The world of anime is full of teenagers with superpowers, most of whom have heroic or dramatic story arcs. Many of them are soldiers, curse breakers, shinigami, or magic users. Some are royalty and dedicate their lives to war, rebellion, or great quests.
But not all teenagers benefit from such glamorous and exciting circumstances. Even in cartoons, teens have to work hard to survive and provide for themselves, whether they’re human or not.
ten The demon lord from another world works part-time at MgRonald (the devil is a part-time worker!)
There are several types of isekai. In The devil is a part-time!, Satan, the Demon Lord of Ente Isla, is forcibly transported into the human world. Left without most of his powers, he is forced to work at MgRonald for a living. Hilarity ensues as the former villainous chef grapples with the banalities of real life in a world where being promoted to a fast food restaurant is one of his biggest priorities.
9 Student Council President Misaki is a part-time maid (Maid Sama!)
Maid Sama! is a shojo anime known for its sweet plot and slice of life. Protagonist Misaki Ayuzawa is anything but kind, however. At school, she’s a complete devil, using her authority as student council president to terrorize male college students. His ferocity earned him the nickname Demon President.
After school, the situation is totally different. Due to her family’s poor financial situation, she is forced to take a part-time job in a maid café. It explodes in his face when one of his fellow students – and future love interest – Takumi Usui discovers his secret.
8 Tohru works as a janitor and is hired by the cursed Sohma family (fruit basket)
Basket of fruits is one of the most famous shojo anime of the early 2000s, and the recent remake brought the story back to life for fans. The main character of the series, Tohru Honda, is an orphan in need. After the death of her mother, she wants to alleviate the financial burden she represents for her other relatives and works part-time as a janitor.
She is also camping in a tent, but unbeknownst to her, the property she falls into belongs to the cursed Sohma family. Members of the Sohma clan transform into Chinese zodiac animals when stressed or touched by members of the opposite sex. The head of the family welcomes Tohru and hires him to work in their house.
7 Rem and Ram work as Mortal Damsels for Lord Roswaal (Re: Zero)
Even oni have to do menial jobs. In the anime Re: Zero, Rem and Ram are twin sisters who work for Lord Roswaal L Mathers. Both are maids, although Rem is significantly better than Ram at this job.
Of course, in reality, they have some hidden skills that come in handy for a lord protecting a candidate for the throne of Lugnica’s dragon realm. Being oni, Rem and Ram are very powerful fighters, possessing supernatural abilities such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and healing magic. They are not just maids; they are dangerous soldiers.
6 Soma Yukihira is a great chef at his father’s restaurant (Food Wars!)
The protagonist of Food wars!, Soma Yukihira begins as a cook in the restaurant of his father Joichiro Yukihira. He wishes to stay in this job forever, but he is unhappy with his inability to surpass his father’s culinary arts.
Joichiro eventually forces him to leave the restaurant and join the Totsuki Culinary Academy, where he can gain more experience and take on challenges that make him grow as a chef.
5 Yuri Plisetsky is a talented figure skater (Yuri !!! On Ice)
Being a teenage athlete is incredibly difficult, and one of the most difficult sports of all is ice skating. Demanding flexibility, talent, strength and determination, it’s more than a job, it’s a way of life. At only 15 years old, Yuri Plisetsky, one of the main characters of the anime Yuri !!! on the ice, is a competitive figure skater.
A member of the Russian figure skating team nicknamed the Russian Fairy, he pushes himself harder than anyone, much to the dismay of his coaches. Having already won several gold medals as the champion of the Junior Grand Prix Final, he is one of the most talented skaters in Yuri !!! on the ice. It’s a career that takes a lot of time and dedication.
4 Lisbeth is a great blacksmith in Aincrad (Sword Art Online)
Even trapped in the dangerous world of Aincrad, people have to eat. Not everyone is dedicated to frontline combat like Kirito or Asuna. In Sword art online, Lisbeth – otherwise known by her real name, Rika Shinozaki – is a talented blacksmith, and it is she who creates one of Kirito’s best swords, the Dark Repulser. She is also a capable fighter, using a small mace in combat, but her main occupation is that of blacksmithing.
3 Tooru Kouno becomes a princess at her high school (Princess Princess)
Sometimes the strangest jobs can land in a teenager’s lap. In the anime Princess princess, Tooru Kouno arrives at her new school to be convinced to become a “Princess”.
Since Fujimori Academy is a male-only school, princesses are recruited to make students feel better by giving them the illusion of having daughters. The first years with the right look and the right temperament are recruited to wear girls’ clothes, dance and participate in sports shows and competitions. In exchange, they get extra luxuries and free bonuses. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.
2 Haruhi becomes host to pay off his debt (Ouran High School Host Club)
If Tooru dresses as a girl to act as a princess, Ouran High School Host Club, the situation is completely reversed. A scholarship student at Ouran Academy, Haruhi Fujioka stumbles upon the school’s Host Club. Surprised, she ends up breaking a valuable vase, and to pay off her debt, she joins the club.
While the Host Club members didn’t originally intend for her to be one of them, they quickly realize her potential and change their minds. Sure, at the time, they didn’t realize she was a girl at all, but that made their subsequent reveal even more hilarious.
1 Reki works as a part-time mechanic (SK8 The Infinity)
A recent release from Studio BONES, SK8 infinity is a sports anime that is a bit different. It focuses on skateboarding, with a touch of snowboarding in the mix.
The main character, Reki Kyan, is determined to become the best skater possible. To this end, he constantly pushes himself to learn new tricks and skills. At the same time, he works part time in a skateboard shop. His mechanical skills allow him to adapt a skateboard for his friend Langa when Langa switches from snowboarding to skateboarding.
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