Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11 was the penultimate episode this season, and the world is going to be a tiny bit worse by virtue of not having this little bundle of joy air every week. I don’t think I’m ready to lose this yet, so let’s get on with the review.
Before starting the latest review, if you need to refresh your memory about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10, feel free to check out our Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 10 Review. You could also do that if you want to read about me gushing over how good the tenth episode was or if you missed the review when it was first published. Your choice!
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11 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.
Since the previous episode was mostly a standalone outing, this episode instead continues the story that the series has built up so far. 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 11.
– Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11 review does not contain spoilers –
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11 Review- Plot and Characters
So this is what the entirety of Season 2 has been building up to. All the flashbacks, character developments, introspection between characters, and inner squabbles have all built up to a particular moment in this episode. The moment that gave us all an insight into Tohru’s past and the reason she came to this world at all was, in my opinion, underwhelming.
Some of that is due to this being the second-last episode of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2. I would have been fine with this episode being what it is. But as a culmination to an entire season’s worth of storylines, this episode fell well below expectations. It explored some parts of Tohru’s backstory, which we had already guessed before and some that the show had already shown us. Just telling us how Tohru got injured isn’t really what I call a satisfying conclusion.
Of course, the season isn’t over yet. There is another episode left, but according to the preview, it is a summer festival episode. Looking past the fact that this episode will be happening in the fall season, these episodes are generally light in tone, and the best things that usually happen in them are candid conversations. We may still have some developments in the last episode, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
At the end of it all, we have to remember that Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is primarily a slice of life show, and that genre of anime doesn’t always lead to the best story structure. Some episodes exist for the sake of entertainment, like the last episode, and don’t hold much value in the overall plot. In that way, maybe it is unfair to judge Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11 solely by considering it a second-last episode.
On the episodic side of things, this episode was just as great as most other episodes this season. It was charming and adorable at just the right moments, despite having a heavier tone and some deep conversations about dragons’ past and current existence. It also ended with a very sweet exchange between Kobayashi and Tohru, which almost brought a tear to my eye. Oh, and young Kanna and Tohru were also there, and I had to calm down for a second after observing such cuteness with my very own eyes.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11 was a great anime episode if we talk about it as a standalone entry in the series. Realistically, however, it had some extra hopes attached to it because it was that late in the season’s lineup. We were expecting a Home Run, and we got a three to base. There’s still some time to score some runs, but the pinch hitter isn’t very reliable.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11- Art and Music
Kyoto Animation doesn’t miss. If you paid KyoAni to ruin an anime purposefully, they would still turn up animation quality better than most other anime going. The animation quality in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11 was phenomenal. The lighting, the character design, the facial animations, and the flashback scenes were all done perfectly, and I don’t think it is possible to find any flaws in that aspect of this anime.
The same goes for the sound direction of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11. It didn’t use any special tracks or different music than the rest of this season, but the placement and quality of the OSTs were top-notch. The atmosphere was foreboding and sweet at different times, and the entire episode was a treat to the eyes and ears.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 11 was fantastic as a separate outing and not very good as the penultimate episode of the second season to a beloved anime. The end of such a fantastic season will be a bittersweet experience for everyone, and I sure hope that KyoAni nails the final episode. If any series deserves it, it is this one.
Click here to read our review of the final episode of this season!