Hataraku Maou-sama! – CM Review July 17, 2013Posted by coolmikeol in Anime, Otaku.
Tags: Anime, CM review, Hataraku Maou-sama!, Review, The Devil is a Part-Timer!, White Fox
Getting back into anime reviews after a while, I’ll take a look at Hataraku Maou-sama!, aka The Devil is a Part-Timer! It’s a great comedy with some romance, and fantasy action. Here is a short synopsis from My Anime List:
Devil King Sadao is only one step away from conquering the world when he is beaten by Hero Emilia and forced to drift to the other world: modern-day Tokyo. As “conquering the world” are the only skills the Devil King possesses—and are obviously unnecessary in his new situation—he must work as a freeter to pay for his living expenses!
I first heard about this anime from Danny Choo’s blog a couple of months or so before it was to air. I was a bit interested at the time to plan to watch the anime, but when the Spring anime season started I ended up passing it up because of some other animes that I was more interested in. A friend of mine from my local anime club recommended it to me a few weeks after it started, and that’s how I started watching it.
What makes it such a unique show from other animes I’ve seen before is the contrast between who our main characters are in their world versus who they become in our world, Japan. In their own world, Ente Isla, magic and monsters exsist. Maou Sadao who is the King Devil is pretty much chased out by destined Hero Emilia Justina aka Emi who both end up in Japan. Because they are completely unfamiliar with Earth lifestyle, and also having nearly no magic left to return to Ente Isla, it’s funny seeing them adjust in the beginning. It’s even funnier seeing an evil devil working part time in a McDonald’s parody fast food joint.
Maou comes to Japan with one of his faithful generals Ashiya who pretty much turns into a house worker for Maou in their small one room apartment. He’s not a very useful character, but he does have some of his moments. I wasn’t too keen on seeing him being sick for a few episodes because it felt like a waste.
Emi comes to Japan about the same time as Maou, though is separated while traveling after him through the magic gate to Japan. She ends up becoming an office lady working for a calling service for a company. One night while she was heading home from work in the rain, she bumps into Maou who she recognizes and tries to attack with a knife because she has little magic too. After a short talk with the police (who thought they were having a lovers quarrel), she vows to watch over him and kill him while in Japan. Certain events happen later in the anime that makes her end up working with Maou, think of it with the saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.
Chiho Sasaki aka Chi-chan is the main human character in the series. She is a co-worker of Maou’s at MgRonald. She is pretty much the “moe” character for the show that adds some romantic comedy. She develops feelings for Maou because of how nice, dependable, and hard working he is, despite him being the Devil King of Ente Isla. She does find out later on that Maou, Emi, and the others are from a different world, but that does not change her opinion of them.
There are a few other characters that make appearances such as Urushihara and Suzuno, but I didn’t really feel that they added much to it besides a bit of comedy and drama, so I can’t say too much about them.
While the comedy within the show and the lack of a school setting made the anime something to watch, I did get confused with the main conflict of the anime. Apparently the plot of the anime (to my understanding) was that after Maou and Emi disappeared from their own world, a corrupt church group from Ente Isla started making their move to grow in power by trying to take out both Maou and Emi by sending assassins after them to Japan. This plan failed due to the unexpected fact that both the Devil King and Hero work together in order to defeat a common enemy. I didn’t really pay attention to all the terminology that the show was throwing out, but I guess writing this all out makes more sense than how I was trying to make sense of it while watching the anime.
Overall, I really liked the anime because of Maou, once being an evil villain from another world to becoming employee of the month at a low class job in modern day Japan, with all the problems and stuff that come with it. I guess I like animes that revolve around the workplace theme (like Working!) because I like to imagine my workplace in such a manner, or pretty much any real life scenario to any similar scenario I see in an anime. I’m pretty sure that a second season will come because of how loosely they ended it, and I’ll definitely look forward to that. I’ve noticed though that a lot of animes these days good and not so good are getting continuing seasons which is nice in my opinion, but I do wish that anime production studios will try to focus more on quality over quantity.
It’s nice to return to my early roots of what I used to do a lot back when I was developing my blog and web sites. I’ll be doing this more often so look forward to it!