This episode starts off with Kanna bringing Saikawa, her friend from school, back to Kobayashi’s place. As it was established previously, Saikawa has a crush on Kanna, and we see this dynamic play out throughout the episode. Saikawa is so excited when she thinks she and Kanna are alone, but she gets the shock of her life when she finds Ilulu in the bathroom. We see Ilulu hang out in there a couple of times in the episode, and I found myself wondering exactly why she was hanging out there. It seemed that maybe she was hiding out, but couldn’t Ilulu have found somewhere else to go in the apartment?
Kanna and Saikawa invite Ilulu to play with them, but she turns them down. When Lucoa comes over with snacks, she talks with Ilulu and tries to encourage her to play with the two girls. Ilulu says she doesn’t deserve to, since she tried to destroy the town. I liked how Lucoa handled this situation, and what she had to say almost affected Ilulu as much as Kobayashi’s words do. Almost… but not quite. I liked seeing Lucoa’s thoughts about how Ilulu really needs this time to act like a child, since she lost that opportunity because of her circumstances growing up. Even though Ilulu is an older dragon, there are still a lot of ways in which she acts and thinks like a child. But it was fun to see Ilulu playing card games with Kanna and Saikawa.
In the next vignette, Kobayashi tells Tohru about the time she bought a cute maid outfit and asked her family how they thought she looked in it. Let’s just say that her parents and family outright told her that she didn’t look good in it. Tohru calls several of their friends over, and asks them to help think up a good design for a maid outfit for Kobayashi. While this is going on, Kanna, Saikawa, Ilulu, and Shouta are playing a board game that’s based on Monopoly. Scenes of the kids playing the board game run throughout the rest of the episode, and we get to see how the game ends.
Anyway, back to the main story, which is about designing a maid outfit for Kobayashi. Most of the people there comes up with ideas that simply don’t work. Georgie, Saikawa’s older sister who pretends to be a housemaid for her hobby, comes up with the most sensible design… but then she goes off on a philosophical tangent about what exactly makes an outfit a maid outfit. That was kind of… interesting, I guess. I have to admit that I never thought about maid outfits that way before. When Tohru is asked to show her design, her notebook is blank. Tohru says she wants Kobayashi to wear her maid outfit, and they end up getting a duplicate outfit for Kobayashi to wear. After this experience, though, Kobayashi talks to Tohru about how this made her think about what happened in her past and how she became a maid otaku. It makes sense for the sensible Kobayashi to go through an experience such as gathering everyone together to figure out a maid outfit for her and using that to experience to reflect on her life and on herself.
The final vignette sees Tohru being asked what her hobbies are, and she tries to figure this out. We learn that Tohru picks up on playing the guitar easily, and that she can make an impressive wood carving. But the wood carver neighbor tells her that while she has talent for these things, she doesn’t have to heart and the emotion for these things to back up that talent. But by the end of the episode, she figures out what her hobbies are… and it’s not surprising that they’re connected with Tohru’s love for Kobayashi. But poor Kanna and Ilulu are worn out by all of Tohru’s antics.
This episode really reminded me of the tone that I liked for the first Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid anime series. It kind of felt like that the first two episodes were trying to establish Ilulu, as well as the scriptwriter(s) trying to get back into the groove of writing for this franchise after being away from it for a while. Hopefully Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S has found its footing and will be more consistent going forward.
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