Having loved the anime series back in the Winter season, you could say I was a little more than surprised to find out that the manga was already published over here in North America. In fact, the first volume had come out in October of 2016. I spend a lot of time at the bookstore looking at all the manga when I go shopping for a new series, so missing this one really caught me off guard. When I saw it on the shelf next to its other 3 volumes, I just had to buy it. So did it live up to my expectations after seeing the anime? Sort of. It definitely has the charm and goofiness of the anime, but unfortunately this first volume is lacking in other areas.
Story and Art By: coolkyosinnjya
Published By: Seven Seas Entertainment
The animated series for Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid captivated me from the start back in January with its incredible charm. It was bright and colorful, and full of the heart-warming comedy I have come to love in these slice-of-life series. Its not comedy that relies on offending or saying something that would normally be shunned in a normal social setting, the comedy relies on the audience enjoying the characters personalities as we watch them act in their own silly ways. In this series Koboyashi acts as the straight man, adding in quips about whatever outlandish thing the other characters say or do. Its wholesome fun that just makes you smile as you watch it.
The manga has the exact same humor and charm, with the characters personalities clearly coming through on the black and white pages. This is by far the manga’s biggest strength, as it is incredibly fun to meet all the characters and see the interact with one another. Although the art can feel a bit too basic at times, lacking a lot of detail and character, its good enough to follow along easily. The art can look good when it wants to, but for the most part its pretty average at best. I just wish the art quality on average was a bit better, because the character designs are so cute that just seeing them fully drawn can put a smile on your face.
One last thing worth mentioning is the sense of time in Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid is quite off, often skipping what feels like months. Usually I like these types of slice-of-life series where the characters are just getting to know each other and get used to one another to feel like you are following their day-to-day lives. That way, you can get to see how the characters relationships with one another evolve and change as time goes on. Instead, Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid feels like we are just getting snapshots or small stories out of their time being together. It makes it feel less about a story of watching the characters grow together and more like and episodic series more focused on showing us various scenarios the characters find themselves in.
Overall, Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid was a fun read. The comedy gave me a good chuckle here and there, but more importantly I constantly had a smile on my face while reading it. Between the characters cute designs, goofy personalities and charming jokes, the first volume had me grinning the whole way through. If you want a light, fun comedy to read through, Miss Koboyashi’s Dragon Maid will certainly fill that gap. Just be aware that so far this manga series seems like it is set up to be more episodic than anything, meaning you won’t be seeing the character grow together and evolve much throughout. That could change in later volumes though, so maybe its still worth a shot for those wary of that fact.
Recommendation: Try It