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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.

Note: Won the 26th Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shounen in 2002 (shared with Sakigake!! Cromartie Koukou).


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Associated Names
БЕК: Восточная Ударная Группа
Восточная Ударная Группа
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Mongolian Chop Squad

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Latest Release(s)
v.34 c.101-102 (end) by rendezvous22 over 8 years ago
v.33 c.99-100 by Phase 3 over 9 years ago
v.33 c.98 by Phase 3 over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
34 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 11, Chap 33

User Reviews
Beck by Chronium

16 topics, 155 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (1270 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 10th 2017, 9:12am PST



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English Publisher
TokyoPop (12 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #466 increased(+208)
Monthly Pos #995 increased(+83)
3 Month Pos #1470 decreased(-88)
6 Month Pos #1443 decreased(-160)
Year Pos #1312 decreased(-58)

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On 1090 wish lists
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Forum Posts
Momo-chan & Spoilers over 4 years ago
Questions about some things in Beck... SPOILERS over 6 years ago
Live-Action Beck Dated for September over 6 years ago
Relationships [spoilers] over 8 years ago
Tokyopop dropped it? over 8 years ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by StarlightDreams
March 30th, 2008, 2:01pm
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.
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This Manga Needs A Soundtrack   
Rating: N/A
by Sacheverell
June 11th, 2011, 7:50pm
The only real flaw with Beck is that when you're just reading it, you don't really have a proper sense of how the author intended for the various songs to actually sound. It's almost like the actual manga books should have come with a soundtrack.

I otherwise found this manga to be very enjoyable to read just because of how all the characters were handled. The art may not be the greatest and some of the characters would not be nice to look at even with super pretty art, but it does work for Beck.
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Huge loads of fun...   
Rating: N/A
by VampireBanana
October 11th, 2007, 8:41am
The beginning is kinda unsteady but if you persist, you'll really be rewarded with lots of fun.
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wring out emotions   
Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 10th, 2011, 7:00am
this manga made me feel a whole variation of emotion, from sadness to happiness to anger to disappointment...but the most important of all it can bring out the sense of wonder and awe out from a couple of page of just shots of the band and the fans and made my heart beat fast as if i was hearing the song at that moment.

out of hundreds of manga i had read, this is the most realistic group of 'nakama' i had ever read - there's no blind sense of loyalty or people putting up with other people for the convenience of the plot, but their friendship actually blossom slowly from a little seed to a very strong bond that will never be broken.

and the romance - well, the romance is beautiful. koyuki is possibly the most romantic guy ever. who the hell just drop everything and run to his lover's side just by hearing her name? their love ring true - there's no sappiness, no cheesiness, just undying love that's no need for hollow declaration but shown through their actions.

the only reason i don't give a 10 is because it's my policy to never give a full mark for anything.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
February 5th, 2011, 6:12pm
The one fault this manga possesses is, ironically, its emphasis on music. You can see when the band pulls off something to the point of getting goosebumps, but you can't experience it. You can't taste the elements that make the main character's voice so special. Instead of recognizing that the band members improved, you have to believe what the other characters are saying. Other than that, I did enjoy the series and the characters immensely. It did seem odd, however, that all their outside lives ended up in the rain.

... Last updated on February 5th, 2011, 6:14pm
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
May 11th, 2005, 3:44pm
this is one of my favorite manga
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Awesome! Except for...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by auriga
July 28th, 2012, 1:25am
...the romance. If you're looking for a good romance manga, this isn't exactly it; this is a music manga that happens to have romance - not that it's a bad thing. What's particularly annoying is the author's penchant for introducing romantic interests... only to conveniently write them off. It does pack romantic drama, but I'm really not fond of how the tension just seems to get written off.

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Even the ending wasn't spared, IMO. It would've been perfect had Maho not been left out; for all that Koyuki and her have been through you'd expect her to make an appearance, yet she doesn't Of course, this is my personal preference.

Probably another pet peeve I have with Beck is how everyone just seems to stand agape whenever Koyuki sings. Yes, he's supposed to be good... but does everyone really react like that, and in a concert no less? And it just gets cheesier every time it happens.

Joking aside, Beck is an excellent read. Music buffs will definitely enjoy this, and non-buffs... may suddenly get the urge to pick up an axe in the end. I know I did.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Azikea
July 31st, 2014, 6:50pm
Beck was a great manga. The storyline was decent and there was a lot of fun to be had while reading this. The characters each had their own different personality and there were some good relationship conflicts that seem plausible but a lot of the story conflicts were meh. It was fun to read but it was kinda impossible to fully experience BECK's awesomeness because it's a manga and there's no sound. Despite that it was a fun and engaging experience. Although there were some parts that were unsatisfactory at the end such as
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how Maho lost her significance in the plot and her's and Koyuki's relationship as well as Saku's relationship.
But one of the great parts of the end was
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How Saitou won back his woman or how the band played at Greatful Sound and the symbolic album cover.
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Weird art in the beginning, lacks pacing in the middle, but...   
Rating: N/A
by connerity
March 28th, 2012, 8:25am
(might contain minor spoilers, just to warn you)

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.
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the manga rocks   
Rating: N/A
by mbghost
October 2nd, 2010, 7:51pm
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.
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