The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

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The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
Hataraku Maō-sama! light novel vol 1.jpg
Cover of the first light novel volume
(Hataraku Maō-sama!)
Genre Action, Comedy, Fantasy[1]
Light novel
Written by Satoshi Wagahara
Illustrated by Oniku
Published by ASCII Media Works
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint Dengeki Bunko
Original run February 2011 – ongoing
Volumes 12 (List of volumes)
Written by Akio Hīragi
Published by ASCII Media Works
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Dengeki Comics
Magazine Dengeki Daioh
Original run February 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 5
Hataraku Maō-sama! High School!
Written by Kurone Mishima
Published by ASCII Media Works
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Dengeki Comics
Magazine Dengeki Maoh
Original run July 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 3
Anime television series
Directed by Naoto Hosoda
Written by Masahiro Yokotani
Music by Ryosuke Nakanishi
Studio White Fox
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, KBS, SUN, BS Nittele, TVA, AT-X
Original run April 4, 2013June 27, 2013
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! (はたらく魔王さま! Hataraku Maō-sama!?, lit. Working Demon King! or Demon Lord at Work!) is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku (written as 029). ASCII Media Works has published eleven volumes since February 2011. The story is about a demon king named Satan seeking to conquer the world of Ente Isla but, when confronted by the Hero Emilia Justina, is forced to retreat through a portal that transports him to modern day Tokyo, Japan. To survive and find a way to return to Ente Isla, Satan gains part-time employment at a fast food restaurant. There have been two manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works in Dengeki Daioh and Dengeki Maoh. A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda aired between April and June 2013.


The Demon Lord and one of his generals, Alciel, escape Ente Isla through a portal to modern Tokyo, Japan after being confronted by the Hero Emilia Justina and her companions. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both the Demon Lord and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, the Demon Lord takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald while Alciel serves as his houseman. One day, the Demon Lord, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually the Hero Emilia, who now goes by Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically.


Main characters[edit]

Sadao Maou (真奥 貞夫 Maō Sadao?) / Satan Jacob (サタン・ジャコブ Satan Jakobu?)
Voiced by: Shinobu Matsumoto (drama CD), Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese), Josh Grelle[2] (English) (anime)
Sadao is the Devil King from Ente Isla. Due to the actions of the Hero Emilia Justina and her companions, he was transported to modern day Japan with Ashiya and changed into human form. To survive in Japan, he adopts a Japanese name similar to his original name and works part-time at a MgRonald franchise, eventually being promoted to a full-time position. He and other demons can turn to their original form when people around them are filled with despair. However, when he changes his form to his devil form, he uses his powers for good deeds like repairing the city which always makes the characters confused due to his position as Devil King.
Emi Yusa (遊佐 恵美 Yusa Emi?) / Emilia Justina (エミリア・ユスティーナ Emiria Yusutīna?)
Voiced by: Yū Asakawa (drama CD), Yōko Hikasa (Japanese), Felecia Angelle[2] (English) (anime)
The Hero who defeated the Devil King. After forcing the Devil King to retreat from Ente Isla, she follows him to modern day Japan to ensure that he is destroyed. However, just like the Devil King, she loses most of her magical powers upon her arrival and is forced to assume a Japanese name and find employment as a call center agent. Her father was human and her mother was an archangel. However, during her childhood, Sadao's commander sent out demons to attack her village which ended up killing her father, which is also the reason why she wants to kill the Devil King.
Shirō Ashiya (芦屋 四郎 Ashiya Shirō?) / Alciel (アルシエル Arushieru?)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu (drama CD), Yūki Ono (Japanese), Anthony Bowling[2] (English) (anime)
One of Sadao's Generals who was also transported to the modern day Japan with him. Extremely loyal to Sadao, he takes care of the domestic duties at home and researches ways to regain their magical powers. Anytime he fails to do his loyal duties, he would often break down or be extremely disappointed in himself for not helping his master. He is also rather frugal in spending habits, often resorting to eating up the udon they had for a long time (which, unfortunately, resulted in him having a really bad stomachache and diarrhea.)
Chiho Sasaki (佐々木 千穂 Sasaki Chiho?)
Voiced by: Nao Tōyama (Japanese), Tia Ballard[2] (English)
Chiho is a high school student who is Sadao's friend and fellow employee at MgRonald. She has a crush on Sadao. She can hear and understand the language of Ente Isla due to accidentally being targeted with a communication spell intended for Emi because the spell was set to target those who were thinking about Sadao constantly.
Hanzō Urushihara (漆原 半蔵 Urushihara Hanzō?) / Lucifer (ルシフェル Rushiferu?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono (Japanese), Aaron Dismuke[2] (English)
Lucifer is a fallen angel and one of the Devil King's generals. After the Devil King was transported to the human world, he and Olba became allies in order to defeat the Devil King so he can return to heaven. After being defeated by the Devil King however, he moves in at the same place as Sadao and Shirō. He's good with technology and loves playing video games. As a result of committing a series of robberies with Olba before being defeated by Sadao, he must remain in seclusion. To his irritation, he is usually referred to as a hikikomori or NEET, even among company.
Suzuno Kamazuki (鎌月 鈴乃 Kamazuki Suzuno?) / Crestia Bell (クレスティア・ベル Kuresutia Beru?)
Voiced by: Kanae Itō (Japanese), Alex Moore[2] (English)
Sadao's next door neighbor. She is always wearing a kimono. Suzuno is the grand inquisitor of the church that came to kill Sadao like Emi. Unlike Emi, she apparently has trouble adjusting to the modern life of Japan and is easily found having trouble, especially with Japan's technology. She briefly teamed up with Sariel to eliminate both Sadao and Emi after Sariel reminded her of her duties as grand inquisitor, but after seeing Sadao concerned for Chiho and realizing that she values her friendship with Emi and Chiho, she ultimately went back to the good side by helping Chiho evacuate the area as Satan and Sariel fought. She wields a giant mallet which can be retracted into her flower-shaped hairpin.


Rika Suzuki (鈴木 梨香 Suzuki Rika?)
Voiced by: Asuka Nishi (Japanese), Alexis Tipton (English)
Emi's friend and coworker at the call center who develops romantic feelings for Ashiya.
Mayumi Kisaki (木崎 真弓 Kisaki Mayumi?)
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama (Japanese), Caitlin Glass[3] (English)
The manager of MgRonalds where Sadao and Chiho work.
Emeralda Etūva (エメラダ・エトゥーヴァ Emerada Etūva?)
Voiced by: Azumi Asakura (Japanese), Monica Rial[3] (English)
Emilia's friend and comrade from Ente Isla. She is proficient in alchemy.
Albertio Ende (アルバート・エンデ Arubāto Ende?, Albert)
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese), Christopher R. Sabat[3] (English)
Emilia's friend and comrade from Ente Isla.
Olba Meiyā (オルバ・メイヤー Oruba Meiyā?)
Voiced by: Katsuhisa Hōki (Japanese), Mark Stoddard[3] (English)
Rogue Archbishop of the Church of Ente Isla. He betrayed Emilia and temporarily joined forces with Lucifer to kill Emilia and Satan. Following the failed plans to kill Emi and Sadao, he had gone into hiding. He had been working with the corrupt Church of Ente Isla to kill any and all of their enemies, especially the rebelling 'heretics' such as those of the Allied Knight Order and anyone affiliated with them. He was Crestia's superior and would frequently give her assignments involving the brutal slaughter of the aforementioned groups of people. Following his loss against Satan in Sasakuza, he had somehow found himself in a hospital in the human world, where he regained consciousness after some time. Following this, he tries to reestablish his contract with Lucifer and proceeds to aid Sariel in his battle against Satan by casting a spell to increase his power. It turns out that he had been tricked by Lucifer into creating a panic with the Moon spell which causes Satan to regain his magic and defeat Sariel. Following Sariel's defeat, he is once again restrained, this time by Lucifer.
Mitsuki Sarue (猿江 三月 Sarue Mitsuki?) / Sariel (サリエル Sarieru?)
Voiced by: Yūichi Iguchi (Japanese), Scott Freeman (English)
An Archangel used by the Church of Ente Isla as part of their Execution Inquisition along with Crestia Bell. He had first attacked Emilia in disguise at a convenience store. In order to learn a bit about Satan and Emilia in the human world, he forges the identity of "Mitsuki Sarue" claiming to be the manager of the newly opened Sentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Hatagaya. He eventually teams up with Crestia in order to kill Emilia and Satan. His weapon is a large scythe and possesses a power called the 'Wicked Light of the Fallen' a magic capable of nullifying all sacred powers, as shown when he battles Emilia. During his conflict with Emilia, he demands that she return the sword 'Better Half' to Heaven. This prompts him to take Emilia and Chiho hostage but he is ultimately defeated by Satan. He draws his magic from the Moon, with his power increasing in inverse proportion to his distance from it. He also has a perverted tendency, after he expresses a desire to strip Chiho down in his experiments to learn how she has been influenced by Satan's magic.
Miki Shiba (志波 美輝 Shiba Miki?)
Voiced by: Kimiko Saitō (Japanese), Cynthia Cranz[3] (English)
She is the owner of the "Villa Rosa Sasadzuka" apartment building where Sadao Maō and Suzuno Kamazuki live. She is very obese and seems to know more than a Japanese person should about the visitors from Ente Isla. It is later revealed that she and her niece are God-like guardians of Earth.
Yuki Mizushima (水島 由姫 Mizushima Yuki?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Rachel Robinson (English)
The manager of the Fushima Park MgRonalds branch.


Light novels[edit]

Hataraku Maō-sama! began as a light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by the artist Oniku. Wagahara originally entered the first novel in the series, originally titled Maōjō wa Rokujō Hitoma! (魔王城は六畳一間!?), into ASCII Media Works' 17th Dengeki Novel Prize in 2010 and the novel won the Silver Prize.[4] The first novel was published by ASCII Media Works on February 10, 2011, under their Dengeki Bunko imprint, and eleven novels have been released as of May 10, 2014.[5] In an interview with Publishers Weekly, Yen Press announced their plans to publish the light novels in 2015.[6]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 February 10, 2011[7] ISBN 978-4-04-870270-6 April 21, 2015[8] ISBN 978-0-316-38312-7
2 June 10, 2011[9] ISBN 978-4-04-870547-9
3 November 10, 2011[10] ISBN 978-4-04-870815-9
4 February 10, 2012[11] ISBN 978-4-04-886344-5
5 June 10, 2012[12] ISBN 978-4-04-886654-5
6 October 10, 2012[13] ISBN 978-4-04-886990-4
7 February 10, 2013[14] ISBN 978-4-04-891406-2
8 April 10, 2013[15] ISBN 978-4-04-891580-9
9 August 10, 2013[16] ISBN 978-4-04-891854-1
10 December 10, 2013[17] ISBN 978-4-04-866161-4
11 May 10, 2014[5] ISBN 978-4-04-866554-4


A manga adaptation, illustrated by Akio Hīragi, started serialization in the February 2012 issue of ASCII Media Works' shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh. The first tankōbon volume was published on June 27, 2012,[18] and five volumes have been released as of March 27, 2014.[19] Yen Press announced plans to publish the manga in 2015. A spin-off manga series, illustrated by Kurone Mishima and titled Hataraku Maō-sama! High School! (はたらく魔王さま!ハイスクール! Hataraku Maō-sama! Hai Sukūru!?), began serialization in the July 2012 issue of ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Maoh magazine. Its chapters have been compiled in three tankōbon volumes, released between January 26 and December 21, 2013.[20][21] A four-panel manga anthology volume was published by ASCII Media Works on June 27, 2013.[22]


A 13-episode anime television series adaptation of Hataraku Maō-sama!, produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda,[23] aired between April 4 and June 27, 2013. The anime has Masahiro Yokotani as the script supervisor and Atsushi Ikariya adapts Oniku's characters designs.[24] Funimation streamed the series as it aired and released it on home video in summer 2014.[25] The opening theme is "Zero!!" by Minami Kuribayashi. There are three ending theme songs, "Gekka" (月花?, lit. "Moon Flower"), "Star Chart" (スターチャート Sutā Chāto?), and "Tsumabiku Hitori" (ツマビクヒトリ?), all by Nano Ripe.


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  2. ^ a b c d e f Lee, Michelle (May 7, 2014). "Cast Announcement – The Devil is a Part-timer! – Final". Funimation. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "The Devil Arrives in Sasazuka". The Devil Is a Part-Timer!. Episode 1.
  4. ^ 第17回 電撃大賞 入賞作品 [17th Dengeki Prize Winners] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b はたらく魔王さま! 11 [Hataraku Maō-sama! 11] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
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  9. ^ はたらく魔王さま!(2) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (2)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ はたらく魔王さま!(3) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (3)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  11. ^ はたらく魔王さま!(4) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (4)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ はたらく魔王さま!(5) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (5)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  13. ^ はたらく魔王さま!(6) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (6)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  14. ^ はたらく魔王さま!(7) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (7)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  15. ^ はたらく魔王さま!(8) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (8)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
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  18. ^ はたらく魔王さま! (1) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (1)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  19. ^ はたらく魔王さま!(5) [Hataraku Maō-sama! (5)] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  20. ^ はたらく魔王さま! ハイスクール! 1 [Hataraku Maō-sama! High School! 1] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  21. ^ はたらく魔王さま! ハイスクール! 3 [Hataraku Maō-sama! High School! 3] (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ 4コマ公式アンソロジー はたらく魔王さま! (in Japanese). ASCII Media Works. Retrieved June 29, 2013. 
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  24. ^ "Hataraku Maou-sama! Fantasy Light Novels Get TV Anime". Anime News Network. October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Funimation Offers 5th Hetalia Series, Senran Kagura, Devil Is a Part-Timer on Home Video". Anime News Network. December 14, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 

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