OP: 「ピンクレモネード」 (Pink Lemonade) by Sangatsu no Phantasia
「ボーイ・ミーツ・モフみガール。/ 近侍の心、閣下知らず。」 (Boi Miitsu Mofugaaru. / Kinji no Kokoro, Kakka Shirazu.)
“Boy Meets Fluffy Girl. / Her Highness Knows Not Her Assistant’s Heart.”
Beelzebub-jou no Okinimesu mama. is the story of Beelzebub (Oonishi Saori), the ditsy, flufficity-obsessed demon lord of hell, and her maidenly, tsundere attendant Mullin (Yasuda Rikuya). And it is so. Damn. Good! It’s not complicated, but there’s so much atmosphere that warms the soul and fluffs the heart. It’s lovely!
Let’s harken back to my old four facets of slice-of-life, to attempt to quantify how much Beelzebub-jou knocks it out of the park. First of all, atmosphere/calming. This is undoubtedly its greatest strength. The action is purposefully slow and languid, which, combined with all the fluffy imagery, gives it a relaxing, calming feel. The addition of the narrator also really adds an extra element to a first episode that is extremely faithful to the source, thereby giving it a slightly new spin that makes it feel like a fairy tale, and I just can’t get enough.
Its characters are great too. This show (unlike the one I intro’d right before it) chose to focus all its efforts on only two characters in this first episode, which means we really got to see what makes them tick while enjoying the fluff.
The comedy was pleasant too, though it’s really an offshoot of the other three facets. It’s the atmosphere, characters, and cuteness that make the comedy work, and as far as cuteness goes—Ahhhh! It’s so cute!! I feel for you, Mullin. How can you stay mad at her?!
Beelzebub-jou no Okinimesu mama. is a solid slice-of-life source material adapted really well, with a storybook air and a romantic subplot that will be delightful to see unfold, even if in only the most relaxed and unhurried of ways. I’m not blogging anything this season, but I’ll definitely be watching this one, and I hope you will too!
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ED: 「あくまで恋煩い」 (Akumade Koi Wazurai) by Oonishi Saori, Kuno Misaki, Kakuma Ai