Back when I used to read a lot of manga, I would always search for any new series that has been getting a lot of praise. Beelzebub carried that torch for a while. One of my friends had recommended it and I got hooked instantly. Its anime adaptation aired in January of 2011. Beelzebub holds a special place in my heart because it features everything I enjoy about anime.
This series takes place in Ishiyama High School, entirely harbored by the most unruly and violent delinquents. However, there’s an unwritten rule amongst all who attend. Never ever cross paths with the first year student, Tatsumi Oga, the most vicious fighter at school.
One day Oga finds a man floating down the by the riverbed. The man splits open down the middle and reveals a baby that immediately jumps on Oga’s back. Unbeknownst to him, this baby is actually Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, or “Baby Beel” for short, and has formed an attachment with Oga. Can you guess what that means? If they ever get separated…very bad things could happen. On top of having the future Lord of the Underworld on his back, Beel’s demon maid also shows up, Hildegard. Together they struggle to raise Baby Beel but that task becomes difficult when trouble seems to follow Oga around.
To put things into perspective for anyone thinking about picking it up, Beelzebub is an action, comedy series. I mentioned it having a lot of qualities I enjoyed and if you can integrate quality comedic aspects whilst keeping the action at a high, that’s amazing. Although the school is full of delinquents, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any female delinquents in this story. In fact there’s a whole gang of them that are just as badass, if not greater. You can also assume that there is a romance aspect, considering the parenting job for Baby Beel and some girls just dig strong guys.
I don’t want to spoil anything for this show. It is a wild and crazy ride that I think anyone can enjoy. I was certainly pleased with how the studio followed the manga pretty closely and kept it on track. It’s a big 60 episode series, so feel free to binge, if that’s your thing. I’m positive a three episode test is favorable for the skeptical. Let me know if you share the same opinions or if reading this made you pick it up.