Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Anime Review: The Devil is a Part-Timer (Season 1) (TV)

The Devil is a Part-Timer (Season 1) (Review)
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...brimming with humor and exuberance."

During a battle, Satan, the Demon Lord of Este Isla, retreats to Earth with his generalissimo, Alciel. As they begin to rebuild their empire, they find they've been followed by Hero Emilia...

The Devil is a Part-Timer is a rather simple series – at least during the first season. (I'm assuming there will be another.) There is some interesting background, but it rarely delves deeply into the lore. The season follows Satan, Alciel, and Emilia as they enter Earth. Satan changes his name to Sadao Maou, Alciel becomes Shiro Ashiya, and Emilia sticks with Emi. In order to dominate Earth, Sadao begins working at MgRonald as a part-timer with an adorable coworker, Chiho, and Ashiya takes on the housecleaning, while Emi works as a call center agent. Initially, Emi planned on defeating Sadao once and for all. But, she finds herself with mixed emotions when she sees Sadao's strange work ethic and caring demeanor while stalking him. Her plans are further complicated as several foes arrive on Earth from Este Isla – blurring the lines between good and evil. It ends on a simple note, really – nothing extravagant or epic. Yet, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't looking forward to a second season if it ever came to fruition.

The Devil is a Part-Timer is an action-comedy anime, although it's really more of the latter. For the most part, it works well as a comedy. There are plenty laugh-out-loud gags and humorous melodramatics to keep the season afloat. There are some recurring jokes that grow stale after a while, but it was generally very funny. I really enjoyed watching these characters adapt to the new world, too, especially Suzuno Kamazuki, who arrives at a later time and always wears a kimono. Really, I just liked all of the characters. The action was good, too. When it comes to magic usage and intensity, it doesn't match The Seven Deadly Sins, but it was good enough – especially for a series where the action generally takes the backseat. As a complete package, the good and the underwhelming (since I didn't think anything was necessarily bad), this series is best for those looking for something simple and humorous – something to just turn on and enjoy. Just thinking about the concept, the Devil working at a fast food restaurant, should tell you enough.

I listened to the original Japanese dub. Ryōta Ōsaka is great as Sadao and Yōko Hikasa is also splendid as Emi. Nao Tōyama plays the 'cute' character very well, too. The cast is full of enthusiasm and I've always liked that — it sounds genuine. The animation is great and the art style is pleasant on the eyes. Some of the music stood out (in a good way) and some of it simply blended with the background. I suppose that's not a bad thing, but it doesn't reach that same level as The Seven Deadly Sins or Aldnoah.Zero. The season is directed by Naoto Hosoda and written by Masahiro Yokotani. Hosoda and Yokotani work well together, creating a well-paced and entertaining season. It might be lacking in depth here and there, but it is very entertaining thanks to the quirky writing and solid direction.

Overall, I enjoyed The Devil is a Part-Timer. It's brimming with humor and exuberance. There are some stale jokes here and there and the action doesn't leave a strong impression, but it otherwise very entertaining. If you're looking for something funny to kill some time, The Devil is a Part-Timer is an effective and enjoyable time-killer.

Score: 7/10
Parental Guide: Some violence and blood. 

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