Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid


Fans of anime with dragons rejoice, we've found our new favourite dragon anime!

Unlike the likes of Gate or Fairy Tail, this is an anime that gets straight to the dragon fun. The opening shot of episode one reminiscent of a shot of Smaug from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Image courtesy of ©coolkyousinnjya, Futabasha / Dragon Maid Committee

Tohru the dragon then takes flight over the city before landing at Miss Kobayashi's apartment door in a memorable entrance.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Image courtesy of ©coolkyousinnjya, Futabasha / Dragon Maid Committee

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid

Image courtesy of ©coolkyousinnjya, Futabasha / Dragon Maid Committee

It's here that the fun really begins straight from the off. Yes it's the usual monster girl story, but played fantastically well for laughs. Immediately in their initial exchanges, it's fun to see the hungover Kobayashi get to grips with the excitable Tohru.

Tohru the dragon maid and Miss Kobayashi become flatmates after a drunken encounter in the woods leads to Kobayashi inviting Tohru to come and stay. Once they agree on becoming housemates, it's just increasingly leftfield and bizarre comedy as this classic fish out of water scenario entertains with every ongoing episode. Kobayashi a run of the mill office worker, seems to take the introduction of dragons into her life in her stride, and takes on the task of domesticating Tohru in the ways of modern (non dragon related) life.

Tohru is always entertaining, from the off she wants Kobayashi to "use her body" and ride her in dragon form to commute to her job. But if the dragons are funny, Kobayashi's weary and increasingly forlorn and sarcastic responses to these surreal situations are even funnier.

Sure there's really not too much to the overall story, but this is all about the characters, the charm, the relationships and the humour. Later episodes sees Tohru being joined by two additional dragons in the naive and sweetly tiny Kanna, and the belligerent gamer dragon, Fafnir, both of which also add to the fun in their own way.

We don't want to spoil the show for you so won't go into too much detail, but the way in which the series finishes definitely leaves it open for a second series, which we'd really like to see in the future, although, this sweet tale of friendship and ad-hoc family is almost perfect as it is. Whatever the future of Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, we'll make do with re-watching the 13 episodes of season one!

Recommended?: if you like your dragons friendly and chatty, there's plenty of fun here. But this anime will really appeal to those dragon anime fans that are tired of the po-faced, ultra serious and intense animes and want something light, fluffy and lot's of comedic fun!

If you want to watch Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid you can do what we did and stream the series over at Funimation.com, with the first two episodes available to stream for free here!

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