The Devil is a Part-Timer! Vol. 2 - Light Novel Review

The Devil King has finally been promoted to store manager! Does Satan have it in him to defeat rival chain Sentucky Fried Chicken and continue his climb up the management chain and eventually, to world domination?

The Lowdown

Two months after preventing a plot by archbishop Oda and the demon Lucifer to destroy Tokyo, Sadao Maou (aka Satan) continues to go about his daily life, throwing himself into his part-time job at MgRonald while his faithful general Ashiya maintains their household finances. However, good fortune strikes Maou when he receives a promotion to shift supervisor, finally revealing the path to a full-time position that Maou craves. However, in order to keep his position Maou is tasked with destroying the newly opened Sentucky Fried Chicken! Meanwhile, the hero Emi Yusa continues her monitoring of Maou but is quickly entangled with Maou’s stoic new neighbour Suzuno Kamazuki.

How Was It?

The Devil is a Part-Timer continues to be a hilarious story, with this volume effectively transitioning into more of a slice-of-life story. While the “fish-out-of-water” comedy that was predominately featured in the first volume is still present and entertainingly used in this volume, a larger degree of the laughs now comes from character-driven humour. This still manages to entertain very well thanks to the memorable characters this series has established, and it’s a lot of fun to see these personalities bounce off each other. The ongoing banter between Emi, Maou and Ashiya never gets old, and it’s very entertaining to watch them rip each other to shreds with remarks the acknowledge the utter ridiculousness of their situation. I continue to appreciate that this series never takes itself too seriously, and these interaction are a fun reflection of this.

One of the best part of this volume was the way that the ongoing “Ente Isla” story concerning Maou and Emi’s homeland and Maou’s job at MgRonald came together to create a more cohesive plotline. Maou’s battle with Sentucky Fried Chicken (SFC) was not only funny but helped to develop the plot effectively, taking advantage of this scenario well to deliver laughs and an interesting plot. This really made this volume’s plot feel more cohesive overall, providing a strong avenue for the characters and overall plot to come together nicely. Moments such as Ashiya and Emi bumping into each other on a scouting mission to SFC, or Maou’s various plans to divert customers to MgRonalds lead to some really fun situations and it’s always a joy to see these characters bounce off each other while moving the plot forward.

This volume also continues develop its characters well as we get to see more of what makes them tick. Hanzou Urushihara (aka Lucifer) becomes a regular member of the cast and is a great addition thanks to his snide remarks and frequent admonishments from Ashiya about being a virtual shut-in. While I didn’t find Suzuno’s character or storyline to be very interesting, I enjoyed her role in the plot and she functioned well as a straight-man for all of these wacky characters.

In addition, I commented in my review of the first volume that there seemed to be a big gulf between Maou’s fierce reputation as The Devil King compared to the actions that we actually see. This made it difficult to really take it seriously when Emi claims she wants to kill Maou more than anything, undermining parts of the plot. Happily, this volume begins to address this and I’m hopeful that the series will continue to resolve this dissonance.

While The Devil is a Part Timer! continues to be well-paced, I felt that some scenes tended to drag a little more than they could have. As I noted above, one of the great delights of this series is seeing the characters banter, but there can be too much of a good thing as it feels like a lot more of the time is spent with them just sitting around and talking in Maou’s apartment. This slows down the plot and becomes noticeable especially compared to the first volume because these conversations were more of the product of the characters being put into interesting situations and actually doing different things. This wasn’t a dealbreaker by any means, but I hope that the series continues to change it up as there were a few more of these scenes than the author knew what to do with.

Final Thoughts

The Devil is a Part-Timer! continues to be an entertaining and funny series that thrives on the strength of its characters and situational comedy. Much like the first volume, this volume delivers plenty of laughs and it was great to see these characters continue to banter as they go about their tenuous adjustment to Japanese society. I really appreciated the way that the battle between MgRonald and Sentucky Fried Chicken managed to incorporate all of the various plot strands this series has on the go, creating a satisfyingly cohesive whole. While it feels like the characters occasionally don’t do much more than stand around and talk at times, this volume is still highly recommended to those looking for a satisfying comedy series.


The Devil is a Part-Timer! Vol. 2 was published by Yen Press on August 25th, 2015. Authored by Satoshi Wagahara and illustrated by 029 (Oniku) the series is currently ongoing and published by under ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Bunko imprint. The series received a one-cour anime adaption in Summer 2013 and volume 3 will be published in English on December 15th, 2015.

Verdict:

B+

Date of Publication: August 25th, 2015

Translator: Kevin Gifford

Author: Satoshi Wagahara

Publisher: Yen Press



Matt

Matt is a broke law student by day, broke law student by night, and one of the co-founders of Taykobon in his dwindling spare time. Although his favourite series tend to be shonen adventure series, he also has a soft spot for slice-of-life shojo romances. He enjoys following the manga industry, and is a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Blue Jays in other nonexistent spare time. 

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