Given Anime Season 2: “Yuri On Ice” is a quite popular series among fans because of its bold depiction and cheesy queer relationship. “Given” is yet another show which focuses on the same but it may be a little under the radar right now. But we are sure within the time it is definitely going to catch up with the most modern viewers. Not that people hate demonic characters in fantasy worlds but there are some times when the audience crave anime shows which are closer to reality. “Given” is not a series that has some exceptionally great about it, but what makes it really special is its realistic tone and its portrayal of some not so cheesy gay relationships.
Although on the surface it’s nothing but a music anime, so obviously the music of the series is top-notch. Even the animation style fits perfectly in all its themes and we will be thrilled if it continues to be this way. In an overall term, we can say “Given” is the kind of anime that initially demands you to patiently invest some time into it. And once you are able to do that, it will pay off very well with its fascinating characters driving the stories.
Given Season 2 Release Date: When It Is Expected To premiere?
“Given” season 1 was premiered on July 12, 2019, with a total of 12 episodes. It came to an end on September 20, 2019. The anime has been adapted from the famous manga series which has a total volume 5 volumes to date. Till now, the volumes of Manga have had a very unexpected release schedule. The first one came out way back in 2014 and the recent one got released in April 2019. Keeping this in mind, what we can assume is that the Manga is far from over. Even though the author has been a little inconsistent with its publishing, he will be forced to produce more content regularly if the anime manages to do excellently.
You can have a look at the anime ratings on popular platforms. It seems like it is really being accepted very well by the majority of the fans. As of now, it is a bit too soon to say anything because the creators of the show will probably adapt all the available volumes of the Manga in season 1. However, if the manga is able to produce more volumes of the source material in the upcoming years we will surely get “Given Season 2” very soon. But still, it might be a bit too early to say anything about full-fledged season 2. Recently it was confirmed that a new sequel anime film of “Given” will be premiered in 2020. Now we can hope that season 2 will also be announced after the release of the film.
Given Series Plot
Ritsuka Uenoyama, who is a protagonist, and a high school student. He is also the lead electric guitarist of a band. The band also includes a bass guitarist named Haruki Nakayama and drummer Akihiko Kaji. He runs into one of his classmates named Mafuyu. One day after repairing the strings of his guitar he becomes his music teacher.
Ritsuka comes to know about the Gibson ES-330 that Mafuyu plays which was previously owned by his boyfriend who committed suicide. Very soon the band starts preparing for an upcoming performance but mafuyu fails to finalize the lyrics of his song. On the day of the performance, he spontaneously starts singing about his feelings for his boyfriend. Now, this somehow sparks some romance between Mafuyu and Ritsuka and in the end, they kiss each other backstage after their performance.
The band name is “Given” which is a tribute to Yuki who had given his guitar to Mafuyu. After the eclectic performance of the band, the whole band starts participating in major festivals and events. Slowly and gradually it leads their way to the top. But now their relationship with each other gets threatened when Akihiko, whom Haruki secretly admires starts dating his ex-boyfriend again.
Given Series Characters
Mafayu is a 16 year old boy who is the lead vocalist of the band called “Given”. Unlike the other members of the band he has no prior experience of any professional training when it comes to music. He is quite natural and only sings for his band. He also has some great songwriting skills. Along with that he also manages to become a skilled guitar player very quickly. After his boyfriend’s suicide, he keeps all his feelings of sorrow inside him. But all of it aggressively comes out whenever he comes to perform on stage.
Ritsuka is another member of the band who has been playing the guitar since he was small. He has a stoic personality and he is actually a little cold towards people. Similarly, like other band members he has no experience when it comes to love and relationships. However, after meeting Mafayu, he realized what true love is but also rekindled with his dying lover for music.
Haruki Nakayama is one of the eldest members of the band who is a 22-year-old graduate student. He is the band’s bassist and is famous for his cheerful optimistic personality. Being the eldest member he sometimes acts as a leader of the group. He also has a huge crush on Akihiko and he stills regrets being with his ex-boyfriend, Ugetsu.
Akihiko Kaji is the band’s lead drummer of the “Given” band. He is currently pursuing a degree in music. He is majoring in Violin performance and has a deep knowledge of almost all the instruments. When compared to all the other members he has a lot of experience when it comes to relationships and has dated both men and women. Currently, he is in a strictly physical relationship with Haruki’s ex-boyfriend.
Yuki is a secondary character of the series who committed suicide prior to the present events. He appears only through Mafayu’s flashbacks. It is shown that contrary to Mafayu’s personality, Yuki was always impulsive and outgoing. But coming from from a single-parent home, the two boys first became friends and then they eventually fell in love. After a heavy feud between them, Yuki got extremely drunk one day and hung himself.