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Manga Tuesdays; Beck

Manga: Beck 
(alternative name: Mongolian Chop Squad <--- lol xD) 
Written by: Sakuishi, Harold
Genres: Music, Comedy-drama, Slice of Life, Romance
Volumes: 34
Chapters: 103
Anime: Yes, but it isn't really good... but there is also a movie, I both haven't really watched them though (the anime only half a episode because it sucked so bad, so maybe it get's better after that... and the movie because I just found out :) )
own/ library/ borrowed/ read online
read online via the site: http://www.mangareader.net/291/beck.html
completed/ ongoing
publisher: Kodansha 
English publisher: Tokyopop

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 make 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. 

from: http://www.mangareader.net/291/beck.html


Beck is a story about the band Beck (bet you can't get why the manga is called Beck -___- ) and their way to the top, which has a lot of difficulties, since a big music company is against them and also because of personal problems. (I know it's a bit short extra summary, but it's quite difficult to summarize like 103 quite long chapters without spoiling to much)

Anyway I really loved reading Beck, since it's really realistic for a music manga, it's really funny and I thought the story line was quite good. It's also really nice to see how all of the characters develop and grow, because you follow them from when they are teenagers until they are young adults. The art is really funny actually because some mangaka's really draw the Japanese features in the faces of the characters (mostly in seinen) and that sometimes really makes me laugh out loud... My music knowledge has really increased since reading this (I know more from Jimi Hendrix than just his name) and it think it's really nice that they use existing rock legends. Overall it was a really happy manga with ups and downs, I must admit I cried quite a few times and sometimes it made me jump up and down. Though it is long it really is worth it and I didn't think even one time that it was to long. It's was exactly long enough. 
(And now I'm gonna watch the movie ^_^) 

5 stars

Some things about manga for non-manga readers :P :

Manga is a Japanese cartoon or comic. There are lots of them in all kind of different genres (really from porn to manga for little girls). Of most mangas there is a new chapter released every month, so that's why some are ongoing.
If you are too lazy to read, of most mangas there is an anime to watch ;)
If you consider reading manga pay attention! Manga is written from right to left!

some terms:
Shoujo= Manga for mostly teenage girls (it can be very childish, it can be really mature)
Shounen= Manga for mostly teenage boys (example: Naruto )
Josei= Manga for older women (the manga site says: late teenage and adult audiences, this is usually because the characters in the manga are not in high school anymore, this doesn't mean it's not fun to read if you are younger)
Seinen= Manga for older men (also for late teenage and adult audiences, also usually fun to read if you're younger)
School life= is sometimes quite interesting because the japanese school life seems very different than what I am used to
Shoujoai= girls love
Shounenai= boys love
Yuri = let's just say: the more advanced version of girls love
Yaoi= the more advanced version of boys love

1 comment:

Lua said...

meanwhile I have seen the movie (we all love youtube xD) anywayzz it's really good, I loved how the actors really looked like the characters in the manga. the only thing is that the movie only shows half of the manga, so you'll still need to read the manga to see how it ends :) But I really recomment seeing the movie, though I would first read the manga because you know, it's the same with books, it's way cooler, but still you should really watch the movie, well that's my main point I guess: IF YOU LIKE THE MANGA WATCH THE MOVIE.