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  • Art Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 1-59532-773-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad Vol. #04

By Jarred Pine     July 19, 2006
Release Date: June 13, 2006


Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad Vol.#04
© TOKYOPOP


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Harold Sakuishi
Translated by:Stephen Paul
Adapted by:

What They Say
Koyuki is left alone after Izumi graduates, but losing Izumi is the least of his problems because he still faces Hyodo's bullying. In spite of everyone's doubts, Koyuki's guitar playing skills are quickly getting better. Koyuki continues to remain victorious in the eyes of the naysayers. Hyodo plots to humiliate Koyuki at school one more time. Will Koyuki ever be good enough to make the band?

The Review
With this third volume of BECK, Harold Sakuishi is getting back to what I believe to be the strength of this title, which is witnessing Koyuki find his �voice�. Koyuki is beginning to find his motivation, whether it is the Hyodo bullies, a bikini-sporting Maho, or his crush Izumi getting dates at her new high school. When life gets you down in the dumps, you use that as motivation to make you stronger. In Koyuki�s case, he�s learning how to play guitar at a tremendous pace. Sakuishi handles this change in Koyuki very well, with subtlety and a nice, natural feel. Koyuki is not quite there yet, but his transformation has started. You get the feeling that great things lie ahead for Koyuki and everyone else involved in his life.

BECK the band also picks up a new drummer, Yuji Sakurai, who befriends Koyuki early on in the volume. He is a little mysterious but is definitely a good friend to have on your side in a dark alley. Yuji is a stand up guy; quiet, but would go to bat for his friends without any hesitation. It will be interesting to see what dynamics he brings to the band. And oh man, talk about cliffhanger endings!!

For the most part, TOKYOPOP�s production continues to be very solid, one of the better productions from their library of titles. BECK is one of a few TP properties that receive translated SFX as well as much needed cultural notes in the margins. I am a little concerned, however, in the reduced amount of translated SFX this time around, as it seems hit or miss which SFX get a subbed translation.

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