In which I base my opinion of an anime on like half of the season.
What’s it about
Miss Kobayashi is an office worker who lives a fairly boring and single life until she gets drunk one night and pulls a sword out of a wounded dragon. The dragon, Tohru, decides to pay her back by becoming her maid… because reasons.
The manga is from the same author that also made ‘I don’t understand what my husband is saying’, which is all kinds of great (and at least a little bit dodgy). It’s slice-of-life style weirdness with people learning to deal with their differences. Kobayashi is pretty similar in theme and, like the other one, is brimming with anime references.
Kobayashi is in her own way a ‘maid otaku’: she’s obsessed with maids. Her work friend Takiya is just… really into games and anime and stuff. It’s fitting in a way that Takiya’s dragon buddy is Fafnir, who is a straight up Sebastian lookalike (with Ono D as the friggin voice actor).
The setup at first feels like it will be a high key lesbian harem, but as it so happens this is not the case. It’s mostly a high key gay pairing show. It’s more like each of the dragons get their own little human buddy and each of the ‘relationships’ deals with their own kind of issues.
Kobayashi is very much light entertainment and it does the job well. It’s distracting and subtle enough that it doesn’t try to slap you in the face with some big moral. It’s funny and it’s interesting enough to watch several episodes at once (even if you have the attention span of a gold fish). Several of the pairs are straight up adorable. I really like the friendship between Fafnir and Takiya, and the … whatever it is between Kobayashi and her maid, for instance. They feel very much like lonely people finding the companionship they need in each other.
There’s a lot of boob jokes. Like a lot. Kobayashi’s bosom has its own sound effect (it’s ‘buoing’, in case you were wondering). It’s pretty standard fair. Some of the jokes are weirdly sexual in a way that makes me wonder who the hell this show is being made for. Think references to branding and.. vore? It’s kinda really confusing considering the overall light tone of the show. Might just be me but I’m pretty sure this isn’t, like, a kid’s show. But it’s also not what I would expect from an adult show. It’s… unique.
And then there’s the sexual assault being played for laughs. One of the pairs is a very voluptuous dragon lady and a middle school mage boy and… no. Just no. She’s trying to show him she’s not a demon by pretty much just harassing him while naked. It’s played off as a joke because 1) Shouta is a boy (which… no, don’t do that) and 2) the dragon lady supposedly doesn’t know what she’s doing wrong (which… again, don’t do that).
If this had been a three episode review (like I usually make) it would have been a lot easier. In that case the verdict would be a resounding ‘go watch this, it’s fun!’. But I went ahead and watched too much of it.
Personally, I enjoy it but I’m also very much aware of it’s more problematic sides. The Shouta stuff is a minor side plot and I’m really sad they added it, because it’s so iffy it makes the whole show kinda iffy.
Proceed with caution, I guess.
I’m still going to watch the remainder of the show, because I’m willing to watch it despite that, and I’m hoping they’ll quit it with that bit of plot. But yeah, consider yourself warned.
Entertaining show, with some very dodgy scenes.