- Mangaka : Morita, Kisetsu (Story), Benio (Art)
- Publisher : Yen Press
- Genre : Comedy, Fantasy
- Published : March 2021 - Ongoing
Hira Yakunin Yatte 1500-nen, Maou no Chikara de Daijin ni Sarechaimashita (I was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister)
Beelzebub used to be a low-ranking pencil pusher in the government with no ambitions, dreams or even adventures in her life. Her quite life of a nameless bureaucrat changed after the coronation of the new demon king. The demon kind did something she did not expect. She received the biggest promotion of her career. She was given the role of the Minister of Agriculture! I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister is a spin-off series from I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 years and Maxed Out My Level and contains a collection of standalone stories dealing with the everyday life of Minister Beelzebub.
The time has come for every reader who is interested in Beelzebub’s backstory. Rejoice! Do note that it is best to treat this volume as a side story concerning the main series I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level. Although it won’t affect much on the reading experience, we highly recommend looking at the main series first.
Back to the review, Beelzebub was not a demon interested in fame, glory, or global domination. She wants to drink, eat snacks at home, and sleep in peace. She doesn’t like making enmimes which is wise move in both the workplace and in the demon heriarchy that does tend to fixate on power and greed. It may be a harsh reality, but the story is unexpectedly wholesome and fun.
1. How It All Began
Beelzebub was raised in the countryside and worked in her parents’ grocery store. Feeling tired from a countryside life, she went to work for the Demon Government as a public servant. For 1,500 years, she has worked in the same position and refused all kinds of promotion to preserve her quiet life.
The new Demon King Pecora has looked into her background, experiences and achievements, along with feedback from her colleagues, and all of them giving her rave reviews.before she announced her new Minister of Agriculture. Beelzebub was well aware of their social status, and she couldn’t refuse the Demon King.
2. Leader or Boss?
After being forced to take the role of the Minister of Agriculture, she has secretaries of her own: the leviathan sisters, Vania and Fatla. The sisters are there to provide guidance and assist Beelzebub to become accustomed to her new position. She wasn’t born as a noble. She had experienced many hardships and lived as a commoner, but that wasn’t a bad thing because she has understood other demons’ and believes in equality and fairness, which makes her shine even more as a minister.
Her devotion and hard work in such a role remind us readers of how a public servant should be: working and approving projects that benefit society instead of feeding their ego and becoming corrupt. Hell, she even took responsibilities for the incompetence and mistakes done by her subordinates and personally go to their clients and apologies!
3. There Is Much to Learn
Even if she works hard and well, Pecora, the Demon King, knows her strengths and weaknesses. That is why she deliberately brings Beezebub along, under the guise of moulding her into an elder sister material, to see the world from a different angle and learn how to appreciate and love oneself outside of work. The adventures are fun and exciting as they met a lot of unexpected people and plants.
Besides travelling during the weekend, we see a bit more of the leviathan sisters’ personalities and hobbies that were not introduced in the main series. You would be surprised at how cute they are and how the chemistry between them works so well in their positions as secretaries.
1. Side Story Volume
This entire volume is a standalone side story of how Beelzebub becomes and works as a Minister of Agriculture, so it is less of the main story plot and getting to know the characters personalities.
Hira Yakunin Yatte 1500-nen, Maou no Chikara de Daijin ni Sarechaimashita (I was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister) has good short stories about Beelzebub. She is incredible at her job and someone we all could wish to work as a public servant to serve the people. The work ethics and the achievements she displayed reminds us how to become better as a person in a workplace and maintain good morals for everyone’s sake. Even when one has a job, one must take some time to explore the world to understand oneself.
However, if you are not interested in a volume that is all about Beelzebub and focuses on the main story, this may not be the one for you. Overall, this is a fun volume to read to appreciate the side characters, and you might want to give this one a chance if you like the main series.