When I first started watching Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, I had some idea of what to expect. A certain level of fanservice was to be expected. I was aware that Miss Kobayashi would strip Tohru and berate her. Absurd level of boob physics would take place. Knowing all this meant I could accept it as being part of what the show was. It’s something that I feel people need to know going in, especially if you don’t usually watch shows that have fanservice elements.
The general premise of the show is Miss Kobayashi, your average office worker, meets a dragon, Tohru, and invites her to move in as a maid. Tohru feels indebted to Miss Kobayashi for saving her life and is determined to be helpful. It’s all rather sweet and I really felt for Tohru as she tries to understand what living as human is about. As we watch their story develop, we get introduced to Tohru’s friends. The story becomes less about Tohru and Kobayashi and more about the little dragon community adapting.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid really stands out for the fact that each character has their own individual presence. Even if you forget the names of a character you can recognise them from their appearance or mannerisms. There’s no confusing one character for another. Each of the dragons, and the humans too, are unique and multifaceted. I find it’s very rare that characters stand out to me as much as they have in this show.
This review won’t go into depth on the character’s individual personalities. I have enough to say there that I intend for a whole post dedicated to it. There’s so much to say on almost every character’s growth or facets, and their unique impact on the story. I will say that Tohru is outclassed by Kanna, Fafnir became a firm favourite, and Quetzalcoatl wasn’t the biggest disappointment.
The music for the opening and ending are also very well done. I found myself watching them almost every episode, even when I was watching two or three in a row. It’s not often that I watch the ending theme but Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid gave me a new found appreciation. This might also be due to some of the comments from my Opening Sequence post, but I really enjoyed watching both the OP and the ED.
All in all, this show that was a lot better than I expected it to be. It gave me a lot to think about. Although I have one episode I disliked (the beach) it still added something to the show and wasn’t completely unnecessary. This show really is all about the characters. If you don’t mind a bit of fanservice then give the show a watch.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Synopsis
Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent and amorous dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end!