Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance, Slice of life
Author: Sakuishi Harold
Original Runtime: November 1999 – April 2008
Yukio Tanaka is a boring guy. He has no hobbies, poor taste in music and almost zero personality. Though he yarns for an exciting life his shyness prevents him from it. One day he meets Ryosuke Minami fresh from America who also happened to be a part of a rock band. Little did Yukio know his life is about to go through a drastic change.
The story focuses on the trials and tribulations of their rock band named BECK, and Koyuki’s relationships with its members, in particular Ryusuke and his 14-year-old half-sister Maho. It starts off pretty slow. For those who don’t prefer dull chapters it could be a huge let down. But it improved gradually and after about chapter 18 the manga really kicked off. The story is fascinating and appealing. You will absolutely love how you get to be a part of the journey where Koyuki struggles to become a musician. Although mostly predictable but there are one or two pleasant and unpleasant surprises. I personally loved how the story gradually panned out.
The characters are geat. Most of them are likeable. Yukio starts off pretty shy and socially awkward but slowly starts to come out off his shell. He is a prime example what are the hardships a budding guitarist goes through when he is just starting off. As a struggling musician/guitarist myself I could totally relate to it. I personally loved Ryosuke. He is wild, he is unpredictable and not to mention an amazing guitarist. Maho is the sister of Ryosuke and she is pretty wild too however not even as close as his brother. Kenichi is also a really interesting character. However, the manga lacks character development. Except Yukio, Minami and Ryosuke the rest of the characters hardly showed any development. But still not the extent that you will point fingers and say it is bad.
Here are some notable characters form the manga:
The art is quite good and detailed compared to the standards of the time. Clear drawing and good colorings, nothing I can complain about. But the drawing may seem awkward to a lot of people since the artist has a unique art style. But Beck’s art is nothing short of great.
Here are some art samples from the manga:
The slow start is definitely a hindrance to the enjoyment of the manga but otherwise there is no issue. If you are into rock music this manga is definitely one of the finest there is. And if you are a musician like I am, you’ll love it as you’ll be able to relate t it on a different level. I enjoyed it a lot.
Beck is an extremely underrated manga and one of the most unheard of. I really believe you should read it. If you are not into manga then watch the anime. Music related manga tends have a better anime adaptation. I definitely recommend this manga to everyone.