Welcome to Anime of the Week #38. Do you like dragons? Do you like maids? Do you like heartwarming moments? Then this anime is for you! The anime is Kobayashi-san’s Maid Dragon
Janurary 12, 2017 – April 6, 2017 (Winter 2017)
As Kobayashi sets off for another day at work, she opens her apartment door only to be met by an unusually frightening sight—the head of a dragon, staring at her from across the balcony. The dragon immediately transforms into a cute, busty, and energetic young girl dressed in a maid outfit, introducing herself as Tooru.
It turns out that the stoic programmer had come across the dragon the previous night on a drunken excursion to the mountains, and since the mythical beast had nowhere else to go, she had offered the creature a place to stay in her home. Thus, Tooru had arrived to cash in on the offer, ready to repay her savior’s kindness by working as her personal maidservant. Though deeply regretful of her words and hesitant to follow through on her promise, a mix of guilt and Tooru’s incredible dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to take the girl in.
Despite being extremely efficient at her job, the maid’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up horrifying Kobayashi and at times bring more trouble than help. Furthermore, the circumstances behind the dragon’s arrival on Earth seem to be much more complicated than at first glance, as Tooru bears some heavy emotions and painful memories. To top it all off, Tooru’s presence ends up attracting several other mythical beings to her new home, bringing in a host of eccentric personalities. Although Kobayashi makes her best effort to handle the crazy situation that she has found herself in, nothing has prepared her for this new life with a dragon maid.
Koabyashi-san’s Dragon Maid is without one of my all-time favorite anime not just from 2017, but as a whole. The character designs are very memorable, for starters. No two dragons are alike, even with their own takes on existing mythological creatures such as Quetzalcoatl and Fafnir. The soundtrack is also nice to listen to, especially with the opening. It’s the type of opening that gets you into that cheerful mood, as if nothing can put you down. When the mood calls for something cheery, it knows what to play. When it calls for more quieter moments, the music will play that kind of music as the characters interact. The animation is also really nice on the eyes. Some of the movements of the characters are great to look at, especially when the more heartfelt moments come into play. Finally, the last thing I want to talk about are the characters. They are some of the absolute best that I’ve seen when it first aired in Janurary. The chemistry between all the characters and their relationships felt real, and I wanted them all to be happy. Some of my favorite interactions were with Tohru and Kobayashi, alongside Makoto and Fafnir. Overall, Kobayashi-san’s Dragon Maid is one of the best anime that I’ve had the pleasure of watching. If you’re looking for a silly premise with some heartfelt moments, then you’ll possibly enjoy this anime.
1 Season ~ 12 Episodes
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