This episode included three vignettes in it.
The first one focuses on Fafnir, who asks Lucoa for help… which is surprising to Lucoa, since Fafnir is usually so prideful. It turns out that Fafnir is working on a manga to sell, and he wants Lucoa to serve as his art model. Of course, it’s not really for a positive reason why he chose Lucoa… and this is especially true after seeing what the concept behind his manga is. The main characters are definitely inspired by Shouta and Lucoa, but the manga turns their relationship into something dark. And it’s all about the kid casting curses on the character based on Lucoa. Lucoa thinks it would be neat to use some of Fafnir’s booth space to sell a book of her cosplay photos. Takiya is also selling a book at the event, and it turns out that Takiya and Lucoa sell out all their copies… but Fafnir’s book is tanking. Lucoa was right earlier in the episode when she says that humans won’t understand Fafnir’s vision. It was nice to see another vignette that focused on some of the more minor characters in the series. While the franchise may be called Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, it’s nice to not always have stories focusing on Kobayashi and/or Tohru.
The second vignette focuses on Kobayashi and Tohru, as well as on… sleeping. Sleep may sound like a boring topic for an anime vignette, but in this case, it wasn’t. This particular vignette gave the viewer a little more insight on dragons and their sleep patterns in their world. There’s a brief scene with Elma that allows both her and Tohru to think about why they have started sleeping and how it connects to trying to fit into the human world. The best scene, though, is a conversation between Tohru and Kobayashi in the middle of the night, when Kobayashi is unable to fall asleep. Tohru asks a question about why humans sleep. Kobayashi gives the expected answer at first, but quickly realizes that isn’t exactly what Tohru was trying to ask about. I appreciated how Kobayashi realized this and changed to answer to more of a philosophical one. In a lot of ways, I feel that during this season, Kobayashi has truly evolved into more of a mother figure for the dragons living with her. While I seem to recall we saw some glimpses of this in the first season, it feels as if she’s become more comfortable in that role during this season.
The final vignette sees Kanna and Saikawa at school, and their class has an assignment to put together a newspaper. Kanna, Saikawa, and three of their friends form a group and decide to investigate the ghost rumors that are going around the school. As they investigate, we see some of the kids getting distracted, which is realistic. For one of the distractions, though, one of the kids tries to tap into Saikawa’s crush on Kanna. We see some of Saikawa’s usual reactions to Kanna here, although it’s not as bad as what we saw last week. However, I feel like Saikawa’s crush on Kanna has been run into the ground this season, and the comedy that’s supposed to come from Saikawa’s reactions has been worn out and overplayed. Can we please get a bread from Saikawa in next week’s episode? Please? But during a time that they do investigate, Kanna sees something that the others don’t… and it turns out to have a connection with the world that Kanna and the other dragons come from. Getting to see a mythical creature besides a dragon was a nice change of pace, and was basically the best part of this vignette.
This episode was decent, although I really could have done without Saikawa. Oh well. Hopefully I’ll have a better appreciation for the next episode.
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