Summary: Tanaka Yukio, better known by his nickname Koyuki is a 14-year-old who feels disconnected from life in general. Through the act of saving a mismatched dog, he meets guitarist Minami Ryuusuke, and becomes involved in Ryuusuke’s new band BECK. Koyuki’s life starts to change as the band struggles towards fame.
Story – 8 – It’s not that original. I’ve watched many music oriented anime before. Examples are Skip Beat, K-On!, Mermaid Melody, and Full Moon Sagashite. Normally, though it’s not a band, but a singer. They also have a more female attraction, but Beck has a male attraction. Something that makes this an 8 instead of a 7 is that in Beck they have references to real bands like The Who and Jimi Hendrix. This gives you a feel that this anime is real.
Animation/Art – 7 – I’ve seen better and worse. Each character looks different so no confusion which is nice and none of the boys look like girls and vice versa. Sadly though nothing stands out as WOW. no fight scenes, just a realistic appeal. Okay, there is a positive. The band equipment looks real and when the members play it looks believable.
Sound – 10 – Without this a music anime would fail. Beck as I’ve mentioned before is a rock anime. Some of the same music is played over and over but it doesn’t get old it grows on you. I watched Beck in English. It’s a good dub. All the songs are sung in English. From the opening song to the ending song its pure awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI-C7QubRq4&feature=related
Character – 7 – Each character has a different personality making the band a lot more interesting and fun. You learn to love each and every one of them. I wish you could learn more about some characters’ backgrounds, but besides that its all good. It focuses more on everyone as one unit rather than as individuals.
Entertainment – 9 – Did i enjoy it? Yes, I did. The first few episodes are boring, but soon after you are hooked. The speed it goes by isn’t too fast a little slow in my opinion but its fine. Lots of humor and music to entertain you.
Overall – 8.5 – Not many animes can pull off a decent English dub so i give props for that. The music is nice. Development is nice.