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So I just finished Dragon Maid this week, and if we recall my first impressions post of it, I liked it. However, as we go through the show, does it get better or worse?
Rules are the same as the first look, but please also note this is my opinion, not an unbiased review:
1.Spoilers are abounding here folks. If you want to watch it blindly... go watch it. Spoilers are here.
2. Depending on the Anime, this can get NSFW.
3. I am watching the subbed version.
So, how good is a Dragon's antics? This is my review of Miss Kobayshi's Dragon maid.
The story focuses more on an episodic structure, but for this shows it very much focuses on the character relationships, which is what makes this so heartwarming to watch. It's about Dragons trying to live in a human world, and humans who have had their lives flipped upside down. That being said, the human characters are a bit bland, and while they are meant to represent the viewer, that is not an excuse to be bland.
Some of the dragons are underdeveloped as, and this leads me into a bit of a rant. Lucoa is the worst character in the show. She doesn't change at all in the course of the show, and her skit her trying to be accepted by a mage named Shouta. While it is funny, she doesn't really change at all, and if that is the case, then what's the point? She has no real reason to be there. Also the secret about how she was exiled(She is not a dragon, but an "Ex-Goddess") is not revealed. Disappointing!
Anyway, Elma also lacks in character development, but I dismiss that to the fact she showed up at the halfway point. She gets 1 episode to herself, but that is more of a Thoru episode, in something that had been hinted at a few episodes before, but we'll get to that. She does act cute as a representation of the lone female worker(basiclicy a more lively Kobashchi).
Fafinr is my favourate charater in the show, he doesn't get a lot of devlopment, but what he does get is heartwarming.
He starts off very hostile, but he gets a place with Makoto. He is then transform into an gaming otaku that says "Maybe humans are not so bad". This line shows how far he has come as a character. He uses games to warm up to humans. Sure, a it's only one episode, but it's enjoyable. He also tries to sell curses in the fan service ... I am not kidding.
Kanna is cute(No, I am not making the joke, I don't get it), but her character developmeny is a bit strange. She has a sort of relationship with Sayaka and their bonding is adorable, but I she doesn't really change as a character at all. However, I can forgive it, as I can tell her role was to have a good relationship with Sayaka, and act as Kobayashi's and Thoru's child. It feels nice to have a sort lesbian nuclear family. No, I don't watch yuri, I just got into anime!
Speaking of, Thoru is Best Girl!
She changes the most out of everybody in the show. At the start, she is a want to be human who falls into what she sees as a forbidden romance, as humans dragons are not really allowed to interfere with the afairs of humans. However, by the end she is a fun, bubbly young women, who has a real heart on for Miss Kobyashi. Looking at how she reacted when Georgie and Kobyashi were talking about maids(I won't spoil the story there for you), or when she was teaching Elma about how to be a human. Her wide range of emotions really help me get a grip on the character, and how she changes vastly.
The ending theme is amazing. Ishukan Communication sums up the show perfectly. It's also up for an anime award, so VOTE FOR IT! The animation is a bit flatter in colour than some anime, but it looks cute, something which the flatter colour helps with.
Overall, I think this is an anime that everyone should check out. Decent story, Amazing characters, and catchy music.
In other news, we are close to 250+ views in a week! Thank you guys sooo much!
Thanks for reading, have a great night/day and take care.
Written by Nana Marfo
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid(C)Seven Seas Entertainment