Thought I’d take a break reviewing One Punch Man for a bit, partly because we’ve finished a major plot arch but more because there’s no way we’d ever catch up to chapter 118 where the release is currently without a better game plan… So I’ll be reviewing a personal favourite for now: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (小林さんのドマイドラゴン).
For those that missed out on the trend, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid became famous in 2017 following a highly successful anime adaption directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto, who sadly died in the Kyoto Animation Studio arson attack in July. A second season has been announced but due to his untimely death, it is currently delayed.
The series centers on Miss Kobayashi, a normal office worker living in Tokyo who accidentally saved one of the universe’s most powerful dragon’s, Tohru. Tohru falls in love with Kobayashi and vows to serve her forever becoming her maid. As dragons are bound by magical law to not meddle with human affairs, Tohru’s existence in the human world attracts a cast of other dragons including the young Kanna, sea serpent Elma, ancient demon Fafnir and Quetzalcoatl (Lucoa), the feathered serpent god. However, whilst the dragons become accustomed to living in the human world, the dragon world continues to be embroiled in a centuries long civil war between the factions of chaos and peace, overseen by the spectators. The series’ primary message is one of peace, that dragons and humans can get along and opposite sides of the civil war can work together towards fighting for peace.
I won’t go too much into the details here because I want to review from Chapter 79. I might go back and cover some of the previous chapters but you can also just read that yourself.
Released early this year, Tohru and Fashion rounds off the end of a major plot arch where Tohru essentially ends the dragon war by defeating a human spy who was mind controlling Kanna’s father (long story). Returning to the human world, Tohru wants to continue feeling the thrill of war so she decides to go and buy some clothes for Kobayashi – the sheer feeling of having her love in attractive clothing will make up for the lack of adrenaline in battle.
There’s a lot of character development throughout the series coinciding with the idea that humans and dragons alike can change for each other. Tohru, once being a dangerous beast of destruction, becomes merciful and loving by living with humans, however something she’s never done is wear clothes (dragon scales can change to whatever they want to be including what humans perceive as clothing). However, now that Torhu’s worked up looking for clothes, a sudden heat comes over her prompting her to try some clothes on. At the end of the chapter Tohru ends up buying herself and Kobayashi the same matching outfit in different sizes. It’s a small scene but a cute one that nonetheless shows continued characterization in an already deep character.
There’s approximately a new chapter every month and we’re currently on chapter 87 so even if I can’t review this for ages, we’ve got a few weeks to go.