Synonyms: Beck - Mongolian Chop Squad
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2004 to Mar 31, 2005
25 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 8.471 (scored by 48267 users)
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drama music shounen slice of life
SynopsisTanaka Yukio, better known by his nickname Koyuki is a 14 year old who feels disconnected from life in general. Through the act of saving a mismatched dog, he meets guitarist Minami Ryuusuke, and becomes involved in Ryuusuke's new band BECK. Koyuki's life starts to change as the band struggles towards fame.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Beck
Characters & Voice Actors
Director, Episode Director, Script, Animation Director, Key Animation, Character Design
Episode Director, Assistant Director
Before I begin I'd like to say beck was a good anime, and you can find several reviews here to give you a plethora of good reason to watch it; or determine if it isn't your cup of tea. Instead of reviewing every aspect of the show, I'm going to review what I consider the "romantic" aspect. Keep in mind, Beck first and foremost is an anime about the band, and is not centered around romance. However even in non-romance stories, I find that if there is a romance it can be important to how I perceive the show and even play a big factor in determining if I enjoy it. So if romance is important to you, I hope I can help. [Note: while there may be some minor spoilers, I'm going to try my best to keep it spoiler free]
Everything starts off well enough. Koyuki is likeable and at the very first episode it seems like his friend Izumi is going to play an important role in his life. And shortly afterwards we're introduced to Maho, the younger sister of Ryusuke (the lead guitarist/founding member of beck). And though Izumi gets a bit left out, we get to see some good development with Maho. I'd say really in the first 12 episodes BECK looks like it could development into drama with a romantic plot. Koyuki and Maho even share a kiss in ep.11 (though influenced a bit by a small wager from an earlier episode). Then the very next episode Izumi comes back, and I'll say this: I hate in anime how often silly misunderstandings can be the reasons for major plot developments. What I love about what BECK does here is that even though there might be a bit of a misunderstanding that happens, the thoughts and intentions of the characters come through over it.
And just when I think things are going to start getting good, BECK really tones it down. Maho is still around, and it's pretty obvious she and Koyuki like one another...but not a lot is ever happening. And I think it never really becomes enough a priority for Koyuki, or for Maho really either. While the buildup was pretty good, and the anime ended well enough, I felt like it left a lot of potential hanging (at least for a romantic plot). For every brief moment of potential romantic drama, or scene with Maho and Koyuki actually developing (towards each other), there's practically an eternity. I wanted more. But it never really came. It had sparks, but it never caught fire.
BECK was a very fun show to watch, and while the buildup of the first half kinda fizzles out in the 2nd, it's still there. The ending in terms of romance, though short, was very enjoyable and happy, and I was pleased to see that it did matter somewhat at the end. However, BECK is primarily about the band; and that shines through in every aspect of the show and it's characters. Iif you want a little romance, there's a bit here. Not a ton. But enough to keep me (and hopefully you) happy. read more
I ended up rewatching this series recently to kill some spare time, and -- I don't know why -- I found that I liked the whole series a lot more the second time around. I mean, I liked it the first time... but the second time, I really liked it.
It's about this middle school kid named Koyuki, who finally connects with the world around him through music and what eventually becomes a band called Beck... blah, blah, blah.
Story-wise... it's a little kooky. I don't know how other people viewed it, but being from the U.S., well, I had to remind myself a few times to take it with a grain of salt. I really enjoyed the slow development of Koyuki and the band and the relationships between everyone... I thought that part of the story was really well done. It's just that (especially in the second half), you have to be prepared to suspend your disbelief a little and accept the oddness of the whole Lucille subplot.
The art? I really liked looking at it. There was something very appealing about it. I think I especially liked how the everything was kind of gritty and muted looking to match the mood of the underground music scene. Also, the color palette they chose fit really well with the tone and vibe of the main characters and the story line, I thought.
Okay, the music really, really grew on me. I thought I was going to hate it and I have to admit that the grammar kind of bugged me at first... but I totally hum/sing a bunch of the songs to myself without thinking about it now. Even the opening song is catchy and fun. And even though you do hear bits of a few songs over and over again, it's nice, because I felt like I was getting more and more familiar with their sound... and it gave me a chance to become a "fan" of the band. ;) Also I thought that the people who were singing Koyuki and Maho's parts did a *great* job.
Character-wise... I don't think you get to know anyone as well as you get to know Koyuki. In fact, I think you only get to know everyone else as well as Koyuki himself does. But that's one of the nice things about the show, actually. They don't always like each other. They're bandmates and they aren't each others' whole lives. ...So, it felt okay to be irritated with or irked by some of the characters. And personally, I really prefer characters who are flawed and honest and real, so I really didn't mind not always liking the people on the show because it felt so much more... authentic, in a way.
And I don't know if this is character or story, but I also liked the way the series kind of kept us updated on Beck's rival band and used their story as a contrast to the main story.
I would say though, that if you're not used to the way heavily accented English sounds, listening to some of the conversations and the songs might be a little jarring at first. It didn't bother me since I was watching it w/ subs anyway and I'm used to thick accents, but I know some people who found it distracting... they couldn't concentrate on what was going on because they were too busy listening and trying to figure out what they were saying.
Overall, great show. It's different from your typical perky, funny, energetic sort of high school shows... it's sort of more of a "My So-Called Life" type show, without all the drama and with a band. ;) So, this probably isn't what you're looking for if you want sort of a funny, light-hearted high school slice of life show; it's ...quieter than that. But if you're looking for a break from all the sugar, this is a really nice change of pace. read more
Music, music, music. Both series have great music scores to keep you entertained, not to mention the underlining drama that eats away at each character. Even if you're not a fan of the drama, you'll probably end up enjoying the music in some sense~
Both are good music series. Competition of two bands, romance, drama, and of course good music. Must see both
Nana feels like the love-child of Beck and Honey & Clover. If you liked Nana, I'd suggest Beck if you liked the struggling band/musical aspects of Nana. And vice versa. =)
All about the music baby.
Nana and Beck tell us about the musical industry and everything concerning the creative process. We'll meet naive novices and tycoons of record labels, rookies and stars. Although in Nana the story is focused on love and relationships, it's also about the life of musicians, including live shows in small clubs, the recording process, promotion and music videos. If you want to know more about the musical industry you'll enjoy watching these series.
Both series are done by Mad House. Both have their good share of drama and music, and overall the atmosphere is similar. They both have similar characters and the struggle of a new band trying to show this world their talent.
Prominently-themed in Indie rock music and relationship experiences through growing up.
Music and life.
Both are great anime about a group of friends trying to make a rock band.
Slice of life, drama, and romance are the predominant elements of both series (Nana is more girl-oriented, though).
There is also the competition between 2 rival bands.
We see the characters growing up during the series, and struggling to make their dreams come true.
Also, both anime are by Mad House, and Takumi and Ryusuke are similar.
Both anime have a theme of music, BECK is more of a music fans anime while NANA is more centered toward a shoujo audience . never the less both anime are amoung my favourite. Although I feel BECK is my favourite anime of all time NANA is the closest anime you will get related to rock music. (next to BECK that is)
Both NANA & Beck are focused on music. NANA has female main characters and the serie centers around them. Also, they're already in their twenties. Beck on the other hand has young boys as main characters. Their both great to watch and have their own amount of music and drama.
both are portraying a struggling rock band for their path to popularity, their love problems, friendship... although, nana is a more emotional, and from a girls point of view, while in beck, except their music (and all around it), we do not get to know their other side: family. both have some great music, that will stuck to your mind hours and days later. enjoy!
Rock and Punk go hand by hand.
For boys - Beck. For girls - Nana.
There both are about trying to make it big in a band and falling in love.
Revolving around music and in a way relationships. Beck is more of an anime I'd recommend if you enjoy having your adrenline pumping. Captivating, slow at times but worth every minute of every episode. Catchy music.
Nana, more if you want to have your heart thumping, rising, tears in your eyes. Yet still some essences of adreanline. Creative characters, good story lines. Overall both series are MUST-WATCH for all music fans be they pop music, indie, rock, heavy metal, punk.
Both are well-received anime centered around drama and music. Both have fantastic soundtracks.
Wow, both of these series reminds me of one and the other in a variety of ways.
Both series features music as a prominent theme. They have a band who are trying to make a name of themselves in the music industry. But more than that, there is a complex friendship between the two main characters in both series.
Beck and Nana are like brothers and sisters imo. They have comedy, romance, drama, and is presented in a mature way that is more than the typical shoujo/high school romances.
Both series also has that slice of life feeling detailing some of the events of the characters' every day lives whether involving their careers or their love lives.
If you like Beck you might just enjoy Nana. They both have rock bands and awesome music and are pretty realistic. The only difference is Beck is light, comedic and shounen. Nana makes you cry its Shoujo.
they are similar in terms of music
School life and music of a band.
Both animes have some similar histories about music, a lot of musical references and of course a little band wanting to get bigger. There some other references but if i say it could be a spoiler so, watch it and make your conclusion. ^^
Both are about soon-to-be musicians. Beck is a more serious take on it, while K-On! is more comical about it.
an anime about a band. what can be better?
Both of these series focus around a band struggling to 'make it big'. BECK is the more mature of the two animes, while K-ON has all the comedy.
Well apart from that K-on is about a club of girls playing, this time it's about a local band in Tokyo trying to become successful while working through their hardships of making it to fame while having some twists in romance and suspense in the plot itself.
Beck is K-On if you get rid of the moe and add guys, its more serious, but its damn good
Both anime have a great music,and the main characters are both fast learner.
The only diference is the "modus vivendi" os the caracthers, but if you like the artistic life and enjoy music.
While both shows don't exactly have the bes forms of music, and are in a weird balance of realistic and fantasy with their respective bands' popularity, they both share some great chemistry in the workings of the band. K-ON takes moe archetypes and fits them in with the bands positions, resulting with some well developed characters, Beck does a surprisingly good job of portraying the sort of tropes found in many real bands. Both shows have painstaking detail to every instrument, with K-ON only showing instruments in full detail for a few seconds sadly, but on the other hand, Beck's CG guitars look great but out of place. K-On is a masterpiece of KyoAni animation as with Beck being one of madhouses' better shows, although Beck can drop to QUALITY levels pretty quickly. Beck remains one of the few series I can recommend the dub, so I'm not going to make a comparison of CV talent. Overall these remain some of the best anime for music fans.
Both animes obviously have to do something with musicians, however, while K-ON is concentrated more on moe style designs and a more comedic tone, Beck has more of a realistic approach concerning art and is all the more serious with it's story line.
If you watched one, you might or might not like the other. Both are inspiring to the musician.
Comedy, Music, Slice of Life
Opening Theme"Hit in the USA" by Beat Crusaders
Ending Theme#1: "My World Down" by Meister (eps 1-20)
#2: "Moon on the Water" by Sowelu and Beat Crusaders (eps 21-25)
#3: "Slip Out" by Beck/Mongolian Chop Squad (ep 26)
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