I love rock and roll as much as the next person does. Every one also dreams about being a rock star. Playing music in front of a huge crowd that is there to see you, there doesn't seem to be a feeling quite like it. Watching Beck gave me a glimpse of what it would be like.
THE STORY IS: Koyuki is a 14-year-old middle school student who is shy and lacks confidence and feels disconnected from life. He's very down on himself and wants excitement. One day when Koyuki is walking home from school, he saves a very strange looking dog named Beck from a bunch of bullies. Through that event he meets Ryuusuke, a guitarist who can play like no one else's business. Eventually, Koyuki decides to attempt learning the guitar. He becomes very good within the first year of playing and joins Ryuusuke, Koyuki's classmate Saku, Ryuusuke's friend Chiba and Taira, former bassist of Ryuusuke's old band and they form Beck. They start playing live shows at underground live houses and try to get their name out to more fans. The band discovers that Koyuki is actually a really good singer as well and decide to write a song for Koyuki to sing and it draws more people in. Beyond all this, they just try to make it big as a band.
I really felt that Beck was a great anime that shows truly how hard it is to make it in the music industry as a band. The band does jump through some hoops along the way and you probably know how this anime ends, but it's totally worth the watch. The pacing of the story was well placed and showed very little history through flashbacks. Mostly they just left it as is and took you along for the ride.
THE ANIMATION was top notch for a fairly new anime. There are some hiccups here and there, but it's easily overlooked for the most part. You'll mostly be hung up on the story and how everything plays out to even really notice anything wrong with the animation.
THE SOUND was what made this show. The songs that Beck write throughout the anime are actually very good songs. Even the famous band Dying Breed's music is very good. Dying Breed, in the anime, is the most famous band in the world and the cornerstone of where Beck gets inspiration from. My opinion, best song in the entire anime is Full Moon Sway. It's such a beautifully written song on top of being sung perfectly.
THE CHARACTERS are also another quality that makes this show shine. Besides the music, the way the characters interact with each other is picture perfect of any band out there no matter who it is. Koyuki (guitarist) is shy, lacks confidence, and doesn't talk very much. Ryuusuke (guitarist) is very chill, laid back, and not afraid to tell it how it is. Taira (bassist) is the calm pretty boy who just enjoys playing music. Saku (drummer) is happy and looks positively on everything. Chiba (vocalist) is really violent and not afraid to beat the shit out of you whenever he sees fit. All these different personalities clash together so well that you can't help but love them. The character development is also very well done. It's paced so well that you really don't notice the change until you actually think about how they all were in the beginning as opposed to the end. Brilliant growth between them.
OVERALL Beck is a very good anime to watch. If you like music, not just listening, but playing and writting music, this is a must watch. If you don't understand the feeling of music through playing and what the lyrics mean, then this might not appeal to you as much. Not to try and push people away from it, but this is one of those music animes that goes more off of feeling the music instead of just listening to it. It's more of an anime that shows you an appreciation of beautiful writting and playing. Regardless I would recommend Beck to anyone who has interest in music, which is practically everyone.
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