2. Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad
Synopsis/Plot Summary: Not to be confused with the singer, Beck tells the story of a growing youth’s struggle toward finding himself through Western rock music and the trials, tribulations, and fame that come with it. 14-year-old Yukio “Koyuki” Tanaka has always felt detached from life, spending his time daydreaming in class if not listening to his favorite J-pop artist at home. Upon saving Beck, the dog of 16-year old guitarist Ryusuke Minami, an ultimately everlasting friendship is formed between the two, bonded by a love for music. As Koyuki is introduced to a brand new scene and friends such as Ryusuke’s younger half-sister Maho, he learns to play the guitar and eventually become involved with Ryusuke’s new band named after his dog, Beck. What occurs throughout and after is a Rock & Rollercoaster.
1. Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
Synopsis/Plot Summary: Interstella 5555, an animated sci-fi adventure musical film is the visual realization of French house duo Daft Punk’s second studio album Discovery. With zero dialogue and very minimal sound effects, it features the abduction of an extraterrestrial pop band who are brought to Earth by an evil manager who wishes to satisfy his greed by exploiting their interstellar talent so they may top the charts on Earth, all while being mind-controlled. Their memories are stolen, replaced with false human ones, and they’re even physically altered to more resemble the human race. The only one with hopes of rescuing the band is the space pilot and die-hard fan Shep, who is alerted of the kidnapping and chases the abductors across the galaxy, driven by his unrequited love for the band’s bassist Stella. Because each track of the album is essentially the audio for the film, one can enjoy the entirety of it alongside a thrilling story.