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Beck

Beck

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Beck - Mongolian Chop Squad
Japanese: ベック

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2004 to Mar 31, 2005
Duration: 25 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company

Statistics

Score: 8.451 (scored by 54614 users)
Ranked: #1292
Popularity: #226
Members: 100,940
Favorites: 3,833
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.

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Popular Tags

drama music shounen slice of life

Synopsis

Tanaka 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.

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Adaptation: Beck

Characters & Voice Actors

Chiba, Tsunemi
Chiba, Tsunemi
Main
Cook, Justin
English
Cook, Justin
Oohata, Shintarou
Japanese
Oohata, Shintarou
...
Minami, Maho
Minami, Maho
Main
Saiki, Miho
Japanese
Saiki, Miho
Palencia, Brina
English
Palencia, Brina
...
Minami, Ryusuke
Minami, Ryusuke
Main
Vale, Eric
English
Vale, Eric
Ueno, Yuuma
Japanese
Ueno, Yuuma
...
Sakurai, Yuji
Sakurai, Yuji
Main
Bosch, Johnny Yong
English
Bosch, Johnny Yong
Nara, Tooru
Japanese
Nara, Tooru

Staff

Cook, Justin
Producer
Harp, Clarine
Producer
Kobayashi, Osamu
Director, Episode Director, Script, Key Animation, Character Design, Animation Director
Nagasaki, Yukio
Sound Director



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Sep 4, 2007
lowell
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 read more
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Jun 19, 2007
jet2r0cks
First of all, it is much better than expected. The storyline was so interesting and wonderfully executed, that I even disregarded the sub par drawing style . I like the idea of a band struggling to make it big not only in Japan, but as well as in America.

Speaking of the band, the BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad was a good band (I say it's "good" because I am not a fan of rap-rock music). Earlier in the series, when Ryuusuke was talking about chemistry in a band and stuff, I did see the chemistry among the five. First you have Ryuusuke, who reeks of pure read more
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Recommendations

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~
reportRecommended by Xinil - Add to favorites
Beck is a modern high school coming-of-age story where a nobody becomes a somebody by becoming a member of a rock band. Kids on the Slopes is a josei romance drama disguised as a high school coming-of-age story centered around jazz in the 1960's.

On the surface the two series appear similar. They both use music as a way of introducing and connecting their characters with the rest of the cast; including love interests that act as motivational factors. However, where as jazz is just a means to romantic ends in Kids on the Slopes, in Beck music is the most important aspect: it's the driving force of a story where character growth is linked into the titular band's successes and failures. There's a romance subplot in Beck that causes frustration and rage, for sure, but there's no denying that Beck is, first and foremost, about music.

Kids on the Slopes' greatest problem is this: its manga was serialised in a magazine called 'Flowers'. Hardly the ideal platform for a coming-of-age story with a a male lead, and that shows through; both in terms of the romantic focus AND male lead characterisation that's overly feminine. Jazz barely gets a look-in aside from when the cast hang out together. In contrast, Beck is more male-orientated with its lead's characterisation, and although romance gets far less attention, the heroine has caused anger in more than one fan for being realistically bitchy. That sort of naturalness is missing from Kids on the Slopes with its far more shoujo / soap operaish approach to romance.

In short: if you're looking for something shoujoish with music on the side, watch Kids on the Slopes. If you're a male looking for a coming-of-age story centered around music, watch Beck. Simple as that.

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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