Fourteen-year-old Yukio “Koyuki” Tanaka is a dispirited young boy with no goals in life. However, this all changes when Koyuki saves a strange-looking dog named Beck from being harassed by a group of local kids. The dog’s owner, 16-year-old Ryuusuke “Ray” Minami, is an emerging guitarist and the former member of a popular rock band. After Koyuki meets Ray again in a diner, the older boy leads him to his former band’s meeting place and dazzles Koyuki with his amazing guitar skills. Slowly becoming interested in the glamour of western rock culture, Koyuki decides to start playing the guitar while helping Ray achieve his dream of leading the ultimate rock band. Together with Ray’s younger sister Maho and a few other members, the two boys launch their career into the world of rock by forming a band called BECK. Beck follows the group’s struggles and successes as they spread their fame across Japan. – My Anime List
Based on 19 review scores:
The Cajun Samurai
“Beck” one of the best written, produced and dubbed shows of ALL time.
Long Jon Bronze
People who have no interest in learning music might be put off by the idea of this show, that’s not a problem because Beck isn’t about music (not really), its a story about passion. Beck is about following what you love and having a thrill doing it. A show doesn’t change, people change when I first watched this show I was Koyuki’s age and I felt as lost and confused as he did when the show starts, now I’m 19 and I’m following my passion, no its not music. Maybe in a few years I’ll accomplish my goals and I’ll look back with nostalgia.
Eric Reviews Everything
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad gets the first perfect score I have given anything on Eric Reviews Everything so far. A 10/10, or one room full of guitars (drooool)
Anime News Network
You need not be a fan of hard rock to enjoy the honest realism of Koyuki’s journey or to appreciate the understated drama and humor of it all. But it will be the deciding factor between those who like the show and those who love it. For my part…anything that references Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde and pioneering punk band the Ramones in the same volume gets my vote of confidence. Rock on.
Having started Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad during its original run here in the UK I’d never been able to finish it off until now. Thanks to All the Anime, fans get to experience the series in entirety and while it might be DVD-only it’s still a series that holds up brilliantly given it age. A visual masterpiece it is clearly not but the series exudes a charm that is rare by today’s standards. I recommend anyone that hasn’t seen Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad to give it a try — you won’t be disappointed.
A simply brilliant and evocative tale of music, inspiration and teenage growth.
If you like anime and you also like music the you’re going to love Beck. Despite being a decade old, it seems as fresh as a daisy and you’ll rattle through its 26 short episodes (if you take the front and back titles out, about 20 minutes is left per episode) in no time. Another reminder of just how good anime can be. I loved it. Even more significantly Jitendar loved it. So what more convincing do you need? Great stuff.
Beck is one of the most inspiring anime I’ve every seen. Its about this 14 year old boy Tanaka, Yukio who’s your normal teenager when one night he see’s this mismatched dog, who’s owner is a guitarist (Minami, Ryusuke). One thing leads to another and Tanaka, Yukio joins Beck(Minami, Ryusuke’s band) and try to make the band international. The anime has an amazing story that is very inspiring.
Certain parts of the series are a bit unbelievable, though. Ryuusuke’s age of sixteen years old feels a bit unbelievable, considering the things he’s already done, or certain plot-twists seem to come from nowhere, which will raise some eyebrows at the realistic nature of this series. Nevertheless, though, Beck is a very memorable series that combines slice of life and the struggles to form a successful rock band excellently.
At first I was kind of skeptical about Beck. I saw the opening and later downloaded the mp3 of the opening “Hit in the USA!”. I passed it up a couple times at my local store, thinking I should wait for a dubbed version, but now I’m glad I didn’t. The story of Beck offers a good telling of a junior high school aged boy who finds his passion in music. The kind of music happens to be very good, guitar driven rock. (There’s several influences here, Rage against the Machine is very pronounced in some parts, and others will remind you of your favorite rock ballads (new and old)) There is also some romance involved, which will have you yelling at the screen one moment and laughing out loud the next. There’s not much more to say without giving the story away so you have to check this series out.
My Anime List
Overall, great show. It’s different from your typical perky, funny, energetic sort of high school shows… it’s sort of more of a “My So-Called Life” type show, without all the drama and with a band. 😉 So, this probably isn’t what you’re looking for if you want sort of a funny, light-hearted high school slice of life show; it’s …quieter than that. But if you’re looking for a break from all the sugar, this is a really nice change of pace.
The Nihon Review
The ending is a major disappointment. Just when the climax is about to be reached, I was presented with a sketchy slideshow which seems to have been rushed. Another possibility is that it can be another case of an over-budget Gainax. Thankfully, this didn’t dispel the fact that it still is one of my favourites. Yes, it is imperfect, but a series can be and still remain an all-time great.
BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad – The Complete Series is the anime equivalent of having one’s cake and eating it, too. Based on the Harold Sakushi comic book, it’s both serious minded and thoroughly entertaining, an animated drama that is equal parts soap opera, coming-of-age story, and working-class rock opera. The series wants to be a little of everything, from humor to romance to even a little tragedy, and it manages to get it all–not perfectly, mind you, but pretty damn close. The story of Koyuki, a teenage boy with a passion for rock ‘n’ roll, should appeal to anyone who likes a good tale of struggle and success, but music nerds in particular will appreciate the attention to detail paid to the rock world. The producers don’t fake the funk, they know of what they speak. This new boxed set brings together the show’s entire run in one highly addictive, convenient package. Highly Recommended.
All the Anime has delivered another must-see series to British shores in Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad. Even with low-quality visuals that show their age, and a rushed ending, this is one of the best slice-of-life shows out there. The pacing may be slow but Beck is filled with compelling stories, genuinely funny moments, characters an audience will care about, and real heart.
Beck Mongolian Chop Squad is a classic to say the least. From the music production to the voice acting talent, the anime really shows off the strengths of what production can pull off even with a low budget. Unfortunately, due to a lower budget, animation and artwork suffer as a result. Even the ending is rushed out of nowhere, but the signs of production limitation were seen in the second half. Despite a slow plot, the show progresses at a pace making the story believable and something the audience can relate to.
Unfortunately, Beck is very difficult to suggest to most people. It’s got great music, a realistic, down-to-earth premise, and an awesome final stretch. It’s almost worth it to get through the twenty episodes that it takes to reach the rocking finale of the series, but in reality the bad pacing and even worse animation make Mongolian Chop Squad a chore to complete. Interestingly enough, however, Beck seems to almost be teaching us, whether by accident or not, the essential discipline of music: If you can get through the hours and hours of grueling practice, you’ll find that all of the beauty and awe lies just on the other side.