Written by: Aimee MacPherson
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a 13-episode anime series that recently concluded its short run, and I know I’m not alone in wishing that there was more to enjoy here. The series was a true pleasure to watch, and something I hope will return based on how well it’s recently been received by the anime community. I’ll be covering a few different topics to give you a good idea of what the show is about, and how it scores for me based on story, characters, animation and my overall feelings; shows can be lacking in these areas and still be fairly enjoyable. If you’re interested based on what I’ve had to say, there will also be a link to somewhere you will be able to stream it for free. Let’s get into it!
First, let me give you a quick rundown of the plot: The slice-of-life/comedy story is focused on simple Miss Kobayashi, who is stuck in the rut of her horrifically boring life. Wake up, go to work, de-stress by drinking with friends at the end of the night. Sounds simple enough, except for that “dragon maid” part in the title. On one of her drunken escapades, she stumbled across a dragon named Tohru, and convinces her to be her live-in maid.
Throughout the series, eager to please Tohru learns about the human world (she has a human form), how to interact with others (including Kobayashi) and also how to be a better maid. Kobayashi struggles with having someone naïve and inexperienced around, but you can see she enjoys the company and learns to adapt to Tohru’s quirks, making her life far more interesting than before. The pacing is handled well, with every episode bringing something funny and enjoyable to the table. Adding even more dragon characters to the mix (like adorable Kanna) keeps things interesting for the run of the series.
Although the concept of an unorthodox and perhaps slightly dysfunctional family is nothing new, it’s made interesting with the addition of dragons and has a feel-good vibe that brings viewers back.
The characters are very colourful (both figuratively and literally) and are unique in their own ways. The heart of the show really comes from the interactions between both Kobayashi and Tohru as they learn more about each other, and grow together both as roommates and friends, learning how to adapt to this new shared life that they’ve begun. As I mentioned before there is no shortage of side characters that periodically appear, and each one adds to the show as a whole rather than functioning as a distraction.
The animation for the show is pretty average, though that doesn’t make it bad in any way. There are some moments where the animation really stands out, usually something related to extreme dragon antics. Nothing to complain about by any means.
I found Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid thoroughly enjoyable, with a simple but very enjoyable story, characters that you want to love, and some pretty animation that ties everything together very well. 13 episodes doesn’t quite feel like enough. If you’re looking for a feel-good show that’s an easy and highly enjoyable watch, I recommend this for you. Currently the show is available for streaming on Crunchyroll. Enjoy!