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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.
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i have read up to volume 4. All i can say so far is that the story is really interested. The plot is okay, story ok, characters ok but the art kind of suck. Hopefully it will get better later on
This is such an awesome manga! It's one of those few over-30 volume manga that gets better as the story progresses, as you witness the fledgling start of a small indie band and their ultimate rise onto the world's stage. I especially love the author's depictions of the small club concerts and the rock festivals - his illustrations are so expressive that it feels like you are actually there in person.
This manga has it all - music, rockfests, comedy, drama and a dash of romance. I can't recommend this enough. And don't be put off by the first chapter's illustrations - it gets much better!
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
FINALLY!!~ the art improved and stopped looking hidious!! soo happy!! and the plot is quite intriging too! ((i think the plot was a bit slow getting into gear but now, who cares, its SO GOOD! still reading it so mayb i'll edit again later this comment~~ yayz~! everyone is growing up^^
... Last updated on October 7th, 2010, 10:18am
to people that are about to read this manga.
funny how torrentchan compared this manga to the "classics". In my point of view classics count as something thats a little older such as titles like candy candy. i guess works done by adachi mitsuru (touch, rough, H2, cross game) or takahashi rumiko (author of ranma1/2) may count for some. the point im trying to make is that the definition of classics are highly variable and i believe this manga is actually good enough to be considered a classic by many once it ages a bit more. Many people draw comparisons between the old and the new and this behavior is something that can be observed in many different aspects of our lives. For one, music, art, tv shows, even terrible events like wars are compared. I for one do not think that this can be a good way to measure anything since older gens will always reflect back and prefer to favor the oldies while the younger generations will think otherwise. In case of music, many people often say music is becoming worse and worse. basketball fans argue that kobe bryant cant compare to michael jordan etcetc. I dont actually think anything is actually degenerating or depreciating in value as many people say that it is. In some ways the future is much more promising and as such, we can also say that beck in a way is much better than the stuff of old. i can go on and on with this so ill just end this here. beck is a good manga and i think people should try it and compare it with present works isntead of reflecting upon works of the past. i would give it a solid nine which a rarity in shonen works.
9/10 would be well descibed
The songs: few of the best, especially slip out.
The art: Not so good, i rather the anime art since it is more presentable.
the plot: goes well smoothly, i like how there is love, yet does not focus on it too much.
the characters: Koyuki is just too cute, ryousuke really cool, saku so loyal, taira is the intellect, and kiba is the reliable punk. All characters holds their own characteristics that you learnt o identify and love.
I've stopped reading BECK and am waiting patiently (ok, no so patiently) for the own series to be released >_<
9/10, for everything i've mentioned, it gets a 8/10, the extra one point would be for the amazing songs. The missing point would be that this anime/manga could be better, amazing, but not to the point of a 10. My 10 would be for the classics, like Hikaru no Go, Romeo Blue Skies, 12 kingdoms, legend of basara, etc.
I started reading this manga and watching the anime at the same time. And I didn't expect to even like it, but I started and I wouldn't stop. I just started it yesterday and now I'm on volume 29, yeah all in one day. I really like it, and I recommend it. The characters develop very well(except for ryusuke and taira tho, taira stayed good the whole time, but I don't think ryusuke changed that much at all). All throughout the manga, I keep asking when Koyuki will ever grow taller, like real taller, haha. But I seriously do recommend it, if you haven't read it yet, read it now.
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
If you like rock bands, this is a must read manga!! I also like the anime, great OST!!!
Huge loads of fun...
The beginning is kinda unsteady but if you persist, you'll really be rewarded with lots of fun.