Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
|Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid|
The cover of the first volume of the manga.
(Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon)
|Original run||25 May 2013 – present|
|Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life|
|Illustrated by||Mitsuhiro Kimura|
|Original run||24 December 2016 – present|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Yasuhiro Takemoto|
|Written by||Yuka Yamada|
|Music by||Masumi Itō|
|Original network||Tokyo MX, TVA, ABC, BS11|
|Original run||11 January 2017 – 6 April 2017|
|Episodes||13 + OVA|
|Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Elma's Office Lady Diary|
|Written by||Ayami Kazama|
|Original run||25 August 2017 – present|
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid (Japanese: 小林さんちのメイドラゴン Hepburn: Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyoushinja. The series began serialization in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine in May 2013, and is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. Two spin-off manga, one by Mitsuhiro Kimura and the other by Ayami Kazama, are serialized in Monthly Action. An anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between January and April 2017.
As office worker Kobayashi gets ready for work, she is greeted by a large dragon right outside her front door. The dragon immediately transforms into a human girl in a maid outfit, and introduces herself as Tohru. It turns out that during a drunken excursion into the mountains the night before, Kobayashi had encountered the dragon, who claims to have come from another world. Subsequently, Kobayashi had removed a holy sword from Tohru's back, earning her gratitude. With Tohru having no place to stay, Kobayashi offers to let the dragon stay at her home and become her personal maid, to which she agrees. As Kobayashi has forgotten her drunken offering, she is initially reluctant to allow the dragon into her home despite her previous promise, but a mix of guilt and the usefulness of Tohru's dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to accept her. Despite being efficient at housework, Tohru's unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up scaring Kobayashi and bringing more trouble than help. Additionally, Tohru's presence attracts other dragons, gods, and mythical beings to her new home.
- Kobayashi (小林)
- Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
- A normal programmer and office worker who suddenly finds herself living with a dragon after removing a divine sword from it on a drunken night. While typically stoic and kind-hearted, she can get wild when drunk and has a particular fascination with maids. She is occasionally mistaken as a boy, due to her lack of feminine features, particularly her flat chest.
- Tohru (トール Tōru) / Tohru Kobayashi (小林トール Kobayashi Tōru)
- Voiced by: Yūki Kuwahara (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)
- A female dragon of the Chaos faction who is capable of utilising magic to perform such tasks as "perception-blocking", repairing damage she may have caused, or transforming into a human girl. After her life is saved by Kobayashi, she falls in love with her and starts living in her flat as a maid. She usually retains her horns when changing into human shape, and occasionally retains her tail. She is commonly mistaken for a cosplayer due to her attire. A running gag involves her attempting to feed Kobayashi pieces of her tail (which she can regenerate) with her cooking as a sign of affection.
- Kanna Kamui (カンナカムイ) / Kanna Kobayashi (小林 カンナ Kobayashi Kanna)
- Voiced by: Maria Naganawa (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
- Tohru's friend from the dragon realm who was exiled from her world for pulling too many pranks on other dragons and wound up living with Kobayashi as well. Although she is older than she appears, she is very young by dragon standards, equivalent to a primary school student at Oborozuka Elementary School (朧ズカ 小学校 Oborozuka Shōgakkō), which she attends as a third grade student bearing Kobayashi's surname. She initially assumes that Kobayashi seduced Tohru into staying and wanted her to return to their original world. She grows increasingly attached to Kobayashi as the series progresses, viewing her as a mother figure. Kanna's basis and tribal attire are inspired by the culture of the indigenous natives of Hokkaido and claims to be from Ushishir. She bears feather-like horns and a thin tail ending in a bulb, and is capable of recharging her depleted magical energy with electricity.
- Elma (エルマ Eruma) / Elma Joui (上井 エルマ Jōi Eruma)
- Voiced by: Yūki Takada (Japanese); Rachel Glass (English)
- A water dragon belonging to the Order faction, rival to Tohru's Chaos faction, who ends up working alongside Kobayashi at her office after getting stuck in the human world. She is as powerful as she is diligent and driven, but also naive, indecisive, and easily swayed by food (primarily sweets) due to her low income. Her human form is distinguished by purple hair, a horn, and wielding a trident; "Elma Joui" is the identity she uses while in Kobayashi's workplace.
- Quetzalcoatl (ケツァルコアトル Ketsarukoatoru) / Lucoa (ルコア Rukoa)
- Voiced by: Minami Takahashi (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
- An Aztec dragon goddess and another friend of Tohru, who lost her divine status centuries ago after getting drunk and causing a scandal involving her younger sister, much like the Quetzalcoatl of the original mythology. She is often referred to as Lucoa (from "lcoa" of the deity's name presumably because it is easier to say) and Tohru sees her as a source of wisdom but will sometimes casually reference the events in her past, much to Lucoa's embarrassment. She lives with Shouta after she interrupted his summoning spell to prevent him from summoning a dangerous demon, causing him to mistakenly believe she is a succubus. Lucoa appears in her human form as a tall, well-endowed woman with striking heterochromia. She often becomes overly affectionate with Shouta, scaring him, and having others mark her as a pervert.
- Fafnir (ファフニール Fafunīru) / Takeshi Ooyama (大山 猛 Ōyama Takeshi)
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Garret Storms (English)
- Another old friend of Tohru, he is a male dragon with a strong distrust for humans which leads to him questioning much of Tohru's actions and ideals in his earlier appearances. He shares some resemblance to the traits of his namesake, such as his cold demeanour and disdainful mentality. He appears as a refined young man with long black hair and red eyes in his human form. After Tohru's attempts to find him a place to stay (under the name Takeshi Ooyama), Fafnir eventually comes to live with Takiya, becoming obsessed with video games and popular culture.
- Ilulu (イルル Iruru)
- A Chaos faction dragon who targets Tohru because of her relationship with a human, attempting to destroy the city in the process. She then turns her eye to Kobayashi, trying to drive her and Tohru apart to prove her beliefs, but after Kobayashi and Tohru save her from an Order dragon she has a change of heart and ends up living with them. Ilulu appears in her human form as a petite girl with a very ample bust. Her mental growth was somewhat impaired due to various beliefs that were forced on her by other chaos dragons. When she was younger, she enjoyed playing with human children, and since coming to Earth, she has taken up a job at a candy store, so that she can still see children when they are happy.
- Emperor of Demise (終焉帝 Shūentei)
- Voiced by: Takayuki Sugō (Japanese); John McCalmont (English)
- Tohru's father, who disapproves of Tohru's relationship with Kobayashi due to their beliefs as Chaos dragons and because of a non-interference rule about Earth. He attempts to force Tohru to leave with him but decides to let her stay after Kobayashi stands up to him, despite knowing how easily he could kill her. In the manga, he leaves Kobayashi alive, as he does not want to risk angering Tohru, who he recognizes as stronger than him.
- Makoto Takiya (滝谷 真 Takiya Makoto)
- Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese); Jeff Johnson (English)
- Kobayashi's co-worker who is initially believed by Tohru to be a rival for Kobayashi's affections, but is really just an otaku who thinks of Kobayashi as "one of the guys" and likes to talk about maids with her. Kobayashi helps him set up during Comiket every year. Fafnir eventually decides to live with him in the human world due to his enormous game and manga collection.
- Riko Saikawa (才川 リコ Saikawa Riko)
- Voiced by: Emiri Katō (Japanese); Sara Ragsdale (English)
- Kanna's primary school classmate who is initially hostile towards her but soon develops a crush on her. A running gag involves her becoming overwhelmingly flushed with bliss every time she and Kanna make physical contact.
- Georgie Saikawa (才川 ジョージー Saikawa Jōjī)
- Voiced by: Yuko Goto (Japanese); Felecia Angelle (English)
- Riko's older sister who pretends to be a housemaid as her hobby and thus gets on very well with Kobayashi.
- Shouta Magatsuchi (真ヶ土 翔太 Magatsuchi Shōta)
- Voiced by: Kaori Ishihara (Japanese); Alison Viktorin (English)
- A young mage who Lucoa starts living with after she interrupted his summoning spell. He is convinced that Lucoa is a succubus, and though she tries to clear the misunderstanding, her overly familiar antics do little to help her case. A running gag involves him blushing and running away every time he makes contact with Lucoa's impressive bust and scolding her as a "bad demon". In the anime, he is in fifth grade at the school Riko and Kanna attend. His father is the director of Kobayashi's company, who designed their programming language based on magic from the other world, and keeps tabs on Tohru and Kobayashi for the Emperor of Demise.
Coolkyoushinja began publishing the series in the first issue of Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine on 25 May 2013. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the series in North America, and they released the first volume in October 2016. A spin-off manga illustrated by Mitsuhiro Kimura, titled Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life (小林さんちのメイドラゴン カンナの日常 Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon: Kanna no Nichijō), began serialization in Monthly Action on 24 December 2016. Seven Seas Entertainment also licensed the spin-off in North America. A second spin-off drawn by Ayami Kazama, titled Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Elma's Office Lady Diary (小林さんちのメイドラゴン エルマのOL日記 Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon: Elma OL Nikki), began serialization in Monthly Action on 25 August 2017. The second spin-off is also licensed by Seven Seas.
- Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||10 May 2014||ISBN 978-4-575-84405-4||18 October 2016||ISBN 978-1-626923-48-5|
|2||10 February 2015||ISBN 978-4-575-84570-9||21 February 2017||ISBN 978-1-626924-31-4|
|3||10 September 2015||ISBN 978-4-575-84679-9||9 May 2017||ISBN 978-1-626924-85-7|
|4||12 May 2016||ISBN 978-4-575-84796-3||26 September 2017||ISBN 978-1-626925-46-5|
|5||12 December 2016||ISBN 978-4-575-84894-6||14 November 2017||ISBN 978-1-626926-74-5|
|6||12 July 2017||ISBN 978-4-575-85002-4||22 May 2018||ISBN 978-1-626927-84-1|
|7||12 April 2018||ISBN 978-4-575-85134-2||6 November 2018||ISBN 978-1-626928-98-5|
- Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Kanna's Daily Life
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||28 March 2017||ISBN 978-4-575-84948-6||2 January 2018||ISBN 978-1-626927-51-3|
|2||12 July 2017||ISBN 978-4-575-85003-1||5 June 2018||ISBN 978-1-626927-93-3|
|3||12 October 2017||ISBN 978-4-575-85044-4||11 September 2018||ISBN 978-1-626928-99-2|
|4||10 February 2018||ISBN 978-4-575-85105-2||—||—|
- Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: Elma's Office Lady Diary
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||11 May 2018||ISBN 978-4-575-85151-9||—||—|
The wraparound cover of the fourth volume of the series revealed that an anime television series adaptation had been greenlit. The series was directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto at Kyoto Animation and aired in Japan between 11 January and 6 April 2017. Yuka Yamada supervised the scripts, Miku Kadowaki served as character designer, Nobuaki Maruki served as chief animation director, and the music was composed by Masumi Itō. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired while Funimation released an English dubbed version from 1 February 2017. An original video animation episode was released on the seventh Blu-ray/DVD compilation volume on 20 September 2017. The opening theme is "Aozora no Rhapsody" (青空のラプソディ, "Blue Sky Rhapsody") by Fhána, and the ending theme is "Ishukan Communication" (イシュカン・コミュニケーション, "Interspecies Communication") by Yūki Kuwahara, Maria Naganawa, Minami Takahashi, and Yūki Takada.
|Original air date|
|1||"The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)"|
"Shijō Saikyō no Meido, Tōru! (Mā Doragon desukara)" (史上最強のメイド、トール! (まあドラゴンですから))
|11 January 2017|
|Following a hangover, office worker Kobayashi is approached by a dragon named Tohru, who states that she had saved her life the previous night and offered to let her live with her as a maid. While initially reluctant to do so, Kobayashi decides to let Tohru stay with her after she helps her get to work on time, though quickly finds Tohru lacks experience as a maid. As Kobayashi goes to work the next day, Tohru stays to watch over her apartment, defending it from two burglars. Later, Tohru becomes jealous of Kobayashi's co-worker, Makoto Takiya, only to find he is nothing more than a drinking buddy and fellow maid otaku. Afterwards, Tohru uses her magic to blast the clouds blocking the sun so the laundry will dry faster, attracting the attention of another small dragon.|
|2||"Second Dragon, Kanna! (We're Totally Spoiling Here)"|
"Dai-Ni no Doragon, Kanna! (Netabare Zenkai desu ne)" (第二のドラゴン、カンナ! (ネタバレ全開ですね))
|18 January 2017|
|Kobayashi goes with Tohru to the shopping district, finding she is quite friendly with the people there even after stopping a pickpocket with extreme force. Later, Kobayashi is approached by Tohru's friend from the dragon world, Kanna Kamui, who was exiled for pulling pranks. As Kanna lacks the magic needed to return home, Kobayashi offers to let her stay with her as well. Finding Tohru and Kanna's level of "playing around" to be a bit too extreme, Kobayashi teaches them how to have fun on a human scale. While Kobayashi is at work, Tohru attempts to teach Kanna what she knows about the human world, explaining how she wants to repay her debt to Kobayashi.|
|3||"Start of a New Life! (That Doesn't Go Well, Of Course)"|
"Shin Seikatsu, Hajimaru! (Mochiron Umaku Ikimasen)" (新生活,はじまる！ (もちろんうまくいきません))
|25 January 2017|
|Realising there is not enough room for herself and two dragons, Kobayashi decides to buy a larger apartment with a separate bedroom for Tohru and Kanna. Bothered by the loud noises from her new neighbors during a hangover, Kobayashi sends Tohru to try and get them to be more quiet, ultimately coming up with a more peaceful solution herself. Later, Kobayashi holds a party at her apartment, with Tohru inviting her fellow dragons, the cynical Fafnir and the well-endowed Quetzalcoatl, known as Lucoa for short.|
|4||"Kanna Goes to School! (Not That She Needs To)"|
"Kanna, Gakkō ni Iku! (Sono Hitsuyō wa Nain desu ga)" (カンナ,学校に行く! (その必要はないんですが))
|1 February 2017|
|Noticing Kanna staring longingly at passing students, Kobayashi and Tohru make arrangements for her to go to school, going with her to buy some supplies. On her first day of school, Kanna manages to make some friends, including classmate Riko Saikawa, while also receiving a keychain from Kobayashi. Later, Riko impulsively challenges some park-hogging delinquents to a game of dodgeball, prompting Tohru and the other dragons to join her team. After wiping the floor with the other team, the dragons decide to go against each other in a no-holds-barred battlefield.|
|5||"Tohru's Real World Lessons! (She Thinks She Understands It Already)"|
"Tōru no Shakai Benkyō! (Honnin wa Dekiteru Tsumori desu)" (トールの社会勉強！（本人は出来てるつもりです）)
|8 February 2017|
|Using her perception blocking magic, Tohru sneaks into Kobayashi's office to see how she does her job, taking vengeance against a pushy chief when he keeps forcing Kobayashi to do his work for him. Later, Tohru helps Fafnir look for a place to live after he decides to stay in the human world, eventually setting him up to live with Makoto. After seeing a spoon bending magic trick on television, Tohru and Kanna go through a rather pointless training regime to learn how to do it themselves.|
|6||"Home Visit! (And Homes Not Visited)"|
"Otaku Hōmon! (Shitenai Otaku Mo Arimasu)" (お宅訪問！（してないお宅もあります）)
|15 February 2017|
|Riko invites Kanna, Tohru, and Kobayashi to her house to meet her maid fanatic sister, Georgie. While the others talk about maids, Kanna and Riko get awfully close while playing games together. Later, Lucoa informs the others that she is now living with a young mage named Shōta Magatsuchi after she showed up during a demon summoning ritual. She brings Kobayashi and Tohru over to Shouta's house to try and prove that she isn't actually a demon, but her attempts to prove herself worthy of staying fail to convince him otherwise. Meanwhile, Fafnir gets used to living with Makoto as they spend most of their time playing games together.|
|7||"Summer's Staples! (The Fanservice Episode, Frankly)"|
"Natsu no Teiban! (Butchake Tekoire-kai desu ne)" (夏の定番！（ぶっちゃけテコ入れ回ですね）)
|22 February 2017|
|Kobayashi and the others take a trip to the beach, where Tohru asks Kobayashi about her family while worrying about her own. Later, as Kobayashi and Tohru are called over to help Makoto sell his dōjinshi at Comiket, they discover that many of the cosplayers attending the event are actually magical creatures from Tohru's world using the opportunity of being surrounded by cosplayers to enjoy being in their real forms without attracting unwanted attention.|
|8||"New Dragon, Elma! (She's Finally Appearing, Huh?)"|
"Aratanaru Doragon, Eruma! (Yatto Detekimashita ka)" (新たなるドラゴン、エルマ! (やっと出てきましたか))
|1 March 2017|
|Kobayashi and Tohru challenge each other to a cook-off to decide who will make a lunchbox for Kanna's field trip, with Tohru ultimately getting disqualified for using an otherworldly fruit for dessert. Later that night, Tohru's rival from an opposing faction, Elma, comes to try and force Tohru to return home, but Tohru puts an abrupt end to their battle. Unable to return back to her world, Elma begins working under Kobayashi at her company, prompting some jealousy from Tohru.|
|9||"Sports Festival! (There's No Twist or Anything)"|
"Undōkai! (Hineri mo Nani mo Nai desu ne)" (運動会! (ひねりも何もないですね))
|8 March 2017|
|Kanna becomes downhearted when Kobayashi mentions she can't attend her school's sports festival due to work. Upon noticing Kanna hold back her selfishness after seeing how hard she works, Kobayashi works overtime in order to get the day off for the sports festival. During the festival, Kanna, Riko, and Shouta all take part in various events. During the final relay race, Riko falls behind after dropping her baton, but Kanna makes up the lost distance and wins the festival for her class.|
|10||"Troupe Dragon, On Stage! (They Had A Troupe Name, Huh)"|
"Gekidan Doragon, On Sutēji! (Gekidan-mei Attan desu ne)" (劇団ドラゴン, オンステージ! (劇団名あったんですね))
|15 March 2017|
|In the run-up to Christmas, Tohru is asked by one of the shopping district's retailers to put on a Christmas show for the elderly after he injures himself. Following Riko's suggestion, Tohru and the others decide to put on a play of The Little Match Girl, with Kanna cast in the lead role. Feeling the story wouldn't be interesting enough as it is, the dragons take some creative liberties with the script, resulting in an over-the-top story involving magical girls and demon lords that nonetheless proves a hit with the audience. Afterwards, Kobayashi and Tohru take in a Christmas flight, where they exchange presents.|
|11||"Year End, New Year! (No Comiket Bit This Time)"|
"Nenmatsu Nenshi! (Komike Neta Arimasen)" (年末年始! (コミケネタありません))
|22 March 2017|
|With the end of the year approaching, Kobayashi and the others spend most of their time relaxing under a kotatsu they had won in a lottery. On New Year's Eve, everyone gets together at the shrine to see the new year in before returning to Kobayashi's apartment to watch the first sunrise.|
|12||"Tohru and Kobayashi's Impactful Meeting! (We're Raising The Bar On Ourselves)"|
"Tōru to Kobayashi, Kandō no Deai! (Jibun de Hādoru Agetemasu ne)" (トールと小林、感動の出会い！(自分でハードル上げてますね))
|29 March 2017|
|While Tohru prepares a special omurice for dinner, Kobayashi recalls the night she first met Tohru. After getting drunk and winding up in the mountains, Kobayashi came across Tohru, saving her life by pulling a holy sword out of her back, which Tohru says is only possible because Kobayashi does not believe in God, or the attempt would have killed her. After bonding with each other over drinks and realizing they were both alone, Kobayashi invited Tohru to stay with her as a maid. Later, Tohru tells Kobayashi about a human bandit she had met while in the dragon world, who influenced her to choose her own freedom and become a maid. Meanwhile, another dragon enters the human world.|
|13||"Emperor of Demise Arrives! (It Was the Final Episode Before We Knew It)"|
"Shūentei, Kuru! (Kigatsukeba Saishukai desu)" (終焉帝, 来る! (気がつけば最終回です))
|6 April 2017|
|As Tohru is faced with the inner turmoil over what would happen if she were to become separated from Kobayashi, her father, the Emperor of Demise, suddenly appears and drags her back to her world. After Kanna informs her that Tohru will likely be unable to return, Kobayashi struggles to get used to a life without Tohru. Some time later, Tohru escapes the other world to reunite with Kobayashi, but is quickly pursued by her father. Noticing Tohru's wishes to stay by her side, Kobayashi stands up to her father despite his overwhelming strength. Encouraged by Kobayashi's resolve, Tohru prepares to confront her father in battle, but Kobayashi gets between them, asking the father to have faith in his daughter's wishes and convincing him to leave her be. As life returns to normal, Kobayashi invites Tohru and Kanna to meet her parents.|
|14 (OVA)||"Valentines and Hot Springs! (Please Don't Get Your Hopes Up)"|
"Barentain, Soshite Onsen! (Anmari Kitai Shinaide Kudasai)" (バレンタイン、そして温泉！（あんまり期待しないでください）)
|20 September 2017|
|On Valentine's Day, Tohru attempts to give Kobayashi some chocolates containing a love potion, but she quickly sees through her plan. However, Kobayashi ends up eating some of it after mistaking it for chocolate Kanna received, although the love potion gets cancelled out by some alcohol that was included in the chocolate. Later, Makoto invites everyone on a trip to a hot spring inn, where Tohru gives Kobayashi some regular chocolates.|
The manga had over 1.2 million copies in print as of February 2018.
- All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
- I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying, a series by the same author
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