449th: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S

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.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S

Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Fantasy, Yuri

Themes: Dragon, Maid, Office Lady

Number of Episodes: 12

G-Rating: 8/10

Kanna, Miss Kobayashi and Tohru morning activitiesBest 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.

Elma, Kanna and Riko CampingI 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.

Ilulu's flame sacBefore 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 gets to hug KannaRiko 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.

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28 Responses to 449th: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S

  1. skydragonx8 says:

    I absolutely loved this season so much, just such a fun season full of laughs and smiles for sure! Definitely my favorite show of the season hands down!

    Just seeing the gang return and seeing their antics was just the best. And ofc the story is great as always especially showing us more of Tohru’s past and such!

    The music is top notch as always too! Opening and Ending songs are super catchy and I absolutely love them!!!

    KyoAni outdid themselves with Kobayashi and I am happy this was their comeback anime! I hope we get another season and we get to see them again!

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  2. monsta666 says:

    Comedy in Kobayashi Dragon Maid S remains strong. I got to agree with your sentiment that Ilulu was an awesome addition to the cast and is one of my fav characters in the show. Saying that I have to say that Kanna and Saikawa edge it for me. What was also good about Ilulu is her contrasting behaviours between the childish and more adult persona she had. This was a treat to watch.

    Like you, I also think it was a good move that they toned down the Shouta/Lucuoa pairing as this was one thing I did not enjoy so much from the first season. Beyond the characters I got to say the animation and sound track was brill so let’s hope we get more Kobayashi goodness in the near future! I just don’t think we will get some real yuri action here unless Kobayashi comes out of the closet… Any chance of that happening?

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    • OG-Man says:

      The show had a lot of good stuff, yes.

      Kobayashi realized her feelings for Tohru are much more than just someone important. Just needs more time to process this new information. It will happen one day.

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  3. I absolutely loved this season! In some respects, I actually liked it more than the first, because I enjoyed getting to see more on the side character arcs. I love Kobayashi and Tohru as much as anyone, but having the other characters have more depth than pure comic relief or plot devices is very welcome. We still got the wonderful Kobayashi family goodness, and the yuri sprinkles we all loved. In fact, this series has a little something for everyone in terms of romance, and I think that’s great. Ilulu was great! Honestly, I didn’t mind Take, but at the same time, he also didn’t add much.

    What I loved most about the finale is that we finally see more of Kobayashi’s feelings. It’s established that they are a family at this point, of course. However, until this last episode, Kobayashi could technically be seen as being indifferent towards Tohru in the romantic sense. She was just kind of going along with it because Tohru is surely important to her. In this final episode, however, specifically during the festival segment, we can see that she is becoming aware of her true feelings and basically falling in love with Tohru to the point that being a couple officially isn’t such a strange thought to her.

    I know they kind of had the impromptu wedding as comedy relief, but I really don’t think there can be any doubt that Kobayashi does love Tohru in the romantic sense, and while she’s still coming to full terms with herself, I believe that wedding may be a reality one day and I’m so eager to see it.

    Overall, KyoAni came back strong and what a wonderful comeback it was. I’m going to be optimistic in believing we will get a S3 eventually, even if it takes a few years again. I wouldn’t mind if they adapted the spin-off series with Kanna and Elma as well, while we wait for it.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Exactly. Gotta give fans more reason to like the rest of the cast so I approved giving them more time to shine. Plus, as you so eloquently described exactly what I thought about the season finale, Miss Kobayashi is getting there. One day it will surely happen. Also between you and me, Miss Kobayashi would look so much better in a gown than a tuxedo when she walks the aisle with Tohru. Beautiful brides, yes.

      That’s my issue with Boy. It’s not his existence but that his sole reason for being was to give Ilulu a het route. It’s like that one character who you forgot existed because he’s so insignificant they forgot to give him a Wiki page.

      Of course I’d be down for a 3rd season.

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  4. Nobody says:

    Heard Dragon Maid is getting a video game. So hype.

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  5. tbiscut74 says:

    A Fantastic Season Indeed!

    I personally love when a series lets the “side characters” get the spot light. More character growth and world building is always great with me! For example getting more with Elma, who I’ve been loving more and more as the series went on.

    As always the OP and ED are Great and So Catchy!

    Miss Kobayashi and Tohru looked so pretty in their wedding dresses! Now we know what they will wear on their actual wedding day!

    And of course best couple of Kanna x Riko, we got so much greatness this season! “Live a long life Saikawa.” Ah my heart! So precious! They really do brighten the world with their pure love!

    Would love more seasons if they can!

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  6. yurimylove says:

    Highlights for me this season were Tohru at the maid cafe, Kanna x Riko plus Kanna visiting NYC, and the “runaway bride” at the end.

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  7. LuzeP says:

    I already said before the season started that there’s nothing bad about Ilulu. Even in the manga. Just that one prank. Which I liked. As we can see Ilulu is a sweetheart. That boy I did not care about. I don’t mind with het route for Ilulu. It’s a shame but doesn’t really bother me. The boy is okay.

    You summed it up really nicely. This season is about everybody. We even get to see how Shota’s father’s work. My greatest joy is KanaRiko. The wedding at the end is the moment that this is a yuri show.

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  8. yuriweeb says:

    I also gave it an 8. I was disappointed in episode 11 and the first part of 12. Though the picnic in part two of episode 12 was really great. But I wish Kobayashi had confessed her love for Tohru and we’d had a for real marriage. It would have been a real headtrip. Maybe in season 3, if we’re lucky.

    Also in my season 3 wishlist: more Ilulu and Lucoa and less Shouta.

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  9. cirno9fan says:

    It was definitely enjoyable, but I did feel the lack of focus. And the way too much focus. Learning more about Shouta is okay and all, but I still don’t really find him interesting. Learning about Lucoa was actually interesting. Ilulu was great, and thankfully the anime didn’t waste much time with that one segment.

    The Kanna and Riko stuff was ❤ as always! But was pretty sad when Kanna told Riko to “live a long life”. Hopefully she’ll find the courage to tell Riko the truth one day. Considering what I think Riko’s “family trip” was, I think she’ll be able to handle it. And it’s kinda sad that she gets to always be the one singled out when “dragon things” are happening. Every other human with dragon gets to be part of that.

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  10. opaco1234 says:

    Once again, KyoAni make the anime far better than the manga even in this part of the story who doesn`t had a big even beside Ilulu, they also make her far better than in the paper

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  11. Somebody says:

    Not really much more to add then what has already been said just another fantastic season for dragon maid. I think the kanna episode with her in NY was my favorite. Although I think it’s fair to say there is no such thing as a bad Kanna scene shes just the best. It was nice as well to see some more relationship growth between kobayashi and tohru. Also not sure if it’s an unpopular opinion but I do enjoy the fafnir and takiya parts as well.

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  12. chikorita157 says:

    The second season is definitely enjoyable to watch. It’s nice to learn more about Tohru’s past with some more focus on the side characters. While it’s nice to see more development for Elma, the Kanna and Riko segments are probably the most enjoyable along with the New York segment. Ilulu is not bad, although I wonder why she has a thing for Taketo.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Elma deserved more screen time and I’m glad she got it this season.

      Neat extra details about Tohru’s past and the dragons’ world.

      Riko still reigns supreme.

      His sole purpose is to give Ilulu a het route. That’s it.

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  13. K says:

    This season was enjoyable and a nice comeback for KyoAni. I liked that virtually everyone got focused, some more than others of course(Elma, for starters). Ilulu was a fine addition to the Kobayashi family and her being “controversial” was nothing but hot air.

    Kanna/Riko moments were delightful as usual but like cirnofan said, Riko missing out on dragon antics was kinda sad, especially when Chloe saw Kanna’s dragon form and didn’t freak out about it but I get why it has to be that way.

    Shouta’s dad is no pushover. I say, he masks his true terror behind that businessman smile of his.

    Way too hasty there, Tohru! Kobayashi just wasn’t mentally ready. Someday she will, hopefully. Still, that was a nice picnic.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Precisely. Ilulu’s wonderful.

      One day Riko will learn the truth. She is Kanna’s soul mate after all.

      A smile that is ironically creepier than his magician/warlock power.

      The time will come. Tohru just has to wait and try again at another opportune time.

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  14. Nick says:

    After such a rough past few years it was great to see KyoAni back on their feet and in the anime scene once more. Maid Dragon S was excellent and like you said, everyone got their time to shine, which was a nice feature in this season.

    I really liked seeing more of Elma this time around. She did show up later on in S1 so she never got as much screen time as the rest of the cast, but she really had her moments in this season, which was great to see. I really liked seeing more of her and Tohru back in the dragon days and how their relationship started. While it’s pretty rocky, I still think they make a pretty decent team. I enjoyed their neighborhood watch ep.

    Lots of Kanna being super cute as always in this season too, which is always a welcome sight. Her New York ep was fantastic, both the New York part and the second half of the ep with her and Kobayashi going around doing stuff together. Really wholesome stuff. Loved it.

    Ilulu was an excellent addition to the show and I really enjoyed her every time she was on screen. Yes her flame sacs were a huge reason to like her, but she’s just an adorable and fun character too. For being the featured character of the season, I felt she could’ve gotten a little more screen time, but I still liked what we did see of her.

    All in all I really liked this season as Maid Dragon is a favorite of mine for sure. I think S1 might still be the better half, but all things considered Maid Dragon S is s very solid sequel and one worth checking out for sure.

    Would love to see more of Maid Dragon in the future, be it another season or movie, I think there is still much to explore in their world and I hope we get the chance to do just that at some point.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Lots to like from S2 for sure. Elma got her overdue time in the spotlight and Kanna’s trip to New York was neat. Bless Ilulu’s sacs and Ilulu herself.

      Even more Dragon Maid would be nice, be it a 3rd season or movie.

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