The Devil Is A Part Timer Manga: What Makes It Interesting?

The Devil Is A Part Timer Manga is a Japanese light novel series which is written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku.

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By Akash
The Devil Is A Part Timer Manga: What Makes It Interesting?

The Devil Is A Part Timer Manga is a Japanese light novel series which is written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku . ASCII Media Works has published the series in Japan, while Yen Press has published the series in North America. The story of The Devil Is A Part Timer Manga is about Satan seeking to conquer the world of Ente Isla, but when confronted by the Hero Emilia, he is forced to retreat through a gate that transports him to modern day Tokyo, Japan.

To survive and find a way to return to Ente Isla, Satan adopts the name Sadao Maou and gains part-time employment at a fast food restaurant called MgRonald’s, a parody of Mc Donald’s. There have been two manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works. The Devil Is A Part Timer Manga also have a 13-episode anime adaptation produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda aired between April and June 2013. A second season has been announced.

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 and her companions, after they had killed Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan 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 and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald, while Alciel serves as his houseman.

One day, Satan, 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.

We can all agree that most comedies in recent seasons of anime have always tried to cling on to a similar type of situations or settings, the most obvious one being school comedy shows. You never get to see writers try to come up with different kinds of circumstances that could be brilliant but once they do it usually comes off either decent or just plain forgettable.

It’s not often we get a show like Hataraku Maou-sama that is not only light-hearted and fun but also boasts some of the best comedy writing in an anime I’ve seen in yet this year.

The Devil Is a Part Timer Manga title’s Hataraku Maou-sama is exactly what the show is, in English it means The Devil is a Part-Timer. You have a character named Satan who is the dark overlord of this world that is unlike ours, and he is now put into our world in hopes of finding a way to bring his life in order and his magical powers back.

What happens then is nothing short of rather very unique sets of humorous set pieces that are not only funny just by the jokes themselves but how they reflect our everyday lives in the real world.

The way they handle Satan’s situation is done very maturely by making him do work that any citizen of any 1st world nation would do to live in stable conditions. The writers don’t try to hammer in nonsensical exaggerated fluff into the mix to make it “exciting,” they make the actions the characters do feel very in tuned to how we would do in society’s standards.

The Devil Is A Part Timer Manga revolves around the smallest deals like trying to deal with house payments and workers pay. At first, you find it funny how a demon overlord can do all these things without breaking a sweat. Then, once you look beneath the background and delve in more in-depth, you start to notice how there’s a hint of satire mixed in how we often hate working in part-time jobs because of the monotonous way of the work.