February 2021 Anime Challenge: BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad

Our anime challenge is the anime Beck, also known as BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad in some parts of the world. In the anime we meet 14-year old Koyuki, a boy going through life without goals which change after he meets a weird-looking dog named Beck, saving it for being harassed by a group of kids. He then meets the dog’s owner, 16-year-old guitar slinger Ryuusuke ‘Ryu’ Minami, the former member of a popular rock band, and Koyuki’s life changes forever.

BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad is an anime adaptation of the Japanese manga series BECK, written and illustrated by Harold Sakuishi. This 26-episode anime series ran from October 2004 to March 2005 under the name Beck. To not get confused with the band Beck, the anime’s name was changed to BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad for the Western world. Be sure to watch our weekly anime challenge updates to learn more about the anime as well as see anime recommendations and easter eggs.

Week 1 February 01 – 07, 2021

Episode 1 – 3

Konnichiwa Minna, it is week 1 of our challenge. It is always good to look at an anime’s roots and this week we look into BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad’s mangaka. Harold Sakuishi (penname of Takahiro Sakuishi) was born March 16, 1969. He is an avid lover of baseball, martial arts and music, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers being one of his favourite bands. Sakuishi has won the coveted Kodansha Manga Award on two separate occasions, in 1990 (Gorillaman) and 2002 (BECK). His manga often includes character cameos from his part projects, such as one of the reporters in Beck is from his manga Stopper Busujima, as an example. He also included many famous people in background crowds in Beck which include from popular musicians to MMA legends.

Our challenge this week is episode 1 – 3. Enjoy the challenge and have a super sugoi week!

Week 2 February 08 – 14, 2021

Episode 4 – 6

Konnichiwa Minna, it is week 2 of our challenge. The anime studio responsible for BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, Madhouse, was founded in 1972 by ex-Mushi Pro animators, including Masao Maruyama (Supernatural: The Animation) and Yoshiaki Kawajiri (The Animatrix). They produce many TV anime shows and movies, like Ninja Scroll and Death Note. They also did the 2011 Adaptation of Hunter x Hunter.

In Hunter x Hunter, Gon’s father is a Hunter and he never met him so he leaves his Island life to go and become a Hunter in search for his father. He is joined by three great characters and they travel the world and have awesome adventures. It is quite addictive and once you watch this anime you will be hooked. There are two Hunter X Hunter anime adaptations, the 1999 and 2011. The 2011 series goes further than the 2011 anime and it’s our recommendation this week.

We hope you enjoyed our anime lore for the week and will give our recommendation a watch. Enjoy the challenge and have a super sugoi week!

Week 3 February 15 – 21, 2021

Episode 7 – 9

Konnichiwa Minna, it is week 3 of our BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad challenge. Beat Crusaders are one of the bands that created music for this anime, like the song ‘Hit in The U.S.A and the song ‘Girl Friday’

They also are responsible for creating songs for anime such as Bleach’s fourth opening “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight.”

Beat Crusaders were a rock band active from 1997 to 2010 and is a perfect example of the 90s rock era. They were interesting because they masked their faces during all promotional appearances by drawings resembling themselves as printed by a dot-matrix printer. If 90s indie rock flavoured by Japanese accents is your jam, then Beat Crusaders might just be your jam.

We hope you enjoyed our J-Rock lore. Enjoy the challenge and have a super sugoi week!

Week 4 February 22 – 28, 2021

Episode 10 – 12

Konnichiwa Minna, this week our challenge will end at episode 12 but BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad is a 26-episode-series, so why not challenge yourself by watching the rest of this series at your leisure, if you enjoyed the challenge. If you like music anime with a rock feel to it we suggest that you watch Nana.

Nana

The anime series’ name takes inspiration from its two main characters who are both Nana by name. Small town girl Nana Komatsu follows her boyfriend to Tokyo, hoping to live her dream life while the other Nana, Nana Osaki used to be a member of a popular punk rock band in her home town and now finds her in the city of Tokyo with the goal of making it big as a vocalist. These two Nanas meet on the train to Tokyo, and later run into each other again when they happen to check out the same apartment and decide that they must be roommates.

We had a Nana anime challenge in 2019, so if you want to know more about Nana, and missed that anime challenge, see our Nana Challenge page for more trivia and information on the Nana anime series. 

Next month we have a fresh anime challenge awaiting all of us, until then, enjoy the rest of the month and the rest of the challenge.