Right, I’ve got an ever-growing backlog of manga that I want to share my thoughts on, so I have decided that it is about time that I started doing something about that. The plan is to try and get one ‘Thoughts on Manga’ post out a day, right up until my backlog has been cleared out. There may be times when I won’t be able to manage that, but let’s just see what happens. My usual anime posts will continue as normal, though.
Anyways, this backlog clearing project kicks off with volume six of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, which contains chapters forty-nine through to fifty-eight.
Maids as far as the eye can see!
Long before the dragon maid Tohru came into her life, Kobayashi had been a big fan of maids. Now, Kobayashi gets a chance to step into her fantasy when Tohru organises her friends to design a maid outfit especially for Kobayashi. When she does so, Kobayashi learns an important lesson about what makes a maid outfit… and what makes a maid.
The synopsis for this volume actually only refers to the events of a single chapter, which I shall get to in a moment. First, though, I think I’ll start with something I didn’t particularly enjoy about this volume of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. That would be Ilulu.
I will hold my hands up and say that Ilulu has had a couple of good chapters in previous volumes of the manga, but in this volume she might as well just be a pair of walking breasts – and she practically is. There are no Lucoa and Shouta interactions in this volume, but we get something of Lucoa and Shouta 2.0 with Ilulu and the grandson of a sweets shop owner. Considering Ilulu starts working at said sweets shop, I get the feeling that this chapter won’t be the last time we see that kind of thing. For now, though, it is only one chapter. Admittedly a low point for this volume, but all the other chapters are actually fairly enjoyable.
We have Tohru helping Kobayashi to relax, a visit to an amusement park, the aforementioned maid outfits, Elma campaigning for change at her work place, some fun Takiya and Fafnir interactions, Tohru teaching magic to Kanna and Ilulu and finally a bit more of Tohru’s backstory. More specifically, we get an insight into why Tohru ended up in the human world – like Kobayashi mentions, it is actually heavy stuff. Very interesting though.
The stuff with Fafnir and Takiya also give Shouta a chance to actually do something without Lucoa being actively involved – he and Takiya became gaming friends. Takiya seeks advice about getting on with dragons from him, particularly because Takiya’s parents are due to visit and he’s afraid of them upsetting Fafnir.
The amusement park chapter is particularly fun as well. Kobayashi agrees to take Tohru and Kanna to one, but she’s never been herself. She has no intention of letting them know that, though.
The pay off of that chapter is particularly amusing, too.
Guess I should probably talk about the maid outfit chapter, too. It’s one of those chapters where everyone is gathered together – though the younger characters (and Elma) are relegated to playing a board game in a different room. Kobayashi has a revelation about her love of maids in this chapter, so we get a bit of character stuff for her here.
It’s chapters like Ilulu’s one from this volume that actually make me somewhat nervous about a potential second season of the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid anime. I don’t know how well Ilulu would be handled, and I can imagine her being a rather divisive character.
But hey, one dud chapter out of ten isn’t all that bad. That glimpse into Tohru’s past is some great stuff, and all the other chapters give us some great comedy.