Episode Title: The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)
Kobayashi lives alone in an apartment, until one day, Tooru appeared and they ended up living together. Tooru looks down on humans as inferior and foolish, but having been saved by Kobayashi-san, she does everything she can to repay the debt and help her with various things, although not everything goes according to plan.
Though the trailer for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid was entertaining, I wasn’t expecting anything spectacular. As with many anime series heavily saturated with slapstick humor, there is little room for a meaningful plot or detailed character development. With that said, episode one unfolded in an aimless, insignificant mess. It was like watching an episodic series, with several episodes crammed into one.
‘Miss Kobayashi’ is a closet alcoholic whose lapses in judgment are frankly terrifying. How she has managed to take care of herself this long is surprising. Tohru, the dragon maid, is an enthusiastic, obsessed loli type girl who defies the laws of physics by having boobage the size of her head. I was absolutely distracted by several slow-mo jiggles and a bizarre stripping scene.
The only worthwhile moment in Dragon Maid came at the very end. Viewers learn that in Tohru’s world humans are absolutely terrifying. Subject to brutal attacks, in her dragon form, Tohru’s escape is an effort to live a more peaceful existence. This backstory has the potential to lead to some interesting developments.Will anyone from her past come after Tohru in an attempt to slay the dragon maid? What issues will arise from her hesitation to place trust in humans?
Overall, I am hoping for more of a directional shift towards this intriguing arc (but I won’t hold my breath).
– Potential intriguing arc, if the writers make a half hearted attempt to develop it.
– Jiggle, Jiggle, <insert abitrary stripping> , Jiggle
I was kind of happy when Kimmie chose this as we didn’t have a really lighthearted show in our lineup, though Masamune sort of fit the bill, and Chiruran 1/2 was, well…
Anyway, I do enjoy watching ‘fun’ anime every once in a while, the Dragon Maid trailer seemed like it would deliver. The first episode went through most everything that the trailer covered though, which means the rest of the show is a pleasant mystery for me, but the rapid fire jokes seemed less funny since I saw them all before. In any case, the show does provide some decently funny moments interspersed with scenes designed to make you feel for Tohru, interspersed with fanservice. Better get used to it now if you’re planning to watch this because it seems like it’s going to be that kind of series.
The slice of life aspect of it is meant to portray the difficulties the characters have in understanding one another. One is a dragon that is unusually attracted to her new room mate and the other a programmer – a creature that is difficult enough for other humans to understand, much less a dragon. Tohru is cheerful and exuberant while Kobayashi kind of kills the mood whenever she has something to say. I feel like they mirror my relationship with Kimmie in a way, but don’t tell her I said that.
If the opening is any indication, Tohru isn’t the only creature we’ll see in this series. Her best friend appears to be Quetzalcoatl, but also seeks Fafnir’s wisdom a few times. By the way, was that Daisuke Ono? Let’s hope Tohru calls him frequently. I’m interested to see some of these other characters now, as well as the deeper reasons behind Tohru’s strange infatuation with Miss Kobayashi.
– Lots of small humorous moments
– Tohru’s devotion is kind of endearing
– Kyoto Animation’s standard work, which looks great
– Some pretty dumb fanservice moments. D for dragon?
In response to Weekend Otaku’s comment about Tohru and Kobayashi mirroring our relationship, let me clarify. I am the cheerful Tohru and my boobage doesn’t defy physics. Also, Weekend Otaku is 100% the mood killer whenever he opens his gob.
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