Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 Review: The Past Revisited!

Kyoto Animation is back after what was a perfect episode of Dragon Maid, and I’ll never get tired of saying that. Let’s talk about the latest episode of the series, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5, Or Kobayashi-San Chi No Maid Dragon S Episode 5!

Before starting the latest review, if you need to refresh your memory about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 4, feel free to check out our Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 4 Review. You could also do that if you want to read about me gushing over how good the fourth 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 5- Overview

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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.

Episode 5 picks up right where Episode 4 left off, with the series taking a more narrative-driven approach rather than the first season’s mostly standalone episodes. 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.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 Review- Plot and Characters

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 Characters
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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 cements what I have been thinking about since Episode 2. This season is about relationships, not just between Kobayashi and Tohru like the first season was. This season is about Elma, Ilulu, and Tohru- All dragons of a different temperament trying to make it work in a universe that isn’t theirs and exploring the complex relationships between them.

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In Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5, we explore the past and the future. The past is in the form of the complex, yet the sweet relationship and the history between Elma and Tohru, and the future in the form of Tohru helping Ilulu get a job doing what she loves. Both of them share a deep, emotional core with each other about purpose.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 Plot
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The character of Elma has gotten a lot of love this season in particular, and it has been a long time coming. She has always been overshadowed by characters with more prominent personalities than her, such as Kanna and Lucoa. With the introduction of Ilulu, the situation looked even direr for her. Thankfully, it turned out great for her, and I couldn’t be happier. Elma is a character that deserved her own arc in the story, and now that she has gotten it, the show is better off for it.

The rest of the plot was also great, with the comedy being not as frequent or effective as the prior episodes in the season. Various emotional moments took their place, and it worked beautifully. Ilulu is a very nuanced character once you think about it, and I’m excited to see the direction the show takes her.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5- Art and Music

Oh boy, where to start. Kyoto Animation WENT OFF in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5. The art, animation, and music were all tremendous. The lighting, especially in the flashback scenes, looked majestic, and it felt like KyoAni genuinely spent a month animating just one half of this episode.

Do you know how some TV series episodes are sent to award shows for consideration because they are genuinely considered noteworthy in that particular season? This was the episode for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 is the type of episode that gets a show nominated for an animation award and even makes it win. It was that good. Check it out if you haven’t already.

Verdict

While not a perfect episode, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 was a joy to behold In all of its glory. The animation and the characters carried this episode, and that’s not a bad thing at all. They were just that great that they carried a show as good as Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid.

If you liked this review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5, you’ll enjoy our review of the next episode in the series. Click here to read it!

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While not a perfect episode, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 was a joy to behold In all of its glory. The animation and the characters carried this episode, and that's not a bad thing at all.

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