Beelzebub 01 – Picked Up A Demon Lord
「魔王拾いました」 (Maou Hiroimashita)
“Picked Up a Demon Lord”
What with all the 12 episode series been going on lately, I figured that this series would be the same. I only happened to find out that this will be a long-running series! I mean, if I had remembered that Studio Pierrot are the ones adapting this show, I wouldn’t be too surprised. However, if this is a long running series, it means that I’d had to blog every episode. That’s not going to happen. If I was a reader of the manga, I probably would but I’m not. What I’ll probably do is pull a “Star Driver” and blog this through to the end of the next season (basically 24 episodes) and then drop it for something else. But enough blog talk. I was supposed to check out the manga after hearing this show was gonna get adapted, however I didn’t get around to it. Now, I found this show to be absolutely hilarious, but there isn’t too much to say about the episode apart from two major things. But before that.
「だだだ」 (Da Da Da)
by グループ魂 (Group Oni)
Oga Tatsumi (who is voiced by Konishi Katsuyuki, who played Kamina in Gurren Lagann) is a feared high-school delinquent who happens to go to a high school that is more or less full of them. In the beginning of the episode, Oga explains the story of how he came across Beelzebub (the baby) to his friend, Furuichi. Whilst laughing in the midst of groveling students who he defeated, a demon (in the form of a human man) was floating in the river and Oga fished it out, only to find the baby inside the man. The man runs off, leaving the baby in Oga’s hands. This baby is the son of the demon king. As the demon king is too busy to destroy humanity, what with a 10,000+ day mahjong marathon to attend to, he leaves that to his baby boy and asks Hildegard, who appears later in the show, to take him down to Earth and find some chump to raise the kid, and then have him destroy humanity.
The first portion of the episode is dedicated to the comedic antics of Oga, Furuichi and Beelzebub. Whenever Beelzebub cries it lets out a huge, powerful charge of electricity, (comically) electrocuting anyone within a 20m radius. To be honest, the joke was over-used just a tad in this episode. The boys attempts and calming the baby down were more funnier than the actually electrocutions.
Later on Hildegard arrives at Furuichi’s houses after Oga complains that the baby is more or less attached to him. She claims that he’s disillusioned and tries to take the baby back, but the baby isn’t having it and electrocutes everyone. Apparently the baby has chosen Oga to be his father but Oga isn’t having it and declines, which in turn causes Hilda to try and take his life. One of the reasons why I like Oga is that he’s just plain BOSS.
Sooner or later Oga’s blood is shed and Beelzebub goes on a tantrum meaning that his electrifying power is now x9000. Oga manages to stop him saying something lame/cool like “Don’t cry, or people’ll think your weak.” What really took me surprise is when Oga resonated with Beelzebub (or vice-versa) to bring out the latter’s power to save them from impedending death.
I’ll say, that if you love your comedic antic shows then you’re probably gonna love this show. If you’re a reader of the manga, you may be a little less impressed than I was here, but it isn’t all that bad.
by ノースリーブス (no3b)
The ED was surprisingly very different from the OP. That’s all I have to say.