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  • Audio Rating: NA
  • Video Rating: NA
  • Packaging Rating: NA
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  • Extras Rating: NA
  • Age Rating: 13 and Up
  • Region: All Region DVD
  • Released By: Crunchyroll
  • Running time: 24
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Beelzebub

Beelzebub Episode #11

Beelzebub Episode #11 Anime Review

By Chris Beveridge     April 03, 2011
Release Date: April 02, 2011


Beelzebub
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Revenge! It's all Himekawa wants and he'll buy it as best as he can!

What They Say:
Himekawa lives by the motto, "there's nothing that money can't control." In order to get revenge on Oga, he uses the power of money to work behind the scenes in plan after plan to defeat him, but Oga keeps getting the upper hand somehow...

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Himekawa returns to the series as he's ready for his sense of revenge against Oga for the way he was wronged previously. With Himekawa being part of money, that's his main attack in a way as he buys his way into revenge, though they're not terribly well conceived angles and they tend to not play out well simply because of Oga's strange sense of luck. While Oga may deny he has any luck since he's currently living with Beel and has Hilda there as well, things do generally tend to work out in his favor. Add in that Himekawa's idea of revenge isn't all that impressive, especially for a tough guy, and it's the right kind of silly.

Taking the opening attack Himekawa uses in which he has someone put the lunch lady out of commission temporarily so that one of his guys can get in there to serve Oga a really terrible tasting meal that will make him sick. It's actually adorable at first since Oga and Beel are having some less than fun word games as Oga teases him, but it turns into Oga having the looming threat of something pretty vile to eat. Himekawa comes across as pretty goofy as he watches it unfold from the shadows while waiting for him to eat, only to be stymied by Oga's friend and Hilda herself. But Oga is a whole other creature in a way since he's the toughest of tough guys at the school. It's a very simple attack, and not really revenge on the grand scale of things, which really cements just how poor Himekawa is at this kind of thing.

Himekawa's plans tend to go pretty poorly and he ends up on the end of teleportation at one point with his gang that has him landing on a deserted island. What causes him the most trouble though amongst most of his plans is his first one as the lunch lady now has a pretty poor view of them all. And to survive in that school, teachers and all faculty have to be fairly strong, so he got himself quite the enemy. Amusingly, Himekawa decides that with all the failures he faces, he has to try and take on Oga himself, to make it truly personal. His luck is no good though and nothing goes his way. What's fun with all of this is that even as he presses his attacks over and over against him, Oga and Beel never truly are aware of it as they go about their day, generally dealing with issues about food and croquettes. It's such a disconnect that it's very amusing to watch him getting so angst ridden over trying to defeat him and yet Oga is never even aware of it.

In Summary:
Beelzebub has a pretty fun episode here overall even as it shifts its lead characters to the background a bit. While we have less of Oga and Beel and their antics, they do play a good real here as the straight men of the story as Himekawa tries to get his revenge against them in a variety of ways. This episode also introduces a new opening and closing sequence, though it's easy to see why people would hate the new ending, since it largely focuses on the two women of the show running around in very cute ways with a whole lot of fanservice and bounce. Seeing Hilda like this is pretty damn amusing to me though and I really like it because it's so going against the grain of what she's normally like.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.


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