BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad (TV)
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In the initial airing of the first few episodes, the title screen is incorrectly spelled as "Mongorian Chop Squad." This was fixed for later episodes and presumably the DVD release.
Beck Episode 26 featured popular Japanese Rock Group The Pillows' Sawao Yamanaka as a cameo character. Yamanaka's in-series band, The Heroes (An obvious pun based on the katakana for "The Pillows") even plays several Pillows songs.
A few songs within Beck are covers of songs from Beat Crusaders (such as Gymnasium and Love Dischord).
Kazuya Hirabayashi, who happens to play guitar for the J-Punk group, Husking Bee, does Koyuki's singing voice.
When Koyuki and Izumi enter the live house to watch Ryuusuke and Eiji perform, an advertisement on the bulletin board shows the name "Fool's Mate," a popular Japanese music magazine.
In the series, Grateful Sounds is sometimes misspelled as "Greatful Sounds."
The owner of the music store (Yngway Market) where Koyuki bought his telecaster from, is obviously a "parody" of Yngwie J. Malmsteen, a famous swedish guitar hero. The Character has almost the same look, and just as passionate way of playing as the original Yngwie.
In ep 2 at 5:08 Ryuusuke has a T-Shirt in his room with a mascot character strangely resembling Elizabeth from Gintama. At 17:13 there is a Samsang building which is parodying Samsung and at 17:54 one of the characters is clearly a fan of the real world band Kiss by his T-shirt
In ep15 at 8:05 there is a poster that parodies Negima.
Many real world musical acts are referenced in the show. The closing credits feature Bob Marley and Kurt Cobain, as well as many other Japanese acts. In episode 4, the poster of the Rocket Boys is actually a picture of popular Swedish punk band the Hives. And in one episode, Koyuki is looking over a Dying Breed CD case, but the back cover of the CD is actually the back cover for Portishead's live album, PNYC.
In episode 8, when Koyuki talks about how the main character of a movie plays an opera in prison to give the convicts the feeling of freedom for a brief moment, the movie that he was refering to was Shawshank Redemption.
In episode 14, Koyuki is looking at some CDs in his bedroom. Two of the CDs have the words "Beat Crusaders," printed on them, which is the group responsible for the OP of BECK, "Hit in the USA."
In episode 17 when Koyuki gets his telecaster and plays it at home, he plays "Bombtrack" by Rage Against the Machine.
In episode 18 when we are first in the Marquee, the song in the background is the Beat Crusaders song, "Last Minute."
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