Posted in 2017, Anime, Anime Review

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (2017) anime review

85434One night, after getting very drunk Kobayashi finds a dragon with a sword sticking out of its side. She removes the sword and in return, after turning into a human form the dragon offers to do anything for Kobayashi. Kobayashi drunkenly requests that the become her maid. The next morning as she sets out to work she opens the door and sees the dragon. The dragon turns into her human form and is wearing a maid outfit. She introduces herself as Tohru and after convincing Kobayashi to let her stay she becomes a maid. Thus begins the odd relationship between Kobayashi, Tohru, and several other dragons.

Screenshot (67)The designs of the characters, especially the dragons is great. A lot of thought went into the dragon designs because each one is based off of a different myth found in different parts of the world. The best part of these designs is the stark contrast between the mundane programmer Kobayashi and the fantastical dragon Tohru. Kobayashi keeps the series grounded in realism while Tohru allows for a lot of crazy things to happen which adds the majority of the humour to the series along with Kobayashi’s reactions to these crazy things.

Screenshot (68)There many different dragons in this series, each one with a tragic backstory related to family and the way society treats them. These backstories also help connect these characters to their real life mythical inspirations. This aids the development of the main themes related to both family and society which will be explored throughout each episode until the very end. These themes create a few scenes that caused me to cry a little so be ready for them if you ever watch this series.

Screenshot (63)This is a fantastic series despite a few strange moments involving young characters and a couple minor hiccups in the animation. I recommend you watch Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid if you enjoy watching any fantasy, slice of life, or comedy anime, as well as if you just so happen to love dragons like me. A season two may be coming in the future, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Final Rating – 48/50

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