Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S: Episode 11 – “Premium Seat (No Extra Charge)”

There were two vignettes included in this episode of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S. The first vignette sees Kobayashi dealing with back pain, and buying a bunch of products to help. Tohru, meanwhile, keeps trying to get Kobayashi to eat some of her tail, and Kobayashi keeps refusing. Tohru thinks eating some of her tail is the way to help Kobayashi with her back pain. Tohru meets up with Elma and Takiya, since they both work with Kobayashi to ask them some questions. But what comes out of this is that Takiya uses logic to make Tohru realize that perhaps she’s trying to push things onto Kobayashi without taking her feelings into consideration. There’s a good scene of Tohru walking through a park as she contemplates over what Takiya has told her. In the end, Tohru finds a way to use her tail (without making her eat it) to help Kobayashi with her back pain. I liked seeing how this vignette ended. While Tohru found a way to use her tail to help Kobayashi (without making her eat it), and this method respected Kobayashi’s feelings while allowing Tohru to do something to help.

The second vignette takes up a lot of the episode’s runtime, but it needed to be this long due to its subject matter. Kobayashi gets a call from Shota’s father (her boss) and discovers that Tohru’s father is meeting with Shota’s father in his office because the two of them are friends. Tohru’s father talks about Tohru’s life growing up, and it was so cute to see Tohru in her small dragon form as a child. We get a lot of backstory for Tohru and her growing up, which is told from her father’s perspective. Kobayashi listens to what he has to say, but also makes it clear that she also intends to hear Tohru’s side of the story. There was a nice touch in this section, when after talking with Tohru’s father, we see Kobayashi going through the same park that Tohru went through in the first vignette.

When Kobayashi makes it home, she tells Tohru about seeing her father and hearing his side of her story. She tells Tohru that she’ll listen to Tohru’s side when she’s ready. It turns out Tohru is ready to tell her side of the story. One of the best shots in this section was seeing a younger Kanna in her human form talking to a younger Tohru in her human form. But this vignette took on a more serious tone than is normally seen in the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid franchise. However, it needed to be more on the serious side since it was providing important backstory for a major character. That’s not to say that there isn’t any humor at all in this vignette, it’s just that it’s scaled back more than normal.

Overall, I enjoyed this episode of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S. I can’t believe that the final episode of the season is coming up next week already. Where has the Summer 2021 anime season gone?

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