Anime Gems season 4: The Devil is a Part-Timer

So there is this evil Overlord Satan, King of Demons – a character who has been getting lots of anime screen time recently. And the armies of the world of Ente Isla assemble their bravest heroes, to fight the demon hordes and end the tyranny of evil. There is a great showdown and the heroes clash with the Demon King and First General, and a rift in space and time opens, through which the two are teleported to another world.

From there on, things go awry. They’ve ended up in modern day Tokyo, a decidedly un-magic place, so their magic powers don’t regenerate. The Demon Lord and his First General end up living together as roommates in a tiny, run-down apartment, and the former one starts working part-time at a certain burger joint. Short-term goals involve becoming a shift manager and using the employee bonus program to eventually achieve world domination.


However, they’re not the only one to have reached Tokyo through the space-time gate. It turns out that the heroine Emilia managed to follow them and still has her eyes set on ending the tyrannic rule of the Demon Lord. In lieu of magic powers, she tries to stab him with a knife from a 100-yen store. Things don’t go as planned and she ends up hanging out at the demons’ apartment, together with various other demons, heroes and clerical assassins from Ente Isla.

I’m not sure why, but most animes with demon lords turn out quite alright. There’s the fantastic Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, and “I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job” is pretty ok too, and so is “The Great Demon King in the Back Row”, while we’re at it. Same tends to be true for animes with witches, so expect one or two of those in the coming reviews.

So – great plot, great characters, great artwork. Also, honorable mention for having multiple Nano*Ripe ending themes. “The Devil is a Part-Timer” is a pretty good show.



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