My favorite arc by a mile in Beelzebub is the Tissue arc. Why? Because, among other things, it got a character (Furuichi) that had been relegated to stupid comic relief that consisted of every other character in the manga bullying him and treating him badly…only to show us that he wasn’t just that cliche gag character, that he had depth and he felt deeply about the bullying he was suffering, to the point of suicide. He also felt useless and uncared for, both things turning out to be untrue by the end.
But of course, he’s not the main character and this is a gag manga, so the focus after that arc quickly shifted and his problems were pushed aside.
This made me ask myself: will Tamura remember to keep this development? To remember to stop the strong bullying, keep Oga and Furuichi as really best friends, make Furuichi remember he does have his importance?
Well…this chapter answered it. Here’s why, with images:
Let’s see how he was in the tissue arc:
Huh, suicidal, feeling that noone liked him or apreciated him.
Now let’s look at how the Pillar Squad, specifically Hecatos, treated him:
Calling him brat, in the next page he’ll complain about being shackled to Furuichi etc Basically, no respect.
Now let’s look at the current chapter:
Furuichi now acknowledges his importance to the Oga group.
And what about Hecatos? Well…
Oh hey look, no more “brat”. Now he’s calling Furuichi by a respectful title, “Tactician”.
So thank you Tamura, for keeping consistent in your character development of Furuichi, this is awesome.
This! Furuichi has truly grown, and I can’t wait to see what this arc has in store for him next.