Genre: Action, Comedy, Supernatural
Summary: The story follows the “strongest juvenile delinquent”, Oga Tatsumi, a first year in “Ishiyama High” the school for delinquents. One day while sleeping next to a river he sees a man floating down it, he pulls him to shore and the man splits in half revealing a baby boy. This boy is the son of the demon king and he has been chosen as the one to raise it with the baby’s demon maid Hilda. The story follows his life with the child and at the delinquent school.
First Look: When I first read about Beelzebub it seemed like a pretty interesting story. I thought it would have a little bit of mystery like what is the babies true power, potential, origins, etc. After watching the first episode all of those questions were basically answered for me. I thought that would lead to a pretty boring series in all honesty, but then the jokes started coming in. I love the humor that they use in Beelzebub because it isn’t the same running gag. I would say that every new episode offers a new laugh whether it be from awkward moments, art style, or a bad romance waiting to happen.
So let’s start from the beginning. I really liked the opening theme song, probably not one of the best out this season but it is still enjoyable to listen to. I probably will listen to it in the background while I do other things to say the least. I quite liked that they had a little bit of action and humor in the opening credits as well.
I’m not sure I like the ending all that much, but it has its own charm. I really like the singer just not the beat. Moving on, I would say the next best thing is definitely the comedy. I loved the number of jokes this series fit into four episodes. It wasn’t just the dialogue that was funny either. I really liked the art style they used for a lot of the scenes. I feel like they made the anime a lot better by adding crazy backgrounds and hilarious faces. The attitudes all the characters have is perfect. Some just accept the situation for what it is, others still have trouble believing it, and finally Oga, who understand the situation but could care less. Gotta look out for number one amIright?
But let’s not be too harsh, he does have his good points as well. Despite not wanting to be a father he acts like a pretty good one. Protecting Baby Beel and teaching him life lessons all the time. I guess babies really do change people eh? Even high school delinquents. They make the perfect pair, Oga loves to kick ass, and Baby Beel likes watching people get hurt. It was like a match made in Heaven… or Hell… Depends how you look at it.
The one character I feel sorry for though is the best friend. He is a perfect support character because he is always being used as the punch line (sometimes literally). I loved the situation for living accommodations. It really showed the flip side to what COULD have happened to Oga. Not only did Furuichi’s room get completely destroyed, he then had to explain to his parents why there was a muscular man in shorts in their house. Needless to say, hilarity did ensue.
I got to say this though, despite having to take care of a demon lord’s baby and successor, being able to live with a girl like Hildegarda must have its plus sides. I mean if you look past the whole killer instinct thing she’s a keeper. She is my favorite character in the series by far because I’m a sucker for girls who can own face. And come on she has a sweet side too!
The series so far seems pretty solid. The only real complaint I have is Baby Beel. I know that probably sounds strange considering the entire anime is based around him, but he gets really annoying. I’m not a fan of children already and now there is one that not only cries but also bursts lighting out of its body. It’s like the baby from Hell… oh wait. I’m not sure what it is about him, I just get tired of hearing his ‘goo-goo’ and ‘ga-ga’s. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season for the comedy. Although the action is fun to watch, it isn’t the main focus for me. If I wanted to watch an action anime I would probably look else where like Roberta’s Blood Trail or Freezing.
Final statements: Like most comedies there is always the possibility that the jokes will start to feel forced. Judging from the first four episodes I would say that Beelzebub is going to be a solid source of entertainment for the season and am keeping it on watch. As for anyone else picking it up? I’ll have to wait and see and let you know in the final review!