Anime Review - Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid


Overworked office worker Miss Kobayashi one day gets visited by a large dragon outside her apartment which immediately transforms into a human girl in a maid outfit. The dragon girl introduces herself as Tohru, a dragon from another world who wants to be Miss Kobayashi’s personal maid. 

It turns out that during a drunken excursion into the mountains the night before, Kobayashi had encountered Tohru and saved her from a holy sword stuck in her back and offered to let Tohru stay with her.


Tohru the dragon maid

Despite being efficient with housework, Tohru's unorthodox methods of housekeeping often ended up scaring Kobayashi and bringing more trouble than help. 

Additionally, Tohru's presence attracts other dragons, gods, and mythical beings to her new home. Soon, Miss Kobayashi's normal and quiet days are livened up with a myriad of misadventures filled with many heart-warming and funny moments. 


Characters:

Miss Kobayashi

Miss Kobayashi (Her first name is never revealed) is a typical overworked programmer in Japan. She is usually stoic, kind-hearted and blasé except when she gets drunk, in which case she turns loud and wild with a particular fascination with maids.

She is occasionally mistaken for a male due to her lack of feminine features, particularly her flat chest which she is sore over as the dragons in her life have much bigger offerings.


Chest Jealousy, D for Dragon

Tohru is a dragon with strong magical powers and abilities that both help and hinder her role as a maid. She acts as an eager pet at times hoping to please her "master" - Miss Kobayashi as she is overly in love with Miss Kobayashi and gets jealous easily when she gives attention to anyone else.

Her infatuation often causes irritation to Miss Kobayashi, particularly when Tohru constantly tries to get her to eat her tail meat (which regenerates comically fast). However, Miss Kobayashi does return Tohru’s affections every now and then in her own humanly way.


Roasted tail!

Kanna Kamui is Kobayashi household’s third member and what we believed to be the star of the show. She is a cute little "loli" dragon who was exiled from the other world for pulling too many pranks on other dragons (awww, what a naughty little prankster).

Mama Kobayashi with Kanna

She attends an elementary school as a third-grade student and while she may be an all powerful dragon that can bring the same level of catastrophe as Tohru, deep down she's just a "kawaii" little innocent angel that enjoys her childhood with her newfound friends and family.

Her presence in the Kobayashi household gives Miss Kobayashi a window to experience parenthood, a role that initially mortifies Kobayashi but one that she takes up regardless and eventually enjoys taking care of her.     


Animation and Music:


Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid was animated by the beloved studio Kyoto Animations (KyoAni), the studio responsible for legends such as “Clannad”, “Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions”, “Nichijou” and “Violet Evergarden”. 

The opening theme is "Aozora no Rhapsody" by ‘Fhána’ who also sang "Wonder Stella" the opening theme to the 2015 anime series “Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya” 


Final Thoughts:

House party!!!

This is a fun anime to watch especially during this stay-at-home period. The utter craziness of the otherworldly mishaps aren't jarring to the setting of everyday life and somehow fit in at times in sweet unexpected ways.

Nothing is played too seriously, even though Tohru and most of her friends are from the Chaos Faction (the bad side) of the other world and are supposedly the enemies to humanity, just seeing them living through their new lives in our human society kind of creates a realistic slice of life setting.

The series’ pacing shows its manga roots and feels similar to an animated adaptation of a weekly comic strip in newspapers. Meaning that it plays like a collection of short stories even within the same episode but adds in just enough a good amount of narrative continuity to show the plot's progression all the way until the final episode.

Overall for a slice of life genre mixed in with a bit of "reversed-Isekai" setting, we would give this anime a rating of 4 out of 5 with a recommendation to watch it for the sake of Kanna eating everything.

At the end of the day if you're getting bored from doing social distancing due to this recent Covid-19 pandemic, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid can remedy that boredom by providing you some hilarious shenanigans and keep you on for a good laugh during this lockdown period.



Written by KittyBoss

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