Anime Review: The Devil is a Part-Timer! – 5
‘Tis but a scratch.
Part-Timer! is really having its way with genres. The first three episodes made it out to be a pure comedy series and just last week, we got some “heavy” drama and backstory. This week, there was almost nothing but action for the entire 20 minutes. Of course there have been dramatic comedy action-adventure type shows before, but it’s usually not so compartmentalized as it is in this show. They’re usually with a story of an action-oriented hero trying to reach some goal for revenge or something, with the odd comedic break or flashback. Having each genre sectioned off like this is pretty unusual with its own list of pros and cons. Like for this episode — I liked that none of the action was diluted with breaks in pacing, but at the same time, having it switch all the time can be a bit disorientating. Having to refocus and adjust expectations every week can go either way, depending on how you feel about it.
The other thing that’s pretty cool is just how cleanly this first story ends. If there was not going to be another story arc after episode five, I don’t think there would’ve been any problem with it. It was just so self-contained. The voices to Chiho were explained, why Lucifer has his powers and Maou doesn’t, why anybody would want both Maou and Emilia out of the picture. There is not a single plot thread that hasn’t been explained and tied up. Well, there is still the question why Maou’s attitude has done a complete 180, but that’s all that I can really think of. And even that is just a given in the story; like how else would Part-timer! be worth watching? Given how the episode ends and the kind of resolution it had, it really felt more like a mini-series than anything else. Again, definitely still trying to readjust my expectations, but it’s not like that’s a terrible thing to have to do.
Bottom line is that despite all the unorthodox decisions this anime has made, it’s just really fun to watch. I am a little concerned what the tone will be in the coming weeks, but that’s part of the fun of watching — it’ll be a genuine surprise. Besides, how can you hate faces like these?