English: Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Oct 7, 2004 to Mar 31, 2005
25 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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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 toward fame.
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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)
I couldn't believe how long I put off watching this series. If you're anything like me and absolutely adore stories set in the music world, much more rock, then you're going to enjoy this!
Nana and the movie, Almost Famous, is definitely on top of my favorites. Much like the latter title, this dealt with the coming-of-age of Koyuki, a seemingly ordinary kid with no interests in life until he found Beck and his owner. I have few complaints about the show, to be honest, but I did find that in the middle, it got a bit boring and there were times when I had to push myself to watch it to the end.
What I liked about the show is that the realistic portrayal of high school kids, like Koyuki and Saku. Just regular guys, despite their musical talents, even in school. There was no point in the series where it felt like they suddenly became overwhelmingly popular with their peers. There were no moments where the Power of Friendship overcame everything. Everything happens gradually, which makes you root for them by the last few episodes in the series.
That's not to say this series does not have its own share of loveable and larger-than-life characters. Chiba, for example, would be easy to turn into a caricature but he was nicely fleshed out and throughout the series, you get to see different sides of him. One of the reasons why I can't simply let go of this series is because of its characters. If I had to rank what makes this animanga great, characters is a step below the music.
Speaking of the music, this is where Beck shines the most. The music whether you listen to it in dubbed or subbed (I recommend the dubbed, honestly) is just plain ace! It's rock as we know it. British rock more like, but it felt like it evolved in the series to play a modern rock tune. (The last song 'Slip Out' particularly felt very Soundgarden-ish to me.) There's much to love for rock music fans, and if you're a musician, too, you would definitely sympathize with Koyuki's urge to play music.
Overall, watch this if you're a fan of rock and coming-of-age stories set in the world of music. If you're particular about the art styles and how perfectly animated the show might be, you might not like this as much but I still urge you to watch it. The art, somehow, grows in you. It just fits the show. read more
I was recommended this music-centric anime from a youtuber who just couldn't stop raving about it. I guess it just goes to show you that people can get very different levels of enjoyment out of the same anime.
I was not moved by Beck in the slightest. For me, the most memorable part of this anime is the opening song. The tune was hella catchy, for me at least, and was the most enjoyable part of the anime.
I did give this anime a fair shot and watched it to completion, but there was never any "hook" for me to grab onto throughout the series. The plot was uninspiring and at times, just unbelievable.
The artwork is average. The characters stoic. The music was bad other than the opening theme.
I did my best to like this anime, but in the end, was glad that it was finally over after watching the final episode.
Sorry for the other folks who enjoyed this anime, but I just never got into it at all. read more
This is my review on the anime Beck.
Story: The story its SELF isn't anything amazing,but its not bad either its about a 14 year old boy who goes by the name koyuki who feels his life is going no where until he saves a miss matched dog called beck, who belongs to the guiter player Ryuusuke which then lead him into the world of music with this he goes through hardship of trying to figure out who he is and who he wants to be.
Art: The art is anything great either but it does suit the anime so well the animators did a good job at making Harolds characters look more proportional and normal then they do in the manga.
Sound: The music in this anime is absolutely brilliant it fits the tone of each performance and scenes so well and you will be begging for more once its done. lets also talk about sub and dub English is a big part of the series as some characters are from america and they sing in English they go back and forth between Japanese and english,the English is not perfect so if broken english or "engrish" annoys you watch the dub as it will be alot smoother,but i do recommend watching the dub as its probably the best dub of an anime i have heard before.
Characters:Most characters in this show are great and the all have character development at some point and extreme character development if you chose to read the manga.
Overall there was never one dull moment for me watching this anime and each one of these parts (sound/art ect) brings it all together to making it the masterpiece it is its amazing and i can watch it over and over again with out getting tired of it the manga also progresses alot further then the anime with 33 volumes and 100 chapters, i wish that this series will get a remake that will go through all the manga because it deferentially deserves it so i give it a 9.4/10
(as i never give 10s)
Thank you for reading :) read more
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.
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 on the band Beck and the relationships that Koyuki has with each member in particular Ryusuke and his sister Mao.
Beck is a journey of a band trying to make it big. Being a fan of rock music there is nothing thrilling than the thought of being up on stage with your friends playing with all your heart. The bands journey starts off with regular rehearsals and writing up original material in a studio. The band has a few line-up changes before settling on its final five members. Yukio Tanaka plays rhythm guitar and vocals on the slower songs. Ryusuke Minami plays lead guitar and is the lyricist. Tsunemi Chiba is the lead singer/rapper. Yoshiyuki Taira is the bassist. Yuji "Saku" Sakurai is the drummer.
We witness the start of the band as they go from playing in small bars to eventually headlining at a festival. Each member of the band collectively runs into a character which will make their life more difficult which varies from school bullies to cooperate businessmen.
The other focus of the show is the romance between Maho and Koyuki. I'd have to be honest I didn't expect anything from the two at first as they got off on bad terms, but the two eventually become friends and love blossoms... maybe.
Koyuki is our main protagonist. He starts off as being a relatively quiet guy who has above average grades and has a taste for J-Pop music. After meeting Ryusuke he listens to an American band called dying breed and then his life into the rock and roll world begins. Koyuki feels like a relatable character as at one point I was also listening to shitty pop music that had little to no meaning. He also had determination to learn to play guitar something which I also had experience with.
Ryusuke is a perfectionist guy who is also a bit of a slacker. He strives to make Beck the greatest band in the world and will disregard others feelings to do so as we see with Chiba. Ryusuke is not the type of guy that I like, but I will agree he is talented musically.
Chiba is a loudmouth guy who is very energetic. He gets the crowds going with his enthusiasm and his great vocal techniques. He is quick to help those being bullied and is not one to back away from fights. Chiba is by far one of my favourite characters in the show.
Taira is a much grounded guy he is aware of Ryusuke’s talents as well as the other band members. He is aware of his own skills as a bassist and believes the band can achieve something together.
Saku is the drummer of the group (A.K.A Squinty) He transfers into Koyuki’s middle school and the two forms a friendship over their love of music by dying breed. They have the closest relationship out of all the other band moments which is very sweet.
Mr.Saitou is an honourable mention to this list. He is a middle aged pervert with a big heart. He teaches Koyuki how to play guitar and teaches him how to swim better which in turn helps him with his vocals. Saitou is a mentor to Koyuki and the two form a strong friendship.
The characters in the show get a great deal of development, hell even Mr. Saitou changes to a one man woman by the series end. The characters show a strong bond that can pull through even in the hardest of situations.
I wasn’t a fan of the art for the most part as it looked very under budget maybe it was to make up for the money put into the music. However I will give props to the up close guitar playing which looked good, also the character designs which did have distinctive features. However its falls flat for background and movements are often restricted in scenes.
The sound gets major props in this anime with the soundtrack consisting of written songs which are very rock oriented. Tracks like ‘Moon on the water’ by dying breed and ‘Brainstorm’ by Beck our stand out tracks. As for the opening and closing songs they are also pretty enjoyable, the opening being ‘Hit in the USA’ by Beat Crusaders and the ending ‘My world down’ by Dying Breed although I may be wrong on the ending song.
I enjoyed this series a lot. It portrays my wish of hoping to be a rock star and that with hard work and effort you can make it a reality. There was a good mix of music, comedy and drama all of which suits the tone of this series.
However… this series does have its flaws. I fail to believe that a band like Beck can emerge so quickly when it took even the greatest of bands to do the same. Nirvana took five years to make it big. This series also has a slow start to it which can put you off investing your time into it. Other than that effort put into the artwork could have been better.
Although Beck has minor flaws its major points strung a chord with me… (Sorry for the bad joke.)
I would only recommend this to fans of rock and roll music as it has references to a lot of well-known bands. Any fans of romance, drama and comedy may find something in the show so give it try I’d say.
I give Beck a well-deserved 8 out of 10
Thanks for reading guys, have a nice day!
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. =)
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!
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 focus on the mentality and hard work it takes to become the biggest rock band in the world. Both feature AMAZING soundtracks plus references to big rock bands.
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.
Nana and Beck have very similar feeling. When I was watching Beck, I remembered all my feelings about Nana. Also both have really great music and they are uncomparable to other animes from music genre.
Both of these two anime revolve around the topic music in one way or another, for example they both involve bands trying to make their debut. The overall feeling is the same, in both they are dealing with everyday issues and things that "ordinary" people can relate to.
they both are centered around music and drama and romance.
however, nana has more drama and romance than beck while beck has more music.
but both are still really enjoyable and if you like one you would probably like the other
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.
The similar part is that both anime are for high school students who play music.
The difference is that Sakamichi no Apollon is more about the love stories of the characters and is full of cliches, while Beck is more about music and characters' development as persons through music.
If you're musician or you just enjoy heartwarming stories featuring music and romance, then both shows are must-watch.
Similar premise, just replace Jazz music with Rock music as the main music focus. Characters are all in high school as well in both, however Beck takes place in present day.
Tbh, I found these two series quite alike in terms of their pace and feeling when watching them.
Both Beck and Sakamichi no Apollon (also known as Kids on the Slope) explores the theme of music and how the main characters of the series embraces them.
Both series' artwork is naturalistic and has realism that reflects the older ages compared to the more modern 2000's style.
Both series has a slice of life theme in it that features comedy, drama, and romance.
Both series are a breath of fresh air so give it a shot.
It's not only about music. BECK - ROCK, Sakamichi - JAZZ.
But also it's slice of life about musicians lifes. About problems of everyone of us, because everyone've got plenty of them. It's about how hard is love, friendship and keeping your existence in society.
Both of these titles are set in the present and feature high school kids as the main characters. There is a great deal of high school drama, but at the end of the day the characters best relate through music. Beck is much more lighthearted and funny; kids on the slope tries to be more thoughtful. Both are excellent animes.
In my opinion, there are only two kinds of animes. Drama and Action.
Beck and Sakamichi share a feeling through the whole series. The action is slow and you can't expect a bloody gunfight every episode. The characters will always be presented as very simple, but the more you dive into the understanding of the characters meaning in the series, you will obtain that everyone has a light and a dark side. The character you thought were a ugly scumbag, will maybe turn out to be the nicest character in anime history! Judge the book by the content, not the cover.
Also, both animes has a love to music. Beck is for all the rock/pop-lovers, and Sakamichi is for 60's jazz. Both animes will create a big view of both genres, and you will understand why the music-culture is very important. If you don't like this kind of music, you should consider watching either Beck or Sakamichi.
Last but not least, both animes aren't just about music. Actual themes is also friendship, love, hard work and accomplishing goals and following dreams!
same music but smaller and better than beck less complicated some times and some time more complicated then beck unfortunate it doesn't have a ending like beck which can keep the viewer hoping that there would be more. so to sum it up smaller and better similar in a lot of ways love music and a whole lot of fun included that kids on slope for you :)
Music, Music, Music. While Beck deals with rock music, Sakimichi no Apollon deals with jazz. If you're a fan of jazz, this is a must-watch. Add that to the brilliant writing and character development, and you get one of the best shows a music fan could watch.
Both are about a band and their struggles revolving around music
both revolve around music and have a beautiful story of friendship. They are also both shows that will be remembered for their great music played.
They are both a must watch, so if you have seen one go and watch the other NOW!!
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.
This anime is also about music, so if thats what you want, then see it, but besides the fact that they ar both about musicians, these anime havent got anything else in common.
DMC is about music? Beck is too!!!!
All who like electornic gutars and Rock must see it!!!
While both are very obviously music orientated, I wouldn't go as far as to say they are similar anime (Beck is slice of life/comedy, while DMC is more ironic). However I will strongly recommend you following up on DMC after watching Beck.
If you are into music and have a band,both this series is for you.Beck is more onto drama and more serious and DMC is comedy but im sure you will enjoy watching this both.
for the people who are fond of playing instruments and had their own band to pursue and reach their goal in music industry
Beck is a story of high school kids trying to make it in a world of rock. They have to deal with teenage drama, but are able to do so without being overly serious. Detroit Metal City takes it to the next level and beyond. It is completely over the top, too funny; if you aren't on the floor laughing something is seriously wrong with you. Definitely not for kids this anime will make you want to violate Tokyo Tower...
I never thought an anime music was pleasing me, but this one fascinated me.
The story involves you passing the episodes with a light suspense and a touch of romance.
Besides making several quotes to rock stars like Kurt Cobain and Jimmy Hendrix.
Who likes good old rock is required to watch this anime.
Both is about music.
Detroit Metal City focuses more on the comedy than drama which Beck focus on.
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.
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.
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.
Nodame Cantabile is more of comedy based - so if you feel that the music presentations in it weren't enough, then watch this anime called Beck - a band that will rock your world with awesome music displays.
their both revolve around music..
Both are GREAT anime about VERY NICE music, that's it :)
Enjoy, musicians and music fans =D
Both anime reveal the journey and struggles of pursuing music.
Music is a strong influence in both Nodame Cantabile and Beck. In these two series, it plays a prominent role in shaping the main characters' lives and their futures. They share their understanding of music and their passion for it with other characters while at the same time learning about it themselves.
Both series has a similar feeling that reflects the mood of the series as being more slice of life revolving around the main characters.
But more than that, their appreciation of music leads the characters to meet new people and learn more about the world and even more about themselves.
Both series also has comedy, drama, and romance.
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.
If you like the Independent movie-like feel of NHK, then check out Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad a show about a band that takes the world by storm.
Both involve a lead male character who does not know what to do in life. These two stories have a combination of comedy and drama which makes these two show enjoyable right to the very
I dont know why, but i guess the mood feels the same :+)
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