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The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Season 1 Review
The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
はたらく魔王さま! (Hataraku Maō-sama!)

Synopsis

The Demon Lord Satan seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four continents with the help of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech. After being confronted by the Hero Emilia Justina and her companions after they killed Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan Jacob and Alciel escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both Satan Jacob and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan Jacob takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald while Alciel serves as his houseman. One day, Satan Jacob, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually Emilia in the form of Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically.

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Rating

  • The overall rating of the show.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

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Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

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Overview

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (はたらく魔王さま! Hataraku Maō-sama!, literally Working Demon King! or Demon Lord at Work!) is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku. A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda aired between April and June 2013. The anime has Masahiro Yokotani as the script supervisor and Atsushi Ikariya adapts Oniku’s characters designs.

Alternative title

– The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
– Working Demon King!
– Demon Lord at Work!
– Hataraku Maou-sama!
– はたらく魔王さま!
– !پادشاه دیوها، کارگر نیمه وقته
– Сатана на подработке
– ผู้กล้าซึนซ่าส์กับจอมมารสู้ชีวิต
– Князь тьмы меняет профессию!
– 打工吧魔王!

TL;DR Review

Don’t let the cheesy title put you off from watching this wonderfully written and animated series. This is another anime where the first episode tone will be completely different from the rest of the series. As we are being introduced to the world of Ente Isla, it is a dark and brutal world. However, this tone will do a complete 180 degree by the end of the first episode.

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is kind of a reverse isekai anime, where our main character traveled from another world to ours.

The animation is beautiful and vibrant. Despite this is mainly a comedy, the action scenes are very impressive.

I can’t get enough of the two cute ending themes “Tsuki Hana (月花)” and “Tsumabiku Hitori (ツマビクヒトリ)”, both by nano.RIPE. The opening theme “ZERO!!” by Minami Kuribayashi is fine, just not as catchy as “Tsuki Hana” or “Tsumabiku Hitori”.

The characters are wonderfully designed, where you learn to love each and every-one of them, even Lucifer. I had watched The Devil Is a Part-Timer! three times already and still greatly enjoy every bit of it.

I highly recommend The Devil Is a Part-Timer! to everyone that enjoy clean and well-written anime. I just wish there was a second season of this delightful anime. The Devil Is a Part-Timer! contains graphic violence, mild suggestive themes/dialogs, and some nudity.

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Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Series

  1. “Zero!!” by Minami Kuribayashi

Closing Theme

TV Series

  1. “Tsuki Hana (月花)” by nano.RIPE (eps 1, 3-4, 6-12)
  2. “ZERO!!” by Minami Kuribayashi (ep 2)
  3. “Star Chart” by Nano.Ripe (ep 5)
  4. “Tsumabiku Hitori (ツマビクヒトリ)” by Nano.RIPE (ep 13)

Image Song

TV Series

  1. “Daten no Kanbi na Etsuraku” by Shimono Hiro
  2. “End of Days” by Ono Yuuki and Oosaka Ryouta
  3. “MgRonald Hatagaya Ekimaeten e Youkoso” by Oosaka Ryouta and Touyama Nao
  4. “Respect? Love!!” by Touyama Nao
  5. “Udon Bojou” by Itou Kanae
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Featured Video

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

A collection of notable videos, ranging from a fan-created trailer, music video, opening, and ending clip.

Maou Sadao
"If you feel the ends justify the means, how does that make you different from us demons, exactly?"
Sasaki Chiho
"I fell for you out of my own free will. So if I ever fall out of love, that'll be my own decision too."
Yusa Emi
"The peaceful world I'm fighting for is one where everyone has a smile on their face, not one where I have to pretend I didn't see you make my friend cry. I don't think that kind of peace is worth fighting for. And I don't think it's worth making sacrifices to achieve it."
Hanzou Urushihara
"Heaven is a place on Earth. It exists in a certain six tatami mat, second floor apartment. Being a bum is the best."
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