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Thursday, 17 March 2005 11:05
It only took ten episodes, but Koyuki's finally a
member of Beck, although this may well just be the start of his
problems. With one band member leaving and the real possibility
of a split-up, his life as a band-member could be over before it's even
9 - Night Before Live
Beck's running into the problem that all new bands must face - running
out of money. How are they supposed to get any bigger if they
can't even afford to arrange gigs? There's also a rumour that the
drummer may be about to quit. Back in school, Koyuki's tormentors
pick on a new way to bully him by entering him in pretty much every
event in the school swimming gala - but when Maho offers to do anything
he wants if he can come out on top, it gives Koyuki a whole new
incentive to do his best...
10 - Face
It's Koyuki's first live as a member of Beck, and to call him nervous
would be an understatement - although a little encouragement from Maho
seems to go a long way to calming him down. After the
performance, though, he's convinced that his performance wasn't good
enough for Ryuusuke to want him to play again. Guitar playing
isn't Koyuki's only talent, though, and when he finds a new song that
Ryuusuke's been working on that doesn't really work with Chiba's
punk-style vocals, he asks for a chance to sing it himself - and as
soon as they hear him, the rest of the band know they're onto something
I still wish Koyuki and Maho would stop messing about and become an
'item' already - another area where Koyuki could really use a little
backbone, perhaps? Likewise, his run-in with one of his
tormentors raised the very real possibility of another broken guitar, until Chiba saved the day. I think I'm going to start taking bets on when the next one is smashed...
Finally seeing Koyuki accepted as a full member of the band was the
real highlight here, though, as his hard work over a year of 'real'
time finally pays off. The boy, he got talent. With the
band now being properly formed, I'm expecting the story to shift
slightly towards their efforts to hit the big time - although with 16
episodes still to go, don't expect it to happen in a hurry.
Beck's pacing is almost perfect - it's got a leisurely
feel to it without leaving you feeling that it's drifting into
filler. Add that to an excellent cast of characters, and it's a
show that you really can't stop watching. Great stuff.