Warning: Contains spoilers!
Episode 1 of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid follows Miss Kobayashi, an alcoholic and surly office worker with a thing for maids, and Tohru, an energetic dragon-turned-maid at the request of Miss Kobayashi. The first episode sees Tohru coming to live with Kobayashi, and beginning to learn how to live well in the human world.
Overall, I thought this first episode was okay. The character designs are simple but quite memorable, and I especially love Tohru’s. It does, however, take some time to like the characters themselves. Miss Kobayashi does things like scolding Tohru for wanting to wash her delicates a certain (erotic) way, but then, while drunk, tells her to strip. On the other hand, Kobayashi immediately regrets some of her actions, and thinks about Tohru if she’s at work. Tohru isn’t exactly the most lovable dragon-person, either. Though very cute and energetic, she obsesses over Kobayashi while looking down on all humans that aren’t her. All of these traits work to flesh out the characters, but at the same time I’m not sure if their dynamic worked for me just yet.
On the other hand, this anime could also be a commentary on women in general. Kobayashi can be described as a very unfeminine woman, wearing ties and pants and talking about maids like no one’s business. Tohru outright proclaims that she loves Kobayashi sexually. All of these are presented as natural, with no critical judgment from other characters. This is even the case when Tohru transforms into her dragon form; she only seems to scare people off or surprise them. Granted, since no other characters are introduced other than a fellow otaku and maid-lover, thieves, and mythical beings who just want to kill everything this episode, we still have a lot of time for otherwise.