Thoughts on I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years and the Demon King Made Me a Minister Volume 1 (Manga)

A spin-off of Kisetsu Morita’s I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level, I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years and the Demon King Made Me a Minister focuses on Beelzebub long before she meets the Witch of the Highlands.
Meishi Murakami brings us this manga adaptation of the light novel, licensed for English release by Yen Press. This first volume contains chapters one through to five.

Front cover of the first volume of the I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years and the Demon King Made Me a Minister manga adaptation, featuring Beelzebub

For 1,500 years, Beelzebub has happily taken it easy as a rank-and-file clerk. But her lazy lifestyle comes to an end when the new demon king suddenly promotes her to minister! Can she adopt the appearance and demeanour expected of the highest demon on the bureaucratic pyramid?

This first volume of (deep breath) I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years and the Demon King Made Me a Minister shows us Beezlebub’s appointment to agricultural minister, and how she settles into her role.
I think the biggest negative point to come from all of this is that we lose out on office lady Beelzebub fairly quickly. Once Pecora has appointed her as agricultural minister, Beelzebub decides that her “plain” look just won’t cut it for someone of her position, and adopts the outfit readers of Killing Slimes know her for.

As a new minister, Beelzebub has various challenges to overcome; whether it be getting along with her new assistants, dealing with corrupt nobles or dealing with a sudden visit from her parents, Beelzebub has a lot going on. All those things on top of having to deal with the demon king herself, Pecora.
It’s only touched upon in one chapter in this volume, but it is made pretty evident that Beelzebub might just be one of Pecora’s favourites.
Pecora’s teasing of Beelzebub is pretty fun, though. Particularly whilst Beelzebub hasn’t figured out how Pecora works, and unwittingly leaves herself open for it. Pecora’s teasing is never malicious, though; she just really likes Beelzebub.

One of my favourite chapters from the original light novel was where Beelzebub’s parents came to visit. That chapter was also adapted for this volume of the manga, and it’s just as fun as it was in the original. Beelzebub’s parents having thick accents is funny, but her mother being practically incomprehensible still gets a good chuckle out of me.

Much like the light novel, this spin-off manga adaptation is a lot of fun. If you want to learn more about the world of Killing Slimes – particularly Beelzebub – then this is something that I can easily recommend. Both light novel and manga are available, should you prefer one over the other.

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