Summer 2023 anime season has a lot to offer to anime fans as we have a lot of fantastic shows airing this season. Anime sequels like Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 and Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 are certainly on everyone’s watchlist.
We also have a lot of new series like ZOM 100, My Happy Marriage, and many other series which show promise. However, one sequel that’s being aired this season seems to be flying under the radar.
We’re referring to “Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 3,” released under the name “Devil is a Part-Timer!! Season 2.” So why has such a hyped season gone unnoticed this anime season?
Devil is a Part-Timer! is an isekai series that started airing in 2013. It was animated by one of the most excellent animation studios, i.e., White Fox. White Fox is known for animating series like Re: ZERO, Goblin Slayer, and Steins; Gate. It had a lot of potential to become a fantastic isekai series.
After almost nine years, this anime series returned with its sequel in Summer 2022, and it was one of the most anticipated series of Summer 2022.
However, a change in studios to Studio 3Hz led to subpar animation quality and poor character development, resulting in a flop. Despite this, a sequel (Season 3) was still announced.
Now, a year later, the latest sequel is airing under the name “Devil is a Part-Timer!! Season 2” instead of “Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 3.” Strangely, there’s hardly any buzz about this sequel on social media.
Let’s explore a few reasons why this sequel might have gone wrong:
1. Fans don’t know where to find it
On Reddit, many fans are asking where to find this season. Though it was scheduled to start in July 2023, it’s nowhere to be found on Crunchyroll. Instead, Crunchyroll added the new sequel’s episodes to “Season 2” of “Devil is a Part-Timer,” which ended a year ago.
Consequently, the first episode of the new sequel appears as Episode 13 on Crunchyroll.
Searches for “Season 2 Part 2” or “Season 3” yield no results, leaving fans confused. The production team’s confusing title choice has led to inconsistent labeling across streaming sites, making it difficult for most people to find the sequel.
People search “Season 2 Part 2” or “Season 3” for Devil is a Part-Timer on Crunchyroll and are left with nothing.
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2. Lack of Popularity
Before a series starts airing, MAL and AniList add these series to their databases, and fans add them to their watchlist in order to keep track. This also sorts of creates a popularity list, and the more people add a series to their watchlist, the higher it appears on the websites.
This helps other anime fans to know what anime series is the most anticipated for that particular season. Devil is a Part-Timer has always been in the top 5 regarding popularity, which made it pretty well-known in the anime community.
But this season, things were different. According to popularity, the latest sequel of Devil is a Part-Timer is #15 on MAL and #17 on AniList. So, to no one’s surprise, there is hardly any discussion about this sequel anywhere on social media.
3. No upgrade in animation
While the animation of this latest sequel isn’t as poor as its predecessor, the staff remains largely unchanged. Therefore, fans shouldn’t expect any significant improvements in animation quality.
The latest sequel to “Devil is a Part-Timer” has received ratings below seven on both MAL and AniList, similar to its prequel’s final rating, indicating a lackluster reception.
Fans of the series waited almost a decade for “Devil is a Part-Timer!” to make a comeback, and the anticipation was sky-high. This long-awaited return created enormous expectations, which, unfortunately, may have ultimately become its downfall.
The changes in animation quality, confusing release strategy, and other factors failed to meet the hopes of the dedicated fanbase. The excitement that once surrounded the series has been replaced by disappointment and confusion.
What are your thoughts on this? Were you aware that “Devil is a Part-Timer! Season 3” was airing under a different name this season? Let us know in the comments down below.
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