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.
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.
there are only a few chapters out, they're worth your time and if you'll read them you'll be biting your nails for the next chapters to be out. :)
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
as a tool for healing and expression plays a vital role for most of the characters. If you like a fantastic romance story, Given is definitely worth the time.