A Pleasant Surprise: Beelzebub ED 2

By TheBigN

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. 😛

7 Responses to “A Pleasant Surprise: Beelzebub ED 2”

  1. 1 ToastCrust May 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Ohh, so he’s the one responsible for the Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru OP!

    He’s quite prolific with key animation positions, and there’s no little wonder why.

  2. 2 tomphile May 29, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I like the ending, and kudos to him for directing it so that the ending animation was smooth and crisp. It’s kind of a shame that most series don’t put in nearly half the amount of effort into the main show as they do in the ending sequences.

  3. 3 Mushyrulez June 5, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    The art for Beel still looks pretty crappy compared to the manga – the manga’s art is crisp, firm, precise, without unnecessary details (>hurr bleach), and the anime’s art just looks… weird. Especially this ED :v

  4. 4 Kuro June 7, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Good animation, especially with unusually happy female antagonists.

  5. 5 Wonderduck June 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Excuse me, Mr TheBigN? There is a conundrum that perhaps you can solve going on over at The Pond concerning a picture that you originally posted to Danbooru. Could you perhaps come and visit and explain what the heck is going on?

    The post in question: http://wonderduck.mu.nu/saturday_night_tunage_ii
    The picture in question: http://danbooru.donmai.us/post/show/901600/blue_eyes-blue_hair-fish-geung_si-hat-madhand-miya


  1. 1 A Pleasant Surprise, Again: Beelzebub ED 3 « Drastic My Anime Blog Trackback on September 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

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