Warning: If you have not read “The Devil is A Part-Timer! Volume 9” by Satoshi Wagahara and illustrated by 029 (Oniku), don’t read this unless you don’t mind spoilers!
I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m opening up the month of June with “The Devil is A Part-Timer! Volume 9” by Satoshi Wagahara and illustrated by 029 (Oniku)! It’s been a while since I read the last few books, so I’m glad I’m returning to this series! Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“When Emilia the Hero is in danger, she finds an unlikely ally in the Devil King! Unfortunately, with Ashiya kidnapped by Gabriel, the team is seriously lacking in manpower. Maou and Suzuno partner up on a rescue mission, traveling undercover through Ente Isla, while a mysterious girl claiming to be Alas Ramus’s younger sister tags along. Meanwhile, Emi and Alas Ramus get caught up in the middle of Olba’s schemes. The barriers between angels, demons, and humans-and ideas about who’s good and who’s evil-come crashing down!”
Admittedly, not a lot goes on in this volume action wise, but bits and pieces of things are organized for whatever goes down next volume. Gabriel being around sets up something sneaky…and not entirely how Heaven wants it, so that is going to lead to some total chaos. We do get more hints at what is going on with Ente Islas’ Sephirots, though.
Good news: WE GET SOME CLARITY FROM THE CONFUSION THAT HAPPENED IN VOLUME 8, RIGHT IN THE FIRST CHAPTER. This really helps make up for a lot of the confusion I had when reading the last volume, which is really nice when it comes to reading this ninth volume in the series.
Maou FINALLY comes clean on why he invaded Ente Isla in the first place and this volume also explains why the Demon Lord is a law abiding citizen in Japan and working at McRonalds. Turns out that Maou had genuinely good intentions with the whole invasion, simply because he was trying to fix the demon realms and make them peaceful, but then that kind of backfired and he basically had no choice but to invade Ente Isla because of it. I wish I could elaborate more on this point to make sense, but I’d be spoiling a lot more than I already have.
We also get a lot more depth on Emilia’s motivations and why she really went up against Maou in the first place. We also get to see how Olba horribly but smartly manipulates her into doing his bidding, as she’s now forced to work against Maou by using her status as Ente Isla’s saviour against her, as well as threatening all that is part of her own family heritage (particularly on her father’s side).
If there is anything for sure, regarding the motivations of the characters (both the supposed good guys and bad guys), there is a lot of questioning as of who the bad guys really are (hint: It’s not Maou. At least not anymore) as compared to the good guys (hint: The Church that Olba is part of probably isn’t that good anymore).
Overall, 4 out of 5 stars!