「新生活、はじまる！（もちろんうまくいきません）」 (Shin Seikatsu, Hajimaru! (Mochiron Umakuikimasen))
“Start Of A New Life! (That Doesn’t Go Well, Of Course)”
This episode really knocked it out of the park.
Family Life for The Hikikomori
While it’s tough to make comparisons since we haven’t seen much of Kobayashi’s life before Tooru (and now Kanna) entered her life, I think the story is doing a fantastic job at illuminating the shift she’s made with the way it’s intentionally leaving out certain pieces of information. Based off of what we’ve seen, I think it’s pretty clear that before Tooru entered her life, Kobayashi probably spent more of her time slaving away at her job and using whatever time she had left to put back a nice cold beer with or without company. Without an interest at finding a romantic partner, she probably was someone who was simply focused on herself and probably fell into a pattern of just doing the same thing over and over.
But after seeing the “transformation” she’s had over these past three episodes, I think it’s clear that she’s become more of a well rounded human being that’s learned a lot from the experiences she’s been forced to deal with recently. From her slight hesitation to having a dragon named Tooru become her maid to the girl that let an cute and adorable baby dragon (at least in her human form) come live with her because of extenuating circumstances, Kobayashi somewhere along the line turned into the best “motherly” type of character we could have asked for. And as funny as it would be to credit everything to the fact that dragons have entered her life, it’s tough not to say that dragons had some influence on how she’s been changing. And while it remains to be seen just how much more things like this will continue to influence her, you can bet I’ll be waiting here when we’re suddenly hit with a super emotional moment that manages to knock some tears out of her face.
MY BOY IS FINALLY HERE
After some sentimental writing let me snap back into reality by taking a few short minutes to talk about my boy. Ever since we heard the magical voice of edgy Ono Daisuke, I’ve been waiting for Fafnir’s debut — and boy did it not disappoint. With the show being spot on with his personality while retaining the jokes that made him a funny character I was left feeling pretty content by the end of this week’s episode. And if you have no idea what got me, tell me, when was the last time you saw a dragon who loved video games but couldn’t overcome their natural instincts and kept dying in game?
A Quick Random Thought and Looking Ahead
With the third episode finally upon us, I think it’s fair to say that Maid Dragon has done a fantastic job at figuring out just what it wants to be — especially after a rough episode one. Since then we’ve watched the show find its pace as it struck a fine balance between being cute, funny, and sometimes overwhelmingly heartwarming. All the while maintaining an overarching story that not only helps keep track of the movement of time (characters growing) but blends the monotony of life with the crazy antics of magical beings into a stew of fun times. Not too shabby for a show that some people pushed aside because of Tooru’s chest in the PV!
Anyways, let me end the post here before it gets too long. I’m not a fan of having gigantic posts, but thanks to everyone who’s been coming back week after week and leaving comments down below. In any case, I’ll see you guys next week where it looks like Kanna is finally going to start school and MORE FAFNIR!
P.S. As hypocritical as this is going to sound, I loved the sound effects the show used with Kanna. I know it’s not the same as how they used the jiggle for Tooru since the sound effects were specifically there to enhance the narrative, but I just had to quickly point out just how ADORABLE they were. Okay bye.