Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Episode 9: Life of Elma

Elma gets the spotlight for more than one segment.

Proud Elma

Part 1 featured Elma on a quest to convince the company boss to give employees fairer working conditions. Despite Miss Kobayashi (The narrator of the story) and Bobby not rally minding, possibly a message about office employees accustomed to working long hours out of habit (Not exactly a workaholic), they were like “Elma’s got a point”. However, the boss wouldn’t budge. Elma tried again and again, each time providing stronger arguments. At one point she almost crossed the line of personal privacy.

Shouta's dadAfter several attempts the boss surprised Miss Kobayashi and Bobby by calling them to his office along with Elma. We learned their boss was Shouta the shota’s dad. He had an intimidating presence from the get-go and was quite shrewd. The two worried he’d fire them but instead he thanked them for hanging out with his son. Sadly Elma was again denied her plea.

I don’t need to explain the punchline because this is an Elma episode. Fans of the series should have expected the reason for Elma’s determination being “THAT”.

Elma, Kanna and Riko CampingPart 2 featured the cuties and Shouta the shota paying Elma a visit. They asked her to take them camping because they needed an adult to accompany them. Actually Tohru recommended her to them. Elma accepted so she could show off her reliability to Tohru. More on that in Part 3.

Elma searching for the kidsTo the surprise of no one familiar with this setup the kids disappeared while Elma was chilling. They went deep into the forest to help Shouta look for specific plants. Elma hoped her clairvoyance power (She could observe up to thousands of people) would help find them but Shouta, who was used to Lucoa using a similar power on him, blocked it. Worried Tohru would mock her for her failure she frantically searched for them, not knowing Shouta planned ahead having a way back to camp.

Kanna picked flowers for Elma and RikoFortunately everything worked out in the end.

Tohru apologizes to ElmaTohru and Elma have a friendly exhibitionPart 3 then. Remember what I said about Elma worried Tohru would mock her should she fail to take care of the kids? Well this being an Elma episode the writers decided to continue with her and Tohru’s backstory, specifically Elma’s long struggle. She wanted to “work out her ring rust” with Tohru and had Fafnir and Miss Kobayashi moderate the battle. In reality she wanted to settle something that’d boiled for ages. The day Tohru abandoned her. The betrayal ran deep, made worse by Tohru constantly acting mean to her whenever they crossed paths in our world.

Tohru instructing maid cafe employeesSurprisingly the last straw was when she found out about Tohru still helping the maids at the cafe from time to time. When Tohru brought up Elma’s developing god complex back then she’s like “How could you, a dragon who despised humans, who said she’d only socialize with a select few, suddenly act all chummy with many? You, who looked down on me for wanting to do the same long ago. Why do you hate me so!? WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS AGAIN!?” They made up and had a friendly exhibition afterward. Fafnir thought he’d bare witness to a grudge match but left after realizing he wasn’t needed. Miss Kobayashi meanwhile had a feeling there wouldn’t be any malice in this battle. She was used to seeing dragons clash after all.

Good stuff as always. Next time a Kanna episode, but what’s this? A girl who isn’t Riko?

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14 Responses to Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Episode 9: Life of Elma

  1. chikorita157 says:

    I find it funny how Elma decides to Unionize since she keeps missing the time for those sweets most likely. It’s easy to see her motives, but not too surprising given she is a harmony dragon. Also, nice to see Shouta’s father.

    The picnic is good. I find it cute how Kanna thought of Riko and brought a flower for her too. Also, the fight between Elma and Tohru is not too surprising. Obviously, they are getting along, although the fight is a draw.

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  2. Heaven gave its blessing, an Elma episode with a spectacle of a fight between her and Tohru.
    Also light spoiler
    Anime watchers: Awww, Elma really loves Tohru after all.
    Manga readers: Yeah ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
    Anime watchers: As a friend right?
    Manga readers: ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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  3. tbiscut74 says:

    Another Fantastic Episode!

    Am I the only one that finds Shota’s dad to be…. uh… a little creepy?

    I love Elma. This episode reconfirms it. Nuff’ said.

    The fight was sweet.

    Riko overjoyed that Kanna remembered to pick her a flower. So precious!

    Excited and intrigued for next episode!

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  4. Little Viktoria says:

    Smooth Kanna is amazing. Am I imagining it, or has she grown character-wise since the story began? She seems to display quite a bit of social perceptiveness and empathy now, at times (as well as eating less bugs and crabs, at least onscreen, haha ^^).

    I like Elma more and more. Not to try putting anything between Tohru and Kobayashi right now, but Elma would make an amazing lover and I hope she finds herself another dragon beauty to have a passionate (thousands-of-years) romance with. She just feels so out of place in the office world…

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  5. yurimylove says:

    Shouta’s dad may be a titan from Paradis Island 😀

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  6. skydragonx8 says:

    Yet another amazing episode of Kobayashi!!!

    The Elma centered episode was so good!!! I just loved every bit of her screen time, she was so cute and funny as always!!! Also I awwwwwed so much when Elma revealed her true feelings to Tohru and said how she wanted to be friends with Tohru again and genuinely cared for her and loved her! So happy they made up!!!

    Also the budget was up the roof with Tohru and Elma’s fight like OMG calm down Kyoani lol I loved it!!!

    Super excited for the next episode as we have another Kanna episode!!!


  7. Nick says:

    Really good Elma ep this week! She’s a favorite of mine for sure so this week was excellent to see her get lots of screen time.

    Her heart is in the right place wanting to change the working environment, but as with so many situations, it’s hard to change something so well established like a company. Good effort for trying though. Also was surprised to see that their boss is Shouta’s dad. That felt really strange to piece together.

    The camping adventure was nice too. Easy to tell how that would end up and sure enough it did. I liked how happy Elma looked as she was splashing around in the river. Once again she’s super cute!!

    Part 3 was excellent as well as we got more Elma and Tohru backstory, but also insane animation during the fight sequence. Seriously that was some incredible stuff there from KyoAni’s animators.

    Looking forward to Kanna adventures next week featuring that blonde girl. I’m sure those will be fun as always!


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