Genre Tags: Slice of Life, Comedy, Fantasy, Shoujo Ai/Yuri (Unofficially, but they must be blind)
Synopsis: s Kobayashi sets off for another day at work, she opens her apartment door only to be met by an unusually frightening sight—the head of a dragon, staring at her from across the balcony. The dragon immediately transforms into a cute, busty, and energetic young girl dressed in a maid outfit, introducing herself as Tooru. It turns out that the stoic programmer had come across the dragon the previous night on a drunken excursion to the mountains, and since the mythical beast had nowhere else to go, she had offered the creature a place to stay in her home. Thus, Tooru had arrived to cash in on the offer, ready to repay her savior’s kindness by working as her personal maidservant. Though deeply regretful of her words and hesitant to follow through on her promise, a mix of guilt and Tooru’s incredible dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to take the girl in. Despite being extremely efficient at her job, the maid’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up horrifying Kobayashi and at times bring more trouble than help. Furthermore, the circumstances behind the dragon’s arrival on Earth seem to be much more complicated than at first glance, as Tooru bears some heavy emotions and painful memories. To top it all off, Tooru’s presence ends up attracting several other mythical beings to her new home, bringing in a host of eccentric personalities. Although Kobayashi makes her best effort to handle the crazy situation that she has found herself in, nothing has prepared her for this new life with a dragon maid.
Plot Rating: 9/10
Character Development Rating:8/10
Progression Rating: 8/10
Animation Rating: 9/10
Conclusion Rating: 9/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 8.6/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 10/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: If you want to see one of the best anime on the daily life of a lesbian couple and their child living as a happy family with their friends, it’s a must watch.
General Comments: Ok, so I think it’s best to get the elephant out of the room first. This show is not classified as Shoujo Ai or Yuri, and Funimation may try to cover it up in their dub, but Maid Dragon is 100 % yuri and the source material backs this claim up. Yes, it’s got it’s questionable moments and ecchi scenes, but those comprise only about 5 % of a given episode. The remainder is all about Tohru, a dragon maid, who does whatever she can to show her love for Miss Kobayashi and the two cohabiting with their adorable, adopted dragon daughter Kanna. Tohru’s other dragon friends visit from time to time and hilarious hi-jinks occur. If anything but this is seen, you’re looking through a seriously heteronormative lens.
Now, for my thoughts on the show itself, I love it! Everything about it sans those select moments is perfect and it was the most pleasant show to watch of the season. As far as slice of life goes, it was one of the best. Kanna was by far the cutest girl of the season and and her moments with Riko were my favorite moments. The finale was the best episode of the season and it pulled at the my heartstrings with how realistic and genuine Kobayashi’s behavior was throughout. I won’t say more to avoid spoilers, but seriously, don’t let the skeptics or haters deter you. If you haven’t seen Maid Dragon yet, please just see it for yourself and you’ll see it’s a heartwarming, wonderful show. Also, let me just note that the Yaoi Republic gets a seriously cute ship too.
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