New ‘Beck’ Trailer Brings Rock And Roll Manga To Life

While the upcoming release of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” has the comics crowd abuzz with its blend of sequential art, humor and rock and roll, fans may also be excited to hear that one of the series’ influences will also get its cinematic due this year.

An adaptation of Harold Sakuishi’s “Beck” manga and subsequent anime series “Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad,” is currently in production for a fall release in Japan. The serialized story that ran from 2000-2008 follows a group of Japanese teenagers as they rock the path from obscurity to stardom.

As Anime News Network reports, a new 30-second trailer began streaming at the film’s official Web site earlier this week, which gives fans a quick peek at the band’s full lineup, including stars Hiro Mizushima and Takeru Sato making with the music.

One of the biggest changes fans can expect is the film’s focus on bad boy Ryusuke rather than the manga’s original protagonist Koyuki, who acted as a bit of a surrogate character, growing from a na├»ve 14-year-old to a seasoned rock guitarist over the duration of the series.

Those expecting to catch a glimpse of “Beck’s” namesake, the band’s ill-tempered patched-up dog, won’t see it in the trailer, but can check the pooch out at

There’s no official word on whether or not there’ll be a timely English-speaking localization when the film debuts in the fall, but given Tokyopop and Funimation’s various imports of the series over the years, it’s probably not a stretch to expect one at some point down the road.

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