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Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad

This post is going to "out" me more so than usual as an old-school anime fan.

I've really been enjoying Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad lately.  What's frustrating is that I can't really share it with anybody who doesn't already have a tolerance for something like that.  And by something like that, I don't just mean anime.  I mean someone has to be able to look past the inconsistent production quality, the minimal art style, and the awkward attempts at rock n' roll in English by Japanese singers.

If you can get past that, there's a tried-and-true story there that I'm always a sucker for.  There's an earnest innocence to it:  An average Joe who can excel when he gives it his all.  The love interest who should be out of his reach, but amazingly seems to be there for him, despite a superficial aloofness.

This story has a few things in common with Kimagure Orange Road, there.

I flatter myself to think the show also reminds me of a time in my youth.  Certainly not junior high school.  That sucked, plain and simple.  But there were a couple of glorious years in high school where I got to spend a couple of hours a day with upper class girls.  (Playing chess during lunch with Cassie and working on the school paper with Denise.)  Nothing ever came of that time but fond memories of our friendships.  But watching Beck's Koyuki's relationship develop with Maho manages to bring some of those memories back.  I'm lucky for what I got.
Tags: anime


 davidd on May 9th 2008 at 7:14 AM
Much less sniveling than my recent posts in which similar issues were addressed. But enough about junior high. Definitely gonna have to check this anime out!

 dblume on May 9th 2008 at 7:35 AM
I'm always fearful when I recommend something like this. I have the ability to focus on my favorite aspect of the show, and forgive its shortcomings. I can say that I'm enjoying it. I can't exactly say that it's that good.

 davidd on May 10th 2008 at 2:47 AM
I understand, I think. There are numerous films and series I enjoy, but which I cannot exactly recommend to other people. For example, as I've mentioned before, I find the movie Girls Town (1959) endlessly entertaining, even without the MST3K treatment. So, yeah, with the right combination of characters and quirkiness, I can forgive many a fault. Something like Spielberg's War of the Worlds, on the other hand....

 neon_epiphany on May 9th 2008 at 7:15 AM
Wistfully, I was packing up my DVDs over the weekend, and remembering Ano hi ni kaeritai... which I remember watching in high school. Glad to have my complete AnimEigo boxes of the television series, OAVs and movies. Too bad they're in boxes right now, or this post would have had me watching them.

 dblume on May 9th 2008 at 7:50 AM
I listened to Angela Aki's Sakurairo recently, and when she sang, "zutto zutto zutto" it reminded me of the date scene between Madoka and Kyosuke where they watch the Touch movie and Minami says that to Tat-chan. Whoah. Did I just admit that?