Hataraku Maou-sama!

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After being soundly thrashed by the hero Emilia, the Devil King and his general beat a hasty retreat to a parallel universe…only to land plop in the middle of bustling, modern-day Tokyo! Lacking the magic necessary to return home, the two are forced to assume human identities and live average human lives until they can find a better solution. And to make ends meet, Satan finds gainful employment at a nearby fast food joint! With his devilish mind set on working his way up the management food chain, what will become of his thirst for conquest?!

Associated Names
One entry per line
Demon Lord at Work!
The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
Working Demon King!
はたらく魔王さま!
打工吧!魔王大人
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Hataraku Maou-sama! High School N (Spin-Off)
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Latest Release

v.3 c.1-4 + Prologue by Psylocke Scans (09-24-2014)
v.3 c.1 by Baka-Tsuki (09-29-2013)
v.1 c.2 by Baka-Tsuki (07-11-2013)
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New FujoNeesan rated it
April 8, 2021
Status: --
I've read the manga but couldn't keep updated cuz of school and stuff and just last night, I found out that the LN ended and that Chiho was the endgameತ_ʖತ

After all the development with Emi and Maou? Srsly?! I kept thinking the whole night why it ended that way... why tf ರ╭╮ರ

I felt like I did with IchiRuki ship not sailing and yeah, I cried. I just... WHY. Though I know death threats and stuff like that are over the line, I cant help also feeling upset about the ending.... more>> I love the story and the characters but I just cant understand why the ending was like that...*sighs <<less
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ryuuseigami
ryuuseigami rated it
August 2, 2016
Status: v11
It's Good! I like the light entertainment content (?)

The demon king and hero of Another World, living in modern-day Tokyo. In order to bring three meals a day, they working like normal human. Lol~

Nice Drama-comedy - Slice of Life with Slow Romance and a magic-Fantasy at the end of each volume.

It's so good that with the secret revealed little by little gradually I think it's alright even if it's turn into more serious Fantasy. And the author didn't disappoint me, later on it will become more serious, while still... more>> maintaining Drama-comedy - Slice of Life.

For the romance part, (even though I could count as anti main heroine type), but gradually the main heroine in this novel become my favorite. I like the slow romance, little by little the heroine open up, and eventually growing fondness for MC.

All in all, it's a good light reading material ^^ <<less
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BeamFain
BeamFain rated it
August 8, 2020
Status: Completed
Hataraku Maou-sama is a story with great characters, interesting plot and endless possibilities.
I enjoyed reading even the side stories about mostly unimportant characters.

Then why did I gave it just one stars ?
Simple. Ending.
The ending of this story is so poorly written, I think even a ten year old would have done better.
Author accomplished great things with an interesting idea, then he took up a gun and shoot it.
It is just terrible.

There were even some extreme readers who threatened the author or just send a message... more>> like "Die". <<less
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mengheavenlymonster
mengheavenlymonster rated it
March 22, 2017
Status: v12
Calling this light novel as underated would be sinfully understated. That, of course, stems from this being licensed.

The amount of quality content is so ludicrously enormous, that it took 2 Volumes out of the 12 Volumes present, to deliver a full-blown 12 episode anime. Which was, btw by no means slowly paced.

A near perfect blend between comedy, suspense and Romance in a well-written plot. Slice of life or action, both of them done right.

Frankly, this has the best love triangle I've seen. so far, in this genre.... more>> The fact that 'Fictional characters' could be as reasonable as this, came as a pleasant surprise to me. Epic.

The likes of other light novels like Tate no yuush or Zero no tsukaima, simply are appear inferior to me, after having my venture into this one.

But what makes this novel special, is it's absolutely lively and well-fleshed out Plethora of Characters. None of them are bland.

Whether it's primary main characters of Maou, Emi and Chi or just minutely secondary characters like Ashia, Rika or Lucifer etc... each and everyone of them, is a harmonious resonance between modern day reality and there fantasical alter-egos.

Finally, I would like to express my thanks to mittens220 for their awesome decision to translate this.

5/5 <<less
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quartedz
quartedz rated it
September 6, 2020
Status: Completed
came here after volume 21. After almost somewhat 7 years of following this novel after watching the anime I want to just give a short comment on this series (or really just the ending).

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it was one hell of a ride. A reverse isekai about a demon lord who works part time at a fast food restaurant because of reasons lol. I won't go in too deep with the story but it was great (although at later volumes there is some sort of politics and well) , the characters and relationships develop overtime and the comedy is still there. Alhough I got bored midway, the reason I kept going was just to see through what will happen to emi and maou by the end. And oh boy was I satisfied until I read volume 21. Again, I won't go into the details but just know if you are reading for the same reason as I was then you better be prepared for the ending cause chiho wins. Not only that but she also solves all the problems in ente isla. Wow what a great girl right? No wonder maou became a human just for this lovely person and left emi as a single mother. But jokes aside, I am really dissapointed with the ending of the series, thinking that it really could have ended better (probably it was rushed). It's like going on a trip only to end up finding that your destination was not as good as your journey getting there. There is still a lot I want to say but you could really find other people's thoughts that explained things better than mine.

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this sounded more like a rant than a comment or even a review but oh well. Thank you author-san for creating this novel, I sincerely appreciate it. On a side note, if you get death threats, then you should probably consider not pulling an uno reverse card on the final volume of your series that has been running for almost 10 years cause some people are really just that crazy in the internet. To those who read this please don't flame him too, seeing the threats on twitter is already too much. If you are pissed at him, then just don't buy anything else from him and don't harass him. <<less
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ArguingApples
ArguingApples rated it
March 16, 2021
Status: --
I mis-clicked and rated 2. This was supposed to be 1. If there was a 0 I would have clicked that.

why? The ending.

I know we shouldn't talk sh*t about the author because this is his/her work. HOWEVER, the fact that he/she built up an entire series on the relationship between Maou and Emi and had the audacity to veer away from that obvious ending?! Author literally wasted our time.

This is just like BLEACH...l..
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Senpai07
Senpai07 rated it
March 16, 2019
Status: v15
The Light Novel is good... action comedy drama and romance...

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But in my opinion I hate when the topic is about Chiho and Maou's vague relationship... When Chiho is so depress because of her love situation... Also at volume 15 I hate how the author wrote his style on going back and forth on the timeline every chapter....

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Well this is my personal opinion but overall the LN is a good read...

BTW this is my rank on the heroines

1. Suzuno-chan - Best gurl in the light novel

2. Emilia

3. Chiho
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josh1002
josh1002 rated it
August 20, 2017
Status: v6
EDIT:

As of now, I'm at Chapter 6.

Translator/tion Critique/Complaints
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It is very, very apparent that the translation team needs a beta/editor. A lot of times I keep reading paragraphs with incorrect grammar, spelling, or down-right confusing the characters with another (I.E. Sentences like: "Suzuno said this to Suzuno.")

It sometimes gets difficult to read, and I honestly could bring the score down because of this, however this would not reflect on the LN's over all story/writing style so I can't really bring it down.

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Heroine Critiques/reviews
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Emilia:
Emilia-a-shit!
She's a basic Tsun-tsun who, only at Volume 6, hasn't shown anything you could consider even remotely cute. You could defend her for being "broken" because she doesn't know what to do with Maou (since he's originally her enemy and target of vengeance), but this does not excuse her for being shown as a sh*t character with an emotional range of her flat chest. Basically, she's been shown as nothing but a complete bit*h and is only mentioned off-screen to be "kind".
This is a terrible way to show off a main heroine, as we never see the "off screen her" where she interacts cutely like a normal girl and isn't always the pissed-off bit*h that we always see.

Chiho:

Best girl by far. Has shown character growth from the very moment we see her and has gone out of shy shell, even as far as confessing her love to Maou. She's even willing to learn magic, not as a way to get stronger, but because she wants to lessen the burden she is as a "normal girl" to Maou and the others.
10/10.
Deserves to be the Demon Queen.

Would point my feet away from her direction from sleeping

Suzuno:

Actual girl I'm rooting for. Chiho is just best girl by what she's shown but, I'm hoping Suzuno somehow worms her way into being his mistress or something.

Why?

She's has gap-moe! That's why!
By default, she has a serious character, but when she gets flustered, she acts in a cute, girly way and doesn't react so violently as Emi. Sadly, she hasn't gotten much of a spotlight just yet. She'll get more probably around v9 so I'm making my way there.

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Currently at Volume 2 chapter 3. It might seem a little early for a review, but I think my current critique would follow out throughout the story.

The author's writing style is bad when it comes to new characters. In the beginning, it isn't that noticable, but it becomes apparent as more and more characters are introduced. This is VERY apparent at the end of Volume 1 where the other members of the Hero's party arrive after the battle.

They were just suddenly there! I mean, there was like 2 or 3 paragraphs where these two guys are mentioned to be traveling to Earth, but on this particular scene, they didn't get an entrance. They were just suddenly there! There was no opening of an otherwordly gate or of them walking up to a battle-scarred street. They were just suddenly there and I'm like "who the f*ck are you?! No wait, Mao. Don't just go with the flow! AGH You guys know each other but we're on different side of a war! Why are you acting so casual!"

This also happens on conversation topics and event scenes. They suddenly seem to change without any warning to the reader.

Granted, it's not unreadable, but it is this story's flaw! The story itself is interesting where you'll have to read in-between the lines to understand the characters completely. Definitely recommend it, but it's not a very light read. Prepare for some introspection.

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Dreamingflower
Dreamingflower rated it
March 7, 2021
Status: c13
The story and premise started interesting. Way before all the isekai manga got popular we got this story about a demon king and his subjects who ended up in earth where he works as a part-timer in a fast food restaurant. The story has humour, interesting characters and a good plot... ... more>>
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that is until the ending where the author decided to throw away the plot and the MC’s personality and goals in favour of a Mary Sue.

I didn’t even hate the Mary Sue in the beginning. She had her own role to play, but then Wagahara had to make her the most OP character and had her stick her nose in situations she had nothing to do with...

I feel like Wagahara gave up on the novel halfway and made everything that happened in the first half of the series pointless. He could have better rewritten the story to make that horrible ending more reasonable sounding. The ending is an insult to every writer who put their soul in their work.

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If people are still interested, the first half of the volume is worth a read, but they should prepare themselves for disappointment. I’m glad I stopped buying the novel and manga years ago. It saved me a lot of wasted money. <<less
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AoiRipper
AoiRipper rated it
November 29, 2018
Status: v16
This is one of the best light novel I ever read. The comedy is really good to make the reader hooked on it. The romance is slow but sure that make the heroine in this novel become lovable. The side character did not bland so we can tell all their characteristic include the enemy. The drama about how the hero and demon king interact to each other in social world really interesting and how they face enemy together really good too.

Overall, this is one of the best light novel drama-romance-comedy... more>> to read.

5/5 <<less
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DassaultRafalle
DassaultRafalle rated it
December 31, 2019
Status: c17
Can't never have enough of this, sure it have some flaws but the best part of the series is all of the cast are very interesting and have excellent dynamics with one another. Plotwise the story is rather wild to be honest but who cares? The interaction between the characters whether main or supporting are very intriguing especially with how much mess they're put into
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