The Given (ギヴン) anime adaption is based on the manga of the same name written by Natsuki Kizu. The Given anime was produced by Lerche Studio and aired on TV beginning on July 12, 2019 concluding September 20, 2019. This was followed by the Given movie that aired in Japan on August 22, 2020.

The anime adaptation of Given was positively received by critics. In a review of episodes one and two for Anime News Network, Steve Jones called the series "one of the season's most emotionally resonant offerings," praising its soundtrack and Yamaguchi's direction. The series' writing, which Jones noted was "undercooked, but not egregiously so" in his initial review, was noted by Jones as improving in subsequent episodes. Specific praise was given to the relationship between Mafuyu and Ritsuka, with Jones calling it "one of the most compelling anime romances of the year."

In a review for Crunchyroll, Adam Wescott called Given "the best show you aren't watching right now," giving specific praise to its sound and lighting design.

Introduction Edit

"One day, Ritsuka Uenoyama meets Mafuyu Sato and his broken guitar at his regular napping spot. Ritsuka desperate to defend his napping spot he decides to repair it, Ritsuka also feels a sense of nostalgia when repairing the guitar. Ritsuka feels like he has no choice but to teach him the guitar, but when he hears Mafuyu’s singing, it pierces his heart. Ritsuka invites Mafuyu into his band and the distance between them changes. However, it seems as if Mafuyu, who can’t express his emotions well, is trapped in his own past."

Cast Edit

Episodes Edit

No. Title Air Date Image
Episode 1 Boys in the Band July 11, 2019 Story Image05
Episode 2 Like Someone In Love July 18, 2019 Mafuyu scared
Episode 3 Somebody Else July 25, 2019 Ritsuka asks if Mafuyu's crying
Episode 4 Fluorescent Adolescent August 1, 2019 Ritsuka plans on picking a more precise spot
Episode 5 The Reason August 8, 2019 Ugetsu welcoming Akihiko home
Episode 6 Creep August 15, 2019 Hiiragi saying hello to Mafuyu
Episode 7 Tumbling Dice August 22, 2019 A board game of reaching the goal
Episode 8 Time Is Running Out August 29, 2019 Story Image05Ep8
Episode 9 A Winter Story September 5, 2019 Story Image01Ep9
Episode 10 Wonderwall September 12, 2019 Mafuyu smiles even more (58)
Episode 11 Song2 September 19, 2019 Story Image01Ep11

Staff Edit

  • Original Creator - Natsuki Kizu
  • Director - Hikaru Yamaguchi
  • Series Composition - Yuniko Ayana
  • Character Design - Mina Oosawa
  • Animation Director - Mina Oosawa
  • Art Settings - Tsunato Eiko
  • Art Director - Honda Kohei
  • Color Design - Kaguchi Dairo
  • Director of Photography - Serizawa Naoki
  • Assistant director of photography - Nakagawa
  • Director of CG - Mizuno Tomoya
  • Edit - Ito Toshie
  • Sound Director - Kikuta Hiromi
  • Music - Michiru
  • Animation Producer - Higa Yuji & Akita Nobuto
  • Production - Given Production Committee

Animation Production Edit

  • Lerche Studio

Airing InformationEdit

Theme Songs Edit

Opening Song Edit

Ending Song Edit

Anime Promotional Images Edit

Anime Awards Edit

  • Mafuyu Sato & Ristuka Uenoyama were nominated for Best Couple 2020 by Crunchyroll.

Trivia Edit

  • Given made history as the first-ever BL anime to air on NoitaminA, Fuji TV's anime programming block.
  • The anime was first announced at the Fuji TV Anime Press Conference 2019 announced on March 14th.
  • The anime broadcasting on Fuji TV would air on Thursdays at 24:55 for Episodes 1-8 but was soon changed to Wednesdays.
  • The majority of the episode titles in Given are references to British alternative rock songs, Ritsuka's favorite genre of music. Episode nine is titled after the original song performed in the episode.
  • Episode 11 brought the announcement of the Given Movie scheduled to air 2020.
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