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Tsunemi Chiba (Chiba) is the lead vocalist and rapper for BECK. Chiba has a very harsh tone to his singing making it more punk, rap and hardcore oriented befitting of BECK’s genre. Chiba was tricked into auditioning into the band when Ryusuke told him he’d introduce two girls to him. Ryusuke then realized how good Chiba is on stage and includes him in BECK’s line up.
Chiba used to be a wimp until he learned some Karate. This later became useful for Chiba as he regularly got into fights, especially in high school.
Chiba is a very loud and somewhat selfish person. He’s a good street fighter and isn’t afraid to throw a punch if people insult him. He’s very ecstatic and makes lighthearted jokes about his friends. He can be very protective of the people who are important to him which he showed when he protected Tanaka from a gang of bullies.
Behind this tough façade lies gentle and sensitive side. The reason he wants to become rich and famous is to provide his family with luxuries. This can lead to a distorted want for money like when he chased down Ryusuke with a baseball bat because Ryusuke owed him some money.
Chiba is simple minded but can make a lot of sense. When the band got together to come up with a band name, Ryusuke suggested a lot of weird names but Chiba was quick to point out that they should call the band BECK after Ryusuke’s weird dog.
Chiba has a small afro which is surprisingly tame. He has a light moustache, a chin beard and very tanned skin which makes him look rugged and older than he actually is. He usually has an angry or confused look on his face.
He wears his signature dark-green shirt with a split, red circle printed on the front, a light-brown belt with a metal buckle, black jeans and black Chuck Taylor’s. He also has black wristbands on both arms.