Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
The story follows Kobayashi’s daily life as an office worker, master of a cute maid, and in one way or another, also mother of dragons. That’s probably the simplest way to describe the story in one sentence, though that is, of course, not even nearly all there is to it, as her cute maid is in fact a dragon herself who came from another world to find shelter. She finds just that by living with Kobayashi, working as her devoted maid, and occasionally attracting more dragons to come her way.
Seeing that this is a slice of life show with a certain twist, we mostly follow the daily live of Kobayashi, her maid Tohru, and later, also little dragon Kanna, who joins the “family” after finding Tohru in the human world. There is not much more to the plot, as we simply watch the main cast live their daily life and occasionally meet other dragons as well as some human friends.
The main appeal might be the well-placed—and also well-paced—comedy that pretty much follows through all episodes, entertaining me beyond belief. Though, what I enjoyed even more was watching how Kobayashi slowly but steadily warmed up to Tohru over the course of time, to the point where she didn’t seem bothered by some of the latter’s quirks anymore, even missing her when she’s gone and pretty much enjoying this new way of living that simply doesn’t only include herself.
In Tohru’s case, it’s also quite interesting to see how her hatred of humans was so easily swayed by some silly actions of drunk Kobayashi, affecting not only her view of one human, but over time, pretty much all of them, making her open up to more and more of them, and even going as far as wanting to stay in the human world instead of going back to her previous life of fighting.
As for Kanna, the change is similar. Upon first meeting Kobayashi, she would call her a harlot that’s guilty of seducing Tohru and pretty much fooling and manipulating her—as all humans would anyway. Though, her views change just as quickly, and she soon finds herself in a relationship with Kobayashi that is very close to the one of a mother and a daughter, which was often just the most precious thing to watch.
Despite being quite the ecchi show, most of the ecchiness was used for comedic reasons, so this does not in the slightest affect the way I viewed this show, and that is, as one of the most charming anime ever.
The only weak points of this show that I could name here would be the fact that the drama in the last episode felt a little forced, and the whole problem didn’t seem to get worked out in a proper way, which then again doesn’t actually has to happen anyway. The whole episode just felt quite different from the rest of them, as in contrast to pretty much the whole rest of the show, it was a little dark, depressing, and the light atmosphere as well as the charming comedy, was missing. I guess for a show like this, I was just expecting a different ending.
Other than that, I also found it a little sad that some characters, like Elma, only got so little screen time, even though they had the potential for far more. Then again, this might also just mean that we might see a second season that could feature her more~
Now coming to the yuri, I have to say I was actually quite surprised to see Kyoto Animation add as much subtext as they did. Especially in the early episodes, Tohru expresses her love for Kobayashi in a very blunt way at times, even calling it a sexual kind of love in one scene. Though, the yuri between them tones down during the later episodes, and the focus here would probably rather be on Kanna and Saikawa, who get more intimate with each other every episode~
In the end, I guess I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t see a kiss or a proper love confession, but the way the last episode played out makes it pretty obvious how Kobayashi feels about Tohru, and despite the show only featuring (heavy) subtext, I can’t help but view the two of them as lovers in the early stages of their relationship.
All in all, I can sum it all up by simply saying the following: Second season when?!