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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 (1269 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 #606 increased(+20)
Monthly Pos #1042 increased(+79)
3 Month Pos #1449 decreased(-67)
6 Month Pos #1446 decreased(-163)
Year Pos #1287 decreased(-33)

List Stats
On 1250 reading lists
On 1090 wish lists
On 2567 completed lists
On 134 unfinished lists
On 424 custom 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: 9.5 / 10.0
by dhika
June 20th, 2009, 5:50am
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
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Help Please   
Rating: N/A
by Nozoni
August 25th, 2007, 10:06pm
i cant rate yet or anything but i have a really important question. ok is this kind of like a super light yaoi or is it a girl boy thing can someone please answer me its very important for me to know Arigatou Minna
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mostly awesome   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nanner
April 15th, 2014, 9:36am
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
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Holy Crap   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MatrixM
August 8th, 2011, 3:38am
This is good.

Read it.


That last chapter especially, what a powerful ending. Makes me want to know so much more.

I read this in two days, during my exam time (probably almost failed one because of it) but I don't regret it too much. Because this was freaking awesome. I don't play the guitar and I'm not really music savvy, but that's irrelevant. Because this was FREAKING AWESOME!

EDIT: The only problem for me was trying to imagine the songs. for some reason, I kept hacing the Arctic Monkeys running through my head and It was kind of annoying because I don't think match Beck.

... Last updated on August 8th, 2011, 4:04am
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Great Manga, Great Anime   
Rating: N/A
by Bankai5859
July 30th, 2010, 9:44am
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
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This manga was very impressive   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by azn500
January 18th, 2010, 11:30am
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.
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Beck Rocks   
Rating: N/A
by SirLoki
May 26th, 2009, 5:27pm
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%~!~
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best music manga   
Rating: N/A
by Rezack
August 4th, 2005, 3:18pm
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 would be great^^
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So good   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 18th, 2005, 4:51am
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!!!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Anima
March 7th, 2007, 12:09pm
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