Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: “The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Dragons are some of the most powerful mythological beasts ever imagined; they are gigantic creatures that breathe fire and have strong scales. Whether depicted in movies or video games, they are massive beings that are not to be trifled with. In today’s anime, things are slightly different. The dragon in this anime is still powerful and can bring destruction down on people, but she can also transform into a human maid with horns and a tail. Instead of an expressionless demeanor and urge to attack anyone that comes close, she instead has fallen in love with a human girl. And, of course, she has a ginormous rack. All in all, it could be worse.

The Characters

The titular Kobayashi is an average office worker who likes to go out and have a drink with a friend after work. She is obsessed with maids and knows just about everything there is to know about them. She seems to only let loose during these times when she is drunk, and when sober is more stern and down-to-earth. She does not really worry about hurting others’ feelings, but does feel bad when she is in the wrong. She is an interesting character that feels motherly at points and seems to have her life together for the most part.

The dragon is Tohru, a hyperactive creature that can turn into a human/dragon hybrid on command. She is new to the ways of being a maid and has to learn everything from scratch. She is obsessed with Kobayashi and is not shy about being vocal in her attraction to her. She is very possessive of Kobayashi and does not like when others get close to her.

The Conflict

One night after getting drunk, Kobayashi wonders into a nearby forest and encounters a dragon named Tohru. After helping Tohru out, Kobayashi welcomes her into her home whenever she wants, which Tohru takes advantage of the next day. Tohru knows that Kobayashi is obsessed with maids and decides that she wants to be Kobayashi’s maid in order to be closer to her. It turns out that Tohru fell in love with Kobayashi and now wants to be near her at all times. Thus, we get the daily antics of the strict Kobayashi and the love -stricken Tohru.

The Criticism

Not much about the show is terrible. It has unnecessary fan service, but so far it has not been very distracting. The problem is that the show is just average. The premise is interesting, but for a slice-of-life comedy, it is not very funny. That does not mean the jokes are bad; they are just average.

The monster design is also a bit odd. When Tohru is a dragon, there is no problem. When she turns into a human, her tail is very distracting. It bulges out of her skirt and all I can think of is how uncomfortable that must feel. If she is capable of turning into a human, why keep the tail? Would that not be one of the most inconvenient things to keep?

Again, there is nothing straight up bad about the show, but if the characters were more interesting or the jokes hit a little harder it would have gone a long way into recommending the anime. Right now, it is at about an “eh.”

The Conjecture

More dragons are coming. The opening video shows that the anime will have a total of four. I am sure one will have some sort of grudge against Tohru, or they will be in love with Tohru and because of this be angry at Kobayashi. Others will just be friends and have quirks that the show will hope adds to the comedy.

As for overall plot, it looks like there is something from Tohru’s past that is bugging her. That may come to light eventually and we will see the friendship between Kobayashi and Tohru grow as they continue to live together. Ultimately, this is a slice-of-life anime, so I do not see anything major happening.

The Conclusion

As of right now, I am not sold on Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. It just does not do enough to keep me interested in its world and characters. It is one of those shows that is hard to judge based on just one episode. Maybe it picks up with episode two, but I cannot know for sure. It is not a terrible show, so if you decide to keep up with it I can only hope it does not dragon (nailed it!).

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About Jan-Michael

I love movies, video games, and anime. Don't mistake my love for weakness. I am very much a critic, and if something does not impress, I will tell you so. View all posts by Jan-Michael

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