Oga finds himself in the midst of two tests that could radically alter his future.
What They Say:
It's the Ability Assessment tests for Ishiyama High, the den of delinquents. Oga tries studying for the test, for once. Baby Beel and Hilda have gotten used to various customs in the Human World and report on Baby Beel's growth to the Great Demon Lord.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sometimes you really have to feel for Oga as he goes through his life. While he's done rather good as a fighter in school, his life has been markedly more difficult since Beel came into it. Thankfully, he's mostly honed and improved his skills since then and has managed to become closer to Beel because of it, even though he initially wanted to get rid of him. The two have bonded pretty well and it's fun seeing them working together as they do, especially with Beel being so supportive while saying so little.
Where things get more difficult for him is that he faces two very different tests this week. The first is that the high school is actually putting the entire student body through an assessment test. These guys haven't been tested in an age so it's not exactly something they're prepared for. School work hasn't exactly figured heavily into their daily lives, since they're part of the school of hard knocks and flying fists, but they're eager to get into it. Oga actually does try to study but things always seem to come up. Still, seeing large numbers of the characters actively trying to take tests, tests that are actually aimed at elementary school students no less, left me laughing a good deal, especially as the results kept coming in.
The other test that Oga finds himself in comes from Beel's father no less as he wants to see just how well the pairing has gotten with Oga taking on the role of parent for Beel. He has to defeat a large number of opponents in a week and he has to have Beel's complete enthusiasm for it. If he doesn't earn the number of points he needs, both Beel and Oga will get sent to remedial ass kicking classes in hell. That side doesn't factor too heavily into the first half of the episode, but I liked the inclusion of Beel's father for a bit as he talks to happily about his son and has such high hopes for how Oga will turn out when it comes to giving Beel what he needs.
While the first half worked well for me, the second was less interesting though it has its moments as we follow Hilde through her day as she recites key facts about it her life and those that she interacts with in the human world. Some of it is cute, as she knows that Oga gets a lot of his personality from his mother, but largely it's a pretty mellow piece that doesn't add all too much. It's fun to see them all interacting as you have to have the quiet moments as well, but this one leaps around a fair bit without tying enough of it together to make it engaging. Still, Beelzebub is a show that I continue to look forward to each week because of the characters and the sense of fun about it and this episode is no exception. It's just a touch less fun in the second half.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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