「トールと小林、感動の出会い！ （自分でハードル上げてますね）」 (Tooru to Kobayashi,Kandou no Deai! (Jibun de Haadoru Agetemasune))
“Tooru and Kobayashi’s Impactful Meeting! (We’re Raising the Bar on Ourselves)”
Okay, what I meant last week was that I’m really excited for NEXT week’s episode.
Looking Back at Tooru and Kobayashi
For a second to last episode, I must say that things were done quite well in terms of execution and setup for next week. And that’s coming from the perspective of someone who thought that there was ample potential for this week’s episode to unleash our waterworks but didn’t.
Starting from the top (or I guess the middle), I really enjoyed getting to see just what happened on that fateful night Kobayashi met Tooru in the woods. But before I even talk about the interaction, am I the only one who was super impressed with how Kyoani told us we were watching a flashback without actually telling us we were watching a flashback? I don’t know about you, but I was actually caught off guard when Kobayashi’s old manager suddenly showed up barking orders like a madman. Thinking that there was some serious tomfoolery going on for a power tripping jerk like that to get his job back, it actually felt really good when I realized that we had gone back in time (after re-watching the episode a few times I realized I was so preoccupied with what was going to happen that a normal person probably would have immediately noticed it was a flashback). Anyways, jumping back to Tooru, if I’m being honest, I felt a little depressed with how the whole thing played out. With the atmosphere set for something to really tug at our chests, we were given a rather quirky flashback that set the stage for laughs rather than for an emotional heart-to-heart. I don’t remember if it was like that in the manga, but I was holding out all the way until Kobayashi woke up from her dream that there’d be that snap moment where the mood changed and Tooru would completely open up to a gracious and loving Kobayashi. And even though things didn’t play out to the dream I had in my mind, I must admit that with a little foresight of what’s going to happen next week and some time to really put some thought into how to make a great finale, there’s no denying the stage has been beautifully set for next week. Especially when you take into consideration that when next week’s episode airs, Kobayashi and Tooru’s relationship and some of its subtle nuances will be fresh in our mind. I ain’t a dirty spoiler though, so it’s up to you if you want to ruin what’s going to happen next week.
Oh and I guess it was a nice bonus to see a nice compare and contrast of past Tooru and present Tooru. I don’t remember if that bandit-to-maid girl serves any larger purpose, but who knows what Kyoani might do with only one episode left!
It occurred to me today that I’ve never really commented about how the other dragons are typically used either as a form of comedy. Thinking about it, it’s a pretty ingenious way to give the entire cast some screentime without having to mess up the flow of whatever story the plot is trying to tell at the time. Sure there are some moments that may not resonate well (Lucoa’s breasts have grown old am I right?), but when there’s some variety thrown into the mix like Lucoa not being used as a pair of giant boobs or when Fafnir starts to show some true affection for his human friend,
it actually starts to feel weird when think about those short scenes not being there.
Welp. I thought this was going to be a 12 episode run but thankfully we get another episode next week! And boy did the show pick a good way to end the series on. Spoilers aside, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll hopefully see the best episode of Maid Dragon yet. See you later!