Anime Review: The Devil is a Part-timer! – 4

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This anime has the best reactions shots. Period.

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Man, that was super heavy. I mean, maybe not on the scale of anime as a whole, but for Part Timer! that was about as dark and dramatic as it gets. To be honest, I’m not sure if I like this new approach. It definitely helped the story being told in this episode, but this anime’s main appeal comes from the comedy and how well it complements the story. Taking that out of the equation makes it feel smaller and empty. But on the flip side, comedy would’ve probably ruined this one. Emilia’s backstory doesn’t really lend itself to lighthearted banter, and having any of that would’ve definitely subtracted from her dramatic circumstances. So probably a good decision in the end, though I do hope all the nitty-gritty emotional information is done and over with. There’s only so much hero’s journey that I can take before I get bored, yanno?

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It has to be said that there were some of the assumptions in this episode were a bit tenuous. I don’t know how casting a spell on Chiho’s dad would affect Chiho herself unless there’s something about demonic magic we don’t know about. That was a bit of a leap. Emilia being the daughter of an archangel I can kinda live with, except how does the church know that she would be able to defeat the Demon King? Are there more angel-babies in Ente Isla just hanging out? Where are they exactly? But despite my now annoying habit of facetious commentary, there’s still a good chunk of developments that I want legitimate answers for. Like why the hell does Miki-T know about Sonar? Where did Lucifer come from? And most importantly, why is there a disintegrating feather in the bathroom?! It just goes to show how good this anime is at leading the audience and piquing curiosity. While I would love to see more opportunities for laughs, this engagement of the audience has to be the best thing about Part Timer!

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For all the faults I see in this anime, it’s still probably one of the better ones I’m keeping up with this season, inexplicable feathers and all. But seriously where the hell did that come from?

GO Rating: 4/5

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Ernie Capagal

Ernie Capagal

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