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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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Weird art in the beginning, lacks pacing in the middle, but...
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Beck is a brilliant manga. The first 2500 pages are great, you constantly get to see something new, showing the character/band development. The main selling points of this manga are the character development and the emotions it manages to create in you even if you can't hear the songs.
It has it's weak points, too, for example, in the beginning it has a really weird art style, but that changes over time, I think it was gone about 2000 pages in. It kinda loses it's pacing in the middle, the exciting points are more spread out than in the beginning and in the end.
The last 1400 pages are truly amazing, everything that was built up to that point truly comes to shine, allowing for a magnificant finishing marathon with a very great ending, wrapping up every loose thread remaining.
To finish it up, my 3 favorite scenes from the manga:
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1. The whole avalon festival, but out of it, especially the moment when MCS was announced to play on the main stage in front of 100k+ people, nothing short of epic.
2. Maho reuniting with Koyuki at the train station, very powerful scene.
3. Koyuki getting pulled on stage by Dying Breed at their secret show.
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!
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.
BECK - Great manga
One of my favorite mangas ( the anime is too ^^ ) It's true that the art start little shabby in the beginning but the story is great and i like the characters development as well as the main plot its,rly great I like the drama scenes alot they are well drawn. Well that's my opinion 10 for the manga i just can't bring myself to give it less ^^
... Last updated on September 28th, 2008, 9:21am
The best music-manga
I first started watching the anime; which the OST is really incredible. The manga is better, as always. It's very easy to read. I really like the gradually development of the characters. Althought they face many many obstacles, they never give up.
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Maho-Chan's leaving for UK really (for at least 4 years, it seems)broke my heart, but I kinda anticipated it. The Love Story between Koyuki and Maho was one aspect that hold the tension high. I don't know how a long-distance releationship can work for 4 years ?
I really liked how some characters were created after real life people: Eddie from Dying Breed==> -obviously- Kurt Cobain James Lee Walker (Leon Syke's uncle)==>John Lee Hooker (Blues guitarist) Jim Walsh==> Jim Jarmusch (The Director) Doggie(Leon Syke's Henchman)==> Snoop Doggy Dog (The Rapper)
Anyway, its even better than NANA, IMHO. It's a must read, even if you're even a little bit interested in Rock music. Other way, it's still a great manga. I finished chapter 92 and seems like this manga could last another 100 chapters. The story is still halfway and the band may be about to gain worldwide recognition. So why did I rated it an 8? Because people are giving out 9s & 10s too easily. A 10 should be almost impossible; a 9 should be given maybe one in a ten thousand.
... Last updated on January 29th, 2008, 2:27pm
Personally I think the score here might be just a bit overrated. It's an excellent manga, that much is true, but it definitely has it's shortcomings. Still, it left me speechless, screaming and with "goosebumps from head to toes" every now and then, which isn't something your every manga achieves. It's a long read with some pacing difficulties, but overall it's a thrilling, exhilarating ride.
I think any manga fan should read this at least one. There's little not to like. I think the end of the first volume should tell you enough about whether or not you're going to like this manga. I for one was sold.
... Last updated on March 13th, 2012, 2:00pm
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!
This is the number 1 for me guys! Even I was surprised! i am not into music but i really fell in love with the characters and the band!! It has a great story with a lot of surprises, totally brutally realistic and unbelievable at the same time..and the character development is super!! art work is also great and the romance too, with its realistic portrayal of what really happens in a relationship, so unpredictable!!
... Last updated on June 7th, 2007, 7:51am
beck is awesome, the manga is unbelieveble good, read it!!
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.