Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon – 05
「トールの社会勉強！（本人は出来てるつもりです）」 (Tooru no Shakai Benyou! (Honnin wa Dekiterutsumoridesu))
“Tooru’s Real World Lessons! (She Thinks She Understands It Already)”
Man, this week’s episode was a huge mix of conflicting emotions with a sprinkle of intense laughter at just the right times.
Self-Reflection and Work
Seeing how I’m about to go through some big changes in my life just like Kobayashi (minus getting a kawaii baby dragon), this week’s first sketch really got my mind thinking about just how much of a difference there’ll be with the me from today compared to the me two months from now. Thinking about how the small decisions I make now will end up making huge changes down the road, it’s actually rather amazing when you think about how easily Kobayashi accepted Tooru and subsequently Kanna into her life. At the time she had no way of knowing how this would all turn out and can you imagine how bad things could have been if everything had went awry?
But I suppose that’s the upside of making big changes and facing the unknown — the possibility of a great payout that’ll enrich you both on the inside and the outside. Thinking about what kind of life Kobayashi was living before she met Tooru, it must feel really good to hear that you’re looking happier and more approachable. Especially when you consider that Kobayashi was probably close to being a hikikomori outside of work and drinking with Takiya.
Getting back on track though, it was nice to get a peek into just how difficult Kobayashi’s day job is. From jumping between projects to dealing with a boss that’s obviously abusing his power, I think it’s a miracle she has such an upbeat attitude out of work. Luckily it looks like she knows to back down and when to quietly exert some of that cunning skills of hers!
Table Breaking Comedy
If there’s one thing that’s been getting every week, it has to be the humor. There’s just a certain charm to it that I just can’t seem to pinpoint but I can tell it’s there. Whether it’s delivered deadpan through Kobayashi or from Tooru misunderstanding something about everyday life as a human, it feels like each and every moment for laughter isn’t just an attempt at throwing things at a wall and waiting for something to stick but a crafted attempt to vary things up to a certain degree to keep us on our toes.
If I had to pick one single moment from this week though, watching Tooru misunderstand the whole point of a kabedon and literally smash through that tiny table of hers made me laugh a little more than it probably should have. God, how awkward would it be if every kabedon involved rapid tapping on the wall?
Understanding Yourself & Looking Ahead
Before ending the post, I have to give my main man Fafnir a shout out. I’m glad to see him getting more screen time and how nice of Takiya to take him in. I mean, if I could host a dragon I’d probably do it even if it was the edgy one. But my strange fantasies aside, I also enjoyed that short moment Fafnir had with Tooru. I touched on the topic of Kobayashi only having a human life span somewhere in the comments last week, but watching the actual conversation go down hit a lot harder than it did in the manga. Thinking about time from a dragons perspective, 70 to 100 years is just a drop in the bucket and I can’t imagine how sad you’d get thinking about how the person you love would die much, much, much earlier than you. Luckily it looks like the show isn’t going to press the topic too hard — and neither will I!
Also, I loved how the show brought back some of those small details that people mentioned in the comments a few weeks back in the form of registration papers and official IDs. While it wasn’t a literal “poof” I’m sure our mind could put two and two together.
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys again next week where it looks like we’re going to meet at least one new character. See you then!
P.S. KANNA STRUGGLES WITH CHOPSTICKS. SO CUTE.
P.P.S. I forgot, but Kanna’s a savage too. Jesus.