I’ll start by being blunt; If you’re looking for the same quirky feeling the original series The Devil is a Part-Timer! left you with, then you might want to look elsewhere. Devil is a Part-Timer! High School! Volume 4 is similar to the original series in the characters it shares but differs in some significant ways. But I don’t mean to deter you, it has it’s own merits as well.
The High School! spinoff reimagines the world of the devil king as a mundane high-schooler. In a much more condensed storyline, Maou and party are in a heated competition that will determine the school’s fate: the student council election! More than likely, it will be helpful to be familiar with the content of the original series as the retelling assumes you are familiar with character’s personalities and the interactions between them. Several of the reactions from characters fell short as I have forgotten a fair share of that information. However, as a typical element of high school rom-com series, it’s easy to understand that most of that comes from the hidden love of the characters.
That being said, there is a unique charm to this spinoff as our favorite characters are brought back in their high school cosplay. Moreover, since the stakes are lowered, it adds more whimsy to the plot and makes you chuckle. The volume itself is a short and easy read that doesn’t leave you lost in too many details and pushes the action forward. The build up to the presidential showdown as candidates stand upstage for their pre-vote speech continues.
Amidst the amusement and absurdity of the Devil King, his subordinates, and enemies plotting to take over a school for world domination, High School! attempts to bring some seriousness in the competition as a fight breaks out. The Devil King himself steps in to stop the evil-doing of the current student council president from harming students. Wait… what? Isn’t he the bad guy? This series really should have stuck to highlighting the comedy and not mirroring the original content too much.
Author: Satoshi Wagahara
Illustrator: Kurone Mishima
Publisher: Yen Press
Release Date: June 28, 2016
MSRP: $13.00 USD
Disclaimer: A copy of Devil is a Part-Timer! High School! Volume 4 was provided to BentoByte by the publisher for the purpose of review.Tweet