With the amount of time between the two Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid series, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. But, I was happy to see that right from the start, I could easily tell that the tone and feel of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S was very similar to what I remembered from the first series. I also have to give props for the fact that the decision was made to post each character’s name on the screen the first time they appeared, because it acknowledges the fact that it’s been several years since the previous anime series aired, and that the audience would likely need a refresher of who each character was. And the fact that each of the major characters made some kind of an appearance in this episode helped to make this even more effective.
Like the first Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid series, the first episode of this series divides the episode in multiple vignettes. There are two main stories that appear in this episode, with a couple of extra, smaller vignettes included.
In the first story, Tohru sees an ad for a maid cafe that’s opening nearby, and is offended by the maids at the cafe being referred to as “the best maids.” Tohru goes to give the cafe a piece of her mind, but instead, she ends up getting hired to work there. When Miss Kobayashi and Kanna go to visit a few days later, they find that she’s working as the head chef. But Tohru wants to be a maid, and hilarity ensues as she works the front in order to serve Miss Kobayashi. True to this series’ style, Tohru does things that don’t fit the norm, which brings about the comedy. The magic spell she uses on the food is a real spell, and it’s a curse. LOL! But, apparently, it makes the food taste good, and Tohru teaches it to the other maids at the cafe (even though they have to have a magic circle to cast it), so she can go back to serving Miss Kobayashi. I thought the idea of Tohru trying to work at a maid cafe worked well, especially with Tohru’s personality and the tone of the series.
The second story introduces a new dragon named Ilulu, who is a busty girl with pink hair in her human form. She’s from the chaos faction, which believes that dragons and humans can’t be friends. Ilulu is frustrated, because she’s been watching Tohru being friendly with humans, and has now made her appearance in order to fight with Tohru. It turns out these two characters are very closely matched in skill, and that if they go all-out, they could destroy the city. When Ilulu appears to be getting the upper hand, Miss Kobayashi asks Elma to lend a hand. I appreciated how Elma explained to Miss Kobayashi how each of the dragons in the series belong to different factions, and how it’s unlikely that any of them would be willing to help Tohru (especially Elma, since she belongs to the faction that is a direct rival to Tohru’s). I appreciated this refresher, because, like I said earlier, it’s been so long since I saw Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. But Miss Kobayashi knows how to bribe Elma with food, and thanks to a barrier Elma puts up around the city, Tohru can finally get the upper hand on Ilulu.
But we’re not done with Ilulu yet. She returns in order to confront Miss Kobayashi. It was kind of amusing when Ilulu mistakes Kobayashi to be male, because the tactic Ilulu thought she could effectively use on Kobayashi failed. We end up with a scene on the train where Kobayashi calmly says some things to Ilulu which would normally make others think. But from a brief flashback we see from Ilulu, we start getting an idea of why she hates humans so much. But near the end of the episode, it’s hinted that Ilulu cast a spell on Kobayashi, but we don’t know for sure what it is (we get a screen saying something to the effect of “more will be revealed in the next episode”).
Overall, I felt that this first episode of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S captured the spirit of the original series. However, I have to say that it felt like this episode had a lot more “in your face” fanservice than I remembered from the first series. But like I’ve said a few times now, it’s been a while since I last saw Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, so I could be misremembering. After watching this first episode, though, it seems like Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S is off to a good start. I’m looking forward to seeing what else this series has to offer as the season progresses.
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