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Gravitation

Gravitation

As a member of a musical duo on the verge of making it into show business, Shindou Shuichi has a lot on his mind -- especially since he writes the songs for his Bad Luck band. His life gets no less hectic when he bumps into Yuki Eiri, a successful yet cynical author extraordinaire, who immediately insults Shuichi’s lyrics upon reading them. Seeking him out to demand an apology, Shuichi nevertheless sees other facets of Eiri’s personality. Can he accept the fact that he might be developing feelings for the novelist who discredited his work on their first meeting?

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Boys Love anime series about guys who really love music and are in a band. Gravitation is much older but was super popular in its heyday. Hopefully Given will be equally well-received.

Crimsonsongbird Crimsonsongbird says...

Gravitation and given, these are two of a kind, protaying feeling over a backgraound of songs. Given is much more serious take but both have a lot of humour and are a must for music and yaoi fans.

Doukyuusei

Doukyuusei

Rihito Sajou is an honor student with perfect scores in every subject on his high school entrance exam. Hikaru Kusakabe plays guitar in his band that performs at live events and is popular among the girls. These boys would have never crossed paths. But one day Hikaru offers to help Rihito prepare for their upcoming chorus festival and the two begin to talk. As the two meet after school, they bond through songs and begin to harmonize as their hearts beat together. It starts out slowly but soon their feelings for one another grow and suddenly they both realize that they are in love. Hikaru's emotions are frivolous, pure and direct causing Rihito to hesitate at first, but he gradually opens his heart. The boys learn about each other, as well as themselves, as they support one another during this difficult time in their youth.As the time to start thinking about their futures approaches, what do these young men find as they try to move forward...

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snivets snivets says...

Both are light, slice-of-life BL anime about high school boys. In given, both boys are in a band, and in Doukyuusei, one of them is in a band. Both have some bittersweet/sad moments, and also many suuuper cute ones. Both feel real.

kawaiibunnyprincess kawaiibunnyprincess says...

They are both genuine. Showing the innoncence of young love and coming of age. Raw emotion. Beautiful character development. 

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Koyuki is a downcast fourteen-year-old boy who feels disconnected from life. Socially unpopular and lacking confidence, he takes some solace in his fandom of fluffy J-Pop. However, when he saves a strange dog from a group of cruel young bullies, his life changes forever; for through this encounter he meets a genius guitarist named Ryuunosuke and subsequently is introduced to the world famous rock band Dying Breed. Now, he uses his innate singing talent and beginning guitar skills to join with the indy startup band Beck, learning to live a life unlike anything he has ever known...

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Ebonyslayer Ebonyslayer says...

If you liked Given or Beck, you'd like the other because both of them have a cast of characters who enjoy making rock music. And both have a protagonist who develops an interest in music by meeting another character.

Orange

Orange

Everyone has regrets in life. So who wouldn't take the chance to change the past if given the opportunity? When sixteen-year-old Takamiya Naho receives a mysterious letter, claiming to be from her twenty-seven-year-old self, her life is suddenly thrown into flux. The letter tells her that a new transfer student by the name of Naruse Kakeru will be joining her class, and to keep her eye on him. But why? Naho must decide what to make of the letter and its cryptic warning, and what it means not only for her future, but for Kakeru's as well.

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maddyxxo maddyxxo says...

Both of these animes have similar concepts and plots. In orange, the protagonist suffers a heavy loss of someone they were close with due to suicide. In Given, the protagonist also loses someone close to them because of suicide. In both these animes, the characters have many similarities, such as having a deep backstory and meeting new people that help them overcome their sadness and problems.

Anonymous Noise

Anonymous Noise

Blessed with a beautiful voice, Nino only sings for one reason: to be found. Nino finds herself looking for two boys who left her without reason, Momo and Yuzu. By chance, all three of them end up in the same high school, and Nino discovers that her singing isn't in vain. As they rediscover their bonds, the group realizes that time changes many things, and sometimes certain things can't be repaired.

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AnimePixel AnimePixel says...

Although one is a BL type of anime, you will find it surprising how they can be both so similar and both so different. Both anime revolves around messages in music to the person they love.

Both anime has a guitarist that is very crucial to the plot as they influence the vocalist's thoughts and actions in both animes. Both anime has a somewhat sort of a love triangle although in Given, one of the members in the love triangle died, resulting in bringing together the other two. In Anonymous Noise, the guitarist tries to help the main character by encouraging her to sing his songs to find her lover even though he was in love with her.

In both animes, the guitarist was jealous of the guy who had the main characters' love and they just want the main character to sing only about them, to sing only to them, but not the other guy.

I recommend both ways because these two animes are related in terms of a relationship crisis, music, and the two-character relationship between the vocalist and the guitarist.

Fuuka

Fuuka

New meetings always come suddenly! The protagonist, Yuu Haruna, moves into a new town where he meets a somewhat strange girl who doesn't have a cell phone. The girl, Fuuka, seems to have a strange allure that draws people to her, very much like a summer breeze. Looks like Yuu has been caught up in one wild love story!

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Karanen Karanen says...

If you like Given you would appreciate Fuuka. It is a nice break from serious manner of Given. The reason of my recomendation is similiar theme, music/band. This story starts a bit awkwardly, but it will sure grow on you as Given grew onto me. It's not BL like this one, but i can guarantee that you will not regret watching it! Nothing extra serous happens, chill storyline. Maybe you can relate to some character like I did. It is not like fantasy love novel thing and I like it is like regural life inspirated artwork.

Kono Oto Tomare!

Kono Oto Tomare!

Down to its last member, the koto club will accept anyone who is interested in the traditional Japanese instrument. But when a delinquent and a prodigy player sign up, finding harmony isn’t going to be easy—especially not with ensemble competitions looming around the corner. With enough time and some incredible skill at the strings, perhaps this motley crew can strike a chord with the judges.

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Tiggernator Tiggernator says...

Both focus on music and love (platonic, romantic and familial), and touch on loss too. 

They differ in some ways, but if you are drawn in by watching people create music together as they learn and grow together, then I would definitely reccomend both.

Your lie in April

Your lie in April

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.

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betofu betofu says...

Both animes revolve and are based around music and a highschool environment. Some romance too, but the characters have gone through hardships.

The case files of Jeweler Richard

The case files of Jeweler Richard

One night, a college student with a strong sense of justice, Seigi Nakata, saved a gorgeous foreigner, Richard, who was being harassed by some drunks. When Seigi found out that Richard was a jeweler, he asked for an appraisal on a ring with a shady history; one which his grandmother had kept secret until she died. The appraisal had revealed her past, truth, and desire. It led Seigi to work as a part-time employee for Richard’s jewelry store, the “Jewelry Etranger” in Ginza. While solving various “mysteries” introduced to the Jewelry Etranger, the relationship between Richard and Seigi gradually changes. However, each of them has secrets they have not told anyone.

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moonchild15 moonchild15 says...

both anime r educational for the viewer. Definitely check this out if u r a curious person, and enjoy learning new things. They both also kinda share the shonen ai element

Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi

As the grandmaster who founded the Demonic Sect, Wei WuXian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was back-stabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him. He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the clans—Lan WangJi, his archenemy.

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Crimsonsongbird Crimsonsongbird says...

Anyone who loves bl will like this too.