I’m back with another book review, and this time it’s “The Devil is a Part-Timer! Volume 10” by Satoshi Wagahara! I’ve read the past several books in this series before, so I’m glad to keep going with this one. Here’s a summary so we know what it’s about:
“Maou and Suzuno traveled to Ente Isla to rescue Emi and Ashiya, but for some reason…the Devil King never recovered his powers! Still stuck in his human form with Acieth, how is Maou going to save anyone?”
Though this description is short, it’s very much to the piont. One of the main two points of view is through Maou’s perspective as he goes to rescue Emi and Ashiya while trying to stop Olba’s evil plans. What i liked about Maou’s part of the plot was him not just doing the rescue mission, but also having the opportunity to bond with other characters such as Suzuno and Acieth, for instance. Previously, the volumes more focused on Maou’s potential romances/friendships with both Emilia (who is currently blackmailed by Olba) and Chiho (who is very much absent in this volume save for one or two chapters due to most of this book taking place in Ente Isla).
The second of the two points of view focuses on Emilia and her trying to make the best of her (very-much manipulated) situation. Even though she’s one of the ones captured by Olba, this becomes an opportunity to show off her wits, as she manages to use her knowledge of Japanese (compared to Olba and everyone else’s lack of education in the language) to use to his advantage. Heck, she even uses this as a way to reach messages between herself and Alciel, who’s being forced to lead the demon armies! I’m really glad to see that yes, Emilia’s captured for majority of the book, but she does her best to help topple Olba’s plans from inside.
Though this book did focus on seeing things through Maou and Emilia’s experiences, there were a few instances of seeing into the different perspectives of Olba and other characters, including one character that I’m not sure who is talking in the very last chapter despite re-reading to make sure I didn’t miss it. I can guess from this that this supposed last character may play a much more major role in the next book or two, and he specifically wants Maou as their chesspiece in their plans.
I liked how there was a lot of focus in Ente Isla’s setting as opposed to real-world Japan this time around, which gave a lot of opportunity for worldbuilding-growth. Good news: That growth is delivered! There is quite a bit of information scattered throughout the book about how it works and the various places the characters go to while in Ente Isla. If you’ve wanted to get a better glimpse of Ente Isla, this is the volume to get. However, because of the explanations, there was not a lot of time for Maou and the others to have too many snappy, interesting conversations with each other as they did in past volumes, and the explanations did slow the plot at bit at times, even if they were needed.
Overall, 4.5 out of 5 stars!