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Beelzebub
Genre Action, Comedy
Manga
Author Ryūhei Tamura
Publisher Japan Shueisha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Japan Weekly Shōnen Jump
Original run February 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 3
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Beelzebub (べるぜバブ Beruzebabu ?) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Ryūhei Tamura that serializes in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Beelzebub was first published as a one-shot by Tamura in Weekly Shōnen Jump's 2008 volumes 37-38, where it won the fourth Gold Future Cup,[1] then it was serialized on the same magazine starting in its thirteenth volume in 2009.

Contents

Plot

The story follows the "strongest juvenile delinquent", Oga Tatsumi, he is a first year in "Ishiyama High" the school for delinquents. But one day while sleeping next to a river he sees a man floating down it, he pulls him to shore and the man splits in half revealing a baby boy. This boy is the son of the demon king and he has been chosen as the one to raise it with the baby's maid Hilda. The story follows his life with the child and at the delinquent school. The story starts as he is telling the story of how he found the baby to his best (and only?) friend Furuichi Takayuki.

Characters

Main characters

Oga Tatsumi
Oga is first introduced as a strong fighter, beating up some fellow class mates and then making them bow down to him because they had attacked him in his sleep. It is revealed that he is relaying the story of a series of strange events which leads to him becoming the Earthly father of the son of the devil, Beelzebub IV. He was picked to become Beelzebub's father because he possessed the qualities of the ideal parent for the future Devil King: strong, arrogant, and thinks-nothing-of-fellow-man. In addition to the aformentioned attributes, Oga also seems to take pleasure in tormenting others, such as downright kidnapping Furuichi from a 5-star resort in order to go with him to the public pool, stating that he did so mainly to piss him of. Oga and Beelzebub cannot be separated by more than 15 meters or else it may result in instant death for Oga, according to Hilda [2] (as of chapter 38, the distance has increased with 8 centimeters). A tattoo-like contract on Oga's right hand, which grows larger the more he fights, signifies the contract between Beelzebub and him. The contract allows Oga to access large amounts of demonic power.[3] Thus, Oga tries to stop fighting to limit the powers which will ultimately be used to end the human race. He seems to have a lot of enemies and makes even more as the series progresses (despite trying not to fight). He also seems to have no friends except for his classmate, Furuichi. He lives with his parents and sister, though Hilda and Beelzebub have recently moved into his house. He is currently a first year at Ishiyama High School. Surprisingly, Oga is a decent father figure to Beelzebub. Oga seems to be stronger than the average human, as Hilda said being exposed to the amount of demonic power he took would drive a normal person insane.[4] Recently he has been thrown out of his house by his sister until he finds Hilda and apologizes to her and bring her back. He has been confronted by Toujou, who had baby Beel with him, and said "let's fight" to Oga. The fight seemed to go in Oga's favor until Toujou sent him flying into the river. He returns home and is confronted with Hilda who tells him that she would support him in order to get baby Beel back. After repairing his link with Beel, Oga goes to the school to defeat Toujou and get baby Beel back. Baby Beel turns back to normal when he sees Oga. Oga tells him not to interfere with his fight, and after a long battle he defeats Toujou. After that he accidentally destroys the school because of backup power from Beel.
Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV
Known as Beelzebub or Baby-BL, he is the son of the Devil King. He is very attached to Oga, always clinging onto Oga's back or sitting on Oga's head. When he becomes agitated or sees blood, he'll often throw a tantrum and will spontaneously electrocute anyone within his vicinity. Without Oga, he is physically weaker than even the average human child[5], but contact with Oga allows him to unleash his demonic powers. He seems to have suffer a fever. He was recently seen on Toujou's back. Beel snaps out of his fever and goes to Oga. Baby Beel trust Oga will come back and will not lose the fight Toujou that he severs the Zebub contract during the fight. Beelzebub's characteristic cry is "Daabū!" and he is always naked with a pacifier in his mouth.
Hildagarde
Preferring to be called by a shorter name, Hilda is a demon maid who helps Oga take care of Beelzebub IV. She reveres the Devil, or Demon Lord, and feels that it is a great honor to be chosen as the child's "Mother", or caretaker, by the Demon Lord. Her most characteristic features include her Gothic Lolita appearance and (as pointed out by Oga's mother) "great big knockers." She rides a flying, leathery creature known as an AK-Baba[6] as transportation and owns an umbrella which conceals a sword in the handle.[7] Oga's family is under the impression that Oga and Hilda had sex and that Beelzebub was the resulting consequence.[8] In the latest chapter she threw Oga out of his window and told him never come back because she said she was disappointed in him. In chapter 25 she disappeared. Hilda went to the underworld to get some answers about baby Beel conditon. She brings a doctor who explains what was happening to baby Beel. She also comments that she didn't feel any malice coming from Toujou. After the fight with Toujou she seems to accepts Oga to raise baby Beel and is warmer towards him.
Furuichi Takayuki
Another first year at Ishiyama, Furuichi seems to be the only non-delinquent character of the story thus far, and even seems to have no fighting ability. He often points out the absurdities in Oga's situation, acting as the rational and most passive member of the group. He is chronically cowardly, although he is quick to about face when a pretty girl is involved. Despite their obvious lack of similarities, Furuichi seems to be Oga's only friend, and is often the one that Oga goes to for conversation. He is comically referred to as "idiot Furuichi" by Oga, and is pathetically the victim of many jokes in the story, although he is shown to have a ruthless side to him as well, suggesting a different but no less evil commonality with Oga. Furuichi often comes in handy as a plot dump for information concerning Ishiyama High and their town.
Alaindelon
He is first seen floating down the river, shot dead by arrows. By splitting in half, he delivers Beelzebub to Oga. Alaindelon is introduced as a dimensional transfer demon in the third chapter. His character has a big build and is seen wearing a tank-top and briefs. Despite his big build he is somewhat weak, as seen in chapter 8. He is supposed to be a satirical representation of the singer Freddie Mercury.

Ishiyama High

Tōhōshinki (東邦神姫 Tōhōshinki ?) (For Korean pop band of the same pronunciation (written as 東方神起), see TVXQ)
The four leaders of the delinquent forces in Ishiyama High. Tōhōshinki is an acronym of their respective last names, Toujou Hidetora (条英虎 Tōjō Hidetora ?), Kunieda Aoi (枝葵 Kunieda Aoi ?), Kanzaki Hajime (崎一 Kanzaki Hajime ?), and Himegawa Tatsuya (川竜也 Himekawa Tatsuya ?).
  • Kanzaki is the first of the four to be introduced, and was, at the time, the closest of the four to dominating the school. A sadistic and malignant third year, he was sought out by Oga to be a replacement father for Be'el, hoping the purportedly sinister and malicious character of Kanzaki would be more appealing to the demon babe than Oga himself. But after degrading one of his loyal disciples, an enraged Oga punched him through a top-story window and further solidified his bonds to Be'el. He later consorted with Himekawa and Oga in order to pull down the powerful Toujou.
  • Himekawa is the son of the "Himegawa Group", and the second member of the Tohoshinki. Using money to solve his problems, he bribes friends and enemies into his employ, often turning the tables on dissident challengers by turning the latter's own friends against him. This tactic proved completely useless on Oga, and was hospitalized by the Child-Bearing Ogre's magically augmented punch.[9] Following his recovery, he groups himself together with Oga and Kanzaki in order to remove Toujou from power.
  • Kunieda Aoi is 17-year-old and is the leader of the "strongest ladies of Kantou", the Red Tails.[10] She is first introduced in disguise at the park taking care of her baby brother, Kouta,[11] who is constantly mistaken as being Aoi's own child by the mothers at the park. She is currently a second year at Ishiyama High and is apparently the daughter of a local temple keeper.[12]. Her nickname is Queen because she is the protector of all the girls at Ishiyama High from the mens' "grubby hands"[13]. She can cut through almost anything with her wooden sword and has been asked by Oga to be baby-BL's new mother after she attacked him[14]. She later steps in to Oga's aide during his fight against Toujou, eliminating his lackeys so that Oga could focus on the man himself. Thanks to Oga's dense personality, he has yet to realize that the girl he befriended at the park and Kunieda are one and the same.
  • Toujou is the fourth Touhoushinki member. He is by far the strongest male member of the Tōhōshinki (his strength in comparison to Kunieda is not confirmed, though it can be implied that he is stronger than her indirectly from their other fights). Toujou has an unexpected soft side towards smaller creatures and babies, though the said creatures do not feel similarly towards him. He is mostly bored with weaklings and is always looking for a good fight, which subsequently leads to his interest towards Oga.
The Red Tails
  • Tanimura Chiaki: A leading member of the Red Tails, Chiaki rarely speaks and dispatches her enemies swiftly with a pair of modified airguns hidden in her skirt. She joined the group out of her love and respect for Kunieda, making amused and interested mental asides whenever the latter does something cute.
  • Oomori Nene: Originally Kunieda Aoi's second-in-command, Nene is far more aggressive than her permissive leader. Though she often openly disagrees with and occasionally disobeys Kunieda, she is still her faithful wingman, balking vociferously when Kunieda opts to leave the Red Tails and relinquish the mantle of leadership to her.
Ishiyama High Third Years
Named cronies of Kanzaki of the Tōhōshinki:
  • Shiroyama, Kanzaki's most faithful underling, he is very large and binds bits of his hair in tiny pigtails. Though Kanzaki treats him with only cruelty and disdain, he is extremely loyal to him, fighting under him even after being humiliated and beaten by his thankless leader.
  • Natsume, a soft-spoken underling of Kanzaki, he shows exceptional interest in Oga and his exploits. Handsome and long-haired, he prefers to make light-hearted quips during frays rather than engage in it personally. Though he rarely participates in fights himself, he is incredibly strong, taking out the MK5 by himself, and even downing one of Toujou's most trusted lackeys within seconds.
MK5
Named "Majide Kuukiyomenai 5ningumi" [translation: The Unbelievably Tactless 5], this gang was suspended from school and is famous for its immense cruelty and poor hygiene. Members consist of:
  • Ikari: short, snarky and black-haired. The acting leader.
  • Shimamura: marked by a heart-shaped tattoo on his face.
  • Chatou: bald and scarred.
  • Nakata: chapeaued and bespectacled.
  • Buu: immense, muscular and possessed of long hair.

References

  1. ^ "Weekly Shōnen Jump official website" (in Japanese). Shueisha. http://jump.shueisha.co.jp/home.html. Retrieved 2009-03-17.  
  2. ^ Chapter 2 page 14
  3. ^ Chapter 6 page 9-10
  4. ^ Chapter 10 page 9
  5. ^ Chapter 11, page 7
  6. ^ Chapter 1, page 37
  7. ^ Chapter 1 page 34
  8. ^ Chapter 2
  9. ^ Chapter 8-9
  10. ^ Chapter 11 page 18-19
  11. ^ Chapter 10 page 19
  12. ^ Chapter 10 page 18
  13. ^ Chapter 13, page 12
  14. ^ Chapter 14







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