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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 (1264 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.74 / 10.0
 42% (534 votes)
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 3% (32 votes)

Last Updated
October 10th 2017, 9:12am PST



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Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (12 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #639 increased(+127)
Monthly Pos #977 increased(+165)
3 Month Pos #1256 decreased(-116)
6 Month Pos #1197 increased(+12)

List Stats
On 1245 reading lists
On 1079 wish lists
On 2550 completed lists
On 131 unfinished lists
On 418 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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YES! [edited]   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by wintermelon
August 26th, 2008, 1:04pm
the art improved and stopped looking hidious!! biggrin
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! biggrin
still reading it so mayb i'll edit again later this comment~~
yayz~! everyone is growing up^^ biggrin

... Last updated on October 7th, 2010, 10:18am
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enjoyable but long   
Rating: N/A
by vosh
March 7th, 2005, 2:06pm
Read until Vol 19 only, surprisingly engrossing bcoz it shows me a new topic that I have never seen b4. Have some comedy & a bit of ecchi to liven things up but after while it gets kinda boring ( I have a short attention ).

For: drama buff, worth a read. ( U have 2 read 2 c is it ur cup of tea )
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I loved it   
Rating: N/A
by xillusions
September 29th, 2007, 4:38pm
This manga was such a great manga to read! I'm currently at chapter 90 and I can't wait untill chapter 91 comes out cause I'm so anxious to find out what will happen next. I never even liked this type of rock music before i read the manga! Pesonally i think the manga is a tad bit better than the anime but they're both reallly good and enjoyable. I loved how people love to doubt them and cause them problems so they can't make it big but they all somehow prove them worng! This series is a MUST READ! Definitly one of the BEST!!!
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to people that are about to read this manga.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cyttonmyface
August 19th, 2008, 6:30am
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.
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Greatest band, Greatest Manga   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 22nd, 2005, 3:22am
Definitely a must-read for music lovers. Hell, BECK made me pick up a guitar :P
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looking forward to it   
Rating: N/A
by Romashk
September 18th, 2007, 10:04pm
I realy realy REALY gotta read more... It's rare when anime and manga are this good. Yes, it's realy simple. On their way to the top they meet with trouble, and when they got past that, they had to start over and meet more trouble. But the interesting thing is that both troubled situations coat them and in the end they must break through it all. This setting kinda unites everything. Sub plot line is not weak(which is also good)... And characters steadily develop(they don't suddenly become ultra cool)...
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I think this is as good as it gets for a music manga   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Jack_T
April 27th, 2009, 6:59pm
Unless I'm mistaken this is the only serious Rock manga out there. It's kind of bland (regarding story, art, dialogue) for the most part however it does have a long list of conflicts so it is interesting.

I really dont want to talk further about it since the last chapter was just a summation of events and I'm slightly annoyed by that. If I continued to review this manga it would only become a rant about how dissatisfying the final volume was.
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Damn awful   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by MaZzAx
December 28th, 2010, 3:40pm
This is one of the worst mangas I have ever read. Now I admit that I didn't get very far in it but I'm amazed I got AS far as I did, it was such a drag to read I was waiting for so long for it to get to a good bit and for the action to start but it took it's damn time and when it finally got there it was a total let down.
I honestly hate myself for wasting my time with this manga.
Manga about music I generally expect to inspire me and make me wanna take up some kind of instrument but this definitely did not.
I do not recommend that you read it.
Never in my life have I given a manga such a bad review.
But hey maybe it I gritted my teeth and read further it would have got better?
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