The ‘Given’ franchise is arguably the most popular BL drama out there, so here is everything we know about season 2, the movie and OVA episode!

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Given: The Movie premiered around the world back in February on the Crunchyroll streaming platform to a fantastic reception.

This week, the special OVA episode finally premieres around the world, leaving fans curious as to how to watch the entire franchise’s titles.

Has Given been renewed season 2?

At the time of writing, Given has not been officially renewed for season 2, but the anime series is expected to return for an encore.

Whilst there may not be an official word from Studio Lerche on the sequel season, the future does appear bright for the fan-favourite series.

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This is because the original manga series is still ongoing, with volume seven launching in Japan today, on December 1st, 2021. This means that there should be plenty more source material to come that can be adapted into at least one more season of the anime.

The Given anime series is also easily popular enough to merit a second season; currently scoring an 8.4/10 on IMDB, 8.35/10 on MyAnimeList and 4.9/5 on Crunchyroll.

The only potential problem is that the manga only has two completed story arcs, both of which were adapted in season 1 and the movie respectively.

A third arc will reportedly focus on Hiiragi and Shizusumi’s relationship but as this is still being produced in the manga, it may be a long wait to see this adapted into a second anime season.

Based on the current manga release schedule and the production timeline from previous Given titles, fans shouldn’t expect a season 2 premiere until at least Summer 2022, if not 2023.

Given: The Movie…

After the conclusion of season 1, it was announced that the Given anime would return in the form of a sequel movie.

The movie, which was simply titled ‘Untitled’, premiered in Japanese theatres in August 2020, before releasing worldwide via the Crunchyroll streaming service on February 2nd, 2021.

The 59-minute movie is available to watch for free on the streaming platform, as is the entirety of season 1.

The new Given OVA episode…

Despite season 2 not being formally announced, you may have seen Given trending on social media recently and this is because of the special OVA episode.

The special episode is titled ‘Uragawa no Sonzai’ (Can’t Say Goodbye, I’m Still Drifting With Your Echoes) and will tell the “other side” of Mufuyu and Ritsuka that wasn’t shown in the movie.

The OVA released in Japan on December 1st, 2021, in accordance with the shipping of the DVD and the seventh manga volume.

Crunchyroll has not yet confirmed if or when the OVA will be available to stream internationally from this date.

You can watch the official teaser trailer below:

The Given live-action series…

Still not got enough Given content in your life? Check out the live-action television series!

The six-episode series premiered on July 17th, 2021 and featured the likes of Jin Suzui, Sanari, Kai Inowaki and Shuntaro Yanagi in leading roles.

The series is also available to watch on Crunchyroll, but at the time of writing, the final sixth episode is only available to premium subscribers – costing £7.99 a month.

You can check out the trailer below, although we have been unable to find an official English link.

This article will be updated as soon as new information on Given season 2 is officially revealed.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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