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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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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
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
its very hard to find manga out there that focuses on rock music in anything like a realistic way and overall, beck does that. i loved that they didn't become overnight sensations but actually grew slowly into their strength as a band over the course of years in the series. they arn't instant experts and it takes a while for them to get good enough to be noticed despite the obstacles.
some of the conflict in the middle seems rather contrived and was recycled over and over again (two or three times in some cases) and i ended up wanting to kick the hell out chiba more than once; so much drama over nothing worthwhile.
on the romance end of things, i really disliked the stock shoujo aspects thrown in here and there. the romance is sweet in the beginning but it had its irritating moments, even then. one of the cliches i hate most in shoujo manga is the issue of misinterpretation and assumption without clarification. if they would talk for two seconds to one another instead of running away all the time they could have avoided it. unfortunately koyuki and especially maho do this all the time which creates lots of aggravating DRAMA that i've skipped over anytime i sit down and do a re-read of this series. all it really did was decrease my liking for maho over the course of the series. by the end of the story i didn't really care about her anymore; she seems to exist solely to make koyuki's life even harder than it already is.
i had this one on my reading list for a while because i didn't like the artwork in the beginning, (i still think those lips are freaky in the first few volumes), but the artwork does get better and the story itself makes up for it. if you read it for the music aspects, the band, and the character growth then this is a pretty awesome series over all.
... Last updated on April 15th, 2014, 9:42am
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 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.
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%~!~
best music manga
This is really the best music manga which was ever made. I am looking forward to the next volumes but i think it is going to end soon. Hopefully it wont´t go on forever and end in a mess. But if Sakuishi has some good ideas to run this story for a few years more...it would be great^^
This one is so good! I spend all my free time waiting for new releases and when I got it I enjoy a lot reading it listening at the same time the soundtrack from the anime... The anime made me love the manga more than before... beacause it's a manga about Rock it's great to listen the songs associated to the story! (sorry if my english is not that good... but I'm french!) Bye and enjoy Beck!!!
It was good in the beginning..
It was good in the beginning.., but really end up dragging after the US tour, now the main characters are wellmade and the beginning is very well written. However you could skip 2/3 of the chapters and you wouldn't really miss anything story wise (there are many awsome depictions of gigs though)
What really is a shame that although it's a manga about music, it really doesn't teach you anything about music (well expect how a band works together), but I really missed the technical aspect that is often present in manga.