to reach even greater heights may have arrived when Uenoyama hears Mafuyu's voice—Uenoyama is enchanted, inviting the reluctant Mafuyu to join.

Working in a band is a difficult task; often, emotions threaten to break it apart, but they can also bring its members closer together. With Uenoyama's help, Mafuyu may finally be able to express the feelings that fight to break free from within his heart.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Given has been published in English by VIZ Media under the SuBLime imprint since February 11, 2020. And in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones since June 19, 2019.

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Oct 21, 2016
Gazettu (All reviews)
If you read the sinopsis, you'll probably think that you have read something like this like 213123 times before and that it's another cliché yaoi story.
Yep, I also thought that... But let me say this: it isn't.
First of all, the "yaoi" etiquete is wrong. This isn't yaoi; this is a very sweet and realistic shounen-ai. This story is about finding the true meaning of feelings, about how music can reach people, and connect them.
The art style is beautiful, charaters' design and dramatic scenes are very well-done.
Characters can seem typical but they hide feelings you don't expect and a dramatic past.
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Aug 16, 2019
Bop_It (All reviews)
Given is a truly amazing story that features great art, a compelling plot, and plenty of emotional moments. All of the protagonists have an amazing amount of depth and complexity that complements the mature themes present in the plot, drawing the reader in and presenting a narrative that feels real and heartfelt. This manga will play your heartstrings like a fiddle (Or perhaps a Gibson hollow body) and take you on an emotional rollercoaster as you follow the ever-shifting feelings of love, pain, desperation, and soul-searching that plague the cast. As a sub-theme to the plot of personal connection and growth, the power of music read more
Mar 10, 2020
KillyChides (All reviews)
As someone who excessively reads shonen-ai/yaoi manga, I didn't expect much, as I often don't. It only took this manga five chapters to completely blow me away with its brilliance. 'Given' is a totally believable story of how a successful band came to be, of how a strong bond was formed between four men at an integral part of their lives, and how hope can be found as long as you try hard enough to look for it.


- The characterization. It's absolutely top-notch, not just for a shounen-ai manga, but for a story in general. Each one of the main characters has something to read more
Dec 30, 2020
kenhinaskid (All reviews)

Ok so...first things first: I really enjoyed it. It may seem like a cliché story, but trust me, it isn't. I liked it how each character has their own personality and the relationship development between Mafuyu and Uenoyama. Mafuyu has his own dark past (all the Yuki shit) and I think that the whole arc about him dealing with a new love and those sad memories was pretty good. Also Uenoyama realizing he's not straight was really relatable, the author represented most of us (LGBT people) in a smooth and delicate way. I really do like Ueno, he's not toxic at all and has read more

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