Given Vol. 1 by Natsuki Kizu

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Ritsuka Uenoyama is bored with it all—with school, with his basketball club, and even with his one true passion: playing guitar. That is, until the day he finds his favorite hidden napping spot occupied by a strange boy cradling a broken-stringed guitar. At first, Uenoyama is nonplussed by Mafuyu Sato and his slightly odd behavior, but when, on a whim, he asks Mafuyu to sing, the power of that song pierces him to the core.

CreatorNatsuki Kizu
Japanese Titleギヴン
Japanese Title (Romaji)
Given
Japanese PublisherShinshokan
English PublisherSuBLime

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1 review for Given Vol. 1 by Natsuki Kizu

  1. midgeyu

    One of the most popular BL series right now for good reason. Interesting characters, emotional storytelling, expressive art. There’s a lot to like here, but what I like most is the mix of ages and romantic experiences in the cast. Not many BL have a scene where a guy realizing his attraction to guys actually talks to a guy friend/mentor who is also attracted to guys and gets affirmation. I also really enjoy the non-romantic storyline about starting up a band, which gets I’d say equal attention as the romance.

    While grief plays a big role in the story, I don’t think it’s a depressing series at all. It’s mostly about learning how to keep living after a loss. Still, if you are sensitive to content dealing with suicide/loss of a loved one, approach this carefully.

    While I think the (great) anime is the better way to experience this since music plays such a big role, the manga is also well worth reading. The pace is a bit faster, and the story goes far beyond what the anime covers. The manga also has some extra content that’s missing from the anime.

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