Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon [Review]
“Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not.” – Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon (Manga)
KyoAni continues to pump out masterpiece after masterpiece and Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is no exception! With a more comedic tone and lots of very lovable characters, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is definitely something you don’t want to pass up!
Taken straight from the manga, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is a happy, feel-good type of anime. The story involves the day-to-day life that surrounds Kobayashi-san and her mythical friends! It’s very easy to get into and enjoy the different things that they do in each episode. Although the anime may seem like a pointless slice of life, there are other plots floating in the background like Tohru’s past as well as the past of the other characters. How that might affect the story later down the road? I haven’t the faintest idea, but it’s definitely something to look forward to if the show comes back for a second season!
Artwork & Animation:
KyoAni is known for it very lovely artwork and animation, and for Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid it’s not exception. The character design stay true to the manga as much as possible with very simple and elegant lines and color. But KyoAni does slip in some very elaborate and intricate animation in the OP as well as some scenes where the dragons are “playing” around! It’s nice to see that, even though this isn’t type of anime KyoAni usually goes for, they still keep the essence of what the story is and adds their own little flare to it!
The diversity in Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is one of the things that make this anime fun! Everyone lives in their own little world, Lucoa taking care of Shota, Kanna going to school, Fafnir and his anime/gaming addiction. It’s great to see these great mythical creatures adapt to the human society and getting scenes of them interaction with humans, makes them super in depth and relatable.
Sound (OST & Voice Acting):
Fantastic OST, OP (by Fhana) and ED (Choro-gonzu) are phenomenal! Voice acting is also very well done, Kobayashi (Mutsumi Tamura) in particular, making her sound as ordinary as possible yet still different from the other extras must’ve been difficult, I would imagine.
Every episode was full of laughter and amusement as Tohru tries to please Kobayashi-san through cooking, cleaning, and other activities. Their daily lives was something I looked forward to every week!
Overall: score 10
Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon is a wonderful slice-of-life with immaculate art and animation as well as a heart warming story! Kobayashi-san is great for both beginners and veterans! Definitely recommendation from me!