Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 was a big one, folks. A season-long plot thread finally got some resolution, alongside the usual Dragon Maid goodness. Let’s see how the episode did in this review!
Before starting the latest review, if you need to refresh your memory about Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8, feel free to check out our Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 8 Review. You could also do that if you want to read about me gushing over how good the eighth 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 9 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.
Episode 9 picks up right where episode 8 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 9.
– Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 review does not contain spoilers –
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 Review- Plot and Characters
Anime doesn’t get much better than the latest episode of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2. Everything you could ever ask of any piece of media took place over 23 minutes right in front of our eyes. In a spectacle unmatched by any anime this season, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 cemented its place as not just another slice of life comedy.
A plot thread that was being hinted at since the start of the season when Elma helped Tohru fight Ilulu and led to a flashback of Elma and Tohru being friends and travelling companions has reached its conclusion. It absolutely did not disappoint in any way. This particular plot thread was the highlight of Season 2, and it is no wonder that KyoAni nailed the ending. And that was only about half the story told in this episode.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 started rather innocuous, with Elma organising a peaceful pro-workers protest in her and Kobayashi’s office. This leads to her taking Kanna, Shouta, and Rika out for a camping trip. One thing leads to another, and you have a full-blown war in some part of this planet, fought between two creatures more powerful than Earth’s strongest weapons.
Like most of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, the first two parts were funny and sweet, but they weren’t what made this episode so good. That would be the last ten minutes, which Elma and Tohru spent beating the snot out of each other. Kobayashi and Fafnir watched from the sidelines as emotions stifled from centuries finally rose to the forefront in a delightfully violent exhibition that put most shonen anime to shame. And then everyone went home to tickle each other. From now on, if anyone asks me why I love Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, I’m showing them this episode.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 used all the characters to perfection. Tohru and Elma formed the emotional core, Fafnir was the protector and purveyor of violence, Kobayashi was the voice of reason, The kids and Ilulu were cute and funny, and Lucoa didn’t show up. A perfect cast, one might say.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 Review- Art and Music
Kyoto Animation is widely considered to be the best anime studio going. They picked themselves up from the most horrible tragedy the community had ever seen, dusted themselves, and went back to work. No one would have blamed them if they took some more time off or didn’t work to their full capacity. In fact, most people expected this to happen. But this is Kyoto Animation we are talking about. Of course, they didn’t give up.
They came back, and they came back swinging. After making a Sakuga-lover’s dream episode with Episode 5, Kyoto Animation pushed the envelope even further and took the strength of their animation quality to an even greater height. The battle scene animation in Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 was better than it had any right to be. It was better than 99% of battles seen in shonen battle anime, and that is saying something. One might even say this was KyoAni flexing on everyone else, especially as Summer 2021 isn’t a season that will be known for its great animation quality.
The music was fine, but there wasn’t anything big to mention here. I liked the battle theme, but the rest of the episode was pretty similar to the rest of the season, which we’ve already talked about plenty,
A masterclass in animation, storytelling, and action, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9 was an episode for the ages. Episodes like this make one remember why we love the medium of anime so much.
If you liked this review of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Season 2 Episode 9, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!