Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 1, review: a fun and tender slice of life

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 1, review: a fun and tender slice of life

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 1, review

Dragons are back in our world! Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 1 is a manga written and drawn by Coolkyoushinja, serialized in Japan in Monthly Action magazine from 25 May 2013, while the Italian edition is edited by J-POP, who announced its publication during Lucca Comics & Games 2021. An anime adaptation was also taken from the manga, produced by Kyoto Animation available in our country thanks to Crunchyroll who broadcast it in simulcast. The second season, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid S, debuted on July 7, 2021 and also in this case it is available in Italy on Crunchyroll.

Coolkyoushinja presents us a really well done slife of life, between humorous gangs, scenes comedy alternating with moments of tenderness, then, without too much delay, let's go and discover the wonderful adventures of a dragon disguised as a maid and his mistress, a nerd!

"It's true, he said he has nowhere to go back… This sense of guilt I feel doesn't seem like a dream at all. "

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 1: dragons will conquer the world! Or maybe not

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Tohru is in fact helped by Miss Kobayashi, an employee whose name we do not yet know, who finds her wounded by a sword and decides to take her home. Of course the dragon is too big and doesn't go through the door, but no problem because Tohru quickly transforms into a human girl dressed as a maid! When Miss Kobayashi discovers that she is not dreaming and that the dragon is real, after some initial uncertainty he decides to allow her to live with her.

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In the course of this first volume we will in fact also have the opportunity to meet Kanna and Fafnir and probably many other characters will arrive in the course of history. Nothing to say: Miss Kobayashi's life will never be the same again and both she and Tohru will have a lot to learn from each other. Not only that, because their friendship will lay the foundations for a peaceful coexistence between two species destined to hate and kill each other.

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid 1: a slife of life that winds between gangs, laughter and tenderness

if (jQuery ("# ​​crm_srl-th_culturapop_d_mh4_1"). is (": visible")) {console.log ("Edinet ADV adding zone: tag crm_srl-th_culturapop_d_mh4_1 slot id: th_culturap4"); } The story we are going to read is not an isekai. The author does not offer us the classic story in which the protagonist is transported in a way full of magic and adventure, nor the typical fantasy. What we are told could very well be a common story, starring a somewhat particular employee, certainly nerd and with her obsessions, but with a big and kind heart, were it not for the fact that the fantasy element enters. and blends perfectly with everyday reality. Although it does not happen every day to come across a dragon wounded by a sword, this is precisely what happens to the protagonist, who, as if there was nothing strange, decides to take him home with her in order to cure him. The beauty of the story lies precisely in this: everything, even the most bizarre, chaotic things that could clash with common sense, here appear ordinary, so a dragon that can change shape and take on human features? Everything is normal, don't worry!

Within each chapter you can perceive a sense of serenity and tranquility. The relationship that exists between Tohru and Miss Kobayashi is simply wonderful, together the two create a fluffy and sweet atmosphere that warms the heart. Without a shadow of a doubt the two were destined to meet, to complement each other and to find the place to belong in the other.

As for the characters, they are definitely a strong point of the story, well characterized, each gifted of a precise personality. We have Miss Kobayashi, apparently calm and detached, but who hides a warm and big heart. The woman never backs down and is ready to help others and to come to terms with Tohru's whims and desire to do and help. On the other hand we have Tohru, who may always seem cheerful and happy, but this is due precisely to his friendship with Miss Kobayashi. In fact, at the beginning of the story she appears disoriented and frightened by the idea of ​​being alone. For this he will strive not to be a burden to his savior, learning to deal with new emotions, especially with his somewhat obsessive love for Miss Kobayashi, new rules and new ways of living.

The manga's narrative structure and graphic style

The manga's structure is quite ordinary: it is divided into short chapters, each of which is a micro-narrative of the daily adventures of Tohru and Miss Kobayashi or other characters, which always end with Tohru (or another character) learning more. The second chapter is instead a flashback, in which the encounter between the two is told: perhaps it could have been included at the beginning of the story, in order to narrate the events in chronological order.

The narrative, in this first volume, is mainly focused on Tohru who, slowly, begins to get carried away with the world of humans, because it is true that he is a dragon with great powers, but as a human he is still a beginner . The world is so vast and there is so much to learn. Therefore, in each chapter you will discover something more, for example how to do laundry, because dragons certainly do not have problems about what to wear, moreover it is easy to clean clothes since for them a quick rinse in the mouth is enough: comfortable no? Humans are also creatures who have so many feelings that sometimes they risk bursting and Tohru will discover on his skin what it means to be jealous!

As for the graphic style, the drawings are sometimes too stylized, which the reader may or may not like, with soft and delicate lines. Nothing to say about the fact that the author manages to make his characters incredibly expressive even if a few more backgrounds would have helped to make the setting more tangible.

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