Given (ギヴン, givun?) is an anime adaption based on the manga of the same name written and illustrated by Natsuki Kizu. The anime was produced by Lerche[1] and aired on TV and stream[2] beginning on July 11, 2019 concluding September 19, 2019.

After airing the series finale a movie was announced to air on May 16, 2020[3] but due to concerns over COVID-19 it was delayed to air on August 22, 2020[4].

Introduction

Tightly clutching his Gibson guitar, Mafuyu Sato 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, Sato 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.

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

Staff

  • Original Creator: Natsuki Kizu
  • Director: Hikaru Yamaguchi
  • Script: Yuniko Ayana
  • Character Design: Mina Osawa
  • Animation Director: Yashuo Tamura
  • Art Settings: Tsunato Eiko
  • Art Director: Kouhei Honda
  • Color Design: Hiroaki Kaguchi
  • Director of Photography: Naoki Serizawa
  • Editing: Rie Itou
  • Sound Director: Hiromi Kituda
  • Music: Michiru
  • Theme Song Performer: Centimilimental
  • Studio: Lerche

Cast

Episodes

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

Music

Opening Theme:

  • Kizuato 「キヅアト, Scar」by Centimillimental

Ending Theme:

  • Marutsuke 「まるつけ, The Correct Answer」by given

Promotional Images

Trivia

  • Given made history as the first-ever BL anime to air on NoitaminA, Fuji TV's anime programming block.
  • 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 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.
  • Mafuyu Sato & Ristuka Uenoyama were nominated for Best Couple 2020 by Crunchyroll.

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