Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6 Review: The Sublime Side-Character Shuffle!

After the visually stunning last episode, KyoAni takes it a little easy with Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6. Who can blame them, really? We are long overdue for an adventure with our side characters anyway. Let’s see how the episode fared! This episode is also called Kobayashi-San Chi No Maid Dragon Episode 6 in original Japanese.

Before starting the latest review, if you need to refresh your memory about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5, feel free to check out our Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 5 Review. You could also do that if you want to read about me gushing over how good the fifth 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 6- 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 6 picks up right where episode 5 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 6 review does not contain spoilers –

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6 Review- Plot and Characters

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6 Tohru Shouta
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Most of the major cast sits this episode out. Kobayashi and Tohru play a tiny role, but nothing of particular importance to the plot of this episode. Elma and Ilulu are also missing for large chunks of the episode, only showing up for about 10 seconds each. It was almost as if the writers thought these four characters had received too much attention in the first half of the season, causing the side characters not to have any. I can’t fault them for thinking that.

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What this lead to was an episode featuring only the five side characters of the anime. Shouta, Lucoa, Takiya, Fafnir, and Riko, alongside the main character Kanna, are featured heavily in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6, with all of them receiving a third of the episode’s runtime. Their stories also intertwined with each other, with the four main characters playing bit-part roles in them. I want to talk about the three segments individually.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6 Plot
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The first segment featured the relationship between Lucoa and Shouta. in the past, I have made my hatred of Lucoa very clear, and I still believe that she is by far the worst character in the show. In contrast, Shouta is a fantastic character who deserves a better story than being stuck with Lucoa. When there are scenes in an episode featuring just two characters and their relationships, the segment lives and dies based on if you like the character or not. Needless to say, I didn’t think much of this segment. I thought it was boring and tried to evoke emotions that it didn’t earn.

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The second segment featured Takiya and Fafnir and was a wonderful and watchable piece of media. I’ve always adored the dynamic between the two of them, which was explored well in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6. According to the episode preview, this segment seems to be the one that will carry on in the next episode. I am interested in seeing more of Takiya, who is just an underrated character in general. Shouta made an impact in this segment too, and it was nice to see him sans Lucoa. More of that, please.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6 Fafnir
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The third segment was all about Kanna and Riko taking a trip to a riverside, and it was awesome. That’s it. Did you want anything else in this? Fine, Fine. There are a ton of charming scenes between the two, which was expected. Elma made her cameo in this one, and a good one in that. Kanna not getting enough time to shine was one of my major complaints with Season 2, so I’m glad that is getting rectified. Good stuff all around!

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6 Review- Art and Music

Not much to say here. They were never going to top what they did in the previous episode with Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6. What we got was fine, and I am perfectly content with the animation quality and the music used in this episode. We can’t expect the moon and stars in every episode, can we?

Verdict

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6 lives and dies based on your opinions on the side characters. If you like all of them, you will love this episode. If not, tough luck. You probably like at least a few of them, and getting to see them should make this episode worthwhile nonetheless.

If you liked this review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 6, you’ll 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 6 lives and dies based on your opinions on the side characters. If you like all of them, you will love this episode. If not, tough luck.

2 COMMENTS

  1. The animation is top-tier and mix it up with the beautiful slice of life genre, you get yourself a masterpiece to soothe your heart. So far, I’m enjoying this series, and tohru will always be my favorite

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