Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 Review: Kobayashi Needs Maid Power!

Your weekly dose of heartwarming cuteness is here, as Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 is ready to delight us with the shenanigans of the big dragon family. Let’s see how the episode did!

Before starting the latest review, if you need to refresh your memory about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 7, feel free to check out our Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 7 Review. You could also do that if you want to read about me gushing over how good the seventh 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 8 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 8 picks up right where episode 7 left off, with the series takes a more narrative-driven approach 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 Episode 8.

– Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 review does not contain spoilers –

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 Review- Plot and Characters

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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is in a weird holding pattern right now. It is almost as if they are biding time for something to happen, but it is taking longer than they realised. There are some plot threads that I can’t see mattering in a finale at all, and it feels like the show knows that very well yet doesn’t care.

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Don’t get me wrong, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 was a great episode of the show. It is just that nothing meaningful has happened in the show for like five episodes now, and the last thing that I remember mattering happened way back in Episode 3 when Kobayashi offered Ilulu a place in her home. Since then, the show has had some great episodes, but they turned out to be rather pointless in the grand scheme of things.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 Kobayashi Tohru
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Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 was again a tale of three parts. I am tired of repeating this, so I’ll just say Lucoa sucks and be done with it. I despise seeing her on my screen, and she ruins every scene she is a part of. Needless to say that her part of the episode wasn’t very good, in my opinion.

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The second part of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 featured Kobayashi and Tohru, with some involvement from Kanna. This part made me think about the holding pattern because as good as the interactions between Tohru and Kobayashi are, they need some substance inside them to progress their story. They are hinting towards it, but it needs to be at the forefront soon.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 Ilulu
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The third part involved Ilulu’s shopkeeping adventures, and this is the part that rescued this episode for me. It was sad, heartwarming, and charming. I love what the show did with Ilulu as a character and gave her just enough subtlety and kept her on the sidelines enough not to make her as annoying as Lucoa. Come to think of it, Ilulu is everything Lucoa should have been instead of harassing an eight-year-old.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 Review- Art and Music

Anytime the show goes into the other universe, the animation quality of the show improves tenfold. It’s not like the earth scenes have bad animation. The Dragonland animations are just that good. They are as smooth as a newborn baby, and the colour scheme is very pretty to the eyes. KyoAni has never been known for skimping on animation, and they are not starting now.

The ending theme is the best ending theme of this season, hands down. The opening theme is good enough, but it gets easily overshadowed by the masterclass that was the opening of Season 1 and the ending of Season 2. Also, I’m not too fond of the male vocals in the opening, as the animation shows them coming out of female characters’ mouths which is jarring.

Verdict

A decent episode, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 wasn’t the change of pace that the show needed. On its own merit, it was a great episode. When seen as a part of the whole season, this episode didn’t offer much in the way of development and progression.

If you liked this review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8, you’ll also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!

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A decent episode, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 wasn't the change of pace that the show needed. On its own merit, it was a great episode, but didn't offer much in development and progression when seen as a part of the whole season.

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