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Plot

High schooler Ritsuka Uenoyama is the electric guitarist for a band composed of himself, bassist Haruki Nakayama, and drummer Akihiko Kaji. He becomes a reluctant guitar teacher to Mafuyu Sato, a shy classmate, after repairing the broken strings on Mafuyu's Gibson ES-330. Ritsuka quickly realizes that Mafuyu is an exceptionally talented singer, and invites him to join the band.

Ritsuka learns that Mafuyu's guitar was previously owned by Yuuki, Mafuyu's childhood friend and boyfriend who died in an apparent suicide. The band begins composing music in advance of a live performance, but Mafuyu is unable to write lyrics for the song. The day of the performance, Mafuyu has a breakthrough and sings a powerful song about his feelings of loss over Yuuki. The song prompts Ritsuka to realize his romantic feelings for Mafuyu; he kisses him backstage, and they begin dating shortly thereafter.

The band names itself – "Given", in tribute to the guitar given to Mafuyu by Yuuki – and begin to develop a following after posting a video of their live performance online. Given qualifies for a major amateur music festival, and begin preparing new material. Their efforts are complicated when Akihiko, who Haruki secretly has romantic feelings for, becomes involved with his roommate and ex-boyfriend Ugetsu.

Given Volumes & Chapters
Volume One
Release date: November 30, 2014
Given 1 Cover: Chapters:
Given Volume 1

1. code. 1

2. code. 2

3. code. 3

4. code. 4

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Mafuyu is in Ritsuka's resting spot at school and he asks him to fix his guitar. Wanting Ritsuka to teach him how to play he then joins his band with Kaji and Haruki after Mafuyu demonstrates his singing.
Volume Two
Release date: January 31, 2016
Given 2 Cover: Chapters:
Given Volume 2

7. code. 7

8. code. 8

9. code. 9

10. code. 10

11. code. 11

Volume Three
Release date: March 2, 2017
Given 3 Cover: Chapters:
Given Volume 3

12. code. 12

13. code. 13

14. code. 14

15. code. 15

16. code. 16

Volume Four
Release date: December 30, 2017
Given 4 Cover: Chapters:
Given Volume 4

17. code. 17

18. code. 18

19. code. 19

20. code. 20

21. code. 21

Volume Five
Release date: April 2, 2019
Given 5 Cover: Chapters:
Given Volume 5

22. code. 22

23. code. 23

24. code. 24

25. code. 25

26. code. 26

27. code. 27

28. code. 28

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Trivia

  • Chapters are referred to by 'code. x' for instance Chapter 1 is called Code. 1 in keeping with what the manga calls them
  • The band names itself – "Given", in tribute to the guitar given to Mafuyu by Yuki
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