In the now “distant” 2017, thanks to Kyoto Animation, that is to say the masters of the Moe style, we were able to enjoy one of the plays slice of life more pleasant and original than the Japanese animated panorama. We’re talking, of course, about the animated adaptation of Kobayashi-san chi no meidoragon; Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, using the English title that has now become commonplace. Adapted from a manga (much more pushed and a little more mature) written and drawn by Cool-kyō Shinja and serialized irregularly starting from 2013, after the first 12 episodes that aired four years ago there was total radio silence, despite the good success of the series. Certainly also due to the tragic event that hit Kyoto Animation in 2019, as was to be expected, the animation studio took years to recover, and the second season of the dragon maid, called in a somewhat confusing way only Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S, is the first anime the company releases since that watershed event, not wanting to count the two films of Violet Evergarden already in production at the time of the attack.
Our first impressions, after watching the first three episodes in legal streaming and subtitled in Italian thanks to Crunchyroll, they are definitely positive. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S it practically assumes that the viewer has seen the first season; nothing is done recap narrative nor are we reminded of the roles of secondary and non-secondary characters that appear in the episodes. The first change in the plot here is given by the arrival of a new figure in the cast of dragons who now make up a considerable chunk of Tokyo’s population: Ilulu, a dragon belonging to the Chaos Faction (the same one that co-star Tohru should belong to), which feeds an immeasurable hatred for humans, eclipsed in size only by her prosperous breasts. As for the other supporting actors of past episodes, it will be the meeting with Miss Kobayashi that will change his life. Despite the light and slice-of-life themes addressed during the various episodes, the beginning of this second season is therefore a little more loaded with pathos.
The narrative structure is practically the same as in the first season, with episodes that are divided into micro-narratives that focus on the interactions between several different characters, giving a good space to the secondary characters that we learned to appreciate years ago as Saikawa, the classmate of Kanna, or the colleague Takiya and the dragon Fafnir, to name a few, but inserting others: the maid café where Tohru finds himself working, or the neighbors in Kobayashi’s condominium. The comic gags are, at least for the moment, always on a good level, even if the humor has remained as it is, often going to lead to the ear, also thanks to some dialogue choices (complete with subtitles) a little more explicit than in the first season. All this pales enough in comparison to the manga, where instead even real frontal nude scenes are widely present, but it is clear that some cuts have been made for the broadcast: it should not surprise, whereas Cool-kyō Shinja was (and perhaps still is) also a designer of doujinshi hentai.
From a technical standpoint, KyoAni hasn’t really missed a beat; animations are always fluid and well detailed, with some moments sakuga well placed. In general, a good job was also done in the coloring of the backdrops and the various scenes, also providing some nice possible wallpaper in the landscape excerpts. A small flaw is given by the opening Ai no supreme always sung by fhana, the same group that took care of the opening theme of the first season. It is certainly a good opening theme song, and it becomes decidedly more catchy with repeated listening, but at least for the moment it appears to be a notch below the previous acronym, Aozora no Rhapsody, which has fully entered the list of the most iconic openings ever.
Waiting to know how the adventures of Kobayashi, Tohru and companions will go on, we can only highly recommend the vision to all those who, like the author of this article, loved the first season. For the moment, the expectations have paid off, and it is certainly a more of the same, but in an extremely positive way, rather than just repetitive. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S should also consist of 12 episodes, and therefore end in a few months; waiting for our review, we can tell you that for the moment the long wait has been rewarded, and surely this could be a happy digression for all lovers of the slice of life genre.