but the truth is that iris’s chapter felt super flat and my lack of attachment to her is sapping any emotion i could feel about oga and beel’s possible separation. mostly because there’s no reason for them to be separated in the first place and so 231 just ends up feeling entirely forced.
i know it’s a gag manga and it wouldn’t really benefit from emotionally-charged chapters but confining iris’s entire revelation and subsequent breakdown in one chapter creates no emotional connection for me because she’s not someone i care about and tamura has created no build-up for her to be endeared to me. more to the point, we get no emotional response from the characters we do know because oga is emotionally-stunted and beel is a baby. it could have benefited a lot if hilda was there because hilda is someone we do care about and her reaction to iris could have swayed readers who care about hilda’s well-being but she’s not there. why is hilda not there, i don’t understand.
i probably need to reread these chapters to see if i can get more into it but even oga’s sudden sadface does nothing because i’m going wtf at it. iris being there doesn’t automatically negate what solomon is doing nor does beel suddenly not need a human contractor to be stronger. i do feel sad for baby beel though like, if only you were surrounded by adults who actually thought about the consequences of their actions huh baby beel. my headcanon is that he’ll grow up to be super responsible and attentive because he is surrounded by people who don’t really think things through.
Man I know I’m on a field trip with my class but THIS. ALL OF IT.
I feel like Hilda got cheated out of her own arc. You know what I mean? The fact that this arc started out because Hilda was worried about Iris, only to reconfigure itself into being about Oga and Beel is so disappointing. And while I enjoyed the rest of the chapters in this arc for showing Furuichi being alive and well, I assumed at one point Hilda would take the spotlight. But by not meeting Iris and being able to find closure, or heck, even showing Iris cared about Hilda…it makes Iris more of a plot device rather than a character.
The whole point of Oga, Hilda, and Beel being a family is that the parents have an equal part to play. If you start invalidating one parent’s opinions and actions in favor of the other (yes, even when they are the hero of the story), then its not so different from the relationship Hilda had with Iris. And that’s really sad. I am also uncomfortable with Oga treating Hilda like she’s an accessory to Beel and doesn’t have anything to do with him (He doesn’t address the problem with having anything to do with Hilda, even when the situation has EVERYTHING to do with her).
Additionally, the end of the chapter suggests Hilda has the ability to make a decision that will matter to the plot, when most probably someone else will make that decision for her (Likely Iris, because she sympathizes with Oga and knows he can give Beel what the Demon Lord cannot). I could still be wrong though, but this is how I generally feel about this chapter and this development.
Oga is tearing up. O_O
this chapter looks like it’s gonna be a total heart breaker
Ahhhh whatthe fuck!! I can’t deal with this right now. Fuck you Oga for showing emotion!! Ughhh!!
I’m really hoping Furuichi slaps some sense into Oga next chapter. Seriously, he’s been going along with whatever Oga says for… how long now? >_< And Oga needs to discuss things properly with Iris, don’t just drop a bomb on poor Beel!
IT LOOKS LIKE IT. щ(ಥДಥщ)
unless Tamura is being a troll. And that is just not cool at this point.
Beelzebub is getting a color page next week, and nothing has been hinted that it will end (usually the descriptor will read “the series reaches its climax!!”). Tamura needs two chapters to fill up the rest of volume 26, so that gives us at least two more chapters before it could “end”.
But here’s the thing: A series like this would definitely have a colorpage to conclude it, no? I remember Nougami Neuro ending with a colorpage, and it sold much less than Beelzebub. So the fact that its getting a colorpage next week should mean its fine for the moment.
However, at this point? I’d say the series will wrap up at around volume 28. That gives us two whole volumes for Fuji and anything else Beelzebub needs to have a decent conclusion. Whether that happens or not we’ll just have to wait and see.
These are really cute drabbles featuring Kanzaki and Futaba. I hope we see more of her soon!
thebibi submitted to fabelyn:
Speaking of gay official art
Its supposed to be a fun winter-y picture, but then the gay subtext hits you and you just cannot unsee it ever.
About your bitterness…unfortunately that’s the problem with small fandoms. I can’t change what I like about Beelzebub but I understand that its frustrating. At least I feel in canon Tamura has a clear set of main secondary characters he works with. If that’s any consolation, at least the Touhoshinki will appear again after this America Arc. I really want to see a “training” arc with the four of them being goofy around each other.
Don’t worry about the spam…I just feel bad I didn’t get around to answering this earlier. Tumblr’s messaging system is horrible and there’s no way I can keep track of my anonymous messages unless I scroll through my whole inbox to find them (they just appear in an endless stream much like tumblr’s dashboard). So once I get new messages they stop appearing. Its not an excuse though, and I’ll try to be more prompt about answering messages in the future.
I was wondering about that! It must be weird to read it in French when the most popular scanlations are in English. But it seems like Beelzebub is really popular over there! It won an award for best contemporary manga, if I’m not mistaken.
Himekawa is such a sneaky bastard that we forget he’s been a loner for most of his life. And he’s had his best and only friend betray him in such a way it traumatized him. I think its easy to forget, especially with the seniors, that they’re still just teenagers who’ve had shitty lives and needed something more. Its funny that even though Himekawa has people he can consider friends, he still thinks the best way to operate is by himself…even going as far as to brand himself as a traitor. That’s some twisted logic right there.
I’ve really enjoyed Kanzaki’s character development. I think its difficult when you know you’re one of the weakest in a group (like Furuichi), but you still have a great amount of responsibility to deal with. It was great to see Kanzaki go from being resentful of Oga being so powerful, to understanding why, and then ultimately supporting him with his Kings Crest. I wonder what the rest of his family is like (we never saw Futaba’s parents, right?)
Ooops I answered your bit about Kanzaki’s head trauma in the other ask. Sorry about that.
I read your profile! I like some your headcanons. I like the idea of Himekawa and Kanzaki living together after high school. Your amnesias!Kanzaki idea sounds really cool. He does seem to get the most head trauma so it makes sense eventually it’ll catch up to him.
I enjoyed your Futaba drabbles. They are just really sweet and they explore an adorable relationship to even more adorable depths. It would be cool to see Futaba grow up and her having to come to Kanzaki for advice once she becomes a full-fledged delinquent too! What do you see her becoming once she grows up?
Psst… Uh, does anyone know where this is from? Is it another one of those mini episodes like the Shinsengumi story?
Furuichi is a geisha.
My life is complete.
Now we know what other kind of outfit Oga packed in Furuichi’s bag, huuhh.
No seriously, I can’t believe this is real.
…which is? (I know I have a lot of messages to answer. I’m really sorry and I’m working on them. But if you have an urgent question please me more specific.)
Happy December, everyone!
I’m going away for a short trip starting today. I don’t think I’ll have time to tumblr. I’ll be back on December 12th.
To be honest I’ll have my laptop with me and I’m sure I’ll have internet…but there might be other things I have to do that will take precedence over Tumblr. I might post a bit, or like, not at all.
Have a good week, my lovely followers! I’ll miss you guys.
Warning: The story went dark as the previous page in last chapter showed us the dark sun, so yeah, this chapter took a turn darker than the Balbadd arc. And because of this, I shall call this and its future chapters, “Save Balbadd arc 2”
Ooh, are these from the Chinese scans? Thank you!!
Out of curiosity, does anyone else read fics from a fandom before watching/reading the series? Like, I’m weird; when I see a series that sounds interesting, I read a summary of it, check what my dash ships and go read fanfics without knowing who 90% of the characters are.
What about you guys?
I actually did this with Inuyasha. It was the first anime I ever watched, so I had this weird fear that I would hate all things anime (I was such a dork). The only way I could watch it is if I ordered the boxsets. So while I waited for them to arrive (it took like over a month)….I read fanfic.
In fact, I’m actually quite pleased with myself because a lot of the fanfic I read didn’t conflict with canon that much when I actually watched the show. But after that it I didn’t really bother reading fanfic of anything else.
However, I admit this was a large part of why I got into Magi. I was really curious about Sinbad/Ja’far and why people shipped them so much. They sounded really interesting and I began reading the manga because of them. And they aren’t even my favorite characters from the series anymore! But I still ship them a hell of a lot.
But now I’m curious, which fandom are you doing this for? I admit in the digital age its easy to start looking at fanart and such and then getting interested in it. I’m sure a lot more people do it than you think!
Beelzebub fanart (first half) based on alicechugstea’s very inspiring headcanon. After much deliberation, I decided to put this drawing under a cut, since people might not want to see the gore when scrolling their dashboard/blogs. It’s not very gory, just some blood and implied stuff.
Many thanks to sexyichi for being my muse for this. She suggested an art prompt for a mental asylum, so I used it for this headcanon (abandoned asylum/hospital). Wanted to edit the picture more, but I’ve reached my limit for this. My hands feel kinda weak and if I stare anymore at the picture I’m going to nitpick forever at everything.
EDIT: Since Tumblr resizes the pictures in text posts, I’ve put the bigger version on my deviantart. Of course, bigger version means more sketchy-ness. :S
These vignettes are eerie and really haunting. I love the soulless expression Furuichi has in the last one. Its really spooky and tragic.