BanG Dream!: Star Beat (BanG Dream! 星の鼓動, Bandori! Sutā Bīto) is the first manga for BanG Dream!. It was written and illustrated by Ishida Aya (石田彩). It was serialized in Monthly Bushiroad from January 8, 2015 (February 2015 issue) to December 8, 2015 (January 2016 issue) for a total of 12 chapters.
This manga, and the light novel "BanG Dream!" (BanG Dream! バンドリ) written by Nakamura Kou, contains the original BanG Dream! story with the original personalities and designs of the characters before everything was reset to the characters we know now.
Toyama Kasumi, a first year high schooler with a shy personality, can no longer sing and express her emotions ever since she was made fun of her singing her favorite song. She is lonely and could not make friends even after entering high school. The only time she could show her emotions is through an exchange diary on her desk with a mysterious person named "Saaya" (サアヤ). Saaya seems to attend classes at a fixed time.
On one of her melancholy days, she saw star-shaped stickers pointing to a direction which she followed and end up at a pawnshop where she found a star-shaped guitar named "Random Star" (ランダムスター).
Seeing the guitar, Kasumi wants to change herself and "shoot for her dreams". Ichigaya Arisa, the girl she met at the pawnshop, offered Kasumi an alternative. Instead of buying the guitar, Kasumi will get the guitar in exchange of joining Arisa's game called "BanG_Dream!"
While learning guitar basics, Kasumi met a mysterious girl, named Ushigome Rimi, who can play the bass. With the advice of Saaya, Kasumi, Arisa, and Rimi formed a band. The three of them decided to make a song with the title "Yes! BanG_Dream!" which is the words written in a note left by Arisa's father. Kasumi had written the lyrics with the help of Saaya.
They got help in composing the song from Hanazono Tae, the girl playing a guitar on the school roof. Tae soon joined and the band completed the song. The four performed at the summer festival. Saaya, who was revealed to be Yamabuki Saaya, had written in the desk that she had watched their performance. Saaya had played the drums. The four asked Saaya to join the band but she refused, shocking Kasumi and making her lose her confidence again. Will Kasumi be able to make Saaya join the band? And what is the mystery behind the word "BanG_Dream!"?
- The Encounter? (出会っちゃった？, Deatchatta?)
- The Way of The Sound (音圧の向こう側, Onatsu no Mukōgawa)
- Hunting For the Fourth Chord (四弦ハント, Shigen Hanto)
- The First Band Practice (初めてのバンド練習, Hajimete no Bando Renshū)
- I Started A Band In Spring! (春、バンド始めました！, Haru, Bando Hajimemashita!)
- Searching For A Fallen Angel! (落ちてきた天使を求めて！, Ochitekita Tenshi wo Motomete!)
- I'm Not Talented Enough... (自分、不器用ですが…, Jibun, Bukiyōdesuga...)
- We've Just Gotta Do It! (やるしかないっしょい！, Yaru Shikanaissho i!)
- Searching For The Last Piece (最後のワンピースを求めて, Saigo no Wanpīsu Wo Motomete)
- Arisa's Drastic Measure (有咲の荒療治, Arisa no Araryōji)
- It's My Turn Now...! (今度は私の番…！, Kondo Wa Watashi no Ban...!)
- In The Name of BanG_Dream! (BanG_Dream! の名の下に… , BanG_Dream! no Nano Shita ni...)
- Poppin'Party's Yes! BanG_Dream!, STAR BEAT! ~Hoshi no Kodou~, and Hashiri Hajimeta Bakari no Kimi ni are the songs that are directly related to the manga and light novel's story.