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Yoshiyuki Taira (Taira) is BECK’s bassist recruited by Ryusuke. He was invited by Ryusuke and Eiji to join their respective bands but he eventually chose BECK. He’s also one of the first members to impress the audience with his amazing skills and stage presence.
Taira usually comes off as uncaring, uninterested and cold towards people but he’s the most responsible member of BECK and can give very good advice when the occasion calls for it. He’s very serious about his music career and is aware of his bass skills. In the beginning of the series, he’s quick to tell Ryusuke that he’s can play for either BECK or Eiji’s band and that he was not going to join a band for fun. He later chooses BECK as the band for him.
Throughout the series, Taira starts to become likeable putting down his guard and having fun with the band. He assumes an older brother role in the band as he bonds with the rest of BECK’s members. During Grateful Sound, it’s apparent that he’s emotionally invested in BECK. When Ryusuke leaves, he acts as a secondary leader of the band before assuming the leadership role near the end.
Taira has bleached blonde, short hair and tanned skin. He usually wears a yellow shirt with black stripes and a logo of a black skull on his chest, cargo pants and black sneakers.
His other outfit is a yellow, zip-up jacket, a black stripe running down each sleeve, camo shorts and black sneakers. He also plays shirtless on stage.