After four years, the Kyoto Animation series has returned to our screens again. How did it compare to season 1? Let’s find out in this Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 1 Review! The new series is alternatively also known as Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S.
Before starting the latest review, if you need to refresh your memory about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 1, feel free to check out our Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 1 Recap. You could also do that if you want to read about me gushing over how good the original series was. Your Choice! Let’s get on with it.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 1 Review- Overview
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 is produced by Kyoto Animation as part of the Summer Anime 2021 Lineup. The series acts as the direct sequel to its 2017 original. It is being directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, who is also well known for directing various other Kyoto Animation anime such as Air and Clannad. Season 1 director Yasuhiro Takemoto also shares billing for the director after his untimely death due to the Kyoto Animation arson tragedy.
Season 2 starts where the 1st seemingly left off, with Kobayashi and Tohru still living together alongside Kanna in a state of (almost) marital bliss. All the usual suspects are also back, with all of season 1’s side players returning in episode 1 of the second season.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 1 Review- The Plot
Episode 1 almost felt like the second part of a two-cour season. In fact, if someone watched the entire series yesterday and watched the latest episode today, they would have trouble recognising that anything changed at all. Of course, with a series as good as Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, that is a compliment. There was a new character introduction like there was every couple of episodes in the original season. This time, however, it feels different. It looks like Tohru now has a legitimate new rival, Ilulu, who is almost as strong as her and is also out to get her.
The new season starts as a regular Dragon Maid Episode, with a funny gag and a cohesive, relative plot. Of course, Tohru is going to be the life-blood of a new Maid Cafe. How is that even in any doubt? The series looks to be taking a more serious approach than the last one, with Kobayashi having to save Tohru’s life in the first episode by bribing Elma with sweets, of course. We’ll have to wait and see how this tone goes forward in the season.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 1 Review- The Characters
Episode 1 didn’t feature much about the original characters, apart from the main trio of Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna. Elma has a decently sized role, but apart from her, all the other favourite side characters just received a 5-second introduction as part of the plot. All of them except Lucoa, who is the worst character, so of course, she gets the most screentime out of all of them.
The central trio is still the most vital part of the show, though, as the chemistry of Tohru and Kobayashi still shines as bright as Riko’s forehead. Tohru is just as obsessed with Kobayashi, maybe even more so. Kanna is also just as cute as she was in Season 1, although that was never not going to be the case.
The new character, Ilulu, hasn’t made a great impression in her first appearance, with her seeming just like a garden variety villain and fiend. The attempted fanservice also fell flat, although it did work in the context of the plot, so it gets a pass. I hope that her character gets better and more defined in future episodes.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 1 Review- The Art and Music
It is Kyoto Animation, so of course, the art and animation of the series are just as good as we’ve ever seen. Maybe even a bit better, with the colours popping out even more in this season than in Season 1. The music didn’t have that much of a presence, although the opening and ending themes sound great so far.
Episode 1 of Season 2 felt just like the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid of old, and I can’t complain about that. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Let us all hope that the show maintains this momentum until the end of the season, so all of us can enjoy another great season of anime.
If you enjoyed reading this review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 1, maybe you’ll enjoy reading our review of the next episode in the series, which is available right here!