Jap. Kanji: ベック
Synonyms: BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
Genre: Music, Shounen
Type: TV (26 episodes)
Year: 2004-2005 (07.10.2004 till 31.03.2005)
Tanaka Yukio, better known by his nickname Koyuki is a 14 year old who feels disconnected from life in general. Through the act of saving a mismatched dog, he meets guitarist Minami Ryuusuke, and becomes involved in Ryuusuke`s new band BECK. Koyuki`s life starts to change as the band struggles towards fame.
Finally, something different than usual stories; a story related to the young rock bands in Japan and their breaking through to the top. ^_^
It has a nice development. It can be classified as a dramatic one, although, it isn’t really so dramatic overall (just at some points).
Personally, I liked it ^^ Especially it’s interesting to see a rock band with a hip-hop oriented singer xD
Eh, yeah … there are also some funny scenes …
Hm, no big eyes, no shiny hairstyles xD. Its art is quite simple, but still good ^_^ The chars are well drawn, the scenery is better, but the best are the guitars. While watching it, you can notice a bit of 3D computer graphic, especially around the guitars, which btw, are really well drawn.
The only thing that bothered me is that the animation (mouth moving) didn’t really follow the chars talking from time to time, especially when singing. Also … sometime you may also notice a flaw in synchronization with the song and guitars playing, nonetheless it’s still great.
Music/Voice acting (9/10):
Finally, improved Engrish … although … you still hear it xD
Yeah … there are quite a lot of English conversations in this anime, sometimes also an English-Japanese mix, that was quite funny to hear xD (The Main char – Koyuki still sings in Engrish xD)
Other than that, the char voices are well chosen.
The OST is also quite good, they included a lot of rock music, as also some other styles (some pop and also rap).
Among all the chars the most interesting is Koyuki, the one that develops the most during the series. At the start he was a loser who didn’t really know what to do in his life. He didn’t realize his talents. He’s really good at singing, and also at playing the guitar later in the series. A hard working one, tho a bit coward.
The other chars are also unique their way. Like Chiba with his funny faces, or Ryuusuke being sarcastic in his own way from time to time xD
That was a good anime, something different than usual, I suggest it to anyone that kinda likes a bit dramatic and rock oriented animes. I was kinda touched by it ^_^;