My Reading Brain

The Devil is a Part-Timer Manga, Vol. 1

By: Satoshi Wagahara, Akio Hiragi (Visual Art)
Series: The Devil Is a Part-Timer Manga(#1)
Summary: After being soundly thrashed by the hero Emilia, the Devil King and his general beat a hasty retreat to a parallel universe...only to land plop in the middle of bustling, modern-day Tokyo! Lacking the magic necessary to return home, the two are forced to assume human identities and live average human lives until they can find a better solution. And to make ends meet, Satan finds gainful employment at a nearby fast food joint! With his devilish mind set on working his way up the management food chain, what will become of his thirst for conquest?!

Review: Following the defeat of demon armies in Ente Isla, the Devil King, Sadao Maou, and his general, Shiro Ashiya, travel to modern-day Tokyo. Maou works at a fast-food restaurant and lives with Ashiya in an apartment as they try to find a way back home because of their limited magic.

Having read this manga, I found it very interesting. The plot of the demon lord coming into the real world is very comical. The situation can, however, get very serious when it needs to. A certain amount of magic was present in the real world. I liked the way it presented this, and it wasn’t confusing. I appreciated the explanation of magic in the real world. The cast of characters was great and relatable.

Although the demon lord was evil in his world, he was a sympathetic character. It’s not just the magical characters that are interesting; the humans are as well.

The art style isn’t unique, it was still well done. My one complaint was that the plot came out of nowhere. Despite the lack of a real setup, the plot worked out in the end. Manga fans who like comedic, but serious mangas will like this. My overall opinion of this book is that it is worth reading.