More characters are introduced, yay.
(Spoilers in this review)
This week’s episode, to me, was about interacting and living with others.
The episode opens with Kobayashi deciding to move to a larger apartment because their current residence is too small to accomdate three people. Kobayashi probably wouldn’t done something like this back in episode one, so her character development is progressing nicely.
The next section (of sorts) featured Tohru trying to convince their new neighbors to stop being so noisy on Kobayashi’s orders, who happens to be hungover. In the end, Kobayashi suggests that everyone adheres to a schedule in regards to noisy activities.
While Tohru questions this decision, Kobayashi replies, “It’s only natural to cause some bother to others when people go about their lives. Especially so if they’re neighbors… Besides, I wouldn’t like it if it were too quiet, either.”
Such a practical mindset suits Kobayashi, but the last part caught my attention since the screen deliberately switched away from the muted conversation that was happening between her and Tohru to a different scene altogether where Kobayashi is sitting by herself in her old, messy apartment. It’s very likely that this was before Tohru (and Kanna) entered her life.
What I got from this sentence and scene is that Kobayashi acknowledges that her life (before these two dragons barged in) was both quiet and lonely. So did she accept these two into her apartment out of good will or out of loneliness? Am I thinking too hard about this?
The last “section” of the episode had Kobayashi bailing on her company’s outing by hosting a gathering of her own. To this end, she invites her co-worker/drinking buddy/fellow otaku (from episode 1) while Tohru invites her dragon buddies, Fafnir and Quetzalcoatl.
While Fafnir is getting into Dark Souls, Quetzalcoatl mentions that Tohru used to not smile much and thanks Kobayashi. Kobayashi then confides in Quetzalcoatl that she’s grateful to Tohru, as well. She then adds, “I didn’t use to smile much myself either. Though I’ll never say it to her.” Typical tsundere, huh? For how much longer are you going to lead your dragon maid on?
Additional Thoughts on this Episode:
- Kobayashi compares Tohru’s scolding and fussing over how she leaves beer cans and used clothes strewn throughout the apartment to how her mother would lecture her father. Does that make Kobayashi the father figure who goes out to work, Tohru the mother figure who stays at home, and Kanna the child?
- I wasn’t a fan of how Kobayashi essentially manipulated Tohru into letting Kobayashi continue her messy ways. Even Kanna lampshaded it by calling her a scoundrel.
- That being said, Tohru invokes the same kind of logic (in Kobayashi’s words, she’s counting on Tohru to clean up after her) in order to wash Kobayashi’s back. I’m probably overreacting.
- …Kobayashi is not afraid to say what’s on her mind, huh? I mean, she told Quetzalcoatl that her outfit’s “slutty” to her face.
- I’m really not a fan of how Tohru acts when she’s inebriated. Telling Quetzalcoatl and Tohru to dress as maids (evidently, Tohru is only a cosplayer), for them to give her some of their boobs, and for them to strip isn’t endearing behavior. It’s sexual harrassment, isn’t it? Another step back at this rate. Given that she’s always reaching for beers, Kobayashi’s drunk antics will continue to pop up, too…
- After hearing about how Quetzalcoatl lost her divine status because she drank some cursed alcohol, Kobayashi notes that dragons don’t have very pleasant backstories. This is yet another nod as to Tohru’s less-than-stellar past. The details of said past will remain undisclosed for now.