Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon Episode 4: Kanna Goes to School!
Not that she needs to.
Why is Maid Dragon so perfect? It hasn’t made a single mistake yet. Although at this point I would say the title is a slight misnomer, because at times I feel like I’m watching Miss Kobayashi’s Comfy Family instead. Or perhaps Miss Kobayashi’s Loli Dragon. But there’s nothing wrong with either of those! The latter is especially nice. Remember what I said last week about Kanna having gotten surprisingly little screen time despite having recently been introduced? Well, never fear! Kobayashi Kanna is here!
Isn’t it adorable that she’s picked up Kobayashi’s last name? In fact, everything about Kanna is adorable. I can’t say whether she’s best dragon, but she seriously tested my support for Tooru this week. The way Kanna says ‘Kobayashi’ makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Just like how Tooru says ‘Kanna’. She was cute before, but I think she benefited a lot from this episode. She’s really cemented her place within the cast, and her addition makes it worth calling this a proper family slice-of-life in a way that just Kobayashi and Tooru couldn’t quite do. Now it kind of reminds me of Amaama to Inazuma, although without the occasional mood whiplash that makes you feel painfully depressed. Both this and that use silence really well. So much is imparted through wordless scenes like when Kanna wanted that keychain but put it back after seeing how uneasy Kobayashi was with the price, or when she stared up at Kobayashi and gripped her clothes to reassure her. I wonder if it’s more effective when young children are the ones being depicted?
I’m surprised the episode spent so much time on Kobayashi preparing Kanna for school. When that scene happened with Kanna practicing her writing using leaflets (one of which suspiciously offered loans that didn’t need guarantors), I thought for a second that she was doing her homework, and that after all that build-up they’d just skipped her first day and implied everything went well for her in school. The entire first half was honestly really nostalgic. And a little bitter, amidst hilarious skits like Tooru wanting to be branded with a slave seal. What I’d give to have practically zero responsibilities again. Apart from vacuous things like making sure I had my pencil box packed with the glue or whatever it was I’d need the next day. Where literally the only worries were things like getting my homework done or dreading a subject I didn’t like. You know, as opposed to real worries with consequences, like messing up and getting fired. Or coming home, like I did today, to a power cut and having to fix that before I could make any food and heal my fatigue using cute lolis like Kanna. I do think Tooru is on to something with the whole collusion accusation though. I don’t know how common this is, but I went to a public school where they only sold the uniform at this one shop. So I had to go there. And of course, because they only sold it there it was expensive as fuck. At least I never had to wear that yellow hat, carry a safety buzzer and wear a giant steel backpack. I understand why the buzzers are there, but Kanna doesn’t need one. In fact, it’s there to protect the other kids from Kanna. And even then it’s probably too late for anyone to help if she pounces. I still haven’t forgotten what she did to that poor butterfly last week. It did nothing wrong.
I also still find it really interesting to observe Tooru and her opinions on (and interactions with) humans. I know I bring it up literally every week, and I may just be overthinking it all, but that’s because it keeps coming up in the episodes and so it must mean something. In particular, Tooru and Kobayashi talking about how humans don’t like things that are different from themselves was a scene I found rather striking. And quite fitting, in light of events in a certain country earlier this week. As I’ve mentioned before in several posts last year, I dislike mentioning such topics here, because I don’t think people come to this blog to hear about stuff they already hear too much of elsewhere. But it was a blatant similarity, and it’s slightly worrying that Tooru’s foreign policy might probably be no less outrageous than that administration’s. Anyway. Maybe the intention of these scenes is to have Tooru learn about society, but the effect is almost social commentary in the form of what Tooru thinks of humans. She does it almost like a nature documentary about animals. “They do take clear steps to ally themselves with the strong. Even young, they’re still human, huh?” I’m glad that Saikawa ended up being a good girl at heart, even if she has, uh, a little trouble expressing her feelings. I’m not a fan of bullying either (unless it’s cute bullying like with Satania) so everything went in the direction I hoped for. Partly for Saikawa’s sake (i.e. her life) as well as Kanna’s.
Last but not least, I would like to draw your attention to this Lucoa below. I’m starting to appreciate her
body more and more. I can understand how conflicted that poor kid must have felt when confronted with her boobs and an incoming dodgeball, but honestly they’re a little too oversized for me. Her delicious thighs, though. I’d do the same things to those thighs as I would to Tooru’s tail. Lucoa is such a goddess. Oh wait.