OP: 「青空のラプソディ」 (Aozora no Rapusodi) by fhána
「史上最強のメイド、トール！（まあドラゴンですから）」 (Shijou Saikyou no Medi, Tooru! (Maa Doragon Desukara))
“The Strongest Maid in History, Tooru! (Well, She Is a Dragon)”
As much as I loved this first episode, there’s no denying that I had a few complaints about Kobyashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon’s adaptation to anime.
The Bad (In My Opinion)
Before we start, let me make this clear — I really enjoyed the episode even though I’m about to criticize a few things. Okay with that said, let me start with the pacing. Is it just me, or does something feel a little off with everything? From what I remember from the manga, the rhythm most of the time felt like an extended 4-koma manga that gave the jokes some time to mature and turn into some really good material. When it comes to the anime (or at least this first episode), it felt like they tried to squeeze as much content as possible and started to accelerate as we got closer to the end. And after going back to check, there was nearly four and half chapters of content all tossed into there with some foreshadowing to stuff a lot further down the road. Something that I don’t think we necessarily needed all in the first episode especially if the show was trying to build up the relationship between Kobayashi and Tooru. If anything, any growth between the pair felt forced and artificial since everything kept jumping from gag to gag without giving us any room to breathe.
Besides the pacing which was my biggest complaint, the only other thing that really rubbed me the wrong way was how the adaptation handled all the ero-scenes. Don’t get me wrong either, I really appreciated the humor and light heartedness that’s supposed to be coming out of these breast scenes, but with all the sound effects and certain camera angles that literally throw breasts in our face, it felt like the show was trying just a little too hard.
The Good (Also my Opinion)
With all that out of the way, let me jump into the good things. Starting with the character designs, I wasn’t sure how the manga’s style would translate into becoming an anime. For those of you who’ve read it, there’s this charm from the kind of crappy art style that comes from the one and only Coolkyoushinja-sensei and I’m really happy Kyoani was able to capture the look quite well. Moving on to the characters themselves, I was really happy that everything lined up so well compared to the image I had in my head. Tooru’s bratty personality (at least at this point in the story) and intense lust for Kobayashi felt great to see animated and I loved how perfect Kobayashi was. Her normal personality was done well, but they absolutely nailed her drunk persona. God, I could watch an entire anime with drunk Kobayashi just yelling about her likes.
Now, even though I was complaining about the pacing earlier, I’ll give it to the show for doing a great job with certain sections. Specifically, I thought the show did a great job with that opening scene when Tooru shows up at Kobayashi’s place as well as when Tooru and Takiya had a short moment together before Tooru flew away feeling all insecure.
Also, wasn’t that opening freaking amazing? With Kyoani production value and fhána providing fantastic vocals, I could listen to the damn thing all day. That and something about the part with all the townspeople just spinning in the air was perfect.
After going back and re-watching the episode, I have this odd feeling a lot of my complaints earlier stem from the image I had in my head versus what showed up in reality. Having a lot more fun the second time around without too many preconceived notions, I can’t wait to see where things go from here on out. With one of the best lolis coming next week and hopefully a heartwarming moment to accompany it, I kind of wish next week was already here. See you then!
P.S. I kind of wish Tooru’s dragon form was a bit more exaggerated (or maybe less detailed?) like it is in the manga. That and I’m SO HAPPY we got to hear an edgy Ono Daisuke not once, but twice this week. I can’t wait for him to appear in the anime proper, but I’ll live with what we got.
P.P.S. For those of you MMORPGers, I just finished 3.0 content for FFXIV and boy was it nice to get some more dragons in my life. Hearing names like Nidhogg and catching Midgardsomr (or I guess Midgard but you get my point) was great. 3.5 COMES OUT SOON GUYS, I’LL SEE YOU THERE IN TIME HOPEFULLY.