An arranged marriage is taking place in the twelfth volume of cookjyousinnjya’s Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid manga, but there are plenty of people who are pretty keen to object. But there are also plenty of other matters to be considered, particularly the feelings of everyone involved.
This volume contains chapters one hundred and six to one hundred and fourteen.Wedding Bells!
Telne, an ancient and powerful harmony dragon, has arranged for Elma to return to the dragon world and enter a political marriage. while Elma herself is agreeable, Kobayashi and Tohru are unable to accept it, and they find themselves re-evaluating everything they thought they understood. When a dragon and a human put their heads together, what kind of answer will they find?
This volume of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid gives us a more serious story, revolving around Elma being married off to a member of the Dragon Slayer clan. With Elma actually agreeing to it, Miss Kobayashi and Tohru have a lot to consider. Turns out it will take a little more planning than crashing the wedding and yelling “I object!”.
But Miss Kobayashi has allies. Not just dragons, and even ones who were enemies before. There is a worry about a human interrupting the dragons’ ceremony at first, but ultimately Miss Kobayashi, Tohru and even Elma herself figure out who’s feelings are most important in all of that.
On the subject of feelings, some things that have been heavily hinted towards in previous volumes are plainly stated in this one. Whilst it was nice to speculate about that kind of thing, having it plainly out there is fantastic. And to give an idea of what those feelings are, there’s a brief discussion about polygamy and how a two year prison sentence is nothing for a dragon…
Even during this more serious story, there are still plenty of lighter moments. Elma’s appetite definitely brings along some very interesting moments with it striking at very specific moments.
Tohru and Elma are both fantastic in this volume, but it is Miss Kobayashi who is most impressive. She’s definitely accrued some very interesting abilities over the course of the manga, and developed a gift for settling these conflicts between dragons. I dread to think what Elma would be suffering through if she had never met Miss Kobayashi.
This volume of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is superb. Absolutely zero sight of the things that I don’t really like about this manga. Instead, it goes all in on this story that develops things between Miss Kobayashi, Tohru and Elma. It is volumes like this that serve as a reminder that though Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid does have its flaws, the good things far and away outweigh them. Fantastic work from coolkyousinnjya here.