Satan, The Lord of Fries


Alexander Gray

The Devil is a Part-Timer! first premiered in Japan in 2013. (Photo courtesy Alexander Gray)

It’s official, The Devil is a Part-Timer! is getting a second season after eight years! (break out the music and confetti). Very huge surprise coming out of a month that typically doesn’t have any exciting releases or announcements. An even bigger surprise was the change in the animation. Now, it’s reasonable to expect the animation to change after eight years, but this is a HUGE change (just see the comparison between the first season and the second season).

Now, if you don’t know about The Devil is a Part-Timer! , it’s essentially a reverse Isekai, where instead of the typical shut-in, nerd getting sent to another world (as it typically is in Isekai’s), it’s a bunch of fantasy characters getting transported to our world and having to adapt to our way of life with little to no magic. The show also has Satan himself working at a discount Mcdonald’s. What more could you ask for out of an Isekai?

The series has Sadao Maou (Satan) and Shiro Ashiya (Alciel) whose statuses downgrade from “ruler of demons” and “demon general” to “MgRonald’s employee” and “housewife.” Then there’s Emi Yusa (Amelia) whose status downgrades from “hero” to “customer service rep,” but she still aims to take down Maou and Ashiya.

When it comes to the material of the show, it’s really good. The writing of the characters is believable when you think of fantasy characters adapting to another world. They change, but too much as they lose their past self. Ashiya for example refers to Maou as “King Satan” and “Sire,” even though they’re different people from when they once were.

The comedy in the show is also pretty good. Throughout the show, the characters will find themselves in pretty funny scenarios. One example would be the second episode, The Hero Stays at the Devil’s Castle for Work Reasons, which has a segment of Emi Yusa stalking Maou and Ashiya, waiting for them to do something evil. Another example would be the shopping segment in episode eight, The Hero Enters the Fray. It’s actually one of the few anime that actually sets up jokes with punchlines rather than a bunch of screaming as the ‘punchline’ (looking at you Black Clover). 

But it doesn’t just stop at the comedy, it also has some pretty good fight scenes. The best example of this would probably be the prologue in the first episode, The Devil Arrives in Sasazuka, which sets the scene with an narration of a war between the humans and Satan. The animation in these scenes is pretty solid, especially from it being from 2013. 

The soundtrack for the show is mostly playful (as it is a comedy) but features some tracks that deliver an ancient and fantasy vibe to some of the songs. One such song is The Beginning of the Battle, composed by Ryosuke Nakanishi, which is played in the prologue and a good chunk of the fight scenes. The song, along with giving off a fantasy vibe, overall makes the battles more epic (especially when that violin hits).

The Devil is a Part-Timer! is a classic I’d recommend anyone watch, and I can’t wait for the second season to drop. The show can be streamed on Funimation and Hulu.