The Devil is a Part Timer
Let me start by saying the first I heard of The Devil is a Part Timer was as a recommendation from my students, and they raved about how good the show was. Now I normally don’t watch too many comedies, but I relented and decided to give it a watch. And let me say that I am very glad that I did.
The Devil is a Part Timer aired in Japan from April 4, 2013 – June 27, 2013. However, the light novel it is based on was first published in 2011 and is still going. So yes, it is another of a long list of light novel adaptations that continue to be very popular. While it is a light novel adaptation and the goal is to drive the sale of the novel, it is still a good adaptation in my mind. I do not know how closely the anime adheres to the source material, but the anime still weaves an interesting narrative.
Without giving too much away, the basic plot is that the Devil (demon king of another world) has finally been dethroned by the Hero and escapes to another world (Earth) to rebuild his power. The Hero gives chase, determined to destroy the Devil once and for all. We then learn that Earth is modern day Tokyo and a complete culture shock from where our main characters came from. To compound this issue, they cannot recharge the magic that fuels their powers. Bereft of their powers, and in a completely different world, you have the setup for the ultimate fish out of water story. It is the fish out of water scenario where the characters have to survive and find their way home in an unfamiliar world that drives the plot and humor for the majority of the show. There are some interesting, if not predictable, plot twists that involve their home world, and love interests, but the show remains fun and interesting.
Seeing as it is only a 12 episode series, the cast of characters is rather small, and there are no extraneous characters. The Devil is a Part Timer obviously focuses on the titular Devil, who is not quite what you would expect and does have some development over the course of the show. I will admit these developments are somewhat predictable, but still fun to watch nonetheless. The Devil’s chief henchman remains a static character over the course of the show, but I find that this does not take away from the character or the show. A final underling appears later in the show, and after some events which reveal some of the Devil’s leadership abilities, he joins the group.
The Hero’s character progresses in a similar and again somewhat predictable manner. While she changes less than the Devil, it was still enough to keep me interested; also, her little quirks are highly amusing. Her assistants are not present on Earth for the most part, and only play a small role in the story.
The second female lead is a normal Earth girl who is one of the Devil’s new coworkers at his job. She also greatly admires him. Now before you think here we go with another stereotypical harem anime, it isn’t. I won’t deny that the Devil is a Part Timer has some harem elements, but romance never enters into the story beyond a one sided crush.
The Devil is a Part Timer is by no means a big budget production, but it manages to get the job done. There are no off model moments, and the backgrounds have a degree of detail that adds nuance to the show. The few fight scenes are nicely done, with no obvious CG. In the end, it remains pleasing to look at throughout the twelve episodes. There is also a lack of in your face fan service which is a bit refreshing.
The music fits the tone of the show, but it isn’t anything to write home about. The opening theme is catchy, but again nothing special. All in all, the music is about average.
I bought the box set before seeing the show and I can’t say that I am disappointed with my purchase. I would give the show around a 7 out of ten. It’s a slightly above average show, but it can and will fill a specific niche in your anime watching, the relaxation no brainer show, that show you watch after a long day at work to relax, that is just funny and interesting with no brain power needed. It is also the perfect show to have on in the background while you get paperwork done or in my case grading tests. On a final note I was left wanting more after the final episode, but I do not see this happening even with the light novel still going. At the very least it is worth checking it out over at funimation. Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions please leave them in the comments section below.