Elma’s leading a busy life as an office lady, and the fourth volume of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Elma’s Office Lady Diary lets us see exactly what she has been getting up to. It mostly involves food.
This volume contains chapters twenty-eight through to thirty-six.
Elma, the food-loving dragon, is happily working at Miss Kobayashi’s company. She enjoys the flavours of fall, celebrates Christmas with all of her friends, and even becomes a senpai when a new hire arrives. This adorable harmony dragon works almost as much as she eats in the latest volume of this heartwarming workplace comedy!!
This volume of Elma’s Office Lady Diary gives us stories set in autumn, winter and spring, in that order. Each one proves to be just as entertaining as the last. Elma is such a fun character; it is pretty clear why Ayami Kazama wanted to draw a manga about her.
One thing I will mention, though, is that nine times out of ten, these stories come back to being about Elma’s appetite. There’s more to Elma than that, such as her relationship with Tohru.
The main Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid manga delves more into that, though, so I guess that frees up this spin-off to focus on sillier aspects of Elma’s life.
Also, if it didn’t come back to food most of the time, we probably wouldn’t the front cover as seen above. The sheer size of the burger that Elma is eating is something that I can’t help but find funny.
It’s also impressive how there also seems to be a slice of tomato that is the perfect size for said burger.
Accompanying Elma on the front cover is Wakita, one of Elma’s colleagues. She’s had several appearances before now, but there’s a fairly interesting development concerning her in this particular volume.
When Wakita laments about Christmas being a couples’ holiday, Elma is more than willing to step up to help her out with that. Something is awakened in Wakita by Elma. I hope we get to see the pair of them grow even closer.
Other fun events in this volume include Elma fasting, a trip to the zoo and the community cleanup.
Elma’s Office Lady Diary is a fantastic spin-off, giving us a little more insight into a character who may have been a little underappreciated. Well, perhaps earlier on; she’s definitely come into her own within the main series at this point.
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is blessed with some excellent spin-offs; so much so that sometimes the spin-offs could even be considered better than the main manga.
Overall, a superb volume.