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The Devil is a Part-Timer Light Novel, Vol. 1

(The Devil is a Part-Timer: Light Novel #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  1,007 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 21st 2015 by Yen On (first published February 10th 2011)
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J.L.   Sutton
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Reading Satoshi Wagahara’s The Devil is a Part-Timer Volume #1 reminded me how much I enjoyed the anime series. In the book/anime, the Devil King (Sadou Mao) gets stuck on earth and, because he’s lost his powers, is forced to get a part-time job at a fast-food restaurant. He doesn’t abandoned his goal of reconquering the world he’s left behind (Ente Isla). He sees each rung in the ladder, from his position as fry cook to assistant shift manager, as a step toward greater power (aka reconquering E ...more
Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {and so on}
After being thwarted by Emilia Justina, known around Ente Isla as The Hero, the Devil King Satan and demon General Alciel were thrust through the Gate, a portal connecting the demon and mortal realms.
The travel, miraculously, didn't kill them.
What it did do was turn them into humans, weaker ones at that, and plunk them down in the middle of modern day Tokyo.

Left to their own devices as immigrants in Japan, the former demon lord and his right arm are forced to day-labor their way into an apartmen
**✿❀  Maki ❀✿**
Oh, I love the premise of this thing.

A demon lord and his commander get stuck on Earth after a failed attempt to conquer another world, and they have to play human until they find a way to gather enough magic to open a portal back home.

Their plan involves cunning, research into the history of angels and demons in Japan...and working part-time at a parody of McDonald's.

True evil knows exactly how long to heat up baby food in an industrial strength microwave.

Rather than relying on the "fish out of
I'm honestly torn in regards to Devil Is a Part-Timer. There are a lot of things that this novel does really well. The outlandish characters are very well written, the depiction of mundane modern life is spot-on, and, when the two are combined, it's really funny and entertaining to see stock fantasy characters working at call centers and fast food places. The supporting characters get the same amount of respect as the two leads, too, which is really fantastic. If the everyday stuff was the entir ...more
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
I enjoyed it surprisingly a lot. Did not expect that.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave an overview of the plot in my review of the manga adaptation last month. Therefore, I am not giving much detail here. Instead what I am going to do is to comment on what I liked so much about this work and what I hope I find changed in future volumes of the series when they are translated.

As I noted in the earlier said review, I noted how it is closer to the source material presumably, well, it is. In that way, we can see a few things that the anime changed. Maou is much more evil initial
Sean O'Hara
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Remember that old Joan Obsorne song? You know, the one that goes,

What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus

This book is like that, only replace God with the Devil.

You see the Demon Lord Satan has been trying to take over the realm of Ente Isla, but just as he was on the verge of victory, a hero appeared amongst the humans of the Western Continent, a woman named Emiliana who vanquished Satan's general Lucifer and drove his forces back to their homeland. Faced w
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I watched the anime. I read the manga. And now, at long last, I have read the first volume of the light novel!

If you've seen the anime or read the manga, you know exactly what to expect from Devil is a Part-Timer by now. For those familiar with the anime, this volume covers the first half or so, with all the earthquakes.

For those unfamiliar with the series, this is a good place to start, since it is the source material and all.

This is the story of Sadao Maou, former devil king and conqueror, as
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I promised myself I would shelve the books I had left out on my last A-Z run before starting on "A" again. I lied. (Though I did finally shelve them, and I'm only up to "D".) But then, the whole point of this project was to read the hundreds of books I had accumulated over the years but not yet read.

So, having plucked this book to read before I go on to my L.P. Davies novel—that's another kind of lie.


On the other hand, these are called "light novels" for a reason. Despite clocking in at 240
There were two things that almost ruined this book for me. One was the humor, which I was expecting and was prepared for, but what I wasn’t expecting was how the humor would influence the story.

Take Ashiya, he’s the Demon King’s right hand man and apparently a great tactician, and this is how he was portrayed throughout the story (when he wasn’t being forgotten by everyone):

Driven halfway to tears, Ashiya tried his best to explain the story to the highly irritated Emi.

I know he lost his power
Kate (Looking Glass Reads)
Review originally found on Looking Glass Reads.

The Devil Is A Part-Timer!, Vol. 1 by Satoshi Wagahara is a light novel (and anime, and manga) I've had my eye on for a long time. I watched the anime and when it became apparent there wasn't another season coming out, at least nothing any time soon, I grabbed a copy of the original light novel. This is the first light novel in a still ongoing series about a half angel hero turned call-center employee, the literal devil working as a part-time fast f
Suzanne Dix
The all-powerful and very evil Devil King (Satan) has been chased out of Ente Isla by the clever and tenacious Emilia The Hero. Escaping through a Gate, Satan and his Great Demon General, Alciel, find themselves powerless and penniless in Japan. Recognizing that they will need to regroup and rebuild their otherworldly power, Satan takes on the task of earning some money to support Alciel and himself. In the body of a seventeen year old he works at MgRonald and meets Chiho, who instantaneously ha ...more
Jasmine Rose
I love it when my expectations are surpassed.

I absolutely loved the anime, so my expectations for the novel were fairly high, although my minimal experience with other light novels tempered them a bit. This is actually the first light novel I've read, but I've flipped through a few others and the writing certainly wasn't anything I'd celebrate. The Devil is Part-Timer, however, was an enjoyable read.

The comedy was spot-on and and it did a good job of delving into what each of the characters was
Jack Reynolds
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-novels
When I got into serious anime watching back in 2014, The Devil is a Part Timer was one of the my favorite anime series. It still is to this day in fact. So when I found out that the light novels were going to come out in the US, I was really interested to check them out. It took a while though, since I bought this on Black Friday, and I had other books to read.

This was nice to finish up my Winter Break with. I enjoyed all of the main characters from the anime, and I still liked them here. I was
Todd Ross
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-novel
I watched the anime based on this light novel a couple years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the basic premise. When a friend of mine suggested that he owns them and could lend it to me, I jumped on it. I think I'm starting to like light novels. They are like YA, but also a lot like japanese Anime and Manga in general story flow and characterization.

I liked this book as it mostly told the story from the anime, although contained some new details the show skipped. It also told things in a different or
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I first found out about The Devil is a Part-Timer on Netflix. Even though it was only 13 episodes long I really enjoyed it. I tried to find the light novel online to read but no luck so when I saw the first volume for sale at my local bookstore I had to buy it. I can't wait for volume two to come out
James Penn
I think Wagahara's method of writing is very smooth in his narrative. I think this book also had a very good translator. Wagahara did a great job at creating minor character quorks and mini-stories within his novel that we otherwise would have not known about in the anime (i.e. the debate between people across Japan either saying "Maggie's" or "Ronald's" as an abbreviation for Maou's place of work - sort of like Red Sox fans against Yankee fans). It's minor details like that that give a story li ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not perfect, but highly entertaining.

The short -- the Devil King flees his homeland and ends up without most of his magic looking like a teen in Japan. In order to survive there he takes a job as a part-timer at a burger joint. One of his four generals came with him, the other 3 assumed dead. Of course the Hero who caused him to flee also ends up making it through the gateway and hasn't entirely given up her goal to take down the Devil King... but only in a fair fight.

It is almost a slice of lif
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're into light novels with lots of fun and laughter. I recommend you to read this.

The devil is a part-timer is truly an entertainment. I didn't even realized that its already morning when I finished reading the book! That's how captivating it is. I mean, where can you actually find the lord of hell who once conquered an island to conquer the MgRonalds ladder to be a full time employee?

I really love how the writer makes me feel like I am actually in there. It makes me go to the places wher
Chris Keller
The premise is simple if the Lord of Mordor and his top Lieutenant escaped to our world and were largely stripped of magic what kind of life would they lead? The humor is all about the Japanese working class and juxtaposing it with sword and sorcery characters. The Devil turns out to be not so evil when he isn't omnipotent and learns to love the struggle of his dead end earth life. The translation is highly readable with a slight british tone. The story tends to have a hard time with the larger ...more
Sarah Lou
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious slice of life meets fantasy light novel of a demon lord escaping a heroic knight. The english translated novel by Yenpress; made it an enjoyable read. There are some illustrations in it, but if you prefer pictures, it's advised to get the manga version. I got this version to read the pure original storyline of Hataraku Maou-sama or aka: Devil is a Part-timer
My struggle with light novels continues. This was poorly written, but the plot was grabbing. Maybe this is why light novels make such good bases for anime: you retain the good plot, and the shitty writing can go by the wayside as you elevate it more with color and music and voice-acting. I’m curious to try the anime, next, and see whether and how that changes my attitude towards the series.
Ricardo Matos
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: light-novels
Bought this for a super small price and read it as a "why not". Turned out to be a light hearted comedy that I enjoyed. The premise is interesting, the ending is cool but the fighting is a bit boring and nonsensical... It did make me want to read the 2nd volume, so I'll give this series a chance
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Brandon Varnell
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, light-novels
For those who want to watch my YouTube review, please click on the link The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Demons. Heroes. A classic story of good versus evil—well, that's how most of these stories go. The Devil is a Part-timer isn't exactly what I would call your typical tale.

This story is about Sadou Maou, once a demon lord from another world, now a part-time employee at MgRonalds.

Yes, I am perfectly aware that MgRonalds is a not-so-obscure reference to McDonalds. What can do you?

The first thing you ne
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A different take on good and evil where it's not black and white, they characters are all pretty much gray. I was excepting a normal light novel with cheap humor but this was a great story.
Karma Akabane
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious. Watched the anime and loved it. Read the manga......meh.
Tiletha Melendez
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This light novel fills in the gaps of the whole story line. It is still and good series to read and to get into. Very funny.
Devon Lawler
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it

I enjoyed it but I kind of figured I would because I really liked the show. It's pretty funny and the characters are interesting
Mauricio Portillo
I really miss the anime and all what I really want is the second season of this amazing manga, on the other hand I really enjoyed and made me laugh for hours
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