Kyoto Animation has been something of a lost soul, struggling to find its identity in a post-Haruhi and K-ON world. It is through flipping back the dial and returning to their roots that their newest title, Maid Dragon, is able to find its footing. It feels like something that might have been animated once upon a time in 2005, and that is precisely what makes it so special in the modern climate of harem and superpower.
And unlike many of their more recent titles, it knows what it wishes to be and never compromises its vision in a futile attempt to appease everyone and anyone. It
doesn't play around with drama, and it never centres on action and explosions despite its cast of malevolent dragons. It's silly. It's relaxing. And it can even be a bit heartwarming when it tries, too. Have I also mentioned that Tohru is cute as all hell?
Some may immediately wince and groan upon reading the series' synopsis. Maids plus dragons does not make for a very promising setting, nor does it seem like a combination that required much more than two or three seconds of thought. Everything that could possibly exist has, or inevitably will, receive some sort of series with cute girls indiscriminately slapped onto it. Modern anime has trained people to be cynical.
But to treat Maid Dragon as just another silly comedy with moe characters wouldn't be entirely fair, as there are a number of things it does quite differently. Kobayashi, the show's title character and languid protagonist, is a working adult rather than the conventional teenager. Whereas most anime of its nature would choose instead to play a teenager as some pseudo-adult ("my parents are conveniently away on a business trip, so, hey, I have this house and this maid lady all to myself"), Maid Dragon chooses instead to portray real adults with real issues. Kobayashi is so bored with the office-lady routine that she will choose to drink herself halfway to death after a long day's work. Such is life in much of Japan.
By portraying adult characters, the sense of family between Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kamui feels genuine. Kobayashi is the mother of the household, and she will snap back at her dragon friends whenever they do something unreasonable. She is strict, yet also caring, and tries her best to understand their difficulties with getting used to the human world. Even little things such as peeling oranges for the two on their kotatsu makes it clear that she appreciates their company, even if she may not always be clear and forthright about it. Maid Dragon is true slice-of-life.
Kobayashi being female also helps to keep the show away from any unnecessary sexual undertones. If she were male, the show would no doubt be a harem, and it would be all the worse for it. It is hard to care about a cast when the only thing characterising them is accidental breast fondling (yay) and walking in on (and screaming at) each other in the bathroom. Yawn. While Tohru's feelings for Kobayashi are humorously exaggerated as being romantic, that is not Tohru's actual intentions, and indeed, her reactions come more from gratitude and a desire to protect her guardian, rather than anything genuinely romantic or sexual. The one exception is that, yes, there is a compulsory beach scene, although I suppose I can't fault it too much as it was relatively short and harmless (and because Tohru's body is a lovely sight indeed).
Maid Dragon can occasionally be funny-- Tohru visiting Kobayashi's workplace and repeatedly tripping her crabby boss, or challenging one of the other dragons to a fight in another dimension only to close it on them-- but it isn't an anime that is particularly defined by laughs. It is meant more to be relaxing, and, undoubtedly thanks to Kamui's presence, cute, at times adorable. I just wish it didn't have to repeat the same joke about Tohru cooking her tail a million and one times over.
The anime is at its strongest when it focuses on these main three, which makes the scenes with the other three dragons and Kobayashi's otaku friend, Takiya, significantly less appealing. Takiya's split personality is so jarring and exaggerated that he is often more obnoxious than anything, and Quetzalcoatl is pretty much a non-character whose only defining traits are that her boobs are large and that she likes to dress in scantily-clad clothing. If they were taken out altogether, I don't think anyone would find much reason to complain. More time should instead have been spent developing Kobayashi's cynical worldview, and Tohru's newfound interest in human society, the show's two most compelling themes. It would be nice for Kamui to also have something else to her besides simply being cute and snugly, but then I suppose it would be difficult to develop a character who is essentially the equivalent of a six or seven-year-old child. I sure as heck did not have anything else defining me at that age besides a love for candy and temper tantrums.
Kyoto Animation's artwork is generally excellent, but it certainly stands out in Maid Dragon's case. While there are few scenes that draw particular attention for their animation, the cute and humorous expressions the characters make (notably Tohru and Kamui) make the anime a ripe for grabbin' screenshots. Tohru's eyes are especially detailed, and draw attention to her nature as a dragon while never seeming overtly inhuman. Bright colours and soft edges also do well to enhance the fluffy, relaxing atmosphere the anime strives for. Part of the problem I had with some of KyoAni's other titles, such as Hibike Euphonium, is that they just looked so bland and dreary all the time. It's always welcome to see them return to a more traditional style, as traditional, it seems, is the very thing that KyoAni is skilled at.
To label Maid Dragon as something stellar or ground-breaking may be giving it a bit too much credit, but there is little doubt that it is at least a return to form for a studio that has been losing its way for many a year. It is as well a fun time in its own right, an almost nostalgic recollection of what slice-of-life anime used to be, and could, can be once more.
Dragons can be dangerous, it can also be CUTE AS ALL FUKKK.
I'll be reviewing Kobayashi-San chi no Maid Dragon as an Anime only watcher (although I read the first couple of chapters, just lazy to continue any further)
A dragon who seemed to be in great danger was saved by the almighty Drunkayashi. In order to repay her kindness. She becomes her maid, and with that, the Unending story between these 2 begin. I wonder how it'll turn out...
What can I say? All these characters (D)ominate my heart. The way Tooru would just cook her (D)elicious tail. But Kobayashi refuses becuz she think
it's (D)isgusting. Total D's=3. I can assume that Tooru is a triple D cup. Tooru is the main dragon of the series with her big smile, big heart, big attitude, and big..oh so big breasts. I'm sure you are guaranteed one chuckle or laugh each episode. I love how much Tooru clings to Yashi (I'm saying Yashi cuz Kobayashi is too much to type on mobile) it's a cute way of showing gratitude...I guess. The relationship between Tooru and Yashi will probably increase as the show goes on. I thought these 2 would be the main focus of the entire anime...
UNTIL THIS CUTE AS FUCK LOLI DRAGON COMES INTO PLAY!
Kanna, this girl must be my spirit animal. She is a loli done right. A loli who is not annoying as fuk and can still make u smile for 3/4ths of an episode. Her character design is great and her VA, give that woman a FUKKING raise :3.
Quet..Kwetzu...Quetzalcoatl...I'll just call her Q-Cup (which apparently she is..Q..cup) This character along with Fafnir has only been introduced lately and are still waiting for more character development from these 2.
It's KyoAni...cmon now.
It's KyoAni...cmon now.
It's Kyo..k I'll stop
Out of all the animes for winter 2017. This anime takes my full enjoyment. How can a slice of slice series like this, have more action than some action animes that I know? This is the only anime I know that they make badass things. Such as:
"And playing Dark Souls"
How will u even compare? This series takes the cake regarding full enjoyment.
I guess because it's a SOL, there isn't too much to dive on except the fact that it hurts to wait 1 week for 24 minutes of god sauce. The characters are fun, the overall plot and premise proves to be interesting, and the animation...mmmm...tasty. I can't wait to see more of these characters and their crazy shenanigans.
However I do have somewhat a concern for Tooru's past. Even Kanna's
I just..idk...feel like something happened in the past. Like something not very good. Just a feeling though.
I think this is the shortest review I've made thus far. I guess it's obvious considering this is a slice of life and a series to just sit back and relax with. I totally recommend this to anyone who wants something fun and exciting. Becuz it'll put a smile on your face...
~Multilingual review, English & Español: Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid~
In the Japanese culture there are two really heartwarming greetings that represent the core of the family bonds: 'Tadaima' (ただいま) and 'Okaeri' (おかえり), respectively meaning 'I'm home' and 'welcome home'. The exchange between these greetings happen when one person arrives home, and there is another one to welcome them back. While not strictly restricted to family members alone, and can be used colloquially between friends and acquaintances, even in workplace and school, these greetings carry a deep and strong meaning behind them, which is no other that 'this is the place I belong to'.
Although there are many
factors that determine the place we could call 'home', and some of them may, naturally, not include a physical person, in my personal opinion just because there is someone eagerly waiting for your return, and acknowledges that is only natural for you to come back, because this is your place, is nothing less what I would call 'the feeling of getting home'.
While it is impossible to chose which family born in, the choice of what to call our 'home' is entirely up to us, and that includes, the circle of people that will come to form part of it. Claiming that 'there are many types of families as there are stars in the sky' might be quite a silly over exaggeration, however it is not entirely wrong to say there are countless combinations and bonds that shape, what we would later call, 'our family'.
Moving one step back to the things impossible to chose, and the next one in the list is: Falling in Love. However this might be a completely biased opinion since I am a total, silly, romanticist, but there is a thing I believe we all have to agree: It is a completely unexpected chapter in our lives. After all, while all the other emotions arrives from the front door, this little bastard show itself from the back door while you were standing there like a dumb trying to see if Happiness was also in the group. Falling in love with someone takes you completely by surprise, and so as well, in some cases, is the person fated to mess around your entire existence.
Falling in Love + Different race + same gender = Love problems?
In this particular case, to scramble our protagonist life, is a certain dragon's unconditional Love. Blind as it is, but really really that blind that gender, age, and even race, represent nothing but just tiny details, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid features a mighty powerful dragon who falls in love with a female human, and although remaining an important lead, the show's gimmick does not spin entirely around it, to the extent that it would not fall under the Romance category, the show has way more to offer than a simple fairytale love story.
As previously mentioned, the story follows super mighty dragon Tooru, and her time in the human world after becoming Kobayashi's maid, the person she's completely infatuated in. Kobayashi is a young office lady leading an existence of the prototypical Japanese salaryman. Work until late hours, almost nonexistent private life, (sometimes forced) drinking parties with the boss, and obviously getting home so tired that just opening the home's door is the last action before collapsing to the floor, everyday repeat, repeat and repeat. And so the gray and monotonous everyday life of office lady Kobayashi starts to gain, definitely, more color.
Meet the Kobayashi's household - Residents: 1 human + 2 dragons + ♥ = Family
Being a Slice of Life series as it is, the anime narrates the everyday life of Tooru, self-proclaimed 'Dragon maid', the somewhat stoic office lady, Kobayashi, and little dragon, Kanna. What I really liked the most about this show is how the three of them, with the progression of the story, started to develop the bonds of a real adoptive family, satisfying the affective desires of each other, and caring deeply for the wellbeing of the members. These developments can be seen throughout the great writing of the dialogues between the characters, I specially adored the interactions between Tooru and Kobayashi, as they were the ones that contained the themes which I expressed in the very beginning of this review, 'the place I belong to'.
Tooru's inner turmoil regarding the human world, and her love for Kobayashi, which contradicts the apparently hate and fear for the humanity, are a constant recurring theme for the entire anime's progression. The series explores other themes such as the diversity and integration, something entirely affecting the dragons living in the human world, and their feelings regarding it's inhabitant, because living among them does not necessarily means living with them.
Unknown world + Unknown people + Being different = Trust problems
Going back a bit to the part when I mentioned that all the family members satisfy the affective desires, we can perfectly observe how the relationship wheel spin, and how much these interactions affected the lives of our three main characters. Kobayashi is a really stoic, passive person, and the difficulties she has maintaining a relationship with the other characters are plenty visible to see, specially towards the affection that comes from Tooru, as she has never been close to anyone before, she does not know how to behave. The exchange is bidirectional towards the dragon maid's inner chaos due to the new life and her love for the female human, that allows her to soon discovering that even though she sees humans as inferiors, she does have indeed desire to understand them. And finally little Kanna, the dragon which embraces the new environment with curiosity and willingness to integrate.
Being realised by Kyoto Animation, we can aspect some really cute designs, fluid quality animation, and bright colors, as per the studio's standard procedure. Also the Original Soundtrack was very great too, they accompanied the events perfectly, I could not ask for better.
In my personal opinion this is a great Slice of Life, although moving perfectly according to the standard of the genre, bringing nothing original nor unique to the industry, it succeeds wonderfully in developing the main themes the show reached out to us, transmitting the message and the values, that were set as a primary goal for the accomplishment of what I consider, Quality.
Wonderful characters + excellent development + Great rhythms = Must watch
[Español - Traducción con la ayuda de mi querido amigo OnionSoda]
En la cultura japonesa existen dos saludos de verdad reconfortantes los cuales representan el núcleo de los lazos familiares: 'Tadaima' (ただいま) y 'Okaeri' (おかえり), que significan respectivamente 'Estoy en casa' y 'Bienvenido a casa'. El intercambio entre estos saludos se verifica cuando una persona recién llega a casa, y a su vez, es recibido por la otra persona que se encuentra ya en ella. Si bien no es restrictivo al uso familiar, y puede ser utilizado entre amigos y conocidos, incluso en el lugar de trabajo y escuela, estos saludos cargan el peso de un fuerte significado con ellos, el me gustaría describir como no más que 'el lugar a donde pertenezco'.
Si bien hayan mucho factores que determinan el lugar que llamaríamos 'hogar', y naturalmente, algunos pueden que no incluyan una persona física, en mi opinión personal sólo por el hecho que haya alguien que espere ansiosamente por tu regreso, y reconozca que es normal para ti el hecho de retornar, porque este es tu lugar, es algo que nada más ni nada menos llamaría 'el genuino regreso al hogar'.
Aún siendo imposible la decisión de escoger en que familia nacer, la elección de lo que decidimos llamar nuestro 'hogar' es enteramente al alcance de todos, y con ellos incluye, el círculo de personas que se vendrían a formar alrededor. Exclamar una frase como 'existen tipos de familia cuanto estrellas en el cielo' llegaría a ser una tonta exageración, de todos modos no estaríamos en el error al decir que son incontables las combinaciones y lazos que vendrían a formar, lo que llamaríamos luego, 'nuestra familia'.
Haciendo un paso atrás, a cuando hablábamos de las elecciones imposibles, la próxima en la lista sería: Enamorarse. De todos modos, esto podría ser una opinión parcial ya que soy un completo, tonto, romántico, aún así hay algo en que creo que todos tenemos que acordar: Es un capítulo totalmente inesperado en nuestras vidas. Después de todo, cuando todas las otras emociones pasan por la puerta principal, este pequeño bastardo se presenta por la puerta posterior mientras tú estabas ahí parado como un bobo tratando de ver si Felicidad estaba también en el grupo. Enamorarse de alguien te toma completamente por sorpresa, y lo es inclusive, en algunos casos, la persona destinada a revolver tu total existencia.
Enamorarse + diferente raza + mismo género = Problemas de Amor?
En este caso particular, a desbaratar la vida de nuestra protagonista, es el Amor incondicional de un cierto dragón. Ciego como es, pero realmente ciego que el género, la edad, e inclusive la raza, representan nada más que pequeños detalles, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid se enfoca en un potente y temible dragón que se enamora de una chica humana, y si bien quedándose como un importante desenvuelve, la esencia del anime no gira completamente entorno a ello, al punto que no caería en la categoría Romance, este show tiene más por ofrecer que una simple amorío de un cuento de hadas.
Como mencionado anteriormente, la historia sigue al potente dragón Tooru, y su estadía después de ofrecer, forzadamente, sus servicios como maid a Kobayashi, la chica por la cual perdió la cabeza. Kobayashi es una joven trabajadora cuya existencia sigue los pasos del típico 'salaryman' japonés. Se trabaja hasta tarde, casi inexistente vida social, (a veces obligadas) salidas a beber con los jefes, y obviamente el llegar a casa tan destruido que, la última acción antes de desplomarse al suelo, es abrir la puerta de casa. El continuo repetirse de los días, una y otra vez. Es así que con la llegada de los nuevos huéspedes, el gris y monótono día a día de Kobayashi comienza a ganar, seguramente, más color.
Conozcan la residencia de los Kobayashi - ocupantes: 1 humano + 2 dragones + ♥ = Familia.
Siendo una Slice of Life como lo es, el anime narra el día a día de Tooru, autoproclamada 'Dragon Maid', la apática joven trabajadora, Kobayashi, y la pequeña dragón, Kanna. Lo que realmente me encanto de esta serie es como las tres, con el desarrollo de la historia, comienzan a establecer los lazos de una verdadera familia adoptiva, que satisfacen las necesidades afectivas de cada uno, preocupándose mutuamente por el bienestar de los miembros. Esta progresión es llevada a cabo gracias a la buena escritura de lo diálogos entre los personajes, especialmente adore las interacciones entre Tooru y Kobayashi, ya que fueron los que contenían los temas con los cuales, anteriormente, decidí abrir esta reseña, 'el lugar a donde pertenezco'.
La confusión interior de Tooru acerca el mundo humano, y sus sentimientos por Kobayashi, los cuales contradicen su aparente odio y miedo por la humanidad, son temas recurrentes por el entero arco narrativo de la serie. La serie explora temas como la diversidad y la integración, cosas que afectan principalmente los dragones que viven en el mundo humano, y sus sentimientos acerca sus habitantes, porque vivir entre ellos, no necesariamente quiere decir vivir con ellos.
Regresando un poco a la parte donde menciono que todos los miembros de la familia satisfacen sus necesidades afectivas, podemos observar como la rueda de las relaciones gira al rededor de la nueva presencia en sus vidas. Kobayashi es una chica de verdad estoica, y las dificultades que tiene al mantener las relaciones con los otros personajes son fáciles de individuar, especialmente cuando se trata del afecto que le proporciona Tooru, siendo el caso de nunca haber sido tan cercana a alguien antes, no sabe cómo comportarse. El cambio es bidireccional hacia el caos interior que tiene la dragon maid debido a la nueva vida que enfrenta y a los sentimientos que tiene por la chica humana, el cual le permite descubrir que aún reputando los humanos como inferiores, tiene de verdad deseo de entenderlos. Y por último esta Kanna, la única que acepta el nuevo ambiente con curiosidad y empeño a integrarse. Aun teniendo una mentalidad similar a la de Tooru, al ser un infante ella logra ver un mundo bajo una diferente luz, un lugar lleno de cosas que esperan a ser descubiertas.
La serie fue realizada por Kyoto Animation, por lo que podemos esperar diseños bonitos, calidad de animación fluida, y colores brillantes, como suele proceder el estudio normalmente. También el audio fue bastante bueno, se acompaña a la perfección a las escenas y eventos, no podría pedir algo mejor.
En mi opinión personal esta es una gran serie SoL, si bien moviéndose perfectamente de acuerdo al patrón del género, trayendo nada de nuevo o revelador a la industria, logra desarrollar, magníficamente, los temas que se propone, trasmitiendo el mensaje y los valores que fueron puestos como objetivo primario para el resultado de lo que reputo, Calidad.
Personajes geniales + Excelente desarrollo + Muy buen ritmo = No hay que perdérselo
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid- Making Anime Fun Again
Remember when anime was pure, unadulterated fun? Racing home as if on a quest to save a dying loved one, plopping your giddy ass on the sofa and turning on your favorite after-school cartoon? Nowadays, myself included, people get ignorantly pretentious and critical when it comes to anime… most likely due to the accessibility of other’s opinions on the internet (you’re guilty MAL!). But what happened to the days when you could share a bond with another over some good, old fashioned Chinese cartoons? God forbid you meet some dragon t-shirted, fedora wearing pleb that only cares for
mainstream shounen... whilst peddling Magic Cards out of his mom's basement. Sometimes even I fall into an over-analytical stupor and forget what makes anime so damn entrancing and fun to watch.
The undeniably successful Studio KyoAni’s 2017 release of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a breath of fresh air in a barrage of unoriginality and criticality. It’s endearing, cute, charming and hilarious, and most of all is that it doesn’t rely on “2deep4u” plot lines or edgy characters to become a hit. It’s an anime that breathes nostalgia for me, crafting a diverse, likable cast that has one character for everyone to enjoy and although ramps down, never gets stale. Of course Kobayashi isn’t perfect, but moreso perfectly imperfect. Accompanied by an outstanding script and stunning, extravagant visuals, KyoAni smashes the target of a true feel-good anime, leaving self-proclaimed pundits with little ground left to criticize.
When it comes to story, sometimes simple is best. Nothing in Dragon Maid seems contrived, but moreso plays out like a situational comedy. The story is straightforward:
-A shut-in girl (Kobayashi) gets drunk and accidentally makes a deal with a dragon concealing herself under the masquerade of graciously endowed maid. (Tohru)
-Tohru and Kobayashi take in an adorable loli dragon, Kanna.
-The three of them (and some of Tohru’s mythical adversaries) live out the seasons in an episodic, heartwarming anime that’ll be sure to make you smile.
The writing in Dragon Maid is the pillar of the entire anime. As previously mentioned, the simple structure of everything helps add to the endearing, carefree atmosphere that the show contains. Whether it’s a scene about cooking or a candid beach/Christmas episode, the script is constructed in the most efficient manner possible. There is an array of characters from Tohru’s mysterious homeland deriving from mythology. There’s Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of learning and self-reflection, as well as the Norse referenced Fafnir, who was cursed and turned into a dragon. Seeing these fictional personalities personified and placed into ordinary scenarios like playing video games… most specifically the scene where Fafnir was playing the Dark Souls-esque dungeon crawler.
The comedy is often slapstick or quick-witted, emphasizing the quirky nature of Tohru and her friends. Jokes are subtly slipped into scenes without being corny or abundant, and there more than a few historical and pop culture references thrown in to liven things up as well. It reminds me of a less overblown version of Nichijou (thank you KyoAni!). Above all other aspects of the writing, Dragon Maid has a unique tendency to make me feel just, comfortable. Whether it was the family bond that Kobayashi, Tohru and Kanna emulated or the cozy scenes where they just wanted to sit around and watch tv, I truly felt at home with these “peculiar” characters. I certainly didn’t expect such a simple show to hit my nostalgia buttons.
As with any show, there were some aspects I didn’t care for, or that could’ve been done better. There was a lingering yuri theme present between Kobayashi and Tohru that acrobatically teetered between friendship and something more. I’m not sure if I’m the only one that noticed this, but I can’t say it was entirely necessary. Echoing this opinion was the relationship between Quetzalcoatl and her “master”. Fanservice is one thing, but her intrusive nature and suggestive sexuality was starkly convergent to the atmosphere present in the rest of the show. Lastly, the charm of Dragon Maid can tend to wear off over the length of the show, so I’d recommend watching the anime in stages to prevent this.
Kobayashi is a 9-5’er; a twenty-something introvert who takes out her aggressions from her job over a beer or twelve at night. She’s what most of us in that age bracket don’t care to admit that we are. Tohru is a self-proclaimed servant, attempting to erase her past and start a more peaceful life on Earth. Tohru and Kobayashi both developed significantly throughout the series, and played off each other very well. Most importantly is that the writers did this without making it the focus of the anime. Kanna is truly the cutest thing in existence, and everyone knows it… and Fafnir’s deep hatred for the human race slowly dissolved the more time he spent around them. The slow addition of side characters, and their mythological influence was reminiscent of The Devil is a Part Timer, only done significantly better.
KyoAni nailed it again when it came to animation. Colors are vibrant and lively, with Tohru’s eyes set ablaze with a mix of red and orange hues. Although not “technically” superior to shows like Hyouka, Dragon Maid’s art style takes on a life of its own. The character models are all so original and inviting, and the action scenes were a joy to watch. More similarities were present with Nichijou, especially Kobayashi’s “dead fish” eyes, and the sporadic expressions on various character’s faces. Beautiful work for sure.
The OP is one of the most jolly, alluring OPs I’ve ever come across, both due to the upbeat music and flawless animation. It tells its own story, one of innocent fun and excitement. I definitely put it on my phone already :P The ED is just as good, and acts as the punctuation at the end of each episode. I don’t always listen to the ED all the way through, but I made an exception for this anime. I also enjoyed hearing the variety of tracks in the OST… with its overall cheeky tones and beats. The voice acting is superb, especially considering most of the cast is relatively unknown. Some of the better performances coming from Kobayashi and Tohru themselves.
I enjoyed the hell out of this anime. The simplicity, coupled with the characters and overall coziness make a show I won't soon forget. I prefaced my review with a paragraph discounting criticality for a reason. Go into Dragon Maid to relax and have fun, nothing else. It's not intellectually stimulating, there's no abstract symbolism and there's no unnecessary ecchi moments. Enjoy it for what it is. I'd recommend this to fans of other heartwarming shows like Barakamon or Usagi drop, or fellow KyoAni-ites. They really surprised a lot of people with this show, and I'm certainly happy that I watched it. Thanks for reading!
Kobayashi know's what it wants to be and it executes that perfectly. Dragons adjusting to the humane world we know as "Earth" and shenanigans follow from that. The concept has been done before, but never has it been refined to what Kobayashi is offering.
It's a simple comedy, but yet it knows what it wants to be. Kobayashi knows it is simple, but funny and it makes no jabs at trying to branch out in territories unbound to them just for more fanservice.(Well aside from quetzalcoatl...yeah.)
The characters are from mythology, and that is what gives them refinement. The infamous Fafnir to Quetzalcoatl. All of them
have some form of unique marking inside of history itself and that gives the characters their own depth. But seeming them humanized and trying to adjust to society whilst the funny quirks that follow in an everyday life of living with dragons is what makes this show enjoyable.
It is simple, but it knows what it wants to be and therefore it makes no other attempts in trying to be something else. It is there for us to enjoy weekly, and nothing more should be said about it. The show isn't complex, but that isn't needed for you to enjoy yourself with the show.
The artwork of the characters and their design themselves are simple as well, but they offer nice depth as well. Each of them have a distinctive outfit which matches their personality and archetype despite just being...simple.
If you want something to simply smile, and just overall have a pleasant time watching: rest assured, as the everyday life of following a human as they watch dragon's humanize and adjust to everything will surely help you have a pleasant time. Kobayashi is a very enjoyable show overall, and I highly recommend those looking for something this season to give it a whirl, especially if you like simple animes.
"Ravioli, ravioli, don't lewd the dragon loli." Easier said than done when the anime is basically doing it for you already.
I must admit that I have been rather critical of Kyoto Animation in the last few years. Such a talented studio who used to work wonders back in the day with titles such as Clannad, Haruhi, Lucky Star and K-On, but over the course of the last four years or so I have been rather disappointed with their series, with shows such as Kyoukai no Kanata and Musaigen no Phantom World really failing to live up to their previous standards. But Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid
Dragon actually feels like KyoAni finally returning to their roots, and for the first time in several years, it made me remember why I used to love this studio so much back in the day.
The anime starts with the typical adult office worker Kobayashi suddenly receiving a surprise visit one day... from a dragon. A dragon who then transforms into a human girl in a maid outfit and proclaims that she wants to live with her and work for her as her personal maid. As it turns out, Kobayashi had actually proposed the idea herself during some drunken escapade in the mountains earlier, and thus awkwardly finds herself having to invite the girl in. And thus begins Kobayashi's hectic everyday life of cohabitating with a dragon maid: Tooru.
It is a very simple series at heart but it works. It's reminiscent of KyoAni's wacky moe comedies of the past, and most of its success stems from the overblown characters and the stellar production value. Tooru is one big bundle of endless energy, in stark contrast to Kobayashi's deadpan and cool-headed personality. She is largely unfamiliar with how human society works as she came here through a portal from a different world, and as a result she sometimes suggests some ludicrous things such as haphazardly slaughtering people, and it is up to Kobayashi to keep her in check. Tooru is also rather openly affectionate with Kobayashi and repeatedly claims that she loves her, though Kobayashi mostly seems to see it as a child looking for parental affection rather than anything romantic for the most part.
If the entire series had solely revolved around Kobayashi and Tooru though, it would likely have become stale and repetitive before long, but fortunately that is not the case. There are numerous other characters, most of them other dragons, who are introduced one at a time as the anime progresses. The first of these, and also the only other one who would have to be considered as one of the show's main characters, is Kanna Kamui: proud owner of the sexiest piece of loli ass in a very long time (not to mention her thicc thighs). In all seriousness though, everything about her just screams moe, and in my mind she is the real star of this anime. Her looks, her personality and behaviour, even her husky and emotionless voice; all of it is unbearably cute. I think she is right up there with the likes of Kafuu Chino and Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko as far as pure moe overdose levels go. Kanna's role in the story is as a young dragon who follows Tooru to the human world and eventually ends up living with Kobayashi as well. She acts like the child of the strange household and also starts attending a local elementary school due to wanting to experience everyday life in human society in a way befitting someone of her age. What her exact age actually is we are never informed of, but she is supposedly still over 600 years old in human years, so she is presumably of legal age enough to do whatever degenerate things you lolicons want to do to her. On top of being irresistibly adorable though, I think Kanna also brings out the best side of Kobayashi. As the story goes on, you can gradually see Kobayashi becoming more and more of a mother figure to Kanna with the way she treats her, through acts such as taking time off work in order to be able to visit Kanna's school's sports festival and trying to sneak in presents in her Christmas stocking just like how she believes Santa would do it. It brings a genuinely heartwarming touch to what is otherwise a relatively non-serious anime, but it all blends together really well.
Regarding the supporting cast there is also Kobayashi's fellow coworker and otaku Takiya, as well as three other dragons in the form of the reclusive and mysterious Fafnir, the diligent but naïve Elma, and the easygoing and voluptuous Quetzalcoatl, more commonly known as Lucoa. Takiya and Fafnir have a sort of otaku bromance going on, which serves as a pretty nice contrast from the craziness going on whenever Tooru is around, and Elma functions well as the one dragon who can actually interact with Kobayashi on somewhat normal terms due to her personality and occupation. Lucoa however is the one character in this show which I honestly find rather useless. For one she is a typical fanservice character with gravity-defying breasts bigger than her head, but the way she utilizes them is kind of disturbing too. She does not move in with Kobayashi but rather lives in the house of a local child, and the way she interacts with him is basically through ignorant sexual harassment, which feels rather creepy to watch considering their milf and shota characteristics (the kid's name is literally Shouta I might add). Even outside that household though, the only thing Lucoa ever seems to do is jiggle her enormous knockers and nothing else. Her entire persona can be summarized by her tits. The show would really be better off without her.
So Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is definitely not without its fair share of fanservice, however discounting Lucoa, the other stuff in that department that the anime has to offer is honestly more of a plus than a hindrance I think. Takiya and Fafnir may have a very close friendship past a certain point in the story, but it feels legitimately believable and honest rather than a pair of boys who just got shipped together for the hell of it or anything put into a sexual context. While I am sure the fujoshi crowd will have no problem overcoming that barrier, at least in the context of the show itself, their relationship only comes across as two people who became close friends due to a common interest of hobbies, in this case anime and video games. There are also numerous segments starring Kanna and her human school friend Riko, where it is made quite clear that the latter has a pretty huge infatuation with her dragon classmate. What exactly the nature of those feelings are is debatable considering Riko's young age, but either way there are many scenes of the two of them snuggling together and Riko being super excited about it as a result. It is kind of like a running gag throughout the show where Riko gets so excited over Kanna that she almost gets an ahegao as a result, which I guess is at least somewhat original instead of the more stereotypical nosebleed reaction. Kanna also does some rather surprising things to Riko in return sometimes such as spontaneously licking her on the cheek, but this feels more like an animalistic behavior caused by her non-human nature as she does not seem to mean it to be anything more than a friendly gesture, though of course Riko probably does not interpret it as such. Some people might find it a bit weird seeing two lolis being so physically affectionate with each other, but considering how clingy girls can be amongst friends combined with the facts that Kanna is a dragon and that Riko is highly exaggerated like most anime characters, it still feels believable to me. And also given how incredibly cute Kanna is as a character, it is not like I can blame Riko if she really does have some deeper feelings for her.
In terms of production value, the anime is undeniably top notch. The fact that the art and animation is stellar should be a given since it is KyoAni we are talking about, and there is not a whole lot to say about it other than that it looks like KyoAni shows normally do: in other words fantastic. Since this is a throwback to their moe shows of old though, it is perhaps a bit more colorful than normal in order to fit the light-hearted nature of the show. The music department is also great: the OP and ED are both super catchy tunes and it also has some surprisingly good insert songs throughout the episodes themselves as well with a rather tranquil and artistic feel-good atmosphere to them, and the voice acting is all-round solid as well. There really is not much to complain about in these aspects of the series.
All-in-all though, what you have is a well-directed and thoroughly entertaining anime which--while simplistic in nature--is very much aware of its own limitations and unapologetically embraces its own strengths. It shifts quickly between being over-the-top absurdity and relaxing yet heartwarming slice of life shenanigans, but the transitions are smooth and natural, and it is just as enjoyable in both ways. Yes, there are some things that could have been done better, and no, it is not the single best moe comedy ever made, but it is quite well above average at the very least, and definitely something well worth your time checking out.
Diverse and likeable characters
Top tier moe, especially Kanna
Oftentimes quite heartwarming
Superb production value
Simple, light-hearted fun like the KyoAni of old
Although entertaining, it is not exactly hilarious either
Lucoa is useless
Maybe it's because I rarely enjoy SoL moe, and this one annoyed me more than usual due to the ungodly amount of praise it's gotten. Either way, I don't see how this show can be anything more than average to most people.
The story...it's SoL. There is no story. Episodes are a string of cute situations with various characters. This is how the genre functions. But how are the characters?
They range from cookie-cutter to slightly okay. Kobayashi and Tohru are both overplayed tropes; Tohru being a "Naive other-worldly creature discovering the world" and Kobayashi being her "Deadpan caretaker". At least half
the jokes in the show consist of Tohru doing something that only a dragon would do, followed by a stoic reaction image from Kobayashi. It's funny the first couple times, then it gets old.
Next is Kanna, who the internet seems to have collectively fallen in love with. She's sort of decent; deadpan lolis are usually funny, but she almost feels like a fanservice character to act as a daughter to the two main characters - and, not surprisingly, she becomes the victim of pedo humor. More on that with these two.
Lucoa and Shouta aren't in the show much, but their purpose is clear enough; Provide fanservice with a large breasted adult woman who wants to feel up an elementary school boy. Tasteful.
The only other characters I can think to mention are Fafnir and Takiya, who are only there to make jokes about being nerds. Another concept that's funny at first with its references and homages to popular games/anime, but again, it gets old.
The sound and art are good. It's KyoAni, no surprises here.
Overall, I don't think this show has no merit at all, but it's carried along by tasteless fanservice and repetitive humor that always boils down to "Dragon does something inappropriate in public", "Reference to anime/nerd culture", or "Look at these children in sexual situations".
I know this whole review sounds like it was written by an elitist who hates fun, but I just don't like this show, nor how much it's been forced in my face.
This anime season, Twitter won't shut up about Maid Dragon. There's a constant spew of GIFs and fan art, so I thought that maybe it was good. I thought wrong.
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon starts off cute enough, with an at least *slightly* original premise, and a fair number of visual jokes that made me audibly laugh. As the series continued, the laughs where still there, but in fewer and fewer numbers as more characters were being introduced.
My problem with this anime is it quickly became another season of "Pick Your Trope Waifu." Like, yo,
we got Basic, we got Jailbait, we got Honkers, we got Edgelord, and our most recent addition, Basic 2.0. Take your pick.
Most of these (Very underdeveloped, as of eight episodes out of what will most likely be twelve,) characters have running jokes at this point. Jailbait is always eating, Honkers is always bouncing around and teasing a child, (Which, like, geez,) and Edgelord is just being a NEET. Basic is her name. Pretty boring. Haven't seen much of Basic 2.0 because she showed up last episode, (8) but she seems ok. Kobayashi is also kinda boring, but her presence in the show isn't annoying, unlike a lot of the characters.
The point I'm making is that there is nothing special or new about any of the characters, and few actions have been made to invoke character progression.
You have to be shallow and like the characters for just appearance and personality, and I'm not willing to do that, I want either original jokes, (Not the same ones every week,) or a story.
Speaking of story, where is it? It didn't need one, I think K-On! and Squid Girl did just fine without stories, but Maid Dragon has tried to get its viewers hyped about Basic's homeland/past and haven't elaborated. Either add story or leave it, don't put it up for 1 min. every other episode and act like I'm suppose to be dying to know what happens.
The show just shoves any means of a narrative in favor of more waifu trash.
Intro's catchy, the rest of the music sucks. JPN VA is generic, English VA is hilarious. (In a bad way.)
It's the average, bad, popular anime of the batch. I waited eight episodes to quit because I wanted to let all of the characters be introduced. After seeing Basic 2.0, I'm convicted this show won't change, and won't be worth my time to finish.
In the beginning, we see a dragon; how frightening!
It flies across the sky as fast as lightning
Finally, it arrives at the apartment of a woman
Does it plan on eating this helpless human?
When the woman goes over and opens the door
She beholds the dragon, and stands rooted to the floor
But then to the woman’s great surprise
The dragon transforms into a girl right before her eyes!
The dragon girl calls herself Tohru, and gives her thanks
To the woman who had recently pulled a sword out of her flanks
And so that her debt to the woman can be repaid
Tohru asks to work for her as her maid!
The woman, Kobayashi,
And the dragon Tohru is visibly pleased
This event, I’m sure, Kobayashi will always remember
And thus the story begins with them living together
Being a lighthearted comedy, the plot isn’t that deep
But don’t let this be a cause for you to weep
For the anime excels in other areas
From the detailed designs to the funny characters
The dragon girls are drawn with many vibrant colors
Which makes them aesthetically pleasing to see
And although Kobayashi isn’t as detailed as the others
Her blandness can actually be sort of funny
Thanks to the art, we get many attractive females
And whatever your fetish, its surely represented
You got the tomboy Kobayashi and Tohru with her twintails
The loli Kanna and Lucoa who’s large chested
Ms. Kobayashi is the protagonist of the story
She always seems calm and acts reasonably
But if she's drunk, she can rampage crazily
Plus she gives the hopeless dragon girls helpful tips
Tohru is the first dragon we see
She wants to be a successful maid so badly!
She seems to be in love with Ms. Kobayashi
I wonder if she’ll ever kiss her on the lips?
Kanna is a dragon loli
Her cuteness levels are too much for me!
She basically eats everything she sees
And damn, she has some thicc hips!
Overall I’d say the characters are rather nice
But if I had to give the creator’s some advice
I’d say that the characters needed more depth and detail
But hey, at least their merchandise can make for a good sale.
What can I say, this show was fun
And now my poem is nearly done
But before I depart, I’ll leave some advice
And if you don’t follow it, you’ll pay the price
Honestly, I’m not a fan of writing negative reviews since I prefer to use them to recommend series that I enjoyed, but as a fan of both comedy and the “cute girls doing cute things” genre I felt disappointed with Maid Dragon, that was the anime I was looking forward the most for this Winter 2017 season. I know that comedy is a very subjective genre, so I can see why other people would like it, so in this review I will talk about what I liked and what I didn't from this anime, while trying to keep it as a recommendation to give it
a try as long as you're fine with what this anime delivers.
The story begins when a woman called Kobayashi finds a dragon named Tohru, that looks for a home to live, and after insisting she becomes Kobayashi’s maid, from there other dragons start to appear and they become a part of the daily life of our protagonist. With each introduction we get hints that there is more to know about the dragon world and the conflicts that happen there, something that sadly doesn't get explored in this anime, and while I find that fine since this is just a context for the story and it’s still early on to really need development, I still feel a bit disappointed because the idea is interesting and I wanted to see more.
My issues with this series (and in the end what makes me like a comedy or not) is the characters and the comedy itself. While some characters were fine the way they were (Tohru and Fafnir in special were pretty nice and I enjoyed most of their comedy bits), there are some that very early on reached a point where I was annoyed with them, and the constant repetition of their gag (even 4 or 5 times in an episode at times) without them getting any development during the series to make me feel that there was more to them than that, reduced a lot my enjoyment of this anime.
First in that list is the duo Kanna-Ahegao girl (she's called Riko, but she really deserves that nickname), Kanna is cute, I get it, everything she does is made to be an overdose of cuteness, but all Ahegao girl did for the whole series was, yeah, doing an ahegao face when near Kanna because she was really cute like always, while some people find that face funny, I found it absolutely annoying right from the first time, and nothing about her character changed at any point to make the gag atleast funnier or different. One thing that really bothered me is how the series used Kanna for fanservice at times, and more considering how she has the attitude of a child. One scene with Ahegao girl in particular was very uncomfortable to watch and made me lose the hopes in ending up warming up to this anime sooner or later.
But if we're talking about uncomfortable, Lucoa definitely takes the cake here. I can resume her character in a single word: boobs, all of her comedy comes from them, either via having them bouncing, her wearing dresses that show them a lot (she even gets called as someone that “dresses like a slut” by Kobayashi, I'm dead serious), but definitely the worst part is her constant gag of breast smoothering a kid she lives with using them, I'm fine with some fanservice, but Maid Dragon reaches a point where I think that they went too far, both with how much it uses it, and to which characters the fanservices goes directed to.
Finally there is Kobayashi, our protagonist, that while I find her a pretty bland character, I think that this is exactly her purpose since she is there to bring the heartwarming moments of the series, related to her enjoying having all these weirdos around giving colour to the lifeless world around her due to her personality, I find that scenes well executed and I wish that the series revolved more around the family feel they create.
In the artistic part, well, it's KyoAni, really well animated moments in the scenes where the series needed them while staying nice from start to end. The series also provides a solid OST, with personal mention to the song that plays in the previously mentioned heartwarming scenes, that improved them a lot in my opinion, and the opening “Aozora no Rhapsody” that is a very catchy song to start the episode in a nice mood.
In the end, while I personally didn't enjoy this anime due to not being a fan of the comedy and the fanservice present in the series, it's definitely worth trying out if what I mentioned didn't bother you.
Amazing, I didn't laugh that much since ending 'Nichijou'. Do not hesitate give it a try!!!!
'Komori-san Can't Decline' is another serialized manga from this author
'I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying' seems also worth to be check (manga only)
For now, #17 in top airing anime, should move a little above that spot.
If only I had time to read the manga, ahhh.
My dear dragons, good luck!
'One night, an office worker named Kobayashi comes across an injured dragon named Tohru who had come from another world. Wanting to repay Kobayashi's hospitality, Tohru starts living with her as a maid, soon attracting the attention of other
dragons who come to the human world'
Sleepless nights and long work hours have been taking their toll on me. It's hard to find enjoyment in life and inspiration to keep moving forward when you're working at 2 in the morning and subsisting exclusively on Redbull and frozen pizza.
During one particularly hard night, I was browsing twitter and came across a picture of an adorable anime character with purple and white hair. "That's it!" I thought to myself. "This is what I've been searching for!" I scrambled to my work computer to find more, and as I scrolled through videos and images for the series Kobayashi-san Chi no Dragon Maid, a
realization slowly dawned upon me.
This character was more than just a cute animated loli. In many subtle ways, it resembled the old Gods and spirits of Aztec mythology. The patterns in her dress... The long, flowing hair... the resemblance was uncanny. But there was something more to it than that... some nigh incomprehensible, yet wholly palpable spiritual essence that I have yet to wrap my head around.
I had to find more. I watched all of the episodes available to me with feverish passion, examining every colorful animated second of it. My conclusion: I was 100% correct in my previous assertation. Kobayashi-san Chi no Dragon Maid represents more than just what's visible on it's fluffy, well-written comedic surface. Instead, it's the beginning of a cultural zeitgeist, the ushering-in of the new "moe" era.
In time, people will look back and point to this show as the turning point in or global shared culture. Even farther into the future, they'll find statues of Kanna and Toohru in the shattered remnants of our civilization and piece together their story-lines, much like we have done with the wreckage of the great Roman empire.
I could be wrong, of course. Maybe this is just a light-hearted romp with inventive and cute characters, fantastic animation, and fun comedic scenarios (the moe/comedy genre is KyoAni's forte, after all). However, I don't think that's the case.
I'll be watching the entire series, that much is certain. I'll also be purchasing the various merchandise that the series spawns. Figures, posters, DVD, etc... all the evidence that future generations will be using to learn more about this incredibly important time in human development that we inhabit.
You can think I'm crazy if you want. Maybe sleep deprivation, paired with malnutrition and 3-hour-long hentai viewing sessions have reduced my brain to a mashed-poatato-like mush, and these are the rambling of a man who has finally lost his grip on reality.
But what if I'm right?
My final verdict: 10/10. This series is a must-watch for both hardcore followers of anime and casual viewers alike.
After enduring the taunts, jeers, and sneers that resulted from the underwhelming Myriad Colors Phantom World, Mr. Hideaki Hatta, the president of Kyoto Animation, decided to recommit to the conventional. He guided the studio producers into a months-long effort in crafting a sequel to the massively successful Sound! Euphonium. When the dust settled, KyoAni’s staff, with the utmost confidence, released Sound! Euphonium 2, and then they celebrated. They engaged in several rounds of poker, and they consumed multiple tabs of LSD (One employee in particular swallowed six tabs at once), as well as a large helping of cocaine. 4 hours passed
before Mr. Hatta summoned his employees into the meeting room. He stated, “I know that we already took care of the Fall season with Sound! Euphonium 2 but we need something to air in the winter. Any ideas, guys?”
The KyoAni employees, still buzzed from the booze, drugs, and other late-night adventures, quietly remained in a state of half-consciousness.
Mr. Hatta, visibly exasperated, muttered hopelessly, “Just blurt out the first thing that pops in your head.” It was Jiro Tazaki, a fresh-faced intern on his first day, that spoke up. It remains a mystery if it was the LSD, the alcohol, or God Himself that planted the idea in Tazaki’s mind but on that day, the concept he introduced would be the catalyst behind KyoAni’s latest heavy-hitter project.
After Mr. Hideaki Hatta spoke, what Jiro Tazaki responded with was, “Bouncing dragon tits.”
With that, Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon was born.
If there’s one thing that could turn away potential viewers, it’s the cutesy character designs. From the woefully oversized eyes to the roundness of the character’s frames, and even the rose-tinted cheeks, the character designs are a victim of moé overdose. Then again, realism has always been a foreign concept for Kyoto Animation, so no surprise there.
Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon prides itself in its humor but early on, its comedy is a bit too dependent on unnecessary boob grabs for its own good. While that element is minimized yet never erased, the show leans more and more on its Fish out of Water jokes as the runtime progresses, and this is where the show strikes comedy gold. There are more than a few instances in which Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon constructs an exaggerated, fantastical contrast to real-world occurrences. When the characters are shopping for school supplies, a common stapler is interpreted as a torture device. When one character seeks to learn about sports festivals, events like running, ball-tossing, and tug o’ war are processed as medieval tactics in battle. It’s scenes like those that aid Tohru (Miss “Bouncing Dragon Tits” herself), and her other fire-breathing friends in adjusting to a world not their own.
It’s right here that you’d be tempted to think, “Slice-of-life/comedy about characters from a different world living on our own? Hey, this is The Devil is a Part-Timer all over again!”
While Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon does have a similar premise with that of The Devil is a Part-Timer, that is the extent to which these two titles are identical. While The Devil is a Part-Timer has its characters lead normal lives in a day or two, it requires a month for this show to do the same. While The Devil is a Part-Timer allows its characters to showcase their abilities in broad daylight, there are consequences that occur when this show does the same. While The Devil is a Part-Timer maneuvers its supporting characters to the sidelines, Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon allows its relatively minor characters (like the domineering Riko Saikawa, the perpetually anxious Shouta, or (my personal favorite) the brooding Fafnir) to claim their moments in the spotlight. While The Devil is a Part-Timer briefly mentions the characters’ past lives and never bothers to provide details, Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon reflects on the bygone days and consistently links that to the cast’s arcs. In short, Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon embarks on the same path as The Devil is a Part-Timer yet it contains a more enhanced storyline than the latter, as well as greater character depth.
Although, the aforementioned character depth is what distinguishes this series from its peers, the method in which depth is handled as flawed at best. Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon exists on the strained relationship between humans and dragons, as well as attempts to rectify this dynamic. However, the razor-sharp focus on this concept, though admirable, prevents this show from delving into potentially fantastic subplots. Sure, there are a few discussions about familial dynamics and self-exploration, but ultimately the show never truly ponders on these ideas. Though it appears quite underwhelming, the (very) limited range of thematic elements in Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon shouldn’t automatically blacklist this title (After all, Onihei isn’t exactly a paragon of versatility yet there are many, myself included, that consider it to be this season’s hidden gem). However, I must advise you to be prepared for this show’s “serious scenes”. Suffocating beneath the overwhelming weight of the warm, childlike atmosphere of the show, these segments provide a complete contrast to the rest of the series. At first, they carried grace, sophistication, and a unique charm (CGDCT + pathos wasn’t a formula I encountered before) but later on, it felt as though these segments were recycling the same handful of storyline beats over and over. By the fifth episode, I was bored to tears, and apparently so was KyoAni’s brain trust. They ensured that the serious scenes received a mercifully short runtime with each appearance.
Ambition is a trait that I absolutely covet when it involves anime. There are few things I adore more than witnessing an anime series journey beyond the conventional. With this series, however, I am satisfied with its exercise in normalcy. Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon doesn’t desire to reinvent the wheel nor to “save anime” in the vein of Studio Trigger. No; what it seeks is to entertain, and on that front, it has more than succeeded. Whether it’s the witty sexual innuendos, Tohru trolling Miss Kobayashi’s short-tempered supervisor, or her utterly breathtaking chasedown of a purse snatcher, Miss Kobayashi’s Maid Dragon guarantees excitement. And that’s just fine with this run-of-the-mill reviewer. For once, the hype is justified.
Once every now and then, we get some strange premise that gets animated on television. Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is one such title that is probably more appealing to be quoted than anything else at first. Literally translating to Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, it’s definitely a title that will raise some eyebrows. I mean really, a dragon as a maid? That’s the probably one of the silliest ideas if you think about it on paper. It also shouldn’t be surprising as it’s one of Cool-kyou Shinga’s works. The author is known for expressing a lot of freedom in ideas. As such, watching this show
with an open mind will definitely bring in a lot of enjoyment.
Who would have thought that Kyoto Animation would be the studio to adapt this show? Unlike some of the author’s other works (which turned out to be very short shows), this one runs for full length. Make no mistake about it though, the series is exactly what it sounds like. The first episode pretty much establishes the general concept as we meet Kobayashi, a young software programmer living her normal life in Tokyo. Life take a turn for her when she unknowingly saves a dragon named Tooru during one of her drunken scenarios. Fate follows and soon, Kobayashi has her own personal maid. Err, dragon maid. As you can judge from this premise, the show is portrayed more or less a slice of life fantasy. Despite being a dragon, Tooru isn’t entirely violent although she does possesses a disdain for humans. The only human that she seems to care the most is Kobayashi. In fact, she even develops a girly crush on her to the point of being devotion. That’s what really makes this show so entertaining because at its core, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon always seeks to have fun by expanding on its ideas into a colorful fashion.
The series consists a diverse yet noticeable character cast. I’ll be honest though, main female protagonist Kobayashi is probably the least interesting character. She is the epitome of normal in this show when compared to others. Face it, she looks plain with an average paying job and average personality. However, Tooru finds her very appealing because she is honest to others and herself. Speaking of Tooru, she stands out as the most interesting character in the show. Coming from an entirely different world, it’s no surprise that she lacks common sense about Earth and its people. From the first few episodes, it’s shown that she lacks knowledge about being a maid at all. She also has virtually no experience with technology, cooking, or job skills. However, Tooru adapts well or at least she tries. Kobayashi is her main motivation to improve and she even comes to like Earth as time passes on.
Other noticeable characters in the show is a young dragon named Kanna. As one of the youngest characters in the show, she behaves exactly like a child. In the beginning, Kanna has a disdain for Kobayashi and wants Tooru to return with her to their world. However as time progresses, she is more accepting of Kobayashi and even starts treating them like her family. Kobayashi’s life gets even more complicated when Tooru’s other friends Fafnir and Lucoa makes their appearances. Speaking of Kobayashi, we can also see that she is slowly but surely warming up to Tooru. She is more accepting of her presence and the other dragons despite knowing how different they are compared to her. In the meantime, the others learn from Kobayashi about how human behavior works and even begins to adapt with their society. A clever example is Fafnir where he develops an addictive habit of playing video games. Another would be Kanna adapting with school life and making new friends including with schoolmate Riko.
In essence, I think the primary successes of this show relies on its character chemistry and humor. Character relationships are important as it establishes personalities and allows the audience to understand them better. It also makes the show much more entertaining as we see how humans and non-humans interact. There’s also change and development too with characters like Kobayashi, Fafnir, and Kanna. The way their roles are played out makes the audience curious about how far they can change. This is shown with characters such as Fafnir through his interaction with Makoto Takiya, Kobayashi’s co-worker. Fafnir begins to accept and even becomes obsessed with video games and culture thanks to his influence. On the other hand, there’s the comedy. It’s freely defined and sells its humor without going over the board. Characters such as Kobayashi, Riko, and Tooru are prime examples of this as they display out-of-character qualities at times. (I mean, just look at Kobayashi when she is drunk!) In retrospect, the show makes an attempt to get the audience’s to laugh and I have to admit, it works.
As a manga reader, the show expands parts of its adaptation in certain episodes to give some more vivid details of storytelling. However, not everything is faithful as one particular episode goes entirely on an anime original route. Also because this is airing on television, the adaptation is more tamed compared to the manga. In other words, the original source has much more lascivious scenes and suggestive innuendos. That actually also brings up another point as well. The show portrays itself as a slice of life comedy but if you watch it carefully, there’s also many parts with some adult humor. Whether it’s the cultural references or some suggestive camera angles, it can get controversial at some cases.
Kyoto Animation doesn’t let down expectations when it comes to production quality. The show looks very colorful and filled with energy. Almost every character has their own distinctive look especially the dragons. Characters such as Tooru, Kanna, Lucoa, Elma, and Fafnir all display traits of their dragon characteristics. (Example: tail, horns, eyes, etc) In the meantime, director Mikiko Watanabe puts his talent to work and makes a strong impression. The way the camera angles are directed makes certain scenes feel impactful. The colorful action can also be very noticeable with spectacular choreography from early episodes. The series even has a charisma for decorative outfits as seen in certain episodes to make the characters look more fashionable. The only questionable tactic the show uses at times is its fan service. Lucoa is probably the guiltiest of this as she wears skimpy outfits and a running gag of the show even has her being on top of Shouta.
If you thought the art presentation was impressive, then soundtrack doesn’t fall far from that level either. While it can be dismissed at times at being dull, the overall delivery is well crafted and fitting for the slice of life genre. OP and ED theme songs are highly decorated with colorful themes. The voice mannerisms of characters defines their personalities especially for characters like Kanna and Fafnir. I also have to give praise to Kanna’s VA praise for portraying her character at an exceptional level. It’s not always easy to voice a child character but Maria Naganawa made her sound very convincing.
Ah Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon, a show with quite a peculiar title. I mean, a dragon maid is the last thing you’ll expect to see in slice of life stories these days. Yet, this show cleverly gives its character cast freedom to be what they want. While this show doesn’t involve any complex storytelling, it makes it up with its very distinctive character cast. It has the ingredients of cooking up good humor and doesn’t hold back to deliver just that. I can’t say this enough but really give this show a try. It looks stupid at first glance but the more you watch it, then more you’ll find it entertaining. Trust me, it earned it.
When I started watching this show, I was so so excited about it. I haven't seen a lot of yuri so I wasn't familiar with a lot of the tropes it used. But, despite some sort of awkward ecchi moments, I enjoyed it a lot. I really like the way that Tohru, Kobayashi, and Kanna's characters were developed for the first four or five episodes, and the slice of life aspects of it really appealed to me.
But, episode 6 was the beginning of the end with episode 7 being the nail in the coffin. The abrupt turn from a feel good, slice of life
yuri to a pedo fanservice free-for-all was shocking and gross. The main characters were dropped in favor of pedo plotlines for side characters that made me 5000% angry and uncomfortable. 2/3 of episode six involved either the weirdly sexual scenes between two elementary schoolers, or Lucoa, portrayed as an adult female, sexually harassing a young boy.
It really gave me this vibe of the producer's having a total lack of confidence in their vision. Like, maybe they thought that not enough people would enjoy a fantasy-style, slice of life yuri, but surely they would get an audience if they threw in some horribly off color fanservice. It was so unbelievably disappointing.
So I thought, 'Well, maybe this was just a fluke. Maybe this was their fanservice episode and they just completely bombed it.' But no, then comes the teaser for episode 7, titled simply 'The Fanservice Episode'. Needless to say, I didn't watch it.
A friend of mine gushed over episode 8 and said that it returned to the original plot lines that I so loved from the first four episodes. So, I skipped episode 7 and went straight to 8, and I did like those plotlines. Yet, they can't just leave it alone. Every change in scene includes a disgusting pedo fanservice clip of Lucoa and Shota. I can't even suspend my distaste to enjoy a Tohru/Kobayashi centered episode, and it's so SAD.
This anime really could have been very good. If they had just stuck to what had fans watching in the first place, which was the great slice of life and the development of Tohru and Kobayashi, then I think they really could have had a hit on their hands. But, by bombarding the audience with this pedo BS that literally no one asked for, they tanked their own work. In one episode, this show went from a 9 to a 5 from me, and it just keeps dropping.
Dragons are well-known to be fierce creatures of legend, but they can also be regarded as the personifications of good. In cartoons, children's books, and family films, dragons are often depicted as friends of men. In certain cultures, dragons are portrayed as heavenly creatures.
While all these representations are interesting, none are as adorable, nor as lovely as that of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: a whimsical tale about the life of a lonely programmer and her fantastical human-dragon hybrid friends.
As a character-driven gag series, Dragon Maid emphasizes its fun using an endearing cast. Protagonist Kobayashi may be your typical introvert, but it's hard not to smile
whenever she quarrels with Tooru—the titular dragon maid who pledges herself to the programmer's service after a comical misunderstanding in the previous night. The stoic Kobayashi and cheerful Tooru are polar opposites, making their dynamic one of the most interesting feature of Dragon Maid. Their squabbles play a major part in evoking laughter from the audience, but there are more to them than just being elements of comedy. As the story progresses, their interactions between each other slowly develop their character, transforming them into sympathetic individuals. Dragon Maid is rife with good humor, but it's also filled with heartwarming scenes and strong character progressions that transcend it above the typical comedy.
Perhaps the element that will be overlooked most often in Dragon Maid is the desire to be human. The dragons claim to despise humans, but their obvious curiosity in our species says otherwise. The ever-so-adorable Kanna is by far the greatest example of this: although the young dragon is jealous of Kobayashi claiming her beloved Tooru, she nevertheless gains an interest in enrolling to school to learn more about the human world. There, she meets Riko, an equally adorable human girl who helps Kanna learn the meaning of becoming human. Another character who experiences a similar development is Fafnir, a no-nonsense dragon who gradually mellows out of his old facade thanks to the eccentric yet kindhearted Takiya. Like Tooru, Fafnir is initially distrustful of humans but begins to adopt an alternate perspective once Takiya shows him the joy of playing video games and writing doujinshi. Of course, Kanna and Fafnir's antics are mainly played for laughs, but their desire to assimilate with human society is definitely worth noting.
No cast is ever perfect, and the same can be said for that of Dragon Maid. The three remaining characters—Elma, Lucoa, Shouta—range from underdeveloped to terrible. Elma is at least funny and cute when paired up with Kobayashi, but Lucoa and Shouta are simply unlikable. While the other characters have some sort of trait that make them endearing, this bizarre pair exists only for the sake of fanservice. Furthermore, the backstory of how they met is a forgettable five-minute scene that's never brought up again. From all the dragons, Lucoa seems to be the only one who does not enter any sort of development phase. True, it’s likely this way because of her kindness to humans since the beginning of the series, but why not make this trait more prominent to the story? It would have been better if she aids the other dragons in getting along with Kobayashi and other humans, but alas, she did not. Some might complain that the intimate relationship between Kanna and Riko is troublesome, but I personally find it very cute in comparison with Lucoa and Shouta’s nauseating bond.
As a charming series, Dragon Maid comprises adorable character designs and a colorful palette. Although the series takes place in a city, my personal favorite setting is the gorgeous grassy plains where Kobayashi, Tooru, and Kanna goes to play. The events that transpire there might only be a fleeting moment, but the beauty of the scenery—especially the peculiar shot of the mantis and butterfly—accentuates the natural beauty of the show. On what makes Dragon Maid most amiable, the visuals only lag behind the characters.
The OP is ridiculously catchy, but the ED and soundtrack—except for the interlude theme—are forgettable. On the other hand, Dragon Maid boasts some of the best anime voice cast in recent memory. Kobayashi’s stern but motherly voice, Kanna’s cute mumbles, and Tooru’s energetic cheers are the three that deserve special attention—without them, Dragon Maid would undeniably feel less lively. My personal thoughts? I could listen to Tooru’s voice all day long without getting bored.
So is Dragon Maid worth watching? Yes, and much more. Not only is this gem of a comedy worth seeing, but it’s also the best series of the Winter 2017 batch. Delightful characters, nice visuals, spot-on voice acting, and an interesting premise makes Dragon Maid a solid top-tier show.
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon was released in early 2017 and is a breath of fresh air in the modern climate of sexually-charged harem anime. Maid Dragon is a completely wholesome slice of life series with no sexual content or fanservice. Forget whatever you've seen online about it -- this is the kind of anime you can watch with your parents.
The series starts with a dragon, Tooru, who wants to work for the main character, Kobayashi, as a maid. Kobayashi was wholesomely blackout drunk when she first met Tooru and barely remembers the encounter, but apparently she offered Tooru a place to
stay, provided that Tooru worked as a maid. You might expect such a premise to lend itself to sexually charged fanservice in order to pander to an audience of horny teenagers, but Maid Dragon avoids such baseness. You see, Kobayashi is a female -- an adult, even! So there can't be any fanservice, because lesbians are not a popular category of porn for straight male audiences.
You might be wondering how a dragon can be a maid. As it turns out, Tooru (and all the supernatural characters on the show) can disguise themselves as humans. In her human form, Tooru has large breasts that have a tendency to bounce, complete with sound effects. There's nothing sexual or fanservicey about that, and besides, it doesn't happen often. Only multiple times per episode. Another dragon, Quetzalcoatl (commonly called Lucoa) has even larger breasts, which tend to bounce even more. As such, Lucoa can properly be called a well-rounded character. The size of both dragon's breasts are the subject of envy by Kobayashi, and she comments on them throughout the series. This isn't an attempt at fanservice because that's just how all women talk to each other. In the first episode, Kobayashi takes Tooru's clothes off while they're drinking in a bar. You might think, "Okay, that has to be fanservice," but again, it's okay because they're both women, and women do not have any sexual agency.
If you've read much about this series, you may have noticed discussions and internet memes tend to focus on the character Kanna. Kanna -- who is listed first on MAL's list of characters despite not being one of the two main characters -- is what is referred to in some circles as a "dragon loli" and you are instructed not to "lewd" her. A lot of online commentary refers to her "thicc" thighs. This is actually a typo: they meant to type "wholesome thighs" but the keys were right next to each other. Mistakes such as this are very common in the Maid Dragon fandom.
Since Kanna has the body of a child and attends the third grade, it would be extremely inappropriate to give her large, bouncing breasts with sound effects. No self-respecting anime would sexualize a child... so you'll have to read the Maid Dragon manga if you want to see a kid with large breasts. In one of the first scenes with Kanna, it is explained that she and Tooru cleaned each other with their tongues, and the viewer is shown a picture of said cleaning. The picture appears to show both characters in their human forms, but it is blurred out, probably because it's too wholesome and not sexually suggestive at all. You'll have to refer to the manga for an uncensored version of that as well.
At school, Kanna makes friends with a third grader named Riko. Though she dislikes Kanna at first, Riko eventually says that she would marry Kanna. Whenever there is skin-to-skin contact between the two children, in innocent circumstances such as accidentally brushing together, or playing twister, or Kanna sitting on Riko's lap, or Kanna straddling Riko, etc. etc., Riko becomes visibly excited, usually making an ahegao face. For the dear readers who don't know the definition of ahegao, here is what Urban Dictionary has to say:
"Ahegao: The anime/manga version of an orgasmic facial expression. It's generally very sexualized and lewd, and may or may not be accompanied with heart eyes/pupils."
Because you mustn't "lewd the dragon loli," the Urban Dictionary must be mistaken in saying that ahegao carries sexual connotations.
The remaining child on the cast is Shouta, whose name is not at all similar to "Shota." Shouta attempts to summon a demon, but instead, Quetzalcoaltl hears him and decides to go live with him. Quetzalcoatl is the aforementioned extremely busty Aztec goddess of fertility, and one of the show's most wholesome sources of humor comes from her frequently pushing Shouta's face into her breasts, disregarding his objections and embarrassment. This might sound like she is molesting Shouta, but how can she be? There is nothing sexual about fertility goddesses. Shouta's parents are never seen, but one can assume that they're happy that he lives with such a responsible guardian.
All in all, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is a family-friendly show that I would recommend to anyone. It contains NO fanservice, and you don't need to give yourself a long look in the mirror if you enjoyed it. I rate it 10/10.
Thanks for reading my first review!
At first seeing the title and synopsis I was a bit skeptical about the whole anime. But from the first episode this anime has really surprised me. Despite it's intriguing concept combining dragon and maid and having bunch of these dragons and putting them live in normal life situations. This anime really knew how to make people interact with each other the way that makes these moe dragon concept work. They learn from each other and really work of each other and develop from their adventures. That is really great and that is why this slice of life style anime is so enjoyable in
many way. It is not just for moe but so much more, really likable chars. that have distinct personalities from very different situations learning to live and interact in new situations like in RL.
You can really see these characters evolve and learn from their interactions and react to new situations and learn despite their very different backgrounds. Characters are enjoyable; loli dragon! and story is simple; everyday life events, and that's why it gets 8,5/10 rounded to 9/10.
Before you read: English is not my first language and I'm new to writing reviews.
My problem with this on is that's an adaptation of a lewd, otaku pandering manga, but just like K-on it tries to be something smarter than that, which results in a mess that neither appeals to the moe loving degenerate side of me and neither to the connoisseur of good character writing side of me.
In this anime there are scenes that go on how dragons are (or rather would be, if anyone knew about their existence) discriminated, and how unfair and sad this reality is..... all this is said by an
anime girl with a huge tail, horns and a maid outfit. An anime girl that's also a dragon that can wipe out humanity on a whim, a dragon that lives thousands of years. And she has D-cup (D for Dragon).
Do you see where I'm going with this? This anime tries to tackle more serious topics, but forgets it's an anime about a cute dragon maid, cute dragon loli, cute dragon pair of boobs with legs, and cute dragon that orgasms over sweets. The scenes that are about more serious topics (one^above or awkward gay romance with one of the male dragons) burst my bubble and make me realize just what dumb show I am watching, and prohibit me from enjoying the godly animated moe cuteness. But if I try to enjoy it for the smart stuff I again see a dragon maid with a D-cup (D for Dragon) and a situation that's way too ridiculous to take seriously (whaa, poor immortal dragons are not liked in the real world, whaaa). Only way I found enjoyment in this was to completely separate the "smart" stuff and cute stuff. And then it was a fun enough time for me to complete the season.
Overall I do not think it's a bad show, only that it has Enormous flaws, and similarly enormous strong points (animation for example) that balance each other out in the middle. So 5/10.
It's really stupid, and not aware of it in the slightest.
Its not its strongest point, ultimately it is your average slice of live with the main character in a 9-5 job instead of highschool its been done before.
At some points it can be really beautiful, its not surprising considering Kyoani worked on it but the characters and scenery are just so screenshot worthy.
The opening and ending ops are catchy as hell and suit the setting of the anime really well. Half way through the ending is dedicated to the dragon girls singing and its fucking adorable. Holy shit.
This animes strong point is definately the characters, with everyone having their own quirk that makes me just
enjoy watching them. The internet has decided the best girls is Kanna and Alma, but I feel Tohru, Quetzalcoatl and the main character Kobayashi are underloved.
I think if you're a fan of slice of life genre I would definitely look this up. I rate this a 8 gay dragons out of 10