Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S reveals Tohru and Elma’s first fight
Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S Episode 5 reveals how Tohru and Elma first met – and how they went from close friends to taking on enemies.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid SEepisode 5, “Together With You ”, is now streaming on Crunchyroll.
In episode 5 of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S, Tohru and Elma recount how they first met thousands of years ago in their home world. A Chaos Dragon and a Harmony Dragon would seem like natural enemies, but at first the two opposites got along so closely that it would be easy to interpret them as girlfriends. When the time comes to show how the two dragons finally come to terms with their philosophical differences, Kyoto Animation goes all out in its action animation.
In the flashback scenes, Tohru first discovers Elma while visiting a desert town. Elma lives among humans as a priestess in horned humanoid form, using her dragon magic to reduce conflict. Even thousands of years ago, Elma was primarily driven by food. Her opposition to human sacrifices arose not simply from morality, but from the fact that she dislikes the taste of humans and believes that if humanity prospers, they will continue to invent more delicious dishes. Tohru is charmed by Elma’s eccentricities, believing that she would be a perfect fit for the Chaos faction.
Tohru and Elma spent time traveling together for the purpose of judging humanity. Some original anime interludes show them venturing out of town, discussing the human custom of making wishes under the stars, and in one scene absolutely baiting senders, sleeping while leaning on each other. What ultimately undoes their friendship after decades is the fact that Elma begins to be worshiped as a goddess for the sake of food offerings. Since the Chaos Dragons mission is partly anti-religious, and there is a serious risk that Elma’s followers will use their religion for war and oppression if it is not there to guide them through eternity, Tohru destroys a palace dedicated to Elma, launching their first fight.
Put bluntly, Tohru and Elma were trying to kill each other in this fight. Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid It might not be an action show, but whenever it features a fight scene the animators make things smoother and more punchy than the vast majority of shonen fights. This massively destructive battle, ending in a biting electric attack that arguably could count as a kiss, could very well be one of Kyoto Animation’s most exciting work to date.
Kobayashi, for his part, is amused by the history of dragons. From her perspective, the fact that Tohru and Elma fight so much is a sign that they’re pretty close. To have fought. The Dragons don’t find their old conflict so entertaining, but pointing out that Tohru has been submissive in the human world and that Elma is now an office woman rather than an aspiring goddess, the two have no reason to fight anymore. . Could they even love each other?
New episodes of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S air Wednesdays on Crunchyroll.
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