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Beck. Gig 1 : Mongolian chop squad
Sakuishi, Harorudo.
Adult Fiction SAKUISH

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Manga has its share of bildungsromans that follow the path of an unathletic kid who, by dint of practice, mentorship and unstoppable will, becomes a top basketball/tennis/baseball player. Beck belongs to this genre, with the interesting twist that its nerdy 14-year-old hero, Yukio Tanaka, is on a journey from zero to rock-'n'-roller. In the beginning, Yukio knows nothing about rock and is a fan of Okinawan pop music (which, it is implied, is very uncool). Yukio meets Ryosuke, a 16-year-old rocker who was brought up in the U.S., where he played guitar in a garage band. Yukio starts going to rock clubs, listening to rock music and hanging out with his beautiful classmate Izumi, Ryosuke and Ryosuke's sister, Maho. But not until the very end of this volume do readers get a hint that playing rock music is in Yukio's future. This appealing tale is marred slightly by the inclusion of a silly and clich?d peeping-tom subplot, but Sakuishi's characterizations have a strong identification factor, aided by a sharp and funny translation. The book is aimed at older teens, and there is some profanity. The clean, easy-to-follow art resembles a slightly less manic version of Eichiro Oda's art in One Piece. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this shonen manga, 14-year-old Yukio' humdrum life matches his bland personality, but when he's reunited with Izumi, a girl he knew years earlier who's now blossomed into a total babe, she befriends him again and starts to draw him into a larger world. When Yukio uncharacteristically tries to defend Izumi and her friends against some bullies, he impresses long-haired 16-year-old rock guitarist and bad boy Ryusuke, and together, Ryusuke and Izumi introduce Yukio to rock music, which quickly displaces Yukio's Okinawan pop idols. Yukio finds it hard to believe that Izumi likes him, and thinks she should go out with Ryusuke, while Ryusuke seems to be trying to set Yukio up with his younger sister Maho. The story is refreshing and highly enjoyable, barring some clich?d school hijinks that find Yukio forced to join the swim team. Sakushi's art is generally good, barring occasional awkward figures. (Beck, by the way, is Ryusuke's odd patchwork dog.) Tokyopop rates the series for ages 16 and up; so far there's nothing explicit, only some obscenities and mentions of pornography. Recommended for all collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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