I’ve decided to take my weekly The Devil is a Part-Timer! 2 posts as a bit of a challenge. Basically, I’m going to try very hard to write entire posts about each episode. Not necessarily long ones but I want to talk about a least one thing per post.
I figure actual writers have to write about things they don’t necessarily have deep thoughts about all the time so I’m taking it as a learning exercise. Not that want to become a writer. Maybe this isn’t a good idea.
I’m overachieving already, I have 3 things to talk about…well two and a half.
First is what’s up with the art! Like a lot of people, I’m not too crazy about the change in art style this season. And maybe that’s why I thought it looked particularly off this episode. I mean without context, I’m not sure I would have recognized the two main characters in the opening scene. You could clearly see how inconsistent it was throughout the episode.
I’m not talking about the fisheye deformation. That was actually cool. They should do that more. I’m talking about uneven proportions and wonky features. I have no clue if this show is on a budget strain but I wouldn’t be surprised if you told me it was. If you’re going to wait that long to follow up on such a popular franchise, at least make sure you got the budget lined up.
Jumping into a completely unrelated topic. The Devil Is A Part-Timer is a bit of a hodgepodge of religions, isn’t it? There’s the very obvious Christian influence. I mean we have angels and Satan and Lucifer. Except Satan and Lucifer are different people so I’m not too sure about that. There’s even the Arch-Angel Gabriel.
However sephiroth or sefirot, Yesod, the 1 emanations and all that. Those are all concepts in Kabbalah which is Jewish mysticism and itself borrows lore from earlier mythologies. It’s rare to see these two mixed together like that. Mostly because they are somewhat mutually exclusive from my understanding. Don’t take my word for it though, I am neither of these religions. But I find them both interesting.
As for the half a thing, it was fun seeing Lucifer being Lucifer. And I think Gabriel is becoming my favourite character. Not that I like him as a character exactly but I find the show gets more interesting when he shows up. He also occasionally reminds me of a 1990s Disney villain and that works for me!
See, look at all the things I had to say. Now to do it again next week!