Anime Spotlight: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S is based on a manga written by Coolkyoushinja. The series was directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and Yasuhiro Takemoto (a posthumous credit for Takemoto). The 12 episodes of the anime aired on Japanese television from July 8-September 23, 2021. As of this writing, Crunchyroll is streaming the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S anime.

This season saw the introduction of a new dragon named Ilulu, whose human form is a busty female with pink hair. She’s from the chaos faction, which believes that dragons and humans can’t be friends. Ilulu has been watching Tohru and is now making an appearance in order to fight with Tohru. Later, Ilulu confronts Kobayashi, and Kobayashi says some things calmly to Ilulu. But the dragon doesn’t appreciate it and uses her magic to turn Kobayashi into a man. Unfortunately, the way the story focusing on Kobayashi’s transformation into a man could come across as transphobic, and it wasn’t one of the better moments in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S. However, after Kobayashi and Tohru rescue Ilulu from a dragon hunter, Ilulu decides she likes Kobayashi and refuses to leave her side. Ilulu moves in with Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna, and Tohru becomes jealous of Ilulu and the attention she’s receiving from Kobayashi.

Early on in the series, Ilulu works at learning how to act in the human world and how to start becoming friends and trusting humans. This leads to Ilulu getting a job at a candy shop, where she works alongside the owner’s grandson, Taketo Aida. Taketo is a high school student, and let’s just say that while he gets along with Ilulu, she sometimes creates awkward interactions between the two of them. These awkward interactions become a running gag in the series. When Ilulu was first introduced, I didn’t really like her all that much. However, as she went through her character growth and development, I gained a better appreciation for her as a character.

Tohru also takes a job at a maid café, and she quickly becomes the head chef. While Tohru doesn’t remain a full-time employee at the café, she does help them out from time to time… with the most important of those times being the café’s food stall at the summer festival that takes place during the final episode of the series. I thought it was an interesting idea for Tohru, who has prided herself as a maid for Kobayashi, to take a job at a maid café.

This season also puts some focus on Shouta, the young wizard who has Lucoa as a familiar. It’s revealed that Shouta’s father is the head of the company and Kobayashi, Elma, and Takiya work at… as well as the fact that Shouta’s father is aware of who Kobayashi is and her connections to the dragons. It’s also an important plot point near the end of the season, because it turns out Shouta’s father is friends with Tohru’s father, which leads to important exposition about Tohru and how she grew up as a dragon. When we got this backstory on Tohru, I loved seeing her in her young dragon form, because she was so cute.

Kanna gets some focus in this season as well, although a lot of her stories also focus on Saikawa, her classmate that has a major crush on her. There was a point during this season where I felt the series was focusing on Saikawa’s annoying reactions to Kanna whenever she does anything for its humor. This trait of Saikawa’s was overused to the point that it felt as if the joke overstayed its welcome. I appreciated when, near the end of the series, there was an episode that focused on Kanna and Saikawa was nowhere in sight. This allowed Kanna to be able to develop as her own character without Saikawa tagging along.

This season also reveals backstory for Tohru and Elma and why they’re at odds with each other. I thought that the inclusion of this backstory helped to strengthen these characters, as well as the series as a whole.

Overall, I ended up enjoying Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S. Yes, there were a couple of nitpicks I had with it (Ilulu’x appearance right at the beginning of the season, the Kobayashi being turned into a man plot point, and the overuse of Saikawa for humor), but these weren’t enough to truly dampen my enjoyment of the season. I thought there was a good ending for the season, which made me feel like I hadn’t wasted my time following this season as a weekly simulcast during the Summer 2021 anime season. If you watched and enjoyed the first Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid anime, I think you’ll also enjoy Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S.

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