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BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad Season 1 (2004)
ベック (Bekku)

Synopsis

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 toward fame.
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Slow-pace

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Overview

BECK (Japanese: ベック Hepburn: Bekku) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Harold Sakuishi. It was originally serialized in Monthly Shōnen Magazine from 1999 to 2008. It tells the story of a group of Japanese teenagers who form a rock band and their struggle to fame, focusing on 14-year-old Yukio “Koyuki” Tanaka, who until meeting guitar prodigy Ryusuke Minami was an average teen with a boring life.

It was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series, titled BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, by Madhouse and aired on TV Tokyo from October 2004 to March 2005.

Alternative title

– BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad
– ベック
– Bekku
– BECK搖滾新樂團
– Mongolian Chop Squad
– Бек

TL;DR Review

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad is a slow burn slice of life type of anime.

The animation style for Beck is a little unique. The colors are more muted but not to the point they all blend together. The character shading gives it an almost cell-shading look, and also feels flat. All the main characters are nicely drawn, while side characters are almost cartoonish in design. Zoomed out scenes display characters with almost no details. I am unsure if this was a design choice or just to save on cost.

The opening theme “Hit in the USA” by Beat Crusaders match the over series mood pretty well. Though the first few episodes will seem slow at first. Most of the music for Beck are rock songs.

This anime can feel slow in some episodes, as nothing seem to be happening. However, this is a great show if you just need to wind down and watch an anime that rely more on character development and plot over giant mecha action pieces.

I recommend this series, but it may not be for everyone. If you prefer a fast paced action type of anime, this is not the anime for you. Beck contains suggestive themes/dialogs and some foul languages. Intended for young adults.

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BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad Season 1 (2004)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Hit in the USA” by Beat Crusaders

Closing Theme

– “My World Down” by Meister (eps 1-20) “Moon on the Water” by Beat Crusaders feat. Sowelu (eps 21-25) “Slip Out” by the eponymous band (ep 26)
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BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad Season 1 (2004)

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Tanaka Yukio "Koyuki"
"If you live your life by other peoples standards, then it no longer becomes your own."
Yuji Sakurai "Saku"
"There are two types of people in this world – those who do what they're told and those who stay true to themselves. Most people think you're supposed to follow a predetermined path, keep your head down, obey the rules, do whatever's popular. But some prefer to follow their own path in life."
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