Striking fear into the hearts of mortals, the Demon Lord Satan begins to conquer the land of Ente Isla with his vast demon armies. However, while embarking on this brutal quest to take over the continent, his efforts are foiled by the hero Emilia, forcing Satan to make his swift retreat through a dimensional portal only to land in the human world. Along with his loyal general Alsiel, the demon finds himself stranded in modern-day Tokyo and vows to return and complete his subjugation of Ente Isla—that is, if they can find a way back!
Powerless in a world without magic, Satan assumes the guise of a human named Sadao Maou and begins working at MgRonald's—a local fast-food restaurant—to make ends meet. He soon realizes that his goal of conquering Ente Isla is just not enough as he grows determined to climb the corporate ladder and become the ruler of Earth, one satisfied customer at a time!
Whether it's part-time work, household chores, or simply trying to pay the rent on time, Hataraku Maou-sama! presents a hilarious view of the most mundane aspects of everyday life, all through the eyes of a hapless demon lord.
Unholy burger and fries. I would sure love to try them.
Supreme comedy. That’s what Hataraku Maou-sama is. I like to split the comedy genre into two types when it comes to it and the anime series in general: the first one is the comedy flow that is present through the entire series. It is there to make the series a tad lighter, to bring some more energy and by chance, to make us smile every once in a while. The second one, however, tends to focus on separate scenes rather than bringing the quirky atmosphere. It focuses on jokes and scenes that make us not only smile, but laugh. From sadistic to well-planned situations alike, that would be the general purpose of the second type - making us laugh.
Hataraku Maou-sama is the second type. Furthermore, it is extremely successful.
The series’ start is quite dark and serious, but if you’ve taken a look at the genres and read the synopsis, then you can guess that it doesn’t stay like that for long. We are presented to the situation that went down in the world of Ente Isla, the world in which our main characters originally lived in. After the great Satan Lord Jacob gets defeated by Hero Emilia, he, alongside with his fellow General Alsiel, is forced to pull back and escape. Just before departure, Jacob swears that he will return and regain control over Ente Isla once more. They open up a dimensional portal and go through it, not knowing that Emilia has followed them.
Right after all the seriousness is gone, the fun begins.
Yes, right after that. Of course, the world in which our two demons have landed on is Earth. Japan, to be specific. The first thing they realize is that they cannot regenerate magic in this world, and since they’ve used most of it up for opening the portal, magic becomes one of many things they have to go easy on from that point on. I could go on and on about what happens to them, but I wouldn’t want to spoil much, since it would truly be best for you to see it for yourself.
On short, our main characters that come from Ente Isla must now blend in the everyday life of a human. That includes getting a job, paying for everyday expenses, and so on. Does that sound a bit boring? Well, that’s far from it. Besides being spiced up with some amazing comedy on every corner, supernatural activity comes in as well. Our lead characters are attacked! They are being pursued! Is this the time to be worried about them? No. It is the time for you to laugh to your heart’s desire, since every scene is presented either in a badass, or funny way.
Through the story, we are presented to more and more new characters, most of them coming from Ente Isla themselves. After being “tamed” by our original main leads, they settle down on Earth as well, each of them living their lives in their own way. From working and having a job, being a housewife (housedude?), all the way to being a lazy NEET.
Since most of the angels that come from Ente Isla are female, while the demons are male, you can get a picture of what kind of pacts are made. It is a wide-known saying that us, men, have no weapons against women, so the only thing we can do for us to prevail is stick together. Our demons do just that. Closely. On the start, Jacob and Alsiel rent quite a small apartment, barely containing enough space for the two already. But no, things get only (worse) funnier. One more demon comes and after being tamed and proven weaker, that little apartment becomes a smaller strongholds of idiots, so to speak.
And so, our supernatural peeps head towards their everyday issues, with comedy awaiting us on every single corner.
Focusing a little bit on other components as well, the art and sound are splendid. The art is really attractive, making the characters quite adorable for the eye to see (yeah, you get to love those pixels in front of you). Not to mention the great display of various actions, such as the all-lovable trollface out of nowhere. All in all, it presents the story in a great way. The sound fits in excellently. What is left to make us laugh besides the animation and the text? Of course, the way the text is spoken and delivered! I must compliment the voice actors here. They have all done a really good job at emphasizing the characters’ emotions through voice, especially their common outbursts. A special shout-out goes to Ryota Ohsaka here, who is voicing our MC, Jacob, and has done it right all the way. Taking the scene in which Jacob is screaming on Alsiel: “You’re freaking right you’re late! It’s all over, why do you even bother showing up now!?” , I can say it is just presented in a way that I couldn’t find a better one, in all honesty.
The characters make the show. Alongside with the scenes they get caught in, we get to sympathize with them, we take them as some stupid idiots, we want to see them get stormed-over more, and so on. On short, we want more of each and every single one of them. It’s one of those rare cases where the stupid characters in some series aren’t annoying. The catch is that they are not mainstream. Far from that. They are totally unique, and their stupidity is unique as well. It reaches levels far beyond. Well, from everything I’ve written so far, I think you can guess what my enjoyment is like. It is pumping high. Very high.
Overall, Hataraku Maou-sama is stupid. There is not a single quality focus in the series. However, it is still grand. Oh yes, it is. In all honesty, I cannot remember the last time that I’ve had such good laughs during watching some anime series, but I sure will remember Hataraku Maou-sama for a long period of time. Very worth the watch. Heck, if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure to emphasize its priority to the maximum if you’ll ever feel like watching some great comedy. Extremely suggested.read more
I'm well aware this isn't going to be a popular review, so go ahead and downvote it just because I gave it a 5/10, but at least listen to why first, because someone has to shatter the illusion that this was actually a good show.
The basic premise of the show is that the overlord of the demon army and one of his generals are attacked by the hero during a large scale war to take over 'ente isle'. They attempt to temporarily retreat to an alternate dimension, but find themselves trapped in modern day japan and are unable to return. So must work menial jobs to survive while they attempt to find a way to recover their powers and return to ente isle. It's a solid premise that's fairly original and had a lot of potential, but ultimately failed in its execution.
I know what your thinking, the main character of the show is a demonic overlord trapped in human form, working in McDonalds. So we'll get an evil anti-hero with dark tendency's who goes on to become good, accepting human values, and seeking reconciliation for his dark past. But instead we get your typical self sacrificing "emiya shiro" right from the get go. He becomes your generic harem/action protagonist, and never displays any regret over his past actions despite this. As such Maou gets no concrete development over the show, and the fact that he is a demon has no relevance to his personality whatsoever.
The show then goes on to introduce more and more female characters to the point where it becomes a slice of life harem with a little action and comedy scattered throughout. We also see scenes from ente isle but bizarrely there are no demons present at all, despite being on the verge of conquering the entire world before Maou left they apparently just got up and left.
Most of the "plot" starts feeling like filler after each of the characters is introduced which ultimately meant they ran out of time to develop any real closure on the romance side. Making the ending feel like a half season break, rather than a satisfying end to the show. So you'll have to wait at least another year for season 2 to get any closure.
The comedy starts off okay but there was never really enough of it to sustain the show purely on laughs, and as the show goes on the comedy becomes less and less frequent and much more repetitive (oh we are so poor, that's still hilarious the 1000th time we've heard it)
The opening isn't present for the first two episodes, because when it is finally introduced it just recycles footage from the first two episodes. The music in the show isn't awful, but it certainly isn't a selling point for the show. The art is of the same high quality we've come to expect of modern anime but doesn't do anything exceptional in that regard.
Overall I believe it is a very overrated mediocre show. Whist its premise is fairly original its poorly executed and there's nothing here that hasn't been done much better elsewhere. read more
If your wanting an all weekend anime marathon this is the anime for you. It's fun, comedic, and short with a side of action.
While I scrolled through the list the title is was caught my eye, "The Devil is A part Timer". There are many thoughts that came to mind so I decided to please my curiosity. From the start to finish the plot flows in a consistent manner. The characters development is great despite the short amount of episodes that are allotted (13). The animation is great as well as a decent english dubbed version.
Can't really point out anything bad in particular other than the stereo typical loud tsundere chick.
But all in all, quick and fun just like I like it. read more
Every year a cluster of anime release for people to gobble whatever they can get their hands on. However a few well made anime somehow don't get as much public attention they deserve. The hidden gem among piles of sand.
This anime is the one.
While sucky reboots and trashy sequels keep spreading their vice like grip among people who haven't breathed outside air for a long time, Hataraku Maou Sama is the odd kid in the block. It has a totally new concept which totally works for its genre. While most other stuff still don't know their true identities after 10 episodes, this anime knows where its comedy lies and executes it very well. It may not send you into hysterical fits of laughter, but rest assured you will be having a loony grin plastered on your face while watching it. The best word to describe it will be 'Delightful'. And it has a pretty decent story as well. Being 11 episodes only it will be a short journey though. But at least its a memorable one.
Characters make or break a show. HMS has great characters with their own idiosyncrasies and attitude. From the Lucifer who turns into a NEET to our own hero who turns from being a apathetic dark lord to a guy who works at Mc Ronalds. Yeah you read it right. This makes up for interesting situations which never fail to amuse.
Should you watch it? Yeah. Once in a while you need an anime like this to clear your mind and relaxread more
The world of anime in 2013 was a whirlwind of quality. Some of the most popular shows in recent history came out this season, giving anime a massive popularity boost overseas. We've collected the top 20 anime of 2013, based on their MAL scores. Are your favorites on the list?