BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
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Japanese: BECK
English: BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 34
Chapters: 103
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 17, 2000 to Jun 5, 2008
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Romance Romance, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Music Music
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Sakuishi, Harold (Story & Art)


Score: 8.681 (scored by 2360723,607 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #592
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #189
Members: 63,575
Favorites: 4,104

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Yukio "Koyuki" Tanaka wasted away his middle school days listening to Japanese pop music and apathetically trudging through life—until a casual run-in with the enigmatic guitarist Ryuusuke "Ray" Minami. Through this encounter, Koyuki realizes what he has been missing all this time as Ray introduces him to western rock music and jumpstarts his desire to play guitar.

Although various struggles plague his path to rock fame, Koyuki refuses to abandon the passion that gave his life purpose, balancing it together with school, work, and friends. Beck tells the story of the love and trial that accompanies pursuing a professional career in music as Koyuki and Ray work toward realizing the guitarist's dream of the ultimate band.

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Beck won the 26th Kodansha Manga Award in a tie alongside Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou for Best Shounen Manga in 2002. A promotional soundtrack, titled Greatful Sound: Tribute to Beck, featuring several different artists performing songs from the manga was released on November 15, 2002. A live-action film adaptation directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi was released nationwide in theaters on September 10, 2010, which received the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

The series was published in English as BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. Due to their license expiring, Tokyopop only published 12 volumes from July 12, 2005 to June 10, 2008.

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Feb 9, 2009
AlextheKid (All reviews)
I began reading this manga after marathoning the anime adaptation over two days and finding myself left wanting more, as the anime ended all too quickly for my liking.

Beck follows the life of 14 year old Tanaka Yukio (Koyuki to his friends) as he grows from a shy, directionless teenager (with terrible taste in music) into an ambitious young musician. After a chance meeting with talented guitarist Minami Ryusuke, his life starts to change and gather momentum as he discovers music's ability to affect people. He begins to learn the guitar, and there is the budding romance with Ryusuke's sister, Maho. He joins read more
Jan 16, 2010
CottonCandyLover (All reviews)
The complete lack of motivation, the dull cycle of everyday life.. an average boy with average grades, average looks, average friends and a very average life. This is the story about that average boy and how he decides to make something out of it, transforming it, taking control of it, and discovering who he is as a person and who he can ultimately be. BECK, at its very core, is not a series about music, but a very well-done coming-of-age tale of a boy's journey through self-discovery.


The story follows Koyuki, the protagonist, and his band-mates, as they work to launch themselves into rock 'n' roll read more
Oct 26, 2012
Lylaaz (All reviews)
''If you have never been at the bottom, you can't get to the top. If you've never lost hope, you can't understand what's truly important.''

Ahh, BECK. After rewatching anime two times, i finally gave BECK manga a shot. I don't regret one bit. The story in manga goes 70 chapters onward. Everyone who has watched anime and wants to know what happens with our loved characters afterwards should give this manga a try, too.

And if you don't know anything about this story - think about this: Have you ever wondered what would it feel like to be in a band? If you ever wish read more
Aug 11, 2009
gosp07 (All reviews)
At the first I watch Beck's anime by chance and when I loved the anime and when it's come to end I quickly jumped to manga and read it with an enthusiasm cuz it was an overwhelming joyable story.This manga is one of my favourites and here's my review...

This story centered about Tanaka Yukio(Koyuki) and the band named Beck(Mongolian Chop Squad).The story starts slowly with main characters acrossed each other and slowly developed but strong friendships and not too much but enjoyable love parts.Even if it's a manga about music life and even it's music's part was great/awesome/amazing the relation parts was the most effectives read more

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