「運動会！（ひねりも何もないですね）」 (Undoukai! (Hinerimo Naidesune)
“Sports Festival! (There’s No Twist or Anything)”
Just like the episode title promised, there weren’t any surprises this week and instead we were given exactly what we were promised — an episode full of cute familial moments.
Plutonic Family.. sort of
There was a really well written comment about a month back that compared Kobayashi’s current lifestyle to that of a typical family. And while it slightly differed with how Tooru described things (if I remember correctly the commenter put Kobayashi and Tooru as the parents), I think there’s a lot of merit in comparing our three main characters relationships to a typical family. Not only does it help justify Kobayashi’s continued behavior as the best mom of the season, but it makes for some awfully heartwarming moments that just couldn’t have happened without the right amount of preparation. Using this week’s example as a prime example, if we’re being brutally honest not much actually happened this week. Looking at things from lowest level possible, this episode was simply Kobayashi surprising Kanna by taking time off combined with Kanna and Saikawa having a fun time while getting cheered on by their parents. Something that truly didn’t have all that much going on.
But this show is about a lot more than that. It’s about the subtlety in every characters actions and the inside jokes that you just don’t get unless you’ve been paying attention. From the camera quickly panning to Kanna’s shaky hands while trying to be a big girl to Shouta sucking it up and dragging Lucoa over when he needed to show the judge something world-class, it’s these moments that really push this show past a simple slice-of-life that happens to have dragons in it. And let’s also not forget the intricate situation that Tooru and Kobayashi are in. With both of them having their own unique troubles when it comes to self-worth as well as understanding and empathizing with others, it’s been an absolute blast watching them grow into better people together. And if I had a complaint (and it’s a small one at that), it would be that I’d like to see more into Tooru’s past as well as see a certain character. Notice how I said “it would” because there’s still ample time for all these things to happen!
And while I could go on and on about all the other things that I love about this show, let me just end with a quick remark about the original topic of family. I think by this point in the show it’s clear — while Kobayashi, Tooru, and Kanna are a family I think you could say everyone at this point comprises one big Maid Dragon family.
And with that let’s bring this post to a close before things get too long. I’ll catch you guys next week for more Maid Dragon goodness. See you then!