Anime Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review: The Devil Is a Part-Timer! The Complete Series

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! The Complete Series is a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that includes two Blu-ray Discs and two DVDs. There are bonus features included on both discs of each format, although the bulk of the features are on the second disc. Audio options for this release include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub.

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack
Release Date: July 22, 2014

The prologue of the series explains that in another dimension called Ente Isla, the Devil King Satan has almost conquered the world, but is stopped by Hero Emilia. Satan, along with Demon General Alciel, end up drifting into another world: modern day Japan. Specifically, they both end up in Tokyo. They also discover that they have taken on human bodies and that their ability to perform magic is limited. While Satan still retains some of his magic, Alciel’s is gone.

Through using some hypnotism, Satan learns about Earth and about some of the various things that he and Alciel will need to do in order to survive. Satan takes on the identity of Sadao Mao, while Alciel takes on the identity of Shiro Ashiya. They get identification, open a bank account, and rent a house.

Satan takes on a job at MgRonalds in order to earn money for the two of them to live on, where he works his way up to an A level position by the end of the first episode. Chiho Sasaki, one of Satan’s co-workers, develops a crush on him.

At the very end of the first episode, Satan discovers that Hero Emilia has also ended up in Tokyo and is in the form of a human female. Emilia now goes by Emi, and she works at a call center. Early in the series, Emilia is determined to do what she can in order to defeat Satan and return to Ente Isla. Later, Emilia discovers a secret about someone from Ente Isla that starts to make her question what’s going on.

Later in the series, two other individuals from Ente Isla find their way to Earth and take on human identities. Lucifer, a fallen angel and one of Satan’s generals, takes on the name of Hanzo Urushihara and becomes a freeloader at Satan and Alciel’s place. They acquire a new neighbor who goes by the name of Suzuno Kamazuki, but she is the grand inquisitor of the church of Ente Isla that is tasked with killing Satan.

While watching the first episode, I found myself either chuckling or laughing out loud at Satan and Alciel as they try to figure out how things work in modern day Tokyo. It also helps that Satan and Alciel make for a good pairing: Satan is the “straight man” of the two, while Alciel helps to provide a bit of the humor for the series.

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! has its serious moments, but it’s primarily a light-hearted comedy. While Alciel provides a lot of the humor, the other characters get their moments of funny dialogue that elicits laughter from the audience. When Lucifer joins the series, his NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) tendencies provide some more humor for the series.

Overall, I really liked The Devil Is a Part-Timer! The only complaint I have about it is the fact that it doesn’t truly end. But considering that the light novel was still ongoing at the time the anime was being produced, it’s not surprising that there wasn’t a proper ending.

The Blu-ray video for this set has 1080p High Definition 16×9 HD Native, and the audio includes DolbyTrueHD: English 5.1 and DolbyTrueHD: Japanese 2.0. The audio on the DVDs include English 5.1 Surround and Japanese Stereo.

When it comes to the bonus features, the first disc of both formats only includes a commentary for Episode One. The second disc, however, contains more features.

The most impressive bonus feature is a roughly 13-and-a-half-minute interview with Jamie Marchi, who was a writer for the English dub of The Devil Is a Part-Timer! In this feature, she explains how she came up with the Ente Isla language for the English dub. Apparently, there were no notes from the Japanese as to how they came up with the language or how it works. This was the most interesting bonus feature included on the set, and I thought it was fascinating to learn about the English dub’s version of the language.

The other bonus features included on the second disc are a commentary for Episode 12, one textless opening song, two textless closing songs, a trailer for the English dub of The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, and a menu of trailers for other FUNimation properties that viewers can choose to view.

I would recommend The Devil Is a Part-Timer! The Complete Series for fans of this anime, because it would allow them to have the series in their anime home video collection to watch anytime they want, and the bonus feature with Jamie Marchi is also worth seeing and owning.

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