Beelzebub, as of late, has been stuck on turbo mode, in what looks like a mad dash towards the end. This is disappointing for the series, not because of the prospect of its end, but rather because of all of Beelzebub‘s unused plot. Before the gang went to America, all of the pieces were in place for the start of one grand final arc. The side players were preparing for what was to come, and many had hoped that Baby Beel’s meeting with his mother and the Solomon Company would serve as the catalyst for the final arc. In a way, they have become the catalyst, but that is only because they were the masterminds of the entire series up until this point. The decision must have been made to end the series earlier than planned, which is reflected in how poorly executed the last couple of developments have been. The Solomon Company was more or less made a non-element for the time being and all focus was reverted to Fuji. While Fuji does seem like a formidable threat along with his partner Satan, he has received little to no actual development as he has been nothing but a silhouette until recently. If Fuji is to be the final villain at this stage, then Beelzebub will be ending on a bit of a sour note.
That said, this chapter starts off fiercely, as it should after last week’s return of Baby Beel, which was another development that has failed to have much impact because of the rapid pace. While Beel’s absence and Oga’s lack of reluctance when giving him up were both noted, not enough time has passed to make this moment feel meaningful. Everything seems to have been fast-forwarded to this fight and at this point it’s rather unclear whether the fight is progressing properly or not. The action in the fight does make it feel rather serious, what with the damage Satan and Fuji are dealt early on. This brings up another issue, as earlier, Oga was seriously overpowered by Fuji himself, but Beel’s mere insertion into the equation apparently warrants going into what looks like Fuji’s final state. The battle would have been better had it gone on a little longer before resorting to this; however, the series seems bent on bringing the fight to its final stages already.
Yet, despite all of this, some hope remains that could derail the rush to the end, and that is the Solomon Company itself. In all of the chaos, it should be noted that everything going on is fitting in with their plan to overthrow the overlord, so it would be remiss to say that there’s nothing left after this fight in terms of development. While it could very well be dealt in Beelzebub fashion with a quick resolution, here’s hoping that something comes from it, specifically something that takes the action to the Demon World and feels less slapdash than the current state of this arc.
Final Flash: For a final fight, this doesn’t have enough buildup or emotional investment. If the pace doesn’t get in the way, the battle should be good. However, the rush to get here has certainly damaged all the potential this battle could have had.