The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (Light Novel) - TV Tropes
Adaptational Jerkass: In the first light novel, when Emilia confronts Maou about when Ashiya is "explaining" to Rika about he and Maou's relationship with Emi. Everyone acting like Maou and Emi are in a relationship. Maou is pretty indifferent .. Emi: Just how much do you trust your damn underwear? Emi interrupting. As Emi the Hero and Maou the Demon King learn to live side by .. Emi yelled every other word and Maou simply lay there, not trusting himself to speak. . feel that Emi and Maou's relationship needed to really move it's ass.
If I had to guess, I'd say he'll be reporting to his heavenly superiors. What do you think, Emi? Doesn't that mean anything? There's a reason my power is called the 'Better Half. We're just lowly beings who depend on the Angels to protect us from you demons," Emi said sarcastically, "so no, I'm not exactly kosher with the angels either. I'm still confused though, prophecies and legends say that the Hero is supposed to stop the Devil. I would think that the angels would put you up on a pedestal or something.
The Hero who stopped the Devil being half angel would be great publicity. Anyway, I'm gonna go to bed soon, I took an extra shift at work and I have to wake up early.
Could you finish this? He lunged and snatched the bowl away before Emi could react. You've gotta give Alciel your recipe. I bet if it tasted a little less celestial forcey it'd be a favorite of demons everywhere. Sure, let me just contribute to the feeding of your demonic army! You can have the rest if you want. You can take it home and Alciel can replicate it. Great, I'll take it. Actually, I'm not sure I'll have any left, any chance I could just get the recipe?
Then I think you can help me do the dishes! Maou went to kitchen to finish off the soup and she waited for the Holy Vitamin Beta to work its way through the Devil's system. She knew it had worked when she heard his body hit the floor. She spun about and slowly approached the prone figure. He was lying next to the empty pot that, only minutes before, held the soup. His stomach had a bump from his gluttony and he giggled like an idiot. Emi had seen this before, at a party she had attended with Rika.
The Devil had gotten drunk off of Holy Vitamin Beta. He looked up at her and his eyes glazed over. He had large pink blotches on his cheeks and his speech was rather slurred. Jusht… don't hit me-hic-pleashe. The Holy Vitamin Beta would eventually wear off, so she decided to put her plan into action.
She drew the knife from her sleeve and brandished it at Maou, whose glazed eye's suddenly widened with realization. Even in his slow and drunken state, he knew his life was at stake. And if I don't like your answers, I will make sure you die in the most painful way possible. Now, why did you kill my father? His mind was cloudy and his tongue felt thick. The town you grew up in… destroyed… before Lucifer got there. I swear to you, Emi. It was rectangular and rimmed in metal.
She set it next to Maou and kneeled next to the mirror. For a moment his eyes glowed brightly, a burning red glare. Then his hand sunk through the mirror and it became a black rectangle. An image slowly formed of a dark throne room and Emi stared down at a man, kneeling before her view point, presumably from a high throne.
I presume you have news? It seems that our sources were correct. The Hero has been found. Unfortunately, we were too late. Upon our arrival a small force of Knights from the church and a single High Priest were waiting for us. After the battle we scoured the village. The Hero's family was not where our intel had said they would be.
Everyone else had been killed beforehand. The lack of flesh wounds brought me to believe magic was the cause of death. Even so, the High Priest that we faced was not the culprit, as his magic was substandard. I bring good tidings, if you would only listen, I would convey them to you in good time.
After piecing together the information I had, I decided to summon a swarm of griffons to track our mystery man. They were intercepted by a well-placed platoon of archers. Meanwhile, Lucifer stayed where he was kneeling at the foot of his lords throne. It was signed 'O'. With a little negative influence, I succeeded in getting a name from that whelp Sariel.
For an Angel of Death, he sure can't take a punch. Now, what is the name. I believe they intend to rest the blame for the destruction of the village on your shoulders. This will give the Hero ample cause to kill you, Sire. Very well, continue your push into the territory. How was Heaven, by the way? The school is also where Lucifer and Olba came through. This hints that Suzuno came through there too and how she would try poisoning Maou and company.
At one time when Emi was visiting the Devil's castle, Lucifer handed her her purse. He put a tracker in it to know her whereabouts at all times. Holy Vitamin B helps Olba regain enough magic to bring the moon closer for Sariel in episode Pretty much the main weapon of the Corrupt Church.
They will backstab anyone so as to put all the blame on them and keep their hands clean. In episode 12, while facing off against Suzuno, Maou dodges some of her attacks, then starts to take his work uniform off, leaving only his socks, shoes, and a pair of shorts on. She is understandably embarrassed by it and asks why he'd do that, but he tells her that if his work clothes get damaged in a non-work environment, then he has to pay for it.
Happens to Maou at the end of episode 6 after he sees the picture of the landlady in a bikini which Chiho picked up when he dropped it in the science lab the previous night. Comically Missing the Point: In episode 10, Chiho visits the theme park that Maou is asked to work at for the day to help with the busy schedule.
She's wearing a revealing swimsuit, and asks how it is. He then tells her that it's a lot busier here than in the store they normally work at, and as he goes on about the work, she increasingly becomes irritated at his Oblivious to Love mentality which Emi calls him out on moments latershowing off some Dull Eyes of Unhappiness shortly afterwards.
Dullahan, Maou's trusty steed and most certainly not just a cheap bicycle. Starting to reach insistent terminology levels. The Holy Church of Ente Isla turns out to be one. Their plan was to raise Emilia as a Tyke Bomb and secretly sabotage the war effort so that the fate of the world fell on the shoulders of their chosen "Hero". Then after Emilia defeats Satan, the Church quietly gets rid of her by faking a Heroic Sacrifice so that they can take the credit and political influence.
They even used Inquisitors to act as their own personal secret police and eliminate anyone who stood in their way. Though High Priest Olba is the chief architect of this, the other higher-ups aren't much better.
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Even though Ente Isla is very intentionally a bog- Standard Fantasy Settingit still starts to reek of this as we learn more about it. See Corrupt Church above. Maou reveals that the demon world before he took over was this. How Maou and Kamazuki meet, thanks to the seemingly cursed stairs. It's heavily steeped in Medieval Catholic traditions, but they worship multiple "gods", have an incompetent angelic bureaucracy, and borrow the Jewish Sephirot for their creation myth.
She doesn't fall much onscreen, but she is introduced to us with lines from both Maou and their boss saying that she trips and drops fries on the floor at least once every couple days. Played for Laughs with Emi in Episode 2, being reduced to tears while begging Maou to open up the door for her, then more seriously at the end of said episode after she had to accept Maou's generosity in allowing her to stay at his and Alciel's place for the night after she lost her purse.
Chiho does this a few times. In Episode 11, Suzuno breaks down in tears after Emi decides to side with Chiho — both girls she came to trust — in sparing Maou, at least for the moment.
Special mention goes to Maou vs. Sariel, the aftermath of which could be seen from space. Emi is on the receiving end of this fighting Sariel, who can cancel any holy powers. Dark Is Not Evil: If Maou and Ashiya are anything to go by while on Earth.
Emi and Ashiya do this in episode 3 while Maou is out on a date with Chiho. Sadao has a rather terrifying one while in his demon form. One of his subordinates, Lucifer, practically turns white when he appears before him, wearing this expression. Once Maou defeats Lucifer, he takes him in.
Thus Lucifer stays at Maou and Alciel's home, so he doesn't cause further trouble, and helps them searching for sources of magic on Earth. Averted with Sariel, though, who the cast continues to despise even if they no longer view him as an enemy.
Maou protects Emi in this way when they're unexpectedly fired on. Abuse, Female on Male: After Maou catches Emi when the latter falls down the stairs at his apartment, he calls her clumsy, prompting her to viciously punch him, followed shortly by a brutal kneeing to his face. However, in this case, Emi doesn't escape unscathed, as he was holding her at the time, and when he drops her, she lands on her upper back and head in a rather painful manner.
Though her hitting him has less to do with gender, and more to do with him being a demon who conquered her homeland. He's only saved when the golden apple he's clutching sprouts arms and blocks it. It Makes Sense in Context.
The last episode opens with both Emilia and Chiho having bad dreams involving Satan. In Emilia's dream, Satan regains his full power and declares his intentions to resume his world-conquering ways, while in Chiho's dream, Maou Sadou informs her that he has to return to his own world. Emi's too spent from torture to properly complain about it, though - even having her ripped-open blouse pointed out barely warrants a reaction.
On Earth, demonic powers are powered by fear, despair and sadness while sacred powers are powered by love. It's rather difficult to restore sacred powers as a consequence. Supernatural Ente Islans can gain magical power from human emotions.
When confronted by the traitorous Lucifer and a power hungry Olba Emi, Maou and Alciel work together to bring them down. They constantly bitch about it during and after the event. Subverted in episode 12, when Olba awakens from a coma and attempts to re-recruit Lucifer, who has taken to filling the role of the token goth roommate since getting his butt handed to him.
Lucifer pretends to go along with him in his attempt to give Sariel immense power by summoning a portal to the moon, Sariel's energy source, knowing the sudden sight of the moon being only meters away would cause enough panic to re-energize Satan. After completing this goal, he promptly curb stops Olba's white, wrinkled ass.
In episode 8, Suzuno suggests this to Emi, but the latter refuses for a variety of reasons, such as Maou saving people's lives in an earlier attack. The masked assailant who attacks Emi at the convenience store in episode 7. He rushes at her Made funnier when the identity of the masked man is revealed. The archangel Sariel fell for a closed glass door. Even Evil Has Standards: You do not look in a lady's wallet without permission! Turns out Maou and his roomies all knew from the beginning Suzuno was actually from Enta Isla.
They just didn't bug her about it because it's free food and not a big deal to them. Lucifer even remarks on how the food tastes a little Sacred for his liking.
Satan and Alciel's Demon forms were bigger than the Hero Emi. Their human forms are much smaller, though, so when Maou temporarily regains his form, his clothing is instantly stretched to the breaking point over his frame. In addition to the whole 'conquer the world' thing, Ashiya says he would steal the keys of someone who had done him a favor, while Maou seems to feel it's his job as an overlord to annoy Emi.
They even prank call her at work to test Lucifer's hacking skills her expressions during this scene are hilarious. Maou was one, but now he's just an employee at a fast food restaurant.
This doesn't stop him from retaining his old dramatic tendencies, however. The series initially had a placeholder opening as well as ending, despite having the accompanying songs for both. The first two episodes have no opening.
The third episode starts with the cuts taken from the light novel covers, before transitioning to using flashbacks and scenes from the first two episodes, to finally showing the fully-animated version in episode Even the "real" opening animation features slight changes between episode 5 and 7, like going from showing just Maou, Ashiya, Emi, and Chiho during the walking sequence, to including Lucifer and Suzuno, incidentally spoiling the latter's identity as the Church Inquisitor.
All this is because the studio, for whatever reason, couldn't complete the actual opening on time. The ending placeholder, on the other hand, is initially a reverse replay of the first episode, then transitions to a basic animation taken from the light novels, then goes to a slow pan-up of Chiho while wearing a bikini, sun hat, and semi-transparent sundress which had been drawn by the director.
The final ending sequence that appears in Episode 06 still retains that particular pan-up, but shows a whole lot more montages — including Chiho sitting seemingly naked covered only by a round cushion, as well as wearing a bunny-girl outfit. It's still very much Chiho-centric however. The pan-up in Episode 06 now shows multiple but faint clocks appearing on Chiho's body.
The ending credits change again for episode 13, showing slice-of-life moments for the main cast after everything's wrapped up. Chiho figured that supernatural entities would be a bit more impressive. Emi concedes her point. I always thought angels and demons and stuff would be more Explaining Your Power to the Enemy: While fighting against Emi in episode 11, Sariel took the time to explain his unique ability to nullify her sacred powers to Emi.
Justified in that he had absolute confidence in his powers. Since his power couldn't be blocked, nullified, or taken away, simply knowing he can do it does absolutely nothing to help Emi to overcome it. Lucifer is the main one, but there's implied to be others.
Fantastic Comedy Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The later light novels start to devolve more into Ente Isla and we see. The western continent is based on medieval Europe with their more advanced magic and constant fights power struggles with the church. The Eastern continent is based on dynastic China with the word dynasty used and even fireworks and firecrackers used by the citizens. The only reason he fought humans in the first place is because they were in the way in his goals.
It also help that he's in the situation where he has to work with humans if he is to succeed in world domination. Played straight by Emi. Justified that she lost her father in the war against the demons. Featureless Plane of Disembodied Dialogue: The light novels, in their English translation, do not use dialogue tags. A reader must parse the following paragraph and figure out who the speaker is. Sometimes, however, there is no following paragraph, leaving the reader confused and bewildered who is talking.
One egregious example happens at the beginning of book 3, when Maou and Suzuno are trying to impress each other with their knowledge of the Obon tradition.
Halfway through, Chiho enters the conversation, but we don't find that out for another page and a half, making the back and forth utterly incomprehensible to attribute.
The three demons of the cast are male with the Fallen Angel being the most feminine-looking of the trio while the half-angel hero is female with her angel half stemming from her mother. Subverted in the case of Archangel Sariel, though he still looked rather feminine as well. The fast-food joint Maou works at is called MgRonalds.
Nobody does chicken like Sentucky Fried Chicken. Apart from Suzuno's arrival at the end, the majority of Episode 6 is an anime original. Fish out of Water: It helps that there are time skips during their adjustment phase but it's implied they do take well to their new lives albeit with a naivety concerning subtle details of daily modern life.
Played very straight with Suzuno, who is not only a fish out of water but a fish out of temporal water as well. This severely complicates her adjustment compared to the others. She argues with a train station gate insistently blocking her way and stereotypically freaks out about a flatscreen tv having "tiny people" in it.
Even after being corrected, she's shown to be hard-locked into some habits such as speaking Japanese in a very old, formal and traditional style and wearing kimonos she still buys more kimonos during a shopping spree when told about western clothes and given magazines about them.
This just seems to be her personal preference however. This is partly justified since, in order to prepare herself for Japan she studied historical dramas. At first it seems things are going to end up in a very heated argumentbut then Emi offers to buy him some dinner if he'll tell Rika about Maou.
He immediately accepts and sits down, proclaiming that there's nothing he wouldn't do for Maou and to save on their money.
Often but very subtle In episode 7 Emi drops several hints during her first encounter with Suzuno including considering the possibility of her being an assassin from Ente Isla, which she is. Also hinting at Suzuno's identity, in the original Japanese script Emi asks Suzuno "are you after Maou" which she interprets to mean after him to kill him resulting in a pretty big misunderstanding. In the English dub however, the line was changed and the misunderstanding removed causing a minor inconsistency later.
Still in episode 7, Urushihara looks at one of Emi's energy drinks and says if she keeps drinking that stuff she will wind up like Ashiya who is sick with what appears to be heatstroke. Since the bottle actually contains Celestial Force, this hints at the true cause of Ashiya's illness, as well as the fact that Urushihara already figured out the bottle's contents.
At least one has turned traitor.
In episode three, if you go frame by frame through the collapsing tunnel scene you see magical barriers going up around the people as Maou protects them. In episode eleven, during a casual attempt to get out of work, Urushihara stops for a moment to pick up his shoes but instead is shown picking up Suzuno's sandals. If you pause during the brief shot of the pile of shoes by the door you can see a small tracking device in Urushihara's hand.
The gestures and body language of the characters is well animated. Some of these occur in less than half a second. During the lunchbox scene, pay attention to Chiho's expressions and how she throws herself across the table to grab, yank and then shake Maou. Emi is a powerhouse of expressions to the point where you can read the escalating stages of "pissed off" she's going through in a single moment. You cannot party the night away with some hero.
Maou's apartment is pretty small, but of the two later three people living in it, only one is employed, and he has a part-time job at a fast food restaurant. Possibly justified when it's revealed that the landlady knew what they were from the beginning and was sympathetic to their plight.
From Nobody to Nightmare: While she begins to dedicate her time to spying on him in case he reverts to his demon ways, Maou remains more irritated by her presence than anything else, even displaying pity upon learning that she was all alone in Japan. The Demon King apologizes for his past sins Though he still expresses a desire to return to Ente Isla and reclaim the lands there, he shows very little antagonism or ill will towards the Hero, and even begins showing her kindness and concern.
This is first shown when they help each other escape an assassination attempt from an unknown assailant, and later when he orders Ashiya to bring the Hero some medicine and personally treats several of her wounds. Emi eventually confronts him over this change in personality, noting he is much different from the Demon King she fought back home. When mourning the losses she suffered when his army destroyed her home, Maou admits that back then he never truly understood humans, and genuinely apologizes, much to her confusion.
Due to the loss of her father, Emi viewed Maou as a despicable person who thinks nothing of creating destruction and bloodshed. They have since come to understand each other better, and regularly join forces to combat the continued emergence of threats from Ente Isla that pose danger to their new home and friends.
On occasion they both acknowledge that the day may come when both will be enemies again, though as the story continues, this becomes less apparent. Due to how often he interacts with Emi, Maou has grown mostly relaxed around her, almost as though their enmity never existed. Since then, the two have steadily grown closer while being forced to act as a family, with both slowly falling into the roles of parents over time.
After learning that her father is still alive, the Hero loses much of her previous bitterness towards the Demon King, and begins to question his true motivations. He also refuses to tell her the real reason behind Ente Isla's invasion, as he is worried this may cause her more confusion and make her lose her grounding as a Hero.
While Emi is held hostage in Ente Isla, she finally accepts that Maou's personality as a human is not a ruse and he is truly a kind and caring person at heart. Although she cannot fully forgive him because his invasion had tragic consequences for the people of Ente Isla, the anger that was driving her outward animosity towards him is no longer there.
After being rescued by Maou and company, Emi's demeanor with Maou changes drastically - she is not hotheaded but calm, openly shows her gratitude to him, and treats him more like a friend than an enemy.