The Devil is a Part-Timer! Anime to Get a Second Season

It was announced at the “Kadokawa Light Novel Expo” event that The Devil is a Part-Timer! anime will be getting a second season. It was also announced that the main cast is returning for the new season.

The returning cast members include:

  • Ryota Ohsaka is Sadao Maō/Demon King Satan
  • Yōko Hikasa is Emi Yusa/Heroine Emilia
  • Nao Tōyama is Chiho Sasaki
  • Yuki Ono is Shirō Ashiya/Demon General Alciel
  • Hiro Shimono is Hanzō Urushihara/Demon General Lucifer
  • Kanae Itō is Suzuno Kamazuki

The first season of The Devil is a Part-Timer! premiered in 2013, and FUNimation Entertainment simulcast the anime as it aired. The company later released the title on Blu-ray Disc and DVD.

Source: ANN

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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My Favorite Anime Set in the Workplace

This time, my list is focusing on my five favorite anime that are set in the workplace. However, rather than being a top 5 list, this list is being presented in alphabetical order.

Aggretsuko

This is an original net anime that features a small and cute-looking red panda named Retsuko, and she was a character created for Sanrio (who is best known for Hello Kitty). However, she doesn’t fit the mold of the traditional Sanrio characters.

Retsuko is a single 25-year-old who works in the accounting department of a Japanese trading firm, and she has to deal with supervisors and co-workers who cause her stress. When her job or her life cause her to fill with rage, she goes to the local karaoke bar and vents her frustration through singing death metal. However, Retsuko tries to keep this a secret from everyone she knows.

The series is very relatable for viewers who are currently employed or who have ever held a job. Who hasn’t had a bad boss or annoying co-workers who cause no end of stress or anger?

The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil King Satan and Demon General Alciel, who have almost conquered the world, are stopped by Hero Emilia… and they end up in another world: modern day Tokyo. Satan and Alciel discover that they have taken on human bodies and that their ability to perform magic is limited. In order to survive, Satan takes on the identity of Sadao Mao, and gets a job at a local fast food joint, MgRonalds.

We get to see Satan spend a lot of time at his job at MgRonalds. The best bit that takes place at his place of employment is when a competitor, Sentucky Friend Chicken, opens up across the street. But, it turns out that there’s more to the manager of Sentucky Fried Chicken than meets the eye!

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.

I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job

Raul Chaser, who was working at passing his Hero Exam, ends up not becoming a hero because the hero program was suspended. The Demon Lord is gone and the demon empire has collapsed, so it was decided there was no need to continue the hero program. Now that his dream of becoming a hero is destroyed, Raul takes a job at an electronics store called the Leon Magic Shop. One day, a person wearing a hood comes in with a resume and demands to talk with the manager. When the person goes back with the manager, the resume is left behind. Raul looks at the resume and discovers that it says the person is the child of the Demon Lord. The person, who is named Fino, ends up being hired over Raul’s objections, and Raul is in charge of them. It is revealed that Fino is the daughter of the Demon Lord. For most of the series, only a few select people know that Fino is the Demon Lord’s daughter.

We see Fino having a rough time of it when she first starts working at the store. Since she was raised in the Demon World, she has no common sense on how to deal with humans. But as the series continues, Fino learns customer service skills, as well as how to be a good employee in a retail establishment. There’s also the aspect of Raul having to adjust to the idea of working with the Demon Lord’s daughter, since he was going through the hero program in order to fight against the Demon Lord.

The relationship and interactions between Raul and Fino are amusing to watch, and in a lot of ways, it’s kind of an exaggerated version of training a new employee. It’s an enjoyable enough series, though, and it gives a comedic look into the world of retail.

Servant x Service

The series is set in a Japanese government office building, and the main characters are new employees in the Welfare Department.

The main character, Lucy Yamagami, is enthusiastic and takes her work seriously. However, it’s revealed during the first episode that she has a more “sinister” reason for working in a government office building. When she was born, her parents couldn’t decide on a name, even after having people help them compile a list. Her parents decided to submit all the names on the list as her first name, and all of the names were allowed to be put on her birth certificate. Yamagami is trying to locate the person in the office who allowed that to happen so many years ago.

Her co-workers include: Yutaka Hasebe (the office slacker), Saya Miyoshi (the nervous employee who is working at her first job), Taishi Ichimiya (the clueless supervisor), and Megumi Chihaya (the temp worker who likes to cosplay and create doujinshi). The series explores these characters and the interactions they have with each other, as well as with other characters who drop by the Welfare Department.

As the series progressed, it went from being a simple comedy to being a comedic series that focuses on the relationships between the characters. Secrets are also a big focus of the series. Servant x Service does a great job of being a series set in a workplace that mixes humor, character interaction, and character development.

SHIROBAKO

The series starts out with five friends in a high school animation club producing an animation to screen at their school cultural fair. Aoi, Ema, Shizuka, Misa, and Midori swear that they’ll eventually reunite in Tokyo and make another anime together. Two-and-a-half years later, we see that Aoi is working as a production assistant at Musashino Animation, and that Ema is also working there as an animator. Shizuka is a newbie voice actress at Akaoni Production, Misa is working at a computer graphics studio, and Midori is a university student.

The first half of the series places a strong focus on Aoi and Ema as they’re just starting out in the industry, and we get to see all the issues that go on behind the scenes during the production of an anime. Shizuka is also seen trying to break into anime voice acting, but she doesn’t have confidence and gets nervous at her auditions. Misa is dissatisfied with her job, because she’s always given the same thing to do over and over, and she has no interest in what the company is giving her.

The second half of the series sees Aoi being promoted from production assistant to production desk, so she has to learn a new job and how to handle all the stress that comes with it. It doesn’t help that Aoi realizes that she isn’t quite sure what her dream is even though her friends all have goals and aspirations. The other friends also see changes in their situations as well.

This anime about producing anime has a good combination of serious and humorous moments, and it gives a kind of behind the scenes look at what goes into producing the anime that fans enjoy watching.

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Crunchyroll Adds The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and Junjō Romantica 3

Cruchyroll has announced that it has added The Devil Is a Part-Timer, Blood Blockade Battlefront, and Junjō Romantica 3 anime to its catalog.

The Devil is a Part-Timer! is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Blood Blockade Battlefront is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.

Junjō Romantica 3 is available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands.

Source: ANN

A Silent Voice Ranks in YALSA’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens

The American Library Association’s (ALA’s) Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its 2016 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Of the 112 overall titles, 15 manga titles are on the list. Additionally, Yoshitoki Ōima’s A Silent Voice ranked in the Top Ten graphic novels overall this year.

  • A Silent Voice Volumes 1-3 by Yoshitoki Ōima
  • Ajin – Demi-Human Volumes 1-2 by Gamon Sakurai and Tsuina Miura
  • Akame ga KILL! Volume 1 by Takahiro and Tetsuya Tashiro
  • Assassination Classroom Volumes 1-3 and 5 by Yusei Matsui
  • Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga by Jiro Kuwata
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Volumes 1-3 by Akio Hiiragi and Satoshi Wagahara
  • Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Volume 1 by Nami Sano
  • Master Keaton Volumes 1-3 by Hokusei Katushika, Takashi Nagasaki, and Naoki Urasawa
  • My Neighbor Seki Volumes 1-3 by Takuma Morishige
  • One-Punch Man Volumes 1-2 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata
  • OPUS by Satoshi Kon
  • So Cute It Hurts!! by Gō Ikeyamada
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volumes 1-2 by Sui Ishida
  • Your Lie in April Volume 1 by Naoshi Arakawa
  • Yukarism Volumes 1-4 by Chika Shiomi

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (which is known in Japan as Hataraku Mao-sama) is based on a Japanese light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara and illustrated by Oniku. The anime was produced by White Fox and was directed by Naoto Hosoda. The series aired on Japanese television from April 4-June 27, 2013. As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American license for The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

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 acquire 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. But 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.

I would recommend The Devil Is a Part-Timer! to anime viewers who appreciate comedic series. However, be sure to go into it realizing that the story doesn’t truly conclude at the end of the final episode.

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The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Spin-Off Manga Ending in February 2015

The March 2015 issue of ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Daioh magazine is announcing that Kurone Mishima’s The Devil is a Part-Timer! High School! spin-off manga will be ending the next issue. The April 2015 issue will be released on February 27, 2015. The manga is a spin-off of Satoshi Wagahara’s original light novel series.

The spin-off manga began in Dengeki Daioh in 2012, and Kadokawa shipped in the fourth compiled volume in Japan in September 2014.

Wagahara launched the light novel series in 2011, and Kadokawa Group Publishing released the 12th volume in September 2015. Yen Press has licensed the light novel series and will the first volume in English in April 2015. FUNimation licensed the anime adaptation and released it in North America in July 2014.

Source: ANN

More Members Announced for the English Cast of The Devil is a Part-Timer! Anime

More English cast members have been announced for the The Devil is a Part-Timer! anime:

  • Mark Stoddard is Olba Mayer
  • Monica Rial is Emeralda Etouver
  • Christopher R. Sabat is Albert Ende
  • Cynthia Cranz is Miki Shiba
  • Alexis Tipton is Rika Suzuki
  • Caitlin Glass is Mayumi Kisaki
  • R Bruce Elliott is Narrator

Two More English Cast Members Announced for The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Anime

FUNimation has announced two more English cast members for The Devil Is a Part-Timer! anime series:

  • Felecia Angelle is Emi Yusa
  • Tia Ballard is Chiho Sasaki

The English dub will be making its premiere at Anime Central, and then the series will be released as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo on July 22, 2014.

Source: ANN