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Given Boys-Love Anime Film Unveils Spring 2020 Opening, Color Visual

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Tickets on sale at Animate Girls Festival for film focusing on Haruki, Akihiko

The official website for the anime of Natsuki Kizu's Given manga announced on Saturday that the upcoming anime film will open in spring 2020. The website also updated with a color version of the previously unveiled teaser visual. The visual features a moment in the daily life of Haruki and Akihiko in Haruki's home.

Blue Lynx's Animate Girls Festival booth is also selling advance tickets for the film, in a bundle with a mini shikishi board illustrated by Kizu, this weekend.

In addition, the booth has advance tickets for the other two announced Blue Lynx films, Twittering Birds Never Fly and Umibe no Étranger. People who buy advance tickets for all three films will receive a story by Shion Miura and a limited set of five postcards illustrated by Yōko Tanji.

Fuji TV's new Blue Lynx boys-love anime label is producing the Given film. The television anime focuses on high school students Ritsuka and Mafuyu, but the film focuses on the adult band members Haruki, Akihiko, and Ugetsu.

The television anime's cast members are reprising their roles for the film. Hikaru Yamaguchi (director for Escha Chron, episode director for Mr. Osomatsu, Battle Spirits Double Drive) is returning to direct the film at Lerche. Yuniko Ayana (BanG Dream! both seasons, Girls Beyond the Wasteland) is again writing the script, and Mina Ōsawa is returning to design the characters. Hiromi Kikuta and Michiru are again handling sound direction and music composition, respectively.

The television anime premiered on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block on July 11. The anime is the "first anime based on a boys-love manga" to air on Noitamina. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs, and it describes the story:

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 Uenoyama randomly 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 starts to change.

Solo rock project centimillimental performed the opening theme song "Kizuato." The in-anime group "Given" performed the ending theme song "Marutsuke," with centimillimental producing.

The manga runs in Shinshokan's Cheri+ magazine, and Shinshokan published the manga's fifth compiled volume on April 1. Viz Media's SuBLime imprint for boys-love manga has licensed the series, and the first volume will ship in English in February 2020.

Sources: Given anime's website, Comic Natalie


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