Well y’all, we meet again on another day in the midst of 2020! Unless there is a drastic change between 9:50 Thursday night while I’m typing this and whenever this article is posted in a few hours on Friday, we are still smack dab in the middle if a grueling election count down. And what better way to distract ourselves from the insanity than to watch some comforting anime we’ve seen over and over again? Well, today I wanted to share with you one of my tried and true repeatable mindless favorites: The Devil is a Part-Timer!
The Devil is a Part-Timer! is one of those anime I enjoy just turning on for mental stability by this point. I’ve probably “watched” it around a dozen times and I’ll probably watch it a dozen more… at least. I like playing it as background noise when I draw or write. I have used the intro theme as my alarm clock for about two years, and I even have one of the piano pieces as a notification alert for when I get emails or something. Yes, I love this anime, but probably not for the reasons you might think.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this one, The Devil is a Part-Timer! follows a group of other-worldly creatures, described as demons and angels, as they are thrust into modern day Japan and forced to live as humans to survive. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m a sucker for a good slice of life, and this anime is full of it. There’s a fair amount of cringe and good old fashioned tropes, but even still, I’d consider it more tame than a lot of others in this genre. What I feel makes Part-Timer unique is that it focuses on these all powerful beings and puts them in real world situations, like working mediocre jobs and living paycheck to paycheck. Don’t know about you, but that makes me feel a little better about my current situation. I guess there’s something oddly comforting about a half angel working in a call center and the devil running a cash register at a fast food joint to make ends meet. The storyline itself moves fairly well and I found it to be interesting until the end. And for only a single season, it is a good watch.
What would you say your go-to mindless favorite anime is? Let us know, we always enjoy a good discussion! ✌