Season Finale, Ep. 13 “The Devil and the Hero Do Some Honest Hard Work”
Chiho and Sadao are standing on a rooftop, the sun setting behind them. Sadao, in the full glory of his demon form, has gathered enough magic to return home to Ente Island. Chiho implores him to stay; he replies he cannot and gives her a kiss on the forehead. The goodbye is tender, sweet and one of the best moments of the anime.
But it turns out to be just a dream of Chiho’s. As the season finale, this is the pressing issue at hand—will the Devil and his minions finally leave Japan? When discussed, Sadao reveals that he doesn’t have enough magic to leave yet.
But then Emilia has a dream that Sadao does come into magic, turns into the Devil and begins to start conquering Japan. Although it doesn’t seem plausible, it’s a main concern for Emilia. Will she actually have to fight against the Devil? What will become of their friendship?
As a final episode, I found it to be lacking—in the humor that’s been running through the series, and with closure. The Devil is a Part-timer could have benefited from being a longer running series; this would’ve allowed for better plot and relationship development. It is also unclear as to whether Devil will be a stand-alone anime or if it shall be continued for another season.
With a silly happenstance due to Urushihara’s spending habits, the finale episode makes a point to say that things will remain the same for the Devil and company. They will continue to go about their lives, taking it day by day and seeing what happens. In that regards, the low-key mundane atmosphere of episode 13 is appropriate. It seems that the Devil has made his adjustment to living in the human world.
The one thing that irks me is the final say on the relationship between Emilia, the Hero, and Sadao, the Devil. The title episodes are framed with their relationship in mind, yet it is up to speculation where the two stand. Are they finally friends at this point? Or just two enemies that highly respect each other? Sadao’s quip that he wants Emilia on his team could point to the latter.
Overall, The Devil is a Part-Timer is a decent anime. It hits the mark with its repetitive, reliable humor and moves the storyline along just enough to be engaging, although it has a hard time with its balancing act of being a comedy and action anime.
We wish the best of luck to Sadao and his crew.