Beginner's Guide to Beelzebub

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Intro

Tagline: It's about a delinquent who finds himself a demon baby and has to raise the child to destroy humanity.

Beelzebub
Beelzebub
Ryuhei Tamura
Ryuhei Tamura

This guide is for people who haven't tried Beelzebub. If you are a fan of the series, please enjoy this guide as well. It will give you another side of Beelzebub to think about.

Beelzebub is a franchise created by Ryuhei Tamura. Beelzebub was first introduced as a one-shot manga, however, it became highly popular and was soon written as a full fledged franchise. Its serialization began in February 2009 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Shueisha published the Beelzebub manga into Tankobon volumes in July 2, 2009. Later, an anime version of the popular manga was produced Pierrot + and directed by Nobuhiro Takamoto on the network, Yomiuri TV, and it first aired on January 9, 2011. Also, Crunchyroll started its simulcast of Beelzebub. The anime has ended with a total of 60 episodes; the manga is an ongoing series with a total of 16 volumes.

Via Beelzebub Wiki Editors

The Story

Beelzebub is about a young man named Oga who gets into fights with delinquents at Ishiyama High, the poorest and dumbest school in Japan. One day by the river, Oga finds a strange man (Alaindelon) floating down the river. He splits the man with a karate chop and out comes a green haired baby, Beelzebub (Beel). He finds out from a wet nurse named Hildagarde who informs Oga that he must raise Beel to destroy humanity as proclaimed by the Demon Lord. Now, Oga finds himself stuck Beel until he finds someone worthy enough to raise Beel.

The Characters

Oga Tatsumi
Oga Tatsumi
Oga Tatsumi (voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi) is a punk who does not care for his fellow men. When delinquents try to pick on him, he smashes and pummels them into submission. When he meets Beelzebub, his life changes forever.
Beelzebub
Beelzebub

Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV AKA Beel (voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro) does not look like a demon baby, but he possesses a deadly voltage shock when he cries. He is the son of the demon king who is sent to destroy humanity with the help of a chosen human.

Hildagarde
Hildagarde
Hildagarde AKA Hilda (voiced by Shizuka Ito) is the demon wet nurse who is in charge of Beelzebub's care. Despite looking down on Oga, she helps Oga raise the child together to destroy all of humanity. She loves Beelzebub like a true mother.
Furuichi
Furuichi

Furuichi (voiced by Takahiro Mizushima) is Oga's perverted friend who is not your average delinquent.

Aoi Kunieda
Aoi Kunieda

Aoi Kunieda (voiced by Aki Toyosaki) is the head of the Red Tails group and one of TKKH. Despite her reputation as the strongest female, she tends to misunderstand things especially when she is around Oga.

Alaindelon
Alaindelon

Alaindelon (voiced by Wataru Takagi) is a dimensional transfer demon who helps Hilda and Oga with his powers. He has a strange affection for Furuichi which he displays in a playful manner.

Why Watch?

I recommend this anime for ages 10 and up. Though, there are some fan service such as revealing attires of Lord En's wet nurses and instances of homosexuality if you are bothered by those things.

Beelzebub has a great story and characters who appeared to be selfish, bizarre, and crazy, but the characters will grow on you. Oga and Beel do not get along at first, but as you watch the series, their bond grows. Like most Shonen shows, watch out for potential shipping relationships. For action and battles, it's great but not perfect. I find Beelzebub doing better in the comedic department than battles. Filler-wise, the anime can get filler heavy at the end because it caught up to the manga's storyline. The theme songs are quite good, and some of them you probably won't forget.

Manga or Anime?

Despite the anime's abrupt ending, I say try out the anime first, and when you finish all 60 episodes, you can read the manga and find little things such as censorship and manga exclusive characters. I find when you read the manga after the anime, you can picture hearing the anime characters' voices. It makes reading manga enjoyable.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a light-hearted comedic anime with no drama and some action, Beelzebub is an anime that you should try. There's not much anime out there that involves demons and delinquents.

Thanks

Thank you guys and gals for reading this guide. Please thank Annabanana, ShadowKnight508, Arrussel, and Sreenivas who are my teammates that worked hard on the wiki pages and promoting the franchise.

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