The fearsome fighters of the area get a bit more intense as the Crimson Queen makes her formal appearance for Oga.
What They Say:
The Crimson Queen of the Ishiyama TKKH, who holds the deep confidence of all the women, has returned from subjugating all the Ladies of North Kanto! Hearing the rumors, Furuichi drags Oga along in trying to get a glimpse of her. Before long the Queen appears! She tries to bring the iron hammer down on Oga, who in her absence has defeated two members of Ichiyama's TKKH, and even destroyed half the school, but when she sees Oga appear in front of her...!?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The previous episode with its focus on the park playdate was a lot of fun since it got Oga involved with Aoi as she was watching a child that keeps being mistaken for hers. Oga's essentially in the same boat, though neither really knows that, and the episode ended by showing that Aoi is actually someone very intense and powerful. With the series focusing mostly on men up until this point outside of Hilda or the brief appearances of his mother, Beelzebub gives us something new that could be a lot of fun long term depending on how it plays out.
What changes with this episode is that it's made clear that Oga's school is actually an integrated school, which seemingly surprises the hell out of everyone since we haven't seen any girls up until this point. That Aoi, as the Crimson Queen, goes there certainly makes sense and now we get to see her working her magic on the guys who keep trying to mess with them. Since she's been off in other areas causing trouble and establishing her reputation, her return brings the women out of the woodwork. As we've seen with this school already, there's a lot of factions and groups here that are desperate for power and proving themselves so those that gain over time are continually targeted. Oga gets his fair share of grief, especially when he started carrying a baby around, but Aoi is in the same category except she gets a lot more sexual instances happening as guys try to see what's under their skirts.
Aoi's intent on taking down Oga since his reputation has steadily grown since she's been away. The statistic that he's been involved in over a dozen fights that have landed many people in the hospital is priceless as it definitely cements him as a troublemaker in a school of troublemakers. And all of it done while holding onto a baby. The first encounter between the two is spot on as neither of them recognize each other either. You can understand Oga not getting it since she does look quite different from the park, but Oga himself looks pretty much the same, especially holding onto a green haired naked baby. The episode does give us a mild bit of action that's pretty decent, but most of what we get here is setup to moving these two towards each other and having their first encounter as the badasses of the school. That's not bad, but with Beel being minimized and much of it spent on Aoi, the humor is greatly reduced.
Beelzebub had a really fun episode prior to this and this one builds on it but with a reduction in humor as it's more about showing Aoi's role as the Crimson Queen in the school. And showing us that after seven episodes prior, there actually are girls in this school as well. The potential is there for some really good material with Aoi in the mix as she can match Oga and the two of them fighting together would be a blast to watch. Oga at least smartly sees her as a way to unload Beel, but there's still that undercurrent to their relationship where you feel he doesn't really want to give up on Beel just yet. Though this episode is a bit slower and less on the comedy side, it spends its time really adding to the setting overall with its cast of characters. This is still one of the most enjoyable series of the season and even when it's not quite at its best it's still a blast to watch.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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