The destroyer of humanity and his two dads
Hime: The winter season is shaping up to be better than I thought. *tries to kick cynicism back into it’s cage* But see this here, Beelzebub, this premise is just…MAD, I mean, it’s so mad it just has to be good, right? A delinquent taking care of a baby, but that baby is the son of the Demon Lord? Sure. Okay. Ya got me. Call it morbid fascination or just a desperate need for lulz. I’ll watch your first episode.
sassy: So Beelzebub was one of those mangas that I was meaning to check out because it was so popular. The problem was that it seemed like such a mainstream genre that I kind of lost interest in reading it. As a result, I never read a single chapter of it. Shame on me. But here’s my chance to redeem myself by watching the anime!
Hime: There’s a storm a brewing over Ishiyama High School, where the resident “killing machine” Abe and the “rampaging demon ogre” (dayum what a title!) Oga are about to fight. Water suddenly starts streaming down Oga’s face and the group surrounding him thinks he’s losing his nerve. But it’s not sweat, oh no, one guy points out that there’s a baby on Oga’s head and it’s pissing on him! Abe takes the baby from Oga, causing the baby to become upset. And in a move that makes Ginji from GetBackers look like a spark plug, electrocutes everyone into very crispy delinquients!
After the Op, we’re on a roof where Oga is telling his friend Furuichi how he got the baby. Basically, Oga saw a big dude floating down the river and split him in half (WTF?) and inside was a baby. Aw, it’s like the story of Moses, except much more…insane. Anyway, after seeing that the baby was “born” I guess, the big guy jumps back into the river and dissappears leaving him with Oga. After making some faces that would have most babies in tears, he gives Oga an almightly glomp and won’t let go, taking us up to present.
After Furuichi upsets the baby, it’s up to the two to entertain him and stop him frying them and the rest of the school. It doesn’t go so well…
A hole opens up in the sky and out flies a goth girl riding a giant evil parrot. Meanwhile Oga and Furuichi are still trying to figure out what to do with the baby, and what he is exactly. Oga tries to pawn him off on Furuichi but the kid will have none of it. He’s completely attached to him.
Que Hildegarde. She’s the goth from before, and she’s here to take back her bocchama. She reveals she’s the child’s demon maidservant. Sweet! And also tells the two that the baby is Beelzebub, a Demon Lord. Basically, the son of Satan. He was put here in the stead of the Great Demon Lord to destroy humanity because he was too busy playing his psp.
Oga still refuses to look after the baby, and so Hilda tries to kill him. Yeah, fair deal. She pulls a sword from her umbrella and the three make a break for it. Calling on her giant parrot to stop them, Oga kicks it IN THE FACE, proving once again that he pwns the world.
A group of delinquients from the school standing by a power supply tower spot them running from Hilda and decide to help the demon. They don”t get the chance however because Hilda cuts Oga, causing Bub to have a temper tantrum, which shocks them all. HAHA. Get it? Puns…
Oga manages to calm him down, but still refusing to look after him, starts walking away. The electricity Bub was spouting had weakened parts of the towers though and one of them breaks, threatening to fall on him. Oga dives in to save him and the two resonate, giving Bub the power to disintegrate the tower and stop it falling on them.
Oga wakes up at home to find Hilda and Bub waiting for him. No luck, buddy. It wasn’t a dream. And there’s no getting out of it. BWAHAHAHA.
Extra Screenshots: It’s the circle of life~~
Zero, what are you doing here? Get back to Vampire Knight *kicks*
“Quiet, Mum. Daddy is thinking…”
The lunch lady is my favorite character so far
Subway’s newest spokes model?
Pass me a slice of MANCAKE plz
Proving that Oga is half shark
sassy: Delinquents are hilarious. In fiction, I mean. They have this badass attitude, but they’re also complete idiots at the same time, which means you get tons of amazing “WTF?” moments. So far, Oga completely fits into this stereotype, and while he seems like a cookie-cutter (anti?)hero at first, I’m totally fine with it. I’m going to treat this series as more of a comedy than action so I don’t go insane, and I don’t watch comedies for originality or depth. I watch them to laugh my ass off.
That’s not to say that Beelzebub doesn’t have originality or depth. While demons and devils are pretty common characters here and there, babies are not. I’ll give the author credit for that. I just have one problem with this, though. I hate babies. I haaaate babies. While a lot of the laugh factor in this series is probably going to be from Beelzebub himself, I have a feeling I’m going to hate that kid by the time we’re finished. As far as I’m considered, I’m watching this for Oga and Hilda. Don’t let me down, buddies.
Overall, I got a good impression of this series from the first episode. The lightning bit got old, and hopefully they don’t reuse that joke over and over and over and over again, but like I said, delinquents are hilarious. Oga reminds me of a cross between Gintoki (Gintama) and Shinagawa (Yankee-kun), while Furuichi is his straight-faced Shinpachi (Gintama again). I will always laugh when someone says something ridiculous with a straight face. It will never get old. Never.
Hime: Beelzebub won me over, I have to say, because after that first gag about pissing I was like “OH HELL. I’m going to hate this.” It just made me cringe. I didn’t find it funny at all. And that’s pretty bad in a comedy. But, luckily, I found the rest of the episode completely adorable and hilarious. Oga is fantastic, I have a soft spot for his type of protagonist and he just takes the cake. Furuichi is surprisingly funny, too. The whole school is great, with Oga just punching his way through folk and wars starting over sandwhiches.
I’ve heard this show likened to Gintama more than once, and like sassy said there are similarities in characters. Gintama is awesome though so that’s encouraging! The animation was pretty good as well, though I didn’t think it was anything to shout about. Very shouneny/Bleachish which I find kinda bland but I won’t let it bother me. In contradiction to above though I love Beelzebub! I find him completely adorable, and his interactions with Oga are too cute.
This is one of my favorite type of shows. Seeing as how I haven’t read the manga I have no idea where it’s gonna go or what their going to do. I’m interested to see just how far they can push the joke the series is based on. Anyway, that’s Beelzebub. I enjoyed it, it fills the comedy void well.
Meet the Grandparents: looks like Oga takes little Bub home.