Hataraku Maou-sama!! The Devil is a Part-Timer! 2nd Season The Devil is a Part-Timer!! Hataraku Maou-sama 2 はたらく魔王さま！！
The Devil is a Part-Timer is about the once-feared Demon Lord Satan of Ente Isla, who had to flee to Earth after being defeated by the hero Emilia Justinia, is now leading a peaceful life in Tokyo under the alias Sadao Maou. Having become a model employee of a local fast-food restaurant, Sadao has to provide for his former generals Alciel and Lucifer who joined him in Japan, as well as avoid confrontations with Emi Yusa—the assumed name of Emilia—and the angels who monitor his actions.
Amidst a violent argument between Sadao and Emi, a dimensional portal suddenly appears, carrying a mysterious apple that harbors a toddler named Alas Ramus. To everyone’s bewilderment, she imprints on Emi and Sadao, marking them as her parents! After Emi reluctantly agrees to help Sadao take care of Alas Ramus, their semblance of normal life is jeopardized by the appearance of the archangel Gabriel, who comes bearing bad news. He claims that he must take both Alas Ramus and Emi’s sacred sword with him—lest the world be destroyed.
Unable to accept Gabriel’s grim prophecies, the hero and the former Demon Lord need to put their differences aside and unite to protect what they hold dearest.
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It’s been a season of long-awaited sequels, with Classroom of the Elite Season 2, and Overlord Season 4 coming back after 5 years and 4 years respectively, and for this show, IT HAS BEEN 9 WHOLE YEARS since Season 1. It’s great that highly respected titles in the anime community are making a comeback after years of waiting, and that might inspire future sequels to come, for shows like No Game No Life, or Land of the Lustrous for example.
The Devil is a Part-Timer was a top-tier isekai I watched perhaps a year ago for the first time. It had a solid premise, good comedy, and was animated by studio White Fox, a rather top-tier studio. When The Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 2 was announced, and that there was a studio change, to Studio 3Hz, I was skeptical, but of course I’d give it a try. The character designs were certainly a step down from Season 1 (which already didn’t have the greatest designs), and with time, the animation degraded immensely. It wasn’t just the production that took a nosedive though, the plot did too, and it became quite the snoozefest at times.
Was this show always this slow and was it really a slice-of-life? There were a few interesting plot points to be explored, but they never really went to solid detail with them. There was the introduction of a new character, Alas=Ramus, who was the new Anya Forger of the season in her cuteness, but where she came from, and who she really is wasn’t really explored well. I remember that Season 1 at least had some fight scenes and villains, but in this season, there was barely anything going to advance the plot, a lot of meandering, random romance elements, and not enough mention of Heaven or Ente Isla to keep things intriguing. This was not the show I remember, I don’t remember it being this boring.
The character designs don’t really feel like designs you’d see in a fantasy anime, but more like designs you’d see in CGDCT or slice of life show. They also looked very flat and round at the same time, which was weird. The fight scenes were very disappointing, with a lot of still imagery and janky movement. The production continued to degrade with time, and even simple movements became very awkward.
Not very stand-out at all, OP and ED were your sub-par songs, and the soundtrack was quite unnoticeable.
The characters were very flat this season, with not much development whatsoever. There was a huge emphasis on romance (even between side characters), and that was quite insignificant and unnecessary. With a weak plot, the characters wouldn’t be very good either obviously, and none of them really added anything to the table this season.
Quite the snoozefest at times, considerably more boring than Season 1. I mean, the comedy is still ok, but everything else, such as the romance and action themes were in the mud this season. It’s mostly the bad production that hurts how the themes were executed, but the plot has really degraded as well, and with that, you can’t expect the themes to be done right.
A huge shame honestly, 9 long years, and this is what fans got. Should this season have been made in the first place? Yes and no. There’s some nostalgia to be had here, but not much more than that, and with the supposed bad LN ending that fans were talking about from what I heard, right now, this series is in the mud, and that’s just incredibly unfortunate.