Ranked #129

Beck

Alternative Titles

English: Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Japanese: ベック

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2004 to Mar 31, 2005
Premiered: Fall 2004
Broadcast: Unknown
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Duration: 25 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.431 (scored by 65,616 users)
Ranked: #1292
Popularity: #294
Members: 126,492
Favorites: 4,508
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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 toward fame.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Tanaka, Yukio
Tanaka, Yukio
Main
Namikawa, Daisuke
Japanese
Namikawa, Daisuke
Minami, Maho
Minami, Maho
Main
Saiki, Miho
Japanese
Saiki, Miho
Minami, Ryusuke
Minami, Ryusuke
Main
Ueno, Yuuma
Japanese
Ueno, Yuuma
Chiba, Tsunemi
Chiba, Tsunemi
Main
Oohata, Shintarou
Japanese
Oohata, Shintarou

Staff

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

More episodes Episodes(1/26)

Episode Title Aired
1 The View at Fourteen
Juuyon-sai no Fuukei (十四歳の風景)
Oct 7, 2004

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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lowell
Sep 4, 2007
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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jet2r0cks
Jun 19, 2007
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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Xan09
Dec 13, 2007
I Loved this show, but my rating is coming with a bias, because i basically just watched my life in an anime. I am a musician who has had many bands playing clubs and an arena, so this show was a great watch.

Story- My opinion on the story is heavily biased, i was instantly drawn into it through the main character Koyuki (Yukio) and his feeling of emptiness at the beginning about how he didn't see his place in the world, and then finding it by being introduced to a well known bandand falling in love with music. Ruyuuske is the average underground musician read more
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ThatGuyWithAHat
Mar 12, 2015




Being a fan of rock music I wanted to find a good musical anime that exemplifies my love for the genre. Unfortunately watching a show called K-ON derailed me for a year on trying some other musical based anime. However I came across a great rock anime called Beck.


Story:
Yukio Tanaka A.K.A Koyuki is our 14 year old main protagonist. After helping out a strange looking dog (Beck) he meets 16 year old Ryusuke Minami who is making a name for himself in the music business. After witnessing Ryusuke play guitar Koyuki is encouraged to take up playing guitar.

The story is mainly focussing read more
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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  read more 
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Both are slice of life shows dealing with music. The main characters are kind of similar and they are also members of bands. There is more drama and romance in BECK, while D. M. C. has more comedy. 
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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. ^^ 
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Both shows are centered around music. Drama isn't exactly similar in the two of them, but you'll probably end up enjoying the relationships developed between the characters. Koyuki could maybe be representative of Chiaki, as they're both struggling for a career in music. 
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Anime: NHK ni Youkoso!
Both are essentially indie movies that were animated. Both Koyuki and Sato are stuck in a very bad mind set in the very start of the shows, and I believe that Koyuki could have ended up like Sato if not for his music passion.  
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