Warning: If you have not read “The Devil is a Part-Timer! Volume 6” by Satoshi Wagahara, illustrated by 029 Oniku, do not read this review if you don’t want spoilers! If you don’t mind spoilers or already read the book, feel free to read this!
I’m back with another book review, and this time it’s “The Devil is a Part-Timer! Volume 6” by Satoshi Wagahara, illustrated by 029 Oniku! Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“The fast-food joint that the Devil King calls his workplace has reopened, now with a hip café space upstairs–the perfect chance for the overlord of all demons to earn a few new certifications and work his way up to management. Meanwhile, Chiho, whose love for the Devil King remains doggedly unrequited, discusses ways with Emi to learn how to master the Idea Link, a skill that could let her telepathically communicate across worlds and call for help whenever she makes contact with a nefarious demon…or angel, for that matter. Suzuno steps up to serve as her teacher…but her choice of training areas (a public bath) leaves the others to question her sanity. It’s the sixth volume of this low-wage high fantasy, where soap bubbles fly and everyone may come out less than squeaky clean!”
Bad news: The whole book does not take place in the public bath alone, despite what the book may suggest. Only about a section of it does.
Good news: It’s still fun to read anyway!
There’s a bit more worldbuilding involved in here, especially when it goes into deeper discussion of Ente Isla and the corruption that’s taking place. If our protagonists do not stop it soon, they’re in for a huge amount of trouble involving the entire land essentially falling apart. I have a feeling this will be built upon in later volumes, and I hope to see where it goes!
The love-sick Sariel is back, still pining for Kisaki like he did in his last appearance, but thankfully he is not the huge villain that everyone has to take down this time around. Rather, it’s some of Maou’s own forces that they have to deal with late in the book, especially given how they kind of want him back so he can lead the Demon Realm back into glory. Things also get interesting as Chiho starts learning how to use the Idea Link skill, and it was interesting to see this result in Chiho, Suzuno and Emi having some interesting interactions with each other!
The Mag Café subplot was quite fun to read as well, and I’m kind of glad there was a plot focusing on Maou’s job. It helps to remind us that hey, he does have a budget he needs to live on and such, and he may be a Demon King but he’s still also a guy that needs to make sure the bills are paid on time. Also, it’s just fun to see more of Maou and the others’ wonder at all the new technological things that modern-day Japan has compared to Ente Isla.
Overall, I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars! I happily anticipate reading more of the series!