Honestly, I should have noted this weeks ago when it first appeared, but for some reason I forgot about it until now.
10 episodes into the silly delinquent fisticuffs fun of Beelzebub, the show decided to change the OP and the ED, and other than noting that it felt a little too early to switch those two songs (I have no idea how it works, but I’ve come to expect such a change corresponding with each new cour the show goes for), I had no problems with it. Especially with the OP song, which went from something more cheesy punk rockish (fitting the tone of the show), to something cheesy poppish, and was the better of the two songs for me. The new ED song, “Tsuyogari” by Shoko Nakagawa, wasn’t as good as the first ED for me, but the ED animation was a bit of a surprise:
Aside from the unusually happy main female antagonists having fun (especially a smiling Hilda skipping on water and bouncing on traffic lights), what grabbed me with the animation was that Yasuomi Umetsu directed it and provided his version of the initial character designs of the series. And of course this quickly reminded me of the last time I saw an ED that he did:
It was a silly ending to an even sillier (and worse, one might say) show in Girls High. But in this case, and in the case of Beelzebub, there was an intriguing contrast to my initial impressions of him based on his first couple of works that came to the US such as Kite and Mezzo Forte (before their later iterations came out), which were serious, mature (in rating, if not in content) works. When you see his later pieces, and even in the case of the original Mezzo Forte, Umetsu does love his humor, and the fun side of things, and it’s cool to see that focus completely unblocked by seriousness in these EDs. And his more realistic looking character designs in these EDs compared to the original shows’ designs provides a nice jarring effect that’s hard to not pay attention to when you first see them.
And I sort of wish that he had a hand in designing characters for more shows as well. 😛