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Japanese: ギヴン
English: Given
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Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: Apr 30, 2013 to ?
Genres: Boys Love Boys Love, Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Music Music
Serialization: Cheri+
Authors: Kizu, Natsuki (Story & Art)


Score: 8.581 (scored by 1877018,770 users)
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Ranked: #852
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #272
Members: 50,283
Favorites: 3,963

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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.

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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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Aug 16, 2019
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 ...
Mar 10, 2020
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 ...
Dec 30, 2020

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 ...

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