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 finds gainful employment at a nearby fast food joint! With his devilish mind set on working his way up the management food chain, what will become of his thirst for conquest?! –Goodreads
Hataraku Maou-sama! is one of my favorite anime, and since it seems like season 2 will never come, I decided to start reading the manga. Both the anime and the manga are base on the light novels of the same name by Wagahara, Satoshi. I highly recommend it, it’s quite hilarious. This GIF was what made me want to watch the anime in the first place, so if this made you chuckle, this anime is for you.
Now, on to the actual review* of the manga. I was a little disappointed by this first volume. While it was very close to the anime and even explained some things that were left out in the anime – which made it seem kind of jumpy – the translation was not that great. Some of the dialogue was awkward and it made me painfully aware that I was reading a translated book. I’ll continue the series, but I really really hope the translations improve, otherwise I won’t be able to enjoy it as much.
Volume 2 Review:
In the Sasazuka neighborhood of the Shibuya district of Tokyo, newly minted part-time burger-flipper and former Devil King Satan (now known as Sadao Maou) clashes with Lucifer, a fallen angel who used to serve him! But how will the onetime king deal with his rival now that his magic power’s run dry? Now that the devil is one of us, he’s going to have to get creative! –Goodreads
Like volume 1, volume 2 explained some of the minor details the anime skipped over. While they’re not too important, they do make the story flow a little better.
The dialogue wasn’t as awkward this time, but there were still some awkward use of the language.
I really like it when authors use other fictional, mythological, and religious characters in their work. I find the new take on already iconic characters very interesting and fun. While some might find it strange or maybe offensive to have characters like Satan, Lucifer, and Alciel be so likeable and nicely drawn in a manga, I think it’s fun and hilarious.
Score:3.5/5 It’s definitely getting better, so I’ll continue reading it.
*Can I really call this a review? Doesn’t feel like one.