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Tightly clutching his Gibson guitar, Mafuyu Satou 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, Satou 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 bandmates: bassist Haruki Nakayama and drummer Akihiko Kaji. Satou's voice is strikingly beautiful, filling Uenoyama with the determination to make Satou the lead singer of the band. Though reticent at first, Satou takes the offer after an emotional meeting with an old friend. With the support of his new friends, Satou must not only learn how to play guitar but also come to terms with the mysterious circumstances that led him to be its owner. (Source: MyAnimeList) ~~ Adapted from the manga series "Given" (ギヴン) by Kizu Natsuki (キヅナツキ). Edit Translation

  • English
  • 日本語
  • Español
  • Čeština
  • Country: Japan
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: Jul 17, 2021 - Aug 21, 2021
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: Fuji TV
  • Duration: 24 min.
  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 6,145 users)
  • Ranked: #6550
  • Popularity: #1118
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
18months
34 people found this review helpful
Aug 20, 2021
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 4
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 9.5
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

GREAT!

This is a point of view of someone who doesn’t watch the anime.
I think it’s such a good history and the actors are fantastic! The soundtrack was amazing, the end was a true freedom! Yes I know all the fans of the anime was mad about the hair, how the actors look, but let’s be honest ok? They are AMAZING! I’m watching the anime right now and they are so faithful, they really make a good work. When you make a panorama you can see how the series are damm good, please Japan make more live actions I NEED that.
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Completed
cortaditas
34 people found this review helpful
Aug 22, 2021
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 5.0
Story 5.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 3.0

barely makes sense without the original material

i tried to be unbiased and review this as a stand alone work, but i find that really difficult, as i keep referring to the anime in order to fully understand what's happening in certain scenes, and that's not a good sign. i feel the way the original story was cut in order to fit six episodes, only works if you're already kinda familiar with the characters and their struggles.
making uenoyama full on the pov character is a wonderfully idea on paper, it makes us empathize with ue's intrigue and frustration while trying the decipher mafuyu's mind, YET, in practice, what results is mafuyu looking more like a depressed manic pixie dream boy than an actual main character facing trauma, and it's frustrating. i get you, ue (see? it works!).

on to the important part: the romance... it's alright I guess. two goodlooking boys staring at each other always looks cute, and you actually believe that uenoyama is interested in mafuyu. as of sato... most of the time you believe he's not a mannequinn. as of world building, there's none, and that also affects the romance, we know they're students and they're in a band together, done. there are so little scenes of them spending time together, you don't really get an ideas as of why they would have feelings for each other, other than pure proximity principle.

remember i talked about mafuyu dealing with trauma? man, did they brush over that part! we see other characters talk about it more times than we actually see sato dealing with it. i will go ahead and assume this has more to do with tv regulations and censorship, as it is quite a sensitive topic, but i insist they could've done so much more with sato's character building up to the last episode.

as a music drama... i will say its actually nice, like the outro song is something i would listen on a regular basis, and the final song, although didn't quite met the standard of the anime's (its alright, not even the movie sequel achieved that), it's a nice touch that they decided to do an original song, if not to separate the drama from the original work, to highlight Sanari's voice.

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Details

  • Drama: Given
  • Country: Japan
  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: Jul 17, 2021 - Aug 21, 2021
  • Aired On: Saturday
  • Original Network: Fuji TV
  • Duration: 24 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

Statistics

  • Score: 7.4 (scored by 6,145 users)
  • Ranked: #6550
  • Popularity: #1118
  • Watchers: 14,483

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