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Devil Is a Part Timer: Complete Series [Blu-ray]

4.8 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

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DEVIL IS A PART TIMER:COMPLETE SERIES

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Color, Limited Edition
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JKT6VVY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
The Maou (Demon King) Satan is well on his way to world domination when he is predictably thwarted by a valiant hero. He makes a hasty retreat to another world - modern day Tokyo. What is a demon king to do in a world without magic? Flip burgers of course.

Ah how the mighty are brought low. Without his magic, Maou becomes a hard working, honest, and generally good guy. Of course, it is possible he was a nice guy before and only wanted to conquer Ente Isla for the peoples own good, but that side of him is never really explored, so it is hard to tell (too bad, it would have been interesting). But as the dedicated part timer, he strives hard so that he and his friend are able to eat and pay rent. He continues to claim that his plan is to work to the top and take over Japan, but as other characters point out, that is very unlikely to happen, even with his elongated life span.

Most of the story is slice of life and the rest magical battles. The story takes place almost exclusively on Earth, but naturally characters from Ente Isla make there way towards Maou for various reasons. There isn't a whole lot of overall plot, but the story does move along as Satan advances through the ranks of McRonalds and makes new friends.

I thoroughly enjoyed the humor of the series and Maou's dedicated work ethic. I liked most of the characters and surprisingly the magic system as well (not very complicated, but something different from normal). I watched it with a group of friends and we all enjoyed it. We watched it streaming on Funimation, but I am planning to buy the series on DVD.
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Format: Blu-ray
I found this series thoroughly enjoyable, and have already rewatched it several times, and plan to share it with my wife when I can get an English dub* (anime is already a reach for her, I don't want subtitles to make it even harder for her to enjoy). I am fairly new to anime, so perhaps the genre mishmash is not as bothersome to me. I guess many wine experts find rose to be a vulgar blend of red and white wines, but there are lots of people who enjoy drinking it nevertheless. So I wouldn't let this series' genre-bending stand in your way of checking it out.

I will grant there has to be a fair amount of suspension of disbelief, especially in the degree to which Maou becomes such an ethical and law-abiding member of society. But in fact, that is the source of so much of the ironic and subtle humor. Many conversations between characters take place at crosswalks while waiting for the light to change - Maou won't even jaywalk! - but this little touch is easily missed on the first viewing.

I've also read anime fans' comments about the magic system - don't get too wrapped up in it. The action parts are interesting, and give us some plot tension, but ultimately they are secondary. Suffice to say that Maou (or somebody) will get just enough magic when he needs it, but it will be all used up when the battle is over, so he can't return to Ente Isla.

The subtle and cultural humor is the source of the real gems in this series. Ashiya's frugality with the household budget turns up in a number of unexpected times and places; Chiho-chan's crush on Maou is so pure and innocent (the "bento box from another girl" bit is so awesome it spans two episodes), and yet she also knows a thing or two about flaunting her assets in a bikini.
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The Devil King Satan tried to take over the world of Esta Isla, but was thwarted by a hero and forced to run to another world with his right hand man. Except the world they ended up in is our world, and while there is magic here, it is not easy to access so they cannot restore their magics and return to exact vengence. So the King is a part timer at a fast food restaurant to make ends meet, and is actually fitting in - he has friends, the respect of the manager, and a very cute girl crushing on him (though he does not get a clue until explained to him later)- until the Hero from his old world appears to try to kill him. Now how is this former evil lord going to be able to avoid being slain by a holy sowrd, all while trying to become shift manager, deal with rebellious minions, and confront the most dangerous evil known, a competing fast food chain trying to put them out of business.

Honestly, I enjoyed this series. The characters were relatable (especially for those who did time in the fast food industry), the humor is enjoyable, and you get drawn to Satan and Ema - two opposites, but yet in the same boat. And to see someone who once sat at the top of his race being able to put everything aside to show that he has a good work ethic and as he lives in our world, and shows that he actually cares for this world and those he has become close with (including a red haired Hero) is something not many people would expect. Like others I wish they explained why he did what he did in the old world, I do think that there is more than meets the eye. But there could always be another season.

This will be in my collection for a long time and i will enjoy it again after I catch up on a few other series I have on disk. I strongly recommend this for all viewers.
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