This could be considered a G-View and Yuri Quickie hybrid because I do not delve too deep into it as I already did so when I reviewed the previous season HERE. Instead let us take a look at what is new and what stayed the same in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S, aka Dragon Maid 2.
For a review by someone who read the manga check out Rory’s.
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Fantasy, Yuri
Themes: Dragon, Maid, Office Lady
Number of Episodes: 12
Best way to describe what to expect in most of Season 2 is a little bit of everything but too much spotlight sharing for some viewers who wanted something specific from the season. While the yuri family dynamic of the Kobayashi Family is still there along with some further development in Tohru and Miss Kobayashi’s own relationship it was not the main focus the entire season this time.
I honestly expected this long before a 2nd season was confirmed. I was like “If we’re getting another season then surely the other dragons and huu-maans will get to shine more than they did last time” and between the 2nd and 3rd quarters of S2 that is exactly what happened. Other dragons like Kanna, Elma and Lucoa along with their human partners got the spotlight more than before. This may make some sad/upset. As mentioned the Kobayashis were not always center stage. Viewers who are alright with this will learn more about the dragons’ daily social lives, personal lives and backstories, especially Elma who deserved it as she joined the gang late last season. Think of the S2 structure like a combination of the main series with parts of Kanna and Elma’s spinoffs sprinkled in. While I have not read any of the source material I can confidently describe S2 as such. I had no issue with this approach because otherwise it would feel like BanG Dream Seasons 2 and 3 where I wondered what the point was of including the other side bands of the franchise when the focus would mainly be on three of them for most of the anime adaptation. Here no one felt left out.
While the main family was not always the main focus the family, relationship and social dynamic between dragons and humans presented last season was very much present and accounted for here, explored through the eyes of veterans and newcomers alike. As a nice bonus more of the dragons’ world was explored. Something that got brought up a couple of times in S1 but expanded upon here. While different there were some similarities between the two worlds. Seeing them was a nice touch.
On the subject of new additions it is time to talk about THE newcomer of the season. The dragon touted as incredibly polarizing by fans of the source material.
Before we continue with our newcomer, let us use her majestic flame sacs as a segue to the presentation. Think of it as similar to last time but much better, especially during battles. Visual spectacles, they were. The soundtrack includes many tracks from S1 with a few additions. Fans of the beat in the S1 OP and ED will surely love the ones in S2.
Right. On to Ilulu. I heard from fans how controversial she was. I was like “It has to be for another reason besides her appearance. That can’t be it”. I watched her closely throughout the show and in the end…she became one of my favorite characters in the series. Besides catering to my naughty side she is very adorable and in need of many hugs, after her personal character drama is overcome/reaches its midway point of course. Ilulu is an angel deep down. I think the anime removed her bad traits and moments from the source (No need to mention them in the comments), which is for the best. A victim of, like several of her peers, the culture of her home world at the time of her upbringing. As far as her other (naughty) traits went they were no better or worse than most of her peers. The only thing I did not like about her had nothing to do with her at all but another new character introduced at the halfway point. Problem with that character was they made Shouta the shota worth watching. Fortunately the Shouta and Lucoa ecchi stuff was toned down somewhat. Point being I did not care for that particular newcomer at all. Ilulu is love though.
Riko still reigns supreme.
Speaking of love another excellent segue. I am so good. The yuri is again present. It is cute with both the kids and adults though of course the adults sprinkle some small drama. Even Ilulu briefly throws her nonexistent hat into the ring initially.
Overall Dragon Maid S2 is more of the same as last time with the spotlight shared among the cast. Every character gets their time to shine in some way. Some even become the main character for an entire episode, not just a segment. This means it is not as focused on the Kobayashi Family as some hoped. Personally I had a pretty good time for the most part. One newcomer I could live without. Ilulu on the other hand is love as far as I am concerned. The yuri remains enjoyable with some development as the story progresses. Recommended to most fans of the series.