So there are a few titles that are on my to-watch list that are older than the rest. After I’d gone through most of the stuff from the past few years, I worked my way backwards, intent on watching some of the stuff that people won’t shut up about. So far, I think I’ve gotten through a decent number of those. I mean, that list is shrinking and not growing, so that’s good.
Beck was one of these ones that everyone was telling me to watch. And after much procrastination, I ignored everyone and dropped it from my to watch list.
Instead, I put it on my to read list. So far, this term has been all about manga. The only old TV series I’ve managed to finish has been Kaiba, which is a pretty amazing show. I’ve got a ton of others on hold and the only other anime I’ve finished have been movies. Beck was 26 episodes, which, this term, seems like a huge barrier to me.
The other reason is that Beck’s anime ends before the manga does. I have to say that I’m pleased to read that there’s no anime-original ending and that it managed to end at an appropriate spot. Of course, that also means it’s incomplete, and that I’d have to continue on to the manga anyway. I’ve also grown to like the manga’s art, at least when they’re performing, which looks really different from the anime screenshots I’ve seen.
Beck is what I expected. It was a really good story with some great, likable characters. I expected Beck to be stopped at pretty much every turn and I expected awkward but sweet romance between Koyuki and a girl, which I’m glad ended up being Maho and not Izumi. Reaching the end of the manga, I felt it ended really well, tying up all the loose ends and being all symbolic.
If I had criticism, it’d have to be with the gangster subplot. I could believe powerful industry executives trying to impede the band, but having them run around with armed gangs was really pushing the suspension of disbelief. Also, that they’d be so interested in stomping on such a small band.
Since I know most of you who know about Beck have only watched Beck. If you’ve ever wondered to yourself, dang, I wish there were more Beck, well, there is.