Featured Image from SteamyTomato or maybe JWALL? Also just noticed the Funhaus logo on the mug ^_^
What a sweet and fun series! No wonder I finished all 13 episodes in less than 24 hours! I briefly mentioned yesterday in my First Impressions post, but I only really started this series because I saw a cosplay by Jessica Nigri as Lucoa and felt like giving it a shot. Haha that sounds a little worse than it actually is, but I don’t regret it one bit! This slice of life, fantasy, comedy is my favorite type of thing! The only downside is that there’s no second season… yet?
As office worker Kobayashi gets ready for work, she is greeted by a large dragon right outside her front door. The dragon immediately transforms into a young human female in a maid outfit, and introduces herself as Tohru. It turns out that during a drunken excursion into the mountains the night before, Kobayashi had encountered the dragon, who claims to have come from another world. Subsequently, Kobayashi had removed a holy sword from Tohru’s back, earning her gratitude. Having no place to stay, Kobayashi had offered to let the dragon stay at her home and become her personal maid, to which Tohru agreed. As Kobayashi had forgotten her drunken offering, she is initially reluctant to allow the dragon into her home despite her previous promise, but a mix of guilt and the usefulness of Tohru’s dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to accept her. Despite being efficient at housework, Tohru’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up scaring Kobayashi and bringing more trouble than help. Additionally, Tohru’s presence attracts other dragons, gods and mythical beings to her new home. – Wikipedia
Being a slice of life, I wasn’t really expecting all that much plot progression from this series. In fact, I was a little surprised that most episodes did seem to build on one another and we learn bits and pieces about each character. We’re often only hinted at their pasts however which really makes me want to read the manga! I would be willing to bump the score if a second season is made.
While there wasn’t anything wrong with this series’ animation, there wasn’t a whole lot that stuck out really. It’s receiving a higher rating than I would’ve otherwise given for branching out with character models a bit. Most of the girls are actually thicc (lol may be the first time I’ve actually used that term) instead of the typical stick figures, and one of the dragons, Fafnir, takes a human form that greatly resembles Sebastian from Black Butler! I also think the show did a great job with the design of their dragons. I don’t typically like dragons besides the shenlong or tianlong kind with the long bodies, but this show made them look really cool!
Seriously I loved all of these characters! The only possible exception would be Miss Kobayashi’s cowoker, Takiya, who goes full otaku with the spiral glasses and buckteeth from time to time. However every other character had their own traits that made them quite lovable. Fafnir for his hikikomori game-obsessed lifestyle, Lucoa for her succubus-like advances on her master, Elma for her passion for food, Kanna for her innocent childish behavior, Tohru for her love for Kobayashi, and Kobayashi for her umm… back pain? Kidding kidding! I actually loved Kobayashi’s character because she proves to be such a kind-hearted, mothering person. She’s always looking out for Tohru and Kanna and they look out for her in return.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: 4.5/5
I just couldn’t bring myself to leave it at four. This series may not be for everyone, but I certainly enjoyed it. I’m actually hoping to find the Japanese manga so I can enjoy reading it while learning the language. Hopefully that doesn’t ruin the fun of reading it, but we’ll have to see. Anyway, if you’re a fan of slice of life, easygoing anime, you can’t go wrong with this show!