Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (2017)

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Ah, Winter 2017: the season of anime finales that make you go “MEH”[1].

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid[2], aka Maidragon on twitter, was a mostly charming show about Kobayashi[3] who somehow winds up with the chaos dragon Tohru as her maid and effective partner in raising the younger dragon Kanna.

The first thing that needs to be said about Maidragon is that it is very fanservice heavy, and some of it, particularly with two minor characters, is both creepy and way overdone.

On the other hand Tohru’s attempts to understand how to live as a human are often hilarious, Kanna is adorable, Kobayashi is a decent deadpan snarker[4], and the slowly growing familial relationship between the three of them is lovely to watch. Continue reading

Kemono Friends (2017)

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I’m not sure if Kemono Friends was such a charming show to watch despite or because of the horrible CGI animation.

The animation in Kemono Friends was truly, deeply, awful and yet also managed to be part of the charm of the show.

A girl with a backpack (Kaban) awakens in Japari Park and is met by the moe anthropomorphised version of a serval cat. Serval-chan promptly dubs her Kaban-chan and they set out to find out what sort of animal she is[1]. Continue reading

Interviews with Monster Girls (2017)

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Occasionally insightful, occasionally infuriating, often amusing, Interviews with Monster Girls aka Demi-chan wa Kataritai[1] survived the Winter 2017 season mostly by dint of being the only show I was watching of a Sunday morning. Harsh language and minor spoilers ahead. Continue reading