Beelzebub continues dutifully performing her role as agricultural minister in the third volume of the I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister manga adaptation. Her most challenging task though, is dealing with the demon king’s neediness.
This volume contains chapters eleven through to fifteen.
After a few centuries as minister, Beelzebub has grown into the demon king’s most loyal and capable servant. It is while the two are travelling together that they happen to stop by the quaint little village of Flatta, home to a certain long-lived witch! What occurs in the forgotten first meeting of Beelzebub and Azusa?
Much of this volume of I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made a Minister focuses on Beelzebub and Pecora being together – much to Beelzbub’s chagrin. In fact, there’s only one chapter in this volume where Pecora does not appear, putting aside the bonus chapters.
Pecora’s a lot of fun, particularly when it comes to her interactions with Beelzebub. The demon king knows what buttons to push, but we also see that Beelzebub has picked up a trick or two for dealing with Pecora over the course of her tenure as agricultural minister. Somehow those tricks always manage to play into exactly what Pecora wants from Beelzebub, though: the demon king is a crafty one.
Continuing the trend of having Beelzbub meet familiar faces, this volume sees her encountering a couple of certain slime spirits, and the aforementioned long-lived witch. Much like with the other appearances from familiar characters in previous volumes, those all happen before the events of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level.
This volume also takes the story into present day, happening concurrently with the events of I’ve Been Killing Slimes…, with Beelzebub musing that she may have actually met Azusa and other members of the house of the highlands a long time ago. Conveniently enough, nobody is able to remember those encounter for sure.
Even in the present day, Pecora is still has Beelzebub wrapped around her little finger. Azusa may have entered the scene as another “elder sister candidate”, but I’d guess Pecora gets a lot more out of teasing Beelzebub. It’s nice to see that those kinds of things stay the same, even after centuries.
This volume marks another enjoyable entry in the I Was a Bottom-Tier Bureaucrat for 1,500 Years, and the Demon King Made Me a Minister manga adaptation – keeping the tone consistent with that of I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level. Plenty of fun stuff going on with this one, with a particular focus on Beelzebub and Pecora.