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Beelzebub Anime in January 2011

Beelzebub is set to receive an anime adaptation this coming January. The first major work by Tamura Ryuuhei, it has been running in Weekly Shonen Jump since February 2009. Beelzebub is a fusion between fierce action and excellent comedy, along with notable supernatural elements, as the story follows Oga Tatsumi, a renowned delinquent who is saddled with the task of looking after Baby Beel, the son of the demon king. The series features a diverse cast of characters, including the loyal servants of Baby Beel, Oga’s rival delinquents, and one of the absolute best comedic straight men in all of manga.

The announcement of an upcoming anime for Beelzebub is both exciting and surprising. While the most recent manga arc has been a minor disappointment, the rest of the series has been a fantastic weekly read, and welcome diversity in the pages of Shonen Jump. However, as of this writing, the series only has 74 chapters, meaning this seems to be rather soon for an adaptation. Four months give more than enough time for the current manga arc to finish, but even with those extra chapters, the worry is that the anime studio would not have enough source material, leading either to questionable pacing or filler episodes. Another Shonen Jump series, Nurarihyon no Mago, had a similar number of chapters when its anime adaptation was announced, and that anime (which is currently airing) has yet to show signs of having insufficient source material; on the other hand, the Nurarihyon no Mago universe has more intricate detail that can be explored by its anime studio, meaning that the current quality of that adaptation may not equate to similar success for Beelzebub.

Regardless of speculation, news of a good manga series receiving an anime is always positive, and a Beelzebub anime should be well worth watching.

Source: News-Paradise
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