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Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon 03 March 2018

2017 modern fantasy, seinen manga adaptation, 13 episodes: AniDB. Kobayashi the office worker gets drunk one night, and in the morning finds a dragon outside her front door – who's come to stay with her and be her maid. vt Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.

That's most of the plot, really. Tohru the dragon is childishly enthusiastic and largely ignorant of the human world, and she and Kobayashi gradually work out ways of living with each other. Various other dragons show up to complicate things, but it's basically slice of life rather than coming to a conclusion.

So it's a lightweight comedy, but it's a lightweight comedy that actually amuses, and sometimes touches on serious subjects too; for example the correct degree of obedience to one's parents, and the problems in relationships when there are large differences in life expectancy. (And yes, sigh, there's a character with big breasts who shows them off at every opportunity.) But overall it's vastly better than one would expect from the premise.

These's no opposition who can't be talked out of it, and conflict of any sort is minimised; I suppose this counts as "feel-good" if your heart is not a clinkered husk like mine. And even I rather enjoyed it; in a fairly dull season, it's a stand-out show simply because the people involved seem to have put in real effort rather than stopping at "meh, good enough".

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