Contrary to what many people believe, Boy’s Love (better known by its acronym, BL) is not the same as Yaoi, although both belong to the romance genre. One of the main aspects that differentiate one from the other is in the treatment of relationships, an aspect that the first deals with in greater depth and importance, showing us in detail the emotional state of the couple and their growth.
If there is an anime that knows how to capture this clearly, it is Given , where music and talent also play an important role and whose first season fell in favor in the West, becoming one of the most popular animes .
Based on the original manga by director Natsuki Kizu, it follows the adventures of four band members: guitarist Ritsuka Uenoyama, vocalist Mafuyu Sato, bassist Haruki Nakayama, and drummer Akihiko Kaji.
With their musical career in the foreground, art, ingenuity and culture are intertwined and how they have to deal with their ambition and their love relationships , going through potholes, difficulties and complicated situations. Studio Lerche, in charge of animating it, has received a huge amount of support after working on a genre hitherto unpublished for them.
That love is one of the main themes is undeniable, but it shares the scene with other points: personal development and goals are exposed as essential themes, in that all people need to experience the sensation of growth and fulfill everything that is proposed and how they are fundamental to introspection and knowing oneself, which has a direct impact on the spouse.
Everything you need to know about the Given anime
How many manga arcs have been animated from Given ?
The anime has a season, released in 2019, and a movie, which was released in 2020. The first covers the love arc between Ritsuka Uenoyama and Mafuyu Satō , while the movie lays the foundation for the relationship between Haruki Nakayama and Akihiko Kaji.
But then, does this mean there is no more content to animate? Not much less! Moreover, the manga is currently in circulation , so in recent years there has been much more published that can be animated in the years to come.
Will there be a second season of Given ?
At the moment, the animation studio has not confirmed that it has been renewed for a second season, but considering that the manga continues to be published and that more and more arcs are available, there is no reason not to think that in the near future Crunchyroll Bet on her again , considering that she has a 9/10 score on the page and only has positive comments.
What would be the Given season 2 release date?
Taking into account that 2022 is coming to an end and there is no news about it yet, we would be very optimistic that this could arrive in the middle or end of 2023. If there is a second season, it would be released approximately in 2024 .
What would be the plot of Given season 2 ?
Everything indicates that, if there is a new anime, it could explore the development of the relationship between the two couples and how their personal and professional lives are interspersed . After all, in addition to boyfriends, they are also groupmates and they have to know how to distinguish one facet from the other, something that can give rise to new narrative arcs.
Where to see Given?
Until now, the only platform that offers the first season and film legally is Crunchyroll , but only with VOSE or dubbed in English. The most normal thing is to think that, in case it is renewed for a second campaign, it will be in the same streaming service where we could see it.
- Ritsuka Uenoyama: is the main protagonist of the series and the guitarist who founded the group. He meets Mafuyu after offering to give him lessons after repairing his guitar strings and realizing that he has excellent singing talent.
- Mafuyu Satou – Discovered music as a vehicle to forget the death of her ex, who committed suicide and from whom she inherited a guitar. She composes songs to express the feelings of that loss. He is the vocalist of the group.
- Haruki Nakayama: He is the eldest of the group, bassist and leader. He is jovial and was always in love with Akikiho, until the situation became perfect for him to confess his love for her.
- Akihiko Kaji: He is very talented in music, to the point that he plays the drums and sometimes the violin. He has a tragic history in love and has found in Haruki the ideal person with whom he develops a relationship.