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Review of The Devil Is a Part-Timer Episode 3: A Threatening Tech Support Call and Chiho Attacks!

Quick Summary

In The Devil is a Part-Timer episode 3, "The Devil Goes on a Date with His Junior in Shinjuku," Emi Yusa, while on the job manning a tech support line, receives a threatening call. Someone is out to get her and Sadao Maou, who continues to ask her for help at the worst times. Meanwhile, Chiho Sasaki continues to sense impending earthquakes -- some of which are accompanied by voices! She reaches out to the only one she feels like she can trust: Sadao! Will he help her? If he does, will he fall prey to her not so sinister motives? And what will Emi say if she finds out about any of this?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious. 

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3 Favorite Moments

I think it's fair to say that Emi might have struggled to believe Shirou's explanation at first. She seemed skeptical... Capture from the Hulu stream.

Moment 1

Shirou Ashiya is a hard character to pin down, and I mean that in a good way. First, he has the presence of mind to help Sadao get dressed up for his "date" with Chiho, and he used funds he'd put aside for just such an emergency. That's good planning -- just what I'd expect from a General. On the other hand, he seems to panic and get really jumpy whenever he's near Emi. Maybe it's their history on Ente Isla, or maybe he's just nervous around heroes in general (or maybe women folk terrify him?), but when Emi confronted him as he was surveilling (i.e., spying on) Sadao and Chiho, he nearly jumped out of his skin (11:52). When she didn't back down, he had to explain what was going on to avoid a scene (well, a bigger scene -- Emi seems to know less about subtly than Shirou!). I have to admit that I laughed when Emi was freaked out at Chiho's physique ("Damn, those are huge!" Emi says in the Netflix dub). But do you know what the funniest part was -- because it was so unexpected? Shirou understood immediately that Chiho was into Sadao. His emotional insight was hilarious! Usually, characters like him are clueless about stuff like that.

Emi's a hero with years of combat experience. Chiho is a high school who has a crush on Sadao. To be honest, I'm not sure I'd bet against Chiho if it came to blows! Capture from the Hulu stream.

Moment 2

Okay, you have probably guessed that I'm a big fan of Emi, but I can't deny that Chiho has a certain charm -- in part because she's much stronger than she lets on. For example, take what happens when she tries to confess her feelings to Sadao (17:25). She bravely tries to form the words, but just as she's about to come out and say it, Emi interrupts with a warning about how dangerous and terrible and sucky Sadao is. Chiho doesn't miss a beat. She immediately launches into a defense of Sadao until she recognizes Emi from a previous visit to McRonalds. And then she got seriously pissed. Seeing Chiho, a high school girl, going head to head with the hero Emilia in a public restaurant was just hilarious. And to be fair, Emi didn't back down, either. It literally took an earthquake to stop their argument.

Emi asked the important question: Why would the Devil save humans? Capture from the Hulu stream.

Moment 3

After the earthquake, and after the two of them have a heart-to-heart talk about Sadao, Emi gently places a sleep spell on Chiho. Then she confronts Sadao, who she's horrified to see has regained his Satan-form, complete with his powerful magic, from Ente Isla (21:18). Of course, Emi doesn't panic; she's an experienced warrior. She weighs her options. As he looks over the damage, she realizes that she has just enough magic left herself to generate a blade that will kill him. And then he does something completely unexpected; something that confounds Emi (21:42). He asks her to take care of Chiho because he had to help the people trapped under the rubble. Remember back in the first episode when Sadao and Shirou were so aghast at their diminished human forms? As soon as I saw that Sadao had his original form, I was sure he was going to revert to his previous intellectual and emotional states, too. I figured he'd go on a rampage on Earth; or that he'd use his power to withdraw to begin building his force to retake Ente Isla. But no. He was still Sadao the diligent McRonalds worker. His first goal was to help humans before the first responders could arrive. I'm dying to see what the series does with this!

Thoughts

You know I've watched this series over and over again, right? Did you wonder why I would say something like "I'm dying to see what the series does with this?" 

No, I don't have amnesia.

A good series has the ability to so draw me in so that even after watching it multiple times, the events of the moment dominate my imagination. For whatever reason, this series does that for me more than any other I can think of. There's just something about the situation, the humor, and the characters that I find delightful. Maybe before I finish reviewing the series, I'll be able to articulate just what that "something" is!

There's something about the situations and characters that makes this show endlessly entertaining. And is it just me, or do I have a lot of screen caps where Emi has an angry face? Capture from the Hulu stream.

The difference between the dub and the sub, and even among different (legal) dubs, fascinates me. I watched the iTunes version of this episode, which is a sub; I also watched the Netflix dub and sub. I'd love to understand why the three differ so much in some scenes. Take, for instance, the scene where Shirou is trying to help Sadao find the right outfit for his "date" with Chiho. Starting around 10:04, here's how the scene plays out in the Netflix dub:

Shirou says, "And besides. There is no way I'll allow you to go on a date dressed like some doughty transient bum."

To which Sadao responds, "Ouch! Why so harsh? I do not dress like a transient bum and you will take that back!"

In the Netflix sub and the iTunes sub, the same scene plays out like this:

Shirou: "Not to mention... I cannot allow you to go on a date wearing Unislo  from head to toe."

Sadao: "Y-You little... Apologize to the world's #1 apparel chain and to me for that!" 

Sadao thinks that Shirou should apologize to the "#1 apparel chain" -- and himself! Capture from the Hulu stream.

If you listen to what Sadao says, you can clearly hear him mention "Unislo." I couldn't find anything on the web for Unislo, but when I translated it using Google Translate (using Unislo as the Japanese starting point), it came out in English as UNIQLO -- so it seems like it's a real thing! It even has stores all over the world!

Pretty nice website, too.

I wonder why Netflix's dub didn't stay closer to the original dialogue? The dub was fine from the perspective of the story and characters, but I missed the local flavor. If I have a complaint about dubs, it's that they too often (though not always) drop local flavor. The "otherness" is part of the fun!

Did you enjoy this episode? What did you think of Chiho's confronting Emi or Sadao not using his restored magic to destroy humanity? What were your favorite moments? Let me know in the comments!

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10 thoughts on “Review of The Devil Is a Part-Timer Episode 3: A Threatening Tech Support Call and Chiho Attacks!

  1. I’m thinking the dropping of “UNISLO” is a brand thing – that is, Netflix (or whoever made it) didn’t have clearance for using that name in their dub. I’m pretty sure the UNISLO line is present in Funimation’s version, as that’s the one I own, but I don’t know if Netflix dubs all their anime from scratch…

    (…and I don’t know why, but once I log in from another WP site and then come to a page of yours to comment, I have to use it as a guest. I’ve also noticed Irina had to do the same at one point, so I don’t think I’m alone on this, but you might want to look into it.)

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the issues you’re having! I’ve been working with tech support, and so far, they’re mystified. I’m actually having the same problem depending on which browser I use!

      In fact, I’m trying a different them and deactivating Thrive Comments to see if that helps.

      Interesting point about the UNISLO brand. I hadn’t thought of that!

  2. I watched this series a couple years back now, and it’s all flooding back to me reading your reviews. I need to rewatch this one. It was a lot fun.

        1. It’s 13 episodes. Still accessible! I think about starting One Piece from time to time, but I can’t commit to 800+ episodes!

  3. I know what you mean about good material drawing you in even with repeat viewings. The original Alien film is like that for me; no mayday how many times I watch, I still get worried the whole crew will wind up dead by the end.

    1. And to prove your point, as soon as you mentioned Alien, I remembered how the crew did everything right — and it didn’t matter! Do you find yourself getting anxious about Jonesy the cat? Or hoping Ash will listen to Ripley and keep the exterior doors shut? Good stuff!

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