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Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad Vol. 1 (2004)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Funimation Prod
Genre: Anime, Comedy Anime
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Tanaka Yukio, usually known by the nickname Koyuki, is a 14-year-old kid who feels like he's on the outside of life. He does poorly in school, is picked on by bullies, doesn't make many friends, and seeks solace in the ultra-happy J-Pop music that he goes home every day and listens to. Then one day, he saves a mutt dog and his life changes forever. This chance encounter causes him to meet Minami Ryuusuke, the guitarist for a new band called Beck. Now, Koyuki has the chance to use his fantastic singing voice for the up-and-coming rock band and get a chance to see what life looks like from the inside, a perspective he just might like. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A show even Lemmy would love by AviusViator September 28, 2007 - 8:03 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I was lucky enough to get the first 2 volumes of this series back to back. But it only took a few episodes to get hooked. Beck falls under the "heartwarming adolescent tale" category, but does so with ingenuity and honesty. The main character, Koyuki, is a 14 year old kid who is pretty darn cool... but just hasn't figured that out yet. His awkwardness and insecurity give him a realism that is easy to connect with. You can't help but root for him. The supporting cast is equally strong, ample with unique and likable characters.
The story is well balanced: The humor is fun and honest. The drama is engaging while staying clear of the melodrama that plagues many series of this type.
Its impossible to talk about Beck without saying something about the music. The characters and story are great on their own... but if you are a music buff there is a whole other level to enjoy. Nods and references to various artists are evident both in props and scenery (t-shirts, names on CD cases, posters) as well as in the music itself.
As for the technical stuff: The dub is excellent, though it does somewhat hinder the distinctions between the American and Japanese characters. (Personally, I prefer the singing voices of the english cast, so chose the dub). The animation is a bit stylized at times, but it fits realism of the show.
This is solid show with a groove of its own. Whether you are a music afficianado or are just looking for a good slice-of-life anime, this show is a must watch.

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