The heat of summer comes to the Underworld and so it’s time for Beelzebub to don her summer uniform. Camio, Gocchin’s attendant, thinks he has found the way forward to bring Azazel and his charge together. Will an old-fashioned exchange diary work?
Translation: Lisa Coffman
Lettering: Lorina Mapa
What They Say:
Between Mullin’s adoration and Belphergor’s love, Azazel has plenty of admirers. But there’s no fan of Azazel’s quite like his own vice-captain, Samyaza! A firm believer in the importance of a shredded bod, Samyaza is on a quest to maintain Azazel’s image as a man’s man—and he’s got an endless supply of protein powder to help him! With a guy like that around, can Azazel still find the time to enjoy the cute things in life?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
I can’t help but feel that spending so much time on the romance between Gocchin and Azazel is a deliberate ploy by the author to keep us entertained while the romantic wheels between Mullin and Beel have ground to a halt. It’s not that I dislike Azazel or Gocchin (there are few characters so far that are truly dislikable, without at least some amusing quirk to them—Gocchin is a little too one-dimensional but isn’t really objectionable, so long as the run-for-the-toilet joke isn’t overdone toooooo much), but their mismatched love is not really all that interesting. Still, the idea of an old fashioned exchange diary that gets hijacked by well-meaning third parties is amusing enough to start us off.
When it comes to Mullin and Beel…it’s the same as it ever was. A little bit of service for the eyes, but with hearts so innocent (or is it dense?) that nothing happens which could ever endanger either’s chastity. As the weekend arrives, we see Mullin on his off the clock time…doing what a single man with no girlfriend does: engaging in poor sleeping habits, too much gaming, and questionable bachelor cuisine.
Beel, on the other hand, dreams of mushrooms.
We do get one new character introduced in this volume, Azazel’s attendant and deputy Samyaza, who is mostly concerned with keeping up Azazel’s muscular, masculine image, to the point of constantly wanting to feed him protein and get him to work on his muscles (sounds a lot like an anime currently running in the Summer season…). He also gets connected to Mullin, whose neighbor he is (which sparks jealousy from Beel, who seems to get upset with just about anyone who forms a connection to Mullin outside of her sight) and with Eurynome, with whom he shares a past (the two knew each other in elementary school).
The tone continues to be light and fluffy (much like Beel’s favorite angel fur balls) but I can’t help but feel that on the narrative and character development fronts, this volume involves mostly a lot of spinning wheels. Azazel and Gocchin at least seem to be moving forward ever slightly, but Beel and Mullin just continue in an unending loop of getting all excited over each other…and not recognizing why. Depth is not something to be sought in this series, so I’m not asking for that, but a little forward movement might be appreciated. If you are satisfied with just being warmly embraced with cuteness, then you should be pleased.
Azazel and Gocchin, through Camio’s planning, start using an exchange diary to “speak” to each other, as their face to face meetings seem not to work out too well. Mullin and Beel begin to feel the summer heat, leading to hot pants and lap pillows…and nothing really beyond that. We meet one new character, Azazel’s assistant Samyaza. But there isn’t too much forward movement apparent in a story that seems content with just sitting and watching the fluffiness be fluffy.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A-
Age Rating: T (Teen) L N
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: June 18th, 2019