Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 Review: Kanna’s Astounding American Adventures!

Are you ready for some delightful Engrish? How about some heartfelt childhood adventures? If you are, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 has got you covered! Let’s check it out.

Before starting the latest review, if you need to refresh your memory about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9, feel free to check out our Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 Review. You could also do that if you want to read about me gushing over how good the ninth episode was or if you missed the review when it was first published. Your choice! Let’s get on with it.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 Overview

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 Title
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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.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 is more of a standalone episode, contrasting with the series’s current narrative-driven approach. All the usual suspects are also back, including a new character named Ilulu. The series is also known as Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S and Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S Episode 10.

– Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 review does not contain spoilers –

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 Review- Plot and Characters

Kanna Dragon
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Kanna Kobayashi is a fascinating character if you think about it. She is a dragon who has likely lived for centuries already, but that is nothing relative to a dragon’s lifespan. Kanna also never got to live her own childhood, for the world of dragons is an unforgiving one. When she came to earth, she got to enjoy being a kid for the first time in her life, making for one of the best episodes of Season 1, Kanna goes to Kindergarten.

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Kanna got shifted to a secondary role in Season 2 as the number of characters in the show shot up. She still had her segments, but they weren’t any more or less remarkable than any of the other segments involving other characters. She had already had an arc in Season 1, but she needed substance in Season 2. She is too good of a character to ignore and often the highlight of every scene she is in.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 Mafia
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So, imagine my delight when I saw the title of this episode. Christmas had come early, and Season 2 had been saved. We had a solo Kanna episode that didn’t just involve her roaming around the town with Saikawa in tow. She was still roaming around, but this time with a reason, and in New York of all places. Talking about substance, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 had it in droves with lines like these-

“Aren’t you scared that they won’t forgive you if you go back home?” “No. I’m scared that I won’t have a home to go back to.”

And they say that anime is just for kids. Granted, these lines were said in a conversation between two literal children, but it doesn’t make them hurt less. If anything, the line is so powerful that it makes even more of an impact coming from the mouth of Kanna, possible the least philosophical character in the entire show. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 was about forgiveness, love, and the relationship between Kanna and her adoptive mother, Kobayashi.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 Kanna Chloe
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Kanna made a new friend, kicked some Mafia ass, and then spent the next day lazing around with Kobayashi. She also managed to give us some very important life lessons between those events, which makes her the awesome character that she is. She’ll sucker you in with her cuteness, then blow you away with her wisdom. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 would be great even if it didn’t have anything else apart from Kanna in it. She is the draw, and everything else is a bonus.

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Is it just me, or despite being more narrative-driven than the first season, Season 2 has seemed directionless at times? When all episodes are looked at as standalone entities, they are fantastic and bring something to the table. However, the narrative has been all over the place, jumping around from Kobayashi, Tohru, Ilulu, and Elma from episode to episode. They all seem like three parallel narratives rather than three intermingled storylines with a few side episodes thrown in.

Kobayashi Kanna Mother
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That is not a problem with this particular episode, and everything can still be neatly tied together in the final two episodes. So, here’s hoping. Also, this just reminded me that there are only two more episodes left of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2, which made me sad. All good things must come to an end, I suppose.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 Review- Art and Music

Dialogue is something that I don’t mention in anime because of the language-translation barrier between most people and the medium. In some special cases, I’ll be remiss, not to mention the dialogue. Two of those cases are the use of “Engrish” and the existence of a truly tremendous piece of conversation that wows one even after crossing the language barrier.

I have already mentioned the phenomenal dialogue in the plot section, but I really can’t praise it enough. If we as fans can rag on translators for mistakes they sometimes make (See this Fena: Pirate Princess Review for more context), then we also have to praise them for a job done well. Also, Engrish is always hilarious, even if it isn’t used much. Kanna was going to New York, so of course, there was going to be some. I’m just miffed there wasn’t more. The voice actors did a tremendous job with the foreign characters, as well.

Kanna Kobayashi Dinner
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The animation and music in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 was the usual quality for Kyoto Animation, top-notch as always. You can only praise something so many times without repeating compliments.

Verdict

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 was tremendously fun and just a joy to witness. The plot was great, the character work was fantastic, and the change of pace and location was a welcome addition. I am sad that this season will soon be coming to an end, but I’m glad that I got to watch KyoAni at the top form again.

If you liked this episode of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!

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SUMMARY

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 was tremendously fun and just a joy to witness. The plot was great, the character work was fantastic, and the change of pace and location was a welcome addition.

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