Winter 2020 Anime: Official Info, Airdates & Trailers
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The last stage event at Kyomaf 2018 on 16 September 2018 was for the currently airing anime As Miss Beelzebub Likes. This series started airing on 11 October 2018 and tells the story of Lord Beelzebub, a demon lord leading an army of some hundred thousand demons. Mullin is one to go and serve said lord, but can’t believe his eyes when it turns out that Beelzebub is in fact a girl who loves soft, sweet, and fluffy things! Attending this stage event were Saori Onishi (voice of Beelzebub), Rikuya Yasuda (voice of Mullin), Misaki Kuno (voice of Belphegor), and Ai Kakuma (voice of Sargatanas).
When the four of them came on stage, they admired the mass of people that had come to watch them on the stage and started to introduce themselves. Yasuda mentioned that this was the first event for this series and he is happy that it takes place so close to his home as he is from Nara (one of the prefectures next to Kyoto).
After introductions, the four of them sat down and talked about who of them had already taken part at a stage event at Kyomaf and who was a guest for the first time. During that time they also mentioned that the shirts they wore had something in common. To be honest, they all wore very different shirts, but when they pointed it out, it made sense: all four of them wore shirts that had animals on them. The reason behind it is that the main character, Beelzebub, loves fluffy things and what would be fluffier than animals? So together they decided to wear animals on their shirts. Who knows, maybe in the future fans will join their efforts and come to events also wearing shirts with animals on them?
The series was introduced with a short trailer. Since the four of them were sitting right in front of the screen, all of them started to lean low on the table so that they wouldn’t be in the way while their characters were dancing across the screen. It was adorable to seem them try to make themselves as tiny as they could.Following the trailer, they had a slide for the characters played by each of the guests so that they could introduce them properly. Beelzebub was introduced as a woman that looks like she can do anything and is very strict, but when you see her in her own room, without other people, she is someone that loves cute and fluffy things and loves to surround herself with soft creatures. If you have ever visited the official website of the series, you will see what kind of creatures they are! For this character, Onishi is using a voice she hasn’t used for a character before, so it will be very refreshing for her fans and other people to hear her!
Yasuda introduces Mullin as the main heroine, who is a new servant at Pandemonium for Beelzebub. He is amazed by the gap between how Beelzebub is perceived and how she actually is in real life. As Yasuda is a fairly new voice actor, this is of course a very big role for him and he mentioned that the best part about his character was that thanks to his smooth personality it was very easy to voice him. He also talked about how he always got to record with Onishi and told the audience a small story form behind the scenes. It seems as if Onishi would always ask him for cough drops to sooth her throat. She had to change her voice quite a bit to make it sound like Beelzebub, so it strained her vocal chords a lot. Luckily, Yasuda always had something on him that would be good for the voice, so she ended up asking him all the time for some sweets. It somehow turned into their routine.
Belphegor is a character that likes Azazel a lot and who is always worried. But to show her best side in front of Azazel, she tries to hide that side of her. It makes her look very cute to everybody.
Sargatanas is a sadistic character, she looks very cool but actually loves cute stuff. Kakuma also put her hair up just like her character, which the audience couldn’t really see because the character was facing forward, but it shows how much she loves Sagatanas!
The next section was a game where the cast could win a present if they did well. They were asked some questions and could write their answers on a whiteboard. On the count of three they had to unveil their answers. The first questions was about the cute fluffy mascot: What is the official name of that fluffy animal? Onishi said that she knew the answer because she kept some of them on a shelf at school in elementary school. Some of them looked at her as if she was crazy because it is not actually an animal but more of a fairy tale character. However, she wasn’t the only one in the room who claimed that she had seen them! They all answered with ‘Kesaran Pasaran’, getting it right and moving on to the second question.
The second question was to write the word Pandemonium in Chinese characters. All of them got this question right as well.The third question was to write a poem with 5-7-5 syllables in Kyoto dialect about what they want the fans to pay attention to in the series. Even though Yasuda should have a slight advantage, he mentioned that the dialect is of course a bit different to Nara and that this was the first time he had even come to Kyoto, so he wouldn’t have much of an advantage. To be honest, I am not sure what their poems said. But Onishi included a dialect word in her poem, while Yasuda didn’t use any particularly Kyoto vocabulary, but he read it aloud using the intonation of somebody from Kyoto. The intonation by someone from Kyoto and someone from Tokyo is different, so he gained points with that. Kuno mentioned Onishi in her poem, saying that her character is so cute that everybody should look forward to Onishi’s performance. Lastly, Kakuma wants fans to come into the world of the anime, full of softness and love and cuteness. The audience got to decide on the best poem by applauding for their favorite and before the applause, the voice actors read their poem one more time in their character’s voice. It was amazing seeing them get in character and then hearing it live like that. To be honest, one could see that it must strain Onishi’s voice, and she also cracked up before she could finish her poem, but it was fun to watch, anyway. Mullin’s voice did indeed come out smoothly and without problems. Kuno as Belphegor made the audience understand just exactly how worried her character is. This is a character of high anxiety and she sound so cute, I can’t wait to see her! Finally, Kakuma switched over from her rather cute voice to a sexy, very adult-like voice for Sargatanos. It was great to hear. Since the applause for each of them seemed about the same, all of them got to share the prize.
With that, the time for the stage event was already up. They did promote some of the works, like a radio show that would be announced on 17 September 2018. Also the eighth volume of the manga by matoba, on which the anime is based, was released on 21 September 2018. Once again the fans were reminded to watch the series and then the voice actors said goodbye. The stage as well as Kyomaf 2018 came to an end and left fans with smiling faces.
If you haven’t seen As Miss Beelzebub Likes yet and don’t know much about the anime, check out our Anime Info Page to find the most important information. The series is also part of our weekly reviews (also written by me!), you can check out the review of Episode 2 here:
You can also check our first impressions on the anime, here:
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