I’ll go to my grave saying that season 3 of Devil Is a Part-Timer was fantastic. I had such a good time watching this show.
I don’t care that it’s not as good as season 1. Or that the animation isn’t as good. Or that such and such is a step down. The writing and the humor is still there. It was there in season 2, and by golly, it’s here as well.
This isn’t a The Promised Neverland situation where the show completely plateaued. You could argue the studio was in over their heads, but that’s about it. I don’t watch this show because of the animation, as excellent as it was in season 1. I watch it because of the humor, the action, and Emi being an excellent tsundere, which she is.
The problem with season 2 wasn’t the baby. In fact, that might’ve been the best part, as it gave us some cute reactions from Emi. The worst part wasn’t even the lackluster animation. It was it felt like it was spinning its wheels. Season 2 suffered the same fate as Shield Hero in that nothing was happening for long stretches of time. Again, the humor was there, but it wasn’t enough of a gutbuster to justify it being plodding.
Season 3, a lot of stuff happens. And it all feels meaningful and important. If it wasn’t for the animation being such a step down– which, again, I equate to the studio being in over their heads– this season might honestly be better than season 1. It’s that good.
It really sucks that people write it off as being like the later seasons of Fairy Tail. Or Kemono Friends season 2, which is another show I feel gets unfairly maligned. This season is a solid 7.5 out of 10, maybe even an 8, because it tries to accentuate the positives and play to the show’s strengths.