The Devil is A Part-Timer!: Chances are you have probably watched countless isekai anime… but what about reverse isekai?
In A Nutshell
The story follows a demon king named Satan and his loyal servant Alsiel seeking to conquer the world of Ente Isla. When he’s confronted by the Hero Emilia, he is forced to retreat through a gate that transports him to magicless modern day Tokyo. To find a way to return to Ente Isla, Satan (now using the name Sadao Maou) starts a part-time job at a fast food restaurant called MgRonald.
Meet the Characters
Sadao Maou is Satan, the Demon Lord from Ente Isla. Maou takes his part-time job very seriously, eventually being promoted to a full-time position as the Assistant Shift Manager. Despite being known as pure evil back in Ente Isla, in Tokyo he uses his powers for good deeds like repairing the city. This, of course, always makes the other characters confused as he’s supposed to be the Devil King.
Emi Yusa is the name Emilia uses while in Tokyo. Emilia is actually the hero who fended off Satan in Ente Isla. Like Satan, she loses most of her magical powers upon her arrival and is forced to find employment as a call center agent. Her father was human and her mother was an archangel. However, during her childhood, Lucifer, one of Satan’s generals, led an army of demons to attack her village, resulting in the death of her father.
Shirō Ashiya takes care of the domestic duties at home and researches ways to regain their magical powers while Maou is at work. Anytime he fails in his duties, he is extremely disappointed in himself, and even suffers emotional breakdowns. He is also extremely frugal in his spending habits, once resorting to eating a large amount of leftover udon that was about to expire.
A Brief History of The Devil is A Part-Timer!: The When, Where and How
The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is a Japanese light novel written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku (029), and published by ASCII Media Works. The novel has gotten two manga adaptations in Dengeki Daioh and Dengeki Maoh. Furthermore, a 13-episode anime adaptation produced by White Fox and directed aired between April and June 2013.
Why It’s Awesome
The Devil is A Part-Timer! is worth watching if only for its original premise. Instead of taking a Japanese NEET and sending them to a magical world, what if we were to take someone FROM a magical world and send them to Japan instead? Well, one thing is for sure: hilarity is assured. There’s something particularly funny about Demon Lord having to resort to living a normal, ordinary life. But more than that, the anime is genuinely funny.
The series also includes several other characters, both from Ente Isla and Japan. Regardless of where they come from, all characters both fun and likable. And, despite of all the ridiculos situations, you get to feel for the characters when things get a little more serious. The anime doesn’t shy away from exploring the personalities of the characters, their moral values, and why they act the way they do.
Don’t expect anything especially remarkable, but The Devil is A Part Timer! is worth watching if only for the fact that it’s funny and it’s packed with charming characters.
|Animation & OST||7/10|