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New Illustration Features 'Given' Characters 10 Years Later

By: Georgia Hill Sep 20, 2022
On October 8, Given author Natsuki Kizu shared a new illustration on her Twitter for the Cheri+ 10th anniversary exhibition. The illustration serves as
New Illustration Features 'Given' Characters 10 Years Later
Given illustration

On October 8, Given author Natsuki Kizu shared a new illustration on her Twitter for the Cheri+ 10th anniversary exhibition. The illustration serves as the exhibition’s key visual.

Given Cheri+ anniversary illustration
Given illustration celebrates 10th anniversary of Cheri+ magazine

Natsuki Kizu states in her Twitter post that the illustration features the cast of Given 10 years in the future. She also mentions the fact that the characters are lined up in the same way as the cover art for her Given Illustrations book, published last year.

Given Illustrations book
Given Illustrations book cover art

Natsuki Kizu’s music/boys love manga Given began serialization in Shinshokan’s Cheri+ magazine in 2013. The series inspired an anime adaptation of the same name, which premiered in 2019 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block. The anime is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

Synopsis

Crunchyroll describes the plot of Given as follows:

Somehow, the guitar that he used to love to play and the basketball games that he found so fun just lost their appeal. That was until Ritsuka Ueonyama met Mafuyu Sato. Ritsuka had started losing his passion for music in his everyday life. but then he hears Mafuyu sing for the first time. The song resonates with his heart and the distance between them begins to change.

The latest addition to the Given franchise is a live-action adaptation of the series, which is also available on Crunchyroll. Given’s anime also will also get an OVA, which will be released in December this year. The OVA, Given: Urugawa no Sonzai (Given: The One on the Flip-Side), will focus on Mafuyu and Ritsuka’s relationship.

Source: Natsuki Kizu’s Twitter
©Natsuki Kizu/Shinshokan

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