The fourth volume of the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid was something of a low point in the series, at least in my opinion. Fortunately, it looks like it is back to business as usual for this fifth volume, already making it an improvement over what came before.
This volume contains chapters forty through to forty-eight, for a total of nine chapters.
The Kobayashi household is peaceful once again, and Tohru has happily returned to an “ordinary” life. Whether patrolling the neighbourhood for suspicious characters or taking on a part-time job, it’s always “go hard or go home” for the diligent Dragon Maid! But not all is well. Ilulu is having trouble embracing the life she’s chosen, Shouta is worried about his relationship with Lucoa – and could something be brewing in Miss Kobayashi and Tohru’s relationship, too…? Change is afoot in Volume 5 of this popular comedy!!
After a single chapter almost ruined all of volume 4 for me, it is nice to have Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid return to form. It kicks off with an arm-wrestling contest between the dragons, which gives us an idea of the respective strength of each of them.
The dragons continue to adjust to life in the human world in this volume as well. In particular, sleeping patterns are brought up in this volume. It seems that Tohru and the others sleep more often in the human world, perhaps due to the influence of humans.
This is followed by Miss Kobayashi falling ill, which means Tohru has to look after her.
A particular highlight of this volume comes from seeing Tohru in casual clothes as she and one of the neighbours go out on patrol. It doesn’t take them long to run into trouble, but as you can probably imagine, Tohru is able to handle it pretty easily. Fafnir and Elma end up getting caught up in the whole thing, too.
Talking of Elma, the details of the first meeting between her and Tohru are revealed in this volume. It’s quite an interesting tale, though Miss Kobayashi can’t tell whether it is epic or just stupid – you’ll have to read the manga to decide that for yourself.
Whilst I did have misgivings about Ilulu at first (she was the one responsible for causing the events of a certain chapter in volume 4…), she actually starts to fit in really well with the other characters in this volume.
Ilulu feels she has no right to play with Kanna and Saikawa after what she has done, but a chat with Lucoa soon changes that. It’s nice to know that Lucoa is capable of being more than just fanservice.
Saikawa is very pleased to have another cute friend to play with. Saikawa x Kanna is good, but what if we chucked Ilulu in there too? It’s still early days, though, so whether that’s the way things will turn out remains to be seen.
That stuff I just mentioned about Lucoa being more than just fanservice… that is quickly thrown out the window in a chapter that focuses on both her and Shouta. Whilst it’s not the worst chapter there is, Lucoa and Shouta are two characters who haven’t really done enough for me to like them. It’s just everyone else manages to outshine them in some way – even Ilulu, who is a relatively new addition to the cast.
More impressively, though, is that we seem to see some kind of progression in the relationship between Miss Kobayashi and Tohru in this volume. Everyone goes to a festival together, though Miss Kobayashi is keen to spend time alone with Tohru.
The festival caps off the volume, and the way it ends is incredibly heart-warming.
Volume 5 is a very welcome return to form for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid after the misstep in volume 4. That return does feature some stuff involving Lucoa and Shouta that I don’t care for, but it’s a chapter that I just feel apathy towards.
Everything else is great, though. Ilulu starts to fit in with the cast, and Miss Kobayashi and Tohru at the festival… well, that is amazing.