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The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #13 Anime Review

All the enemies that have stood in the way of our protagonists have been dealt with, either adding to the dynamic and brilliantly-balanced core cast or reduced to the punching bags of society, all their magic has been used up as always, and it’s pretty clear that nobody has any desire to go back to Ente Isla anyway, leaving an endearingly dysfunctional family of sorts to go on with the normal lives that an uneventful and peaceful modern Japan allows for. So what does that leave for the final episode? Exactly what I just described, a simple look into the normal lives of some very entertaining people dealing with perfectly possible circumstances, all neatly wrapped up in the writing that has always made this series a joy to experience. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/29/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-13-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #12 Anime Review

I swear I’m going to do my best to not to refer to Sariel as “James” in this, but he looks so much like the Pokémon character that I can’t make any promises. At least the majority of the episode makes the separation pretty clear, though. Sariel is a truly despicable bastard, and he’s a real challenge, making for an exciting fight that I wasn’t sure would be resolved in this episode. Obviously nobody ever had any illusion that it would end the other way, but in the end, yes, he blasts off again, and it’s all in good fun as this series always is. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/23/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-12-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #11 Anime Review

Last week, I caught up on this series with two episodes at once, and found that not much happened in regards to the plot even with twice the time. It was still lots of fun, so I didn’t mind. However, this single episode is absolutely packed with plot development, and is possibly the single most serious episode of the entire series thus far, although thankfully not completely lacking in its usual comedic banter. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/15/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-11-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #10 Anime Review

Plot irrelevance aside, there is the occasional gag that doesn’t hit quite right. The joke of Chiho’s… endowments may be hit-or-miss, depending on one’s opinion of such humor. I generally think it’s not the most hilarious, and this doesn’t do much to change my opinion for this instance. The use of the burgers as symbols is similar to a lot of clever connections the show makes use of to add a little extra flavor to much of its humor, but it still didn’t quite work for me. Bathroom humor is also pretty dumb, and while the episode doesn’t go too far into it, with Ashiya simply being sick from overeating, it repeats itself past the point of getting funnier and falls a little flat as a result. Although it’s not entirely for comedy, the scene of Chiho following her “burger” display, in which she shows them off to Maou for his opinion, he acts completely clueless about her feelings, which contradicts with his previous statement that he’d take them seriously from now on. Of course, this is all going on in a busy line that he’s trying to get through as quickly as possible, so it’s really not the time. In fact, I would’ve almost expected this show to step up with some gag about the people in line telling them to have their lover’s squabble some other time and take their orders already, but instead they remain lifeless statues while this all goes down, and that’s a little disappointing. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/08/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-09-10-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #09 Anime Review

Honestly, there’s not much to say about these two episodes, even combined. They’re mostly just the same stuff we’ve been getting from the previous eight episodes of the series, ending with a hint that the coming episodes will have something a little different for us. And that’s great. The plot rears its head for maybe one out of every few episodes in any significant capacity, and it’s all just the same silly sitcom business otherwise, but it continues to be so perfectly executed in every way, especially impressive in just how hilarious it always is, that nothing seems overdone yet. It’s the same format for the most part, sure, but every moment offers something a little different to keep it fun and fresh. It’s all so subtle and seemingly unimportant, especially in the face of any sort of plot, but the overall experience that this achieves is easy to appreciate after you finish a couple of episodes and realize how much fun it was. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/06/08/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-09-10-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #08 Anime Review

Although it was still just as good, the previous episode got less done than I expected. This one makes up for any disappointment that may have resulted from that, while keeping that same level of quality I’ve been enjoying. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/05/29/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-08-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #07 Anime Review

This series has largely focused on its comedy angle, playing with the absurdity of turning its fantasy premise on its head and throwing its characters into a slice-of-life sitcom of sorts, with some romantic tension ever-present. It’s always kept a little bit of plot development going on in conjunction with that, though, and the comfort it’s found in how it balances these two is clear as this dynamic remains relatively consistent. Although this episode feels a lot like what we’re used to, it adds in a new character to the mix, one we got a peek at last week. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/05/19/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-07-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #06 Anime Review

Now that the first arc of this series has reached its climax and wrapped up, it gives us something a little different, or perhaps a little more familiar. This episode starts off with some foreshadowing for its latter half, obviously setting up an eventual final arc to deal with in likely a similar fashion, but for the most part, it takes this opportunity to settle back into the comfort zone it was in for the first several episodes, sticking almost exclusively to comedy despite the dire issues looming about. To start this off, we see that, not very surprisingly, Lucifer has moved in with Maou and Ashiya, now going by the name Urushihara, and despite being spared by those he attacked and was defeated by, has become quite satisfied with being a spoiled little brat who does whatever he wants and expects them to cater to his every whim. While every other character was very entertaining because of the contrast between their Ente Isla backgrounds and their roles in modern Japanese society, Lucifer felt too much like a one-note villain, so it’s great to see that he has this other side to him just as much as everyone else. He makes for a fitting child for the working father and housewife that Maou and Ashiya have clearly become, and while they attempt to discipline him at times, he mostly gets his way. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/05/13/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-06-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #05 Anime Review

I’ve been getting a little worried about the direction this series has been heading in. It started out with a serious-seeming introduction, only to use that as the comical juxtaposition for what the show truly was, a comedy that was really good at what it was doing. Because it was so good at being a comedy, and because the serious parts have mostly been used to be laughed at, assisting that comedy further, it seemed wrong for it to start heading in the serious direction it seemed to be. However, after watching the climax of all this, it’s clear that there was never anything to worry about. This show doesn’t forget how to be funny, and most importantly, it doesn’t forget how to be really good. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/05/06/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-05-anime-review/

The Devil Is A Part-Timer! Episode #04 Anime Review

Although the pattern of the series so far should indicate what kind of episode we’d be in for this time, it’s still a little bit surprising to see just how serious everything this here. There’s still some comic relief, but that’s all it is at this point: comic relief in an otherwise serious story, rather than just being a comedy with some pinches of plot to keep itself together. As the series has shown over the past few episodes, it’s very good at pulling off both sides of this dynamic, but when we’re forced to take it all this seriously, it does mean we have to look at some of the sillier ideas we’ve been laughing at until now in a more rational light and see if it holds up. Read More... //www.fandompost.com/2013/04/27/the-devil-is-a-part-timer-episode-04-anime-review/