The Devil is a Part-Timer Series Review: Conquering The World Through Climbing The Corporate Structure

This is part of a series of re-posts of older reviews on 100 Word Anime. The original review came out in May 2016 and can be found here.

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The comedy in this show is fantastic as it balances absurd humour and satire fairly well throughout most of the series while still managing the odd moment of touching friendship and drama. While the occasional boob joke may intrude, for the most part the show relies on situational comedy and it plays the fish out of water card with precision and for merciless laughs.

Highlights include Satan’s dilemma over whether to use his power to cook chips when the fryer breaks. This is a moment stretched out for dramatic tension. He stands poised but frozen in indecision. He doesn’t have much power. But they won’t be first in sales if they can’t sell the chips. What should he do? And then the moment is broken and we see him hanging his head in utter defeat.

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Also, Emilia’s dissatisfaction with her own mundane life and her inability to accept her changing relationship with Satan is regularly played for laughs even while it addresses real issues about not judging books by their covers and learning to move on. That and to stop projecting onto other people.

Lucifer’s portrayal as an introvert and lay about also brings on some good laughs later in the series. As does his plaintive complaints about his treatment (given he did try to kill most of the other cast members).


The Devil is a Part Time Complete Series
The Devil is a Part Timer Complete Series


In addition to comedy the show offers some good satirical commentary about the nature of the modern world and whether or not our current work/corporate culture is evil. This point is further emphasised in the final episode that moves entirely away from the clash between angels and demons and focuses entirely on sales scams.

While some of the characters remain one dimensional and the basic premise never really evolves beyond Lord Satan is working part time and somehow believes he will one day rule the world, this series is more than entertaining enough. The few complaints about the odd missed joke and the sleazy portrayal of Sariel seem petty when looking at the overall.

The music is neither good nor bad (it fulfils its purpose but is readily forgotten after the fact) and the animation is neither particularly good or bad.

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That said, I have to nominate Ashiya/Alciel for being the single most useless minion of all time.


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Tuesday’s Top 5: Characters with Completely Inappropriate Occupations

Last week we looked at the narcissists of the anime world. Shifting gears a bit, this week I want to look at characters who are just completely ill suited to their job. I’m going to be honest, keeping the list to 5 was challenging so I really look forward to seeing who you guys would have added to the list.

Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.

Honourable mentions this week go to Kuroko Shirai as a Judgement Officer in A Certain Magical Index, Naoya Touhara as a Toy is Astarotte No Omocha and Mephisto as a Principal in Ao No Exorcist. But as I said before, I had a really long list to start with, so there are plenty of other characters that probably should have been mentioned.

How did I make my selection? I really thought about which character’s job bugged me the whole time I watched their show. If it was intruding into my thoughts regularly and I was questioning why they were doing what they were doing, they probably ended up on my final list.

Number 5: Ayako Matsuzaki as a Shrine Maiden in Ghost Hunt

Even the other characters laugh when Ayako introduces herself as a Shrine Maiden and it becomes obvious throughout the series that even though she knows a lot about being a Shrine Maiden she isn’t one. Even the monk (the rock band member monk who also should be mentioned in this list for inappropriate occupations) explains to Mai (and the audience) that Ayako just doesn’t operate the way Shrine Maiden’s should. That and her attitude toward anything that seems like work earned her a place on the list.

Number 4: Kisuke Urahara as a Shopkeeper in Bleach

This one is more just because it seems like there is no reason why Urahara’s shop hasn’t just gone bankrupt. He is a lousy shop keeper and his pretense that that is all he is is blatantly ridiculous, particularly when you see what is underneath the shop. Now, admittedly, he is kind of in retirement after a fairly eventful life so he can do whatever he wants, but if he wanted to run a shop surely he should show just a little more interest in doing it well.

Number 3: Sanae Furukawa as a Baker in Clannad

I’ll admit that this was probably a cheap shot but if you can’t bake, don’t be a baker. That kind of makes sense to the rest of us but Sanae Furukawa is persistent if nothing else. What bugs me is that she still bursts into tears at the slightest criticism when you would think she would either get over it or learn to bake. And how does she manage to not get any better if she is doing it every single day?

Number 2: Teletha Testarossa as a Captain in Full Metal Panic

While there is nothing wrong with Tessa’s intelligence and her dedication to her crew, temperamentally she is not suited to command. This comes across so often in the series. She struggles making the tough calls when her crew are in danger, she is a teenage girl and at times feels the need to act that way, and she is also unreasonably stubborn on certain issues. None of these would make her a very effective captain and assuming that an entire crew would just loyally fall behind her because she’s cute is just a little insane.

Number 1: Sadao Maou as a MgRonalds Employee in The Devil is a Part Timer

Kind of an obvious choice given the occupation is the entire joke. It isn’t right that Satan would be flipping hamburgers in a fast food shop and yet here he is, planning his world conquest as he works his way up the managerial ranks. I love that he’s ambitious and hard working but it is still a totally inappropriate profession for his character (even if he is apparently amazing at it).

What are your thoughts? Which other characters are completing jobs they probably shouldn’t be?

 

The Devil is a Part Timer – Series Review

As it is a whole series, I’m not going to limit myself to 100 words.

The joy of a long weekend in Australia. Time to marathon an old favourite and introduce someone new to a series. Well, not really, we’d already started The Devil is a Part Timer months ago but finally we got to disc two together and finished the series in one sitting.

Overview:

Satan is evil (who’d have thought) and his demon armies have overrun Enta Isla and now the human armies are fighting back with the Hero (Emilia) taking over the castle and forcing Satan and his demon general Alsiel to flee through a gate. This wasn’t a terribly well thought out plan, however, as they end up in Japan without knowing the language or having any money. After some initial problems and using a little of the limited magic they have left, they have a place to stay but need to work in order to continue to live. Enter MgRonalds. Life settles down until Satan encounters Emilia in Japan.

Review:

The comedy in this show is fantastic as it balances absurd humour and satire fairly well throughout most of the series while still managing the odd moment of touching friendship and drama. While the occasional boob joke may intrude, for the most part the show relies on situational comedy and it plays the fish out of water card with precision and for merciless laughs.

Highlights include Satan’s dilemma over whether to use his power to cook chips when the fryer breaks. This is a moment stretched out for dramatic tension. He stands poised but frozen in indecision. He doesn’t have much power. But they won’t be first in sales if they can’t sell the chips. What should he do? And then the moment is broken and we see him hanging his head in utter defeat.

Also, Emilia’s dissatisfaction with her own mundane life and her inability to accept her changing relationship with Satan is regularly played for laughs even while it addresses real issues about not judging books by their covers and learning to move on. That and to stop projecting onto other people.

Lucifer’s portrayal as an introvert and lay about also brings on some good laughs later in the series. As does his plaintive complaints about his treatment (given he did try to kill most of the other cast members).

In addition to comedy the show offers some good satirical commentary about the nature of the modern world and whether or not our current work/corporate culture is evil. This point is further emphasised in the final episode that moves entirely away from the clash between angels and demons and focusses entirely on sales scams.

While some of the characters remain one dimensional and the basic premise never really evolves beyond Lord Satan is working part time and somehow believes he will one day rule the world, this series is more than entertaining enough. The few complaints about the odd missed joke and the sleazy portrayal of Sariel seem petty when looking at the overall.

The music is neither good nor bad (it fulfills its purpose but is readily forgotten after the fact) and the animation is neither particularly good or bad.

That said, I have to nominate Ashiya/Alciel for being the single most useless minion of all time.

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