Thoughts on Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Volume 9

Things had got pretty dramatic in the eighth volume of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, but now we see a return to the everyday life of the Kobayashi household. Of course, that is far from mundane with the dragons running about the place, and previous events might just be opening new avenues for Miss Kobayashi.
This volume contains chapters seventy-nine through to eighty-seven.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid Volume 9

Front cover of the ninth volume of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, featuring Lucoa, Tohru, Miss Kobayashi and Shouta

Back to “Normal”
After Kanna’s dramatic confrontation with her father, life in Miss Kobayashi’s household has gone back to normal… or at least, what passes for normal in a house full of dragons. Tohru freshens up her routine, Lucoa reconsiders her role as a bystander, and Ilulu’s biological clock runs wild. Meanwhile, Kobayashi’s boss offers her a new opportunity that could transform her connection with the dragon world.

After all the drama of volume eight, it is nice to go somewhat back to basics and just focus on the everyday lives of Miss Kobayashi, Tohru and their acquaintances. The drama was some pretty compelling stuff, but I feel that the more typical slice of life stuff is the pace that Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid happens to be best suited to.

In this volume, we have fashion, computers, molting and cars. All the dragons besides Kanna get at least one chapter focusing on them here. With the Kanna’s Daily Life spinoff, I suppose there is no harm in Kanna taking a break from the spotlight every now and then. Besides, the aforementioned drama heavily involved her.

I’d say the weakest chapter in this manga is Ilulu’s one, in which she goes into heat. I find Ilulu’s chapters to be hit or miss, and this one was a miss. Gratuitous nudity, Ilulu forcing Tohru… it feels at odds with the tone of the rest of the volume.

Fortunately, the rest of the chapters are much more enjoyable. We have things like Elma and Tohru driving cars, Tohru shedding, Fafnir building a computer – it is these kinds of events that tend to be when Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is at its best.
Also have to give credit for Lucoa reflecting back on previous events and the role she played – or rather, didn’t play – in them as a bystander dragon.

On the subject of previous events, Miss Kobayashi’s involvement in them has not gone unnoticed. She gets an offer of sorts connected to dragons, though that would be something she’d have to balance with her more normal career path – which is going places in this volume.

Not a great showing for Ilulu in this volume, but everyone else (besides Kanna, who is present but doesn’t have much to do) actually gets some pretty great chapters in this ninth volume of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. Things may have happened, but life goes on. Well, I guess some of those things that happened are coming back to Miss Kobayashi, in what seems like a generally positive manner.
For the msot part, a nice return to the more typical Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid pace.

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