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  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018RCN5E
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In many ways I shouldn't give 'Beck' more than four stars. Objectively that's what it's earned, and yet...?

So, yeah, Beck five stars, what the hell? Why five stars?

I guess there's two answers to that, the first is the answer based on potential to move the viewer emotionally, by that criteria it's pretty simple, Beck is great. By the second notion I'm judging by a complex mixing up of that potential, with style, shere enjoyment and a desire for more shows of this type. With that sort of evaluation it's far more difficult to be accurate and fair, even on sober reflection I have to give it 5 stars, because it moves me and I can appreciate its style and the pleasure it brings in equal measure.

Here then is the question, if I do I love Beck? And hell yes I do, then... Why?

In terms of basic plot, Beck is not particularly special: a seemingly ordinary kid, through a chance encounter, discovers that he has an extraordinary gift for music. He practises and practises and practises playing the guitar until he becomes good enough that he's invited to join his new friend's band. From there we're treated to all the elements of the hero's journey, humble beginnings, slow rise, troubles encountered and overcome, humiliations, potential break up, until the ultimate triumph. Indeed in Beck this journey is never fully finished, and yet, I still hold it in the highest esteem.

I revere Beck this highly because in the ground it does cover it manages it as well if not better than anything else on the market of this type, and because the show functions as a love letter to rock music from the 1960s through to the current times.
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This is a great series with good quality subs up until the greatful sound part where Funimation royally screwed up and out and out replaced the lyrics, vocals and subs to "I've got a a feeling" which well and truly peeved me off prompting me to quit out of episodes 23 and 24 to watch the fansubs which thankfully have the audio intact. This is not the first case of funimation screwing up something but it is the first case of them out and out changing the audio and subs and at a pivitol point in the anime. to this point I'm glad i held onto the fansubs I downloaded.

I even bought the soundtrack to this anime which is something that never happens unless i really like something to warrant it which also contains the unchanged audio.

http://bestanimes.tv/beck-episode-23/ go here to see the unaltered version of the song
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If you like music, anime and watching the main person develop and learn who they are, then this is a fab series :D
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one of the best dubs for an anime out there, with great music and an interesting story line. this is a good buy, the dvd was fine and dilivery was fine.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9776457c) out of 5 stars It all started with a dog... 26 April 2009
By trashcanman - Published on Amazon.com
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"Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad" is easily one of the finest animated series I've ever watched. In many ways, it may actually be the best. I don't believe I've ever seen a work of fiction that captures the energy, emotion, and passion of rock music in a more authentic way. Every person who had a hand in creating this show and bringing it to America should be extremely proud of themselves. If you've ever truly loved music, then don't hesitate to check this show out.

Koyuki is a puny, shy typical geek with no passion in his life at all until the day he meets a jacked-up dog named Beck. The dog's owner happens to be a shining star of the local rock scene and introduces him to a band named Dying Breed. It changes his life. The pop idol fanatic is instantly struck and begins learning to play guitar. It will be one hell of a journey. Beck's owner Ryusuke's (Ray for short) band has just fallen apart and the wannabe pro is on the lookout for the members to build "the ultimate band". Koyuki tags along and immerses himself in the local music scene, meeting Ray's gorgeous, charming, jet-setting sister Maho, who is a singer. The two hit it off, and the relationship will have it's ups, down, and hot and cold spots throughout the series. Eventually, the band BECK comes to be with a ragtag lineup that is impossible to resist. Ryusuke: the hot-as-lava lead guitar phenom. Taira: the ice cold pro on the bass. Chiba: local maniac with a rap-influenced vocal delivery on the mic whipping crowds into a frenzy. Saku: self-taught drummer and Koyuki's backbone. Koyuki: green as grass beginner whose vulnerable rhythm guitar and emotional singing will make BECK a sensation....if they can stay together. The cast of characters in the is series is amazing. There's even a rockin' cockatoo ( I call him a rockatoo) who shrieks "A$ZHOOOOOLE!!!!" constantly. Gotta love that. Each character is brought to life in the art, animation, and performances as lovingly as each beautiful musical instrument featured in the show. And once you see the close-ups of Ray's bullet-ridden Les Paul (which has a wild subplot all its own), you will see the artists are very much in love with guitars. I can relate.

If there is a single weak spot in "Beck", it's the anime cliche of a romance that never goes anywhere. I don't know how these things go in Japan, but where I come from, you don't only kiss a girl twice in three years and pretend nothing's there when there's almost instant electricity between you and nothing to stop you. There are other love interests, but they never go anywhere meaningful either. I was really excited by the prospect of a more mature look at romance from a show that is extremely mature in every other sense, but it didn't pan out that way. But I can say that I was pretty riveted by the whole thing which is to say that even the one negative turns into a positive when the storytelling is as effective as this show's and the characters are so fantastic.

Honestly, I was amazed at how realistically the music scene in "Beck" is portrayed. Anybody who has been in a band or had friends in bands and sat in on practices and gone to the local gigs should be floored by how the whole vibe is captured so perfectly. This show was very obviously created not only by music fans, but by serious musicians. It brought back a ton of great memories for me and made me wish more then I have in years and years that I had had the talent and commitment to start a band. Some of the best music you've ever heard is likely being played in front of a dozen or so drunks a few blocks from your house in a garage or bar and the band will probably break up with only a select few ever knowing how great they were together. That's the scene that this show portrays and the cast of characters could have come from any city in the world. It's ridiculously relatable.

After a staggering series of events "Beck" eventually climaxes at Japan's biggest music festival in one of the greatest performances I've ever seen from a band. And considering this band is animated and I couldn't begin to count how many non-animated performances I've watched that is saying a hell of a lot. The energy and passion is just amazing and I couldn't even stay in my seat; I really felt like I was watching a legendary performance from an amazing rock band. I've never, ever gotten that from a television show, live action or not. BECK hit it out of the park. I was sad to see it end and I can't wait to watch it all again and again.

The English dub on the American DVD's is better then the Japanese track. I said it. It's true. While the subtitles are a more literal translation and much of the dialogue is actually in English which leads to some issues with characters who speak different languages speaking the same language on the dub, the American cast, writers, and producers did a phenomenal job at punching up the dialogue to sound very natural and adding a lot of extra swear words to boot. Some may take offense, but the fact is that's how these sorts of people talk so it only adds to the realism in the end. There are some commentaries with the cast that are completely off-the-wall insane as well. Almost as funny as the show is. Each disc also has a BECK music video, all of which are sweet as hell.

"Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad" is everything an anime should be. It's anything any show can strive for. It strikes every chord perfectly, lays down a beat that'll make you want to follow it anywhere, and screams "WE WILL, WE WILL ROCK YOU!" At the top of it's lungs. It ain't lying, either. It's jam-packed with references to legendary bands and even has some cameos. The band shares a dream at one point featuring the likes of John Lennon, Sid Vicious, and Freddy Mercury among others. If you love rock music and are open in any way to animated entertainment then there is no excuse to pass this by.

And yeah, the music ROCKS. Japan is seriously kicking our a$z right now.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x975c0138) out of 5 stars An anime about...forming a band? 29 Dec. 2008
By Michael R. Grove - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
That's the question I asked myself before slipping the disk into my dvd player. Honestly, I expected to struggle through a slice of life with limited action and amateur music.

HOW WRONG I WAS. The series grabbed me from the first second to the last. To give you a quick rundown,

Pros:
-Character Development- The main character was very realistic and likable. You feel how he feels while he's getting bullied, has his first kiss, has a fight with a good friend, etc. Not to mention how much you see him grow and mature throughout the series. Your with him every minute that he practices his guitar. As some of the previous reviews suggest, the support characters also have their own distinct personalities that set them apart from the norm. They each have their own distinguishing qualities that will make you love each and every one.

-Music - It was surprisingly good. I found myself humming "blue moon sways" for weeks after I watched the series... bah...I'm humming it now.

-Realistic - The characters are not masters of everything, each has their own strengths and weaknesses comparable to real-life individuals.

-Action - For an anime without any...it sure had alot. There were the constant intermingling conflicts with band members, record producers, mysteries of the past(Beck), and of course girls. Never did the series feel boring or drab.

-Dubbing - as the previous reviews suggested...amazing

Cons: I did have a few minor quips with the series...

- Ending? - It came too soon and the last two episodes were rushed. Seems to be an excellent setup for a season II.

- Mysteries revealed? - There were many things that were never revealed in the end. What significance did the two oddly colored dogs have (one of which being Beck of course)?

In conclusion, The series went far beyond all of my expectations. It kept me enraptured in the many plot twists and character developments. I loved every second of it and I'm sure you will to. Don't prejudge the series until you watch it and you should watch it. An excellent piece of anime that will surely become a classic.
29 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x984a554c) out of 5 stars A bit messy at times, but still great. 4.5 4 Aug. 2008
By Jonathan "Jimmy Dean" Lane: libertarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I had mixed feelings about this show after I finished watching it last night; on one hand it isn't a perfect series and has some really obvious flaws that kept popping up over and over again. On the other hand those flaws seemed rather insignificant when compared to the overall quality of the show. Docking this show a star because of those flaws almost felt like taking a star away from Cowboy Bebop because ED was an unrealistic character. I mean, who cares?

Beck is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining shows I've ever seen. Apart from Cowboy Bebop I don't think I've ever seen an anime that was as much fun as this one was. It has a lot in common with Bebop in fact; both share similar strengths (although Bebop doesn't really have a weakness and Beck does), namely great characters and soundtrack.

Kyukee is a middle school boy meandering through life without a sense of purpose. He, like many his age, lacks anything to be passionate about or any real hope for the future. That all changes one day when he runs into an ugly mutt named Beck and his owner, Ryuskee, who introduces him to the world of rock and teaches him how to play guitar. From that point on Kyukee is a driven young man who spends his every waking moment honing his skills. Ryuskee meanwhile has just broken up with his old band and is on the lookout to form the perfect band. The end result is Beck, or the Mongolian Chop Squad as it's known in America.

The music is far and away the best part about this show. If Beck were a real band, I'd probably be a fan, and you can bet that I'm going to buy the soundtrack for this show. From the soft melody "Full Moon Rises" to more hardcore rocker songs like "Typhoon" (which was a bit silly with its whole "Typhoon twenty four, twenty four seven" lines but it sounded great) almost every song is amazing; which helps disguise the limited animation it had. It even defeats Bebops jazz music, a shocker I know considering how amazing Bebops music is, but I honestly think Beck has it beat, at least if you like rock music. Otherwise I'd skip this show completely. This is a show you'll want to watch in English, and trust me the dub is as great as any show out there. The mouths don't match the words when their singing (so it's like watching a Godzilla movie almost) but that's a small price to pay for the great music you'll get.

At times during the show it annoyed me that when the bands were playing they wouldn't play the whole song and would stop them mid way through. Well don't let this bother you too much because each volume has its own music video with the complete song just for your listening pleasure.

Along with the music the characters are the second best part of this show, with my favorite being the lead singer, Cheeva. No matter what kind of person you are there will be someone in this show you'll be able to love. Tiara the bass player who's really quiet and introspective, the crazy and charming older friend to Kyukee (sorry, can't remember his name right now), it doesn't matter; most of the main characters are great. But there is also a problem with the characters; there are too many and lots of them don't play any special role or add anything to the overall story. Many characters that are important in the opening volumes suddenly disappear later on, leaving the viewers wondering just what happened to them. A lot of back story is put into some of these characters and a lot if time is invested into them only to have them dropped completely. Izumi is a good example. During the first volume she serves as a love interest for Kyukee and takes up a lot of time, which led me to think she would play an important role during the rest of the show. That wasn't the case however. After the second volume she only made one more brief appearance and its one of those blink and you'll miss it kind of deals. Another character that didn't make much sense was Hiro, who apparently was yet ANOTHER love interest for Kyukee, to go along with Izumi and Mahoo (Ryuskee's younger sister who's also fourteen). Her character didn't do anything during the show, didn't make the main characters grow at all, and really didn't do anything, and yet a lot of time is invested into her. Why? Why bother dropping an already well established character and introducing anther one? Some characters play really important roles yet only show up a handful of times; others play an insignificant role and yet show up almost every episode. Now what's the deal with that?

Also one more oddity I found was the age of all the characters. Kyukee is only fourteen years old at the beginning of the show, while the older members of the band are sixteen, and yet there is no sign of any parents, they act as if they were much older, and are even allowed into bars. The absence of parents was a bit unusual because you'd hear Kyukee's mother all the time and yet you'd never actually see her and she'd never do anything. She never even went to hear him sing. This was probably done on purpose but it was still a bit weird. If all the characters involved were just two years older all those problems would have been solved, but as it was I couldn't help but remember that even the most mature characters in this show are three years younger then me.

It might sound like I didn't like the show, but I really did and it's probably one of my favorites, but I have to point out its flaws for those thinking about buying it. It's a great show, with amazing music and some really great characters. It's very similar to Bebop in so many ways, and yet has some flaws that I could not ignore. Overall it's a great show though and I could not recommend it enough.

Pros.
-Great rock music.
-Some really interesting characters.
-The best dub since Cowboy Bebop.
-Very funny at times.

Cons.
-Characters are too young, there are too many of them, and many great ones are dropped while the bad ones are kept on.

Replay Value; EXTREMELY high.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9765d15c) out of 5 stars Beck is Back, though in fewer words 6 April 2012
By Reconnecting To My Childhood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
____ Mongolian Chop Squad was discontinued by Funimation a couple of years back. They promised it would be back but little was heard regarding it. A few months ago I emailed them and they assured me it would be available this summer, and apparently its true. Now that they've cleared up some legal issues they are re-releasing it without the BECK section of the title. How much of the series has been changed to facilitate this is still unknown, likely an episode name change and a title card change at least, but if you've been waiting to own this series this is the best way to pick it up. Old DVD sets with the Beck title run anywhere from $60-$200 on online sites such as e-bay, and despite the true name missing you still get this great series to own and enjoy at your leisure.

The animation in this series is limited for cost purposes, the show is arguably slow paced and has a slow burn arc over the season and yet all these things help add to the series tone, this is one of the best slice of life anime out there, possibly the best. This show catches the essence of adolescence, what its like to have too much time on your hand and the need to fill that time with aspirations for greater things. What is nice is that the show moves from that into exploring a very realistic portrayal of the underground club/music scene and what it is like for a band just starting out. The English Dub is actually quite well done, despite the lip flaps not matching during the majority of songs. The music is great too considering it was just written for the show, you can tell they employed real talent to help them create songs that would sound genuine while echoing familiar bands from whom MCS draws their style, as most start ups do whether purposefully or not.

If you haven't seen this series and it seems interesting Funimation has all the episodes up for free on Youtube, if you have seen this show you are more likely than not one of the many who love it (I can't see why the small percentage who dislike it would visit this product page). So for $20 the changes will likely be tolerable, as unfortunate as they are.

My only qualm about the series itself is a personal one. The ending felt rushed, around episode 23/24 everything puts you on a high, while the manga continues on with the bands adventures in America the anime just ends at episode 26 with a slide show alluding to some of these events. It's not a big deal but it leaves one anticipating a second season, though I'm happy this was a 26 episode series as they tend to be some of the strongest out there (Cowboy Bebop comes to mind). It also seems odd that there is little conclusion to the love story established throughout the series, they had the perfect opportunity at the end of the final episode and seemed to leave it hanging only because the manga did, but the manga continued on.

This is a five star series without a doubt. At least fans are being given the chance to own it again and hopefully new fans will continue to find it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x978d1f30) out of 5 stars Well-crafted, upbeat series is worth a look 10 Oct. 2009
By Bryan S. Coffman - Published on Amazon.com
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I almost stopped watching halfway through the first episode. Can't remember why now, but I decided to continue on. It was worth it. Maybe my favorite anime yet. I usually like to listen to the Japanese dialog and read the subtitles to get a better flavor for the emotions and pacing. The Japanese track is great on this series as well, but I think the English cast really nailed their delivery. I almost never caught myself thinking that this was a dub.

I was also surprised by how good the original music is--or at least it appealed to my tastes. I finished watching the series on a flight from Europe to the US and had to watch the music video of Slip Out a bunch of times. Just fell in love with it.

The characters are all great. There are a lot of them but the main core group are well sketched out, believable, and I found myself pulling for BECK as a band and the individual musicians as soon as the band formed. You really want these guys to succeed, and that's half the fun of watching the series with all the twists and turns and dead ends they face along the way. I never got bored.

The animation is good enough so that it just fades into the background allowing you to follow the story. Smooth and believable. The segment of the live concert for The Dying Breed was very well done. It completely captured the difference in energy between a professionally produced concert for an internationally known band vs. the bar/club scene where BECK spends most of its time performing.

The language is rough, so it's not for little kids. But it was interesting to note that the major character, Koyuki, very rarely slips into bad language (maybe never--I can't remember). It's fun to watch him grow into his musical talent and interact with the underside of the music business, but he never loses his innate expression of goodness. It's not a self-righteous thing but upon reflection, his embrace of the music business just takes the good in Koyuki and amplifies it. In the end of the journey, he's a much stronger, more centered person.

Anyway, I could only watch so many giant robots (don't get me wrong, I love giant robots), and this series was a great and fulfilling surprise. If you like music or ever dreamed of being in a band, this is worth checking out.
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