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From Tokyopop: For the first 14 years of his life, Yukio Tanaka has been one heck of a boring guy. He has no hobbies, weak taste in music, and only a small vestige of a personality. He yearns for an exciting life, but his shy, and somewhat neurotic personality makes him his own worst enemy. Little does he know that his life will be forever changed when he meets Ryusuke Minami, a wild and unpredictable 16-year old fresh from America, who happens to be in a rock-and-roll band named after his Frankenstein-like patched dog--Beck.
ベック 摇滚新乐团BECK Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad Mongolian Chop Squad
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Man, I screwed up one week of my surgery rotation just because I was too immersed in this manga. Such a great manga, one of the best I've ever read. The plots, characters, information and all are very well-written. The author certainly has a very good sense when it comes to arranging his stories. Well I truly hope there will be a little sequel of this manga, like, one or two chapters about their later achievements. After more than 30 volumes of painful life, I think the readers deserve to be presented with some happy events. Highly recommended shounen!
the manga rocks
I read the manga before the anime (and am very glad i did so) BUT (very important) I listened to the songs from the anime and almost always made a point to play them during the points that the songs played in the manga to better immerse myself into the story. It was a wonderful slice of life story that had great character development and a good romance that did a wonderful job of not overtaking the story while still being an integral part of the plot.
And while I might have liked to have seen Maho relate to the other characters more often, I do like the resolution to their relationship and the fact that the author made sure that the band was by far the most important aspect of the story.
The anime in comparison merely felt like a highlights reel of the first half of the story as many anime series do, And the broken engrish was a little tough to handle sometimes, Nonetheless, I am thankful for the music that came from it.
great slice of life
I kept hearing about this manga for so long, but reading short descriptions of it, it never really sounded interesting. I finally decided one day to take a look at this series, and I was amazed how much I enjoyed it. Some things are a bit weird later through the series, it starts to feel like things are completely forgotten. The character growth was really marvelous, but I kind of wish there was more background to the other characters (like families and past events) instead of just a couple of the mains.
The romance is not bad for a shounen slice of life genre, so I'm not disappointed by it. More I feel the mangaka only added romance when he felt like it.
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Even though it's no where to be seen, I think the end is supposed to imply that Maho and Koyouki are still together (whether they get married eventually doesn't really matter since this is shounen and not shoujo) but it seems that after the Avalon Festival, what happened was just forgotten. Koyouki ran off during the festival, without directions or good english, just to find Maho. They both are happy to see each other, and it makes me think that they're going to stay together but that's just how it stops with them. Than the series has another volume after that and ends without the continuation.
Great series overall whether you prefer shounen or shoujo!
Great Manga, Great Anime
I originally watched the anime years ago, but recently picked up the manga, and i'm really diggin' it. I recommend both anime and manga, but i wish they would do another season of the anime as well...i felt that the music was pretty good on the show
This is a really nice story. The art fine but it is a bit weird, it got better later though.
But if the music part is hard for you to get into, you may watch the Anmie adaption cuz the music there is surprising good. Have fun.
... Last updated on February 1st, 2010, 8:51am
This manga was very impressive
I've been waiting to read all of the series when I had the chance and the later volumes were just as great as the beginning ones. It gives me the goosebumps on the character interaction and development. The twists and turns in the plot were also great. A recommended read for people who wish to read a great manga series.
Good manga, if you like coming of age stories infused with rock, read it.
Just a word of advice:
Before reading the manga, I'd advise you to watch the anime first. It really gives you a sense of each of the characters and their music, which is especially important when considering the fact that this manga centers around a band and its music.
everytime i read this manga, i always get goosebumps.. damn drawing really brought forth the emotion. story wise a bit less than ideal for me. overall it is an awesome read. salut to the artists
scissor ROCK paper, guess which one
Love it, but reading it during the night vol12, ch35 gave me the creeps. Well I'll edit this comment later after I finish reading it. any way rock manga rocks since I'm a big fan of rock (I love Kamelot and Skillet)
Dont care what anyone says - this manga rocked = the ending too - the only thing i would have asked for is more of Koyoki and Maho -
The only downside to this would have to be that you cannot actually experience the music as you can in the Anime - i actually saw the anime first when it was first on the air - just read the manga start to finish in the last 4 days - i really really hope they come back and do a second season to the Anime so we can hear more great songs!@
Definitly an inspiring story and a great read - i had goose bumps through 70%~!~