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Post Reply Kobayashi Dragon Maid.. why is it so popular?
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Posted 4/30/17 , edited 5/2/17
I think there is some inherent sympathy for a character like Miss Kobayashi that a great deal of older Japanese understand. Yeah, she likes maids, anime, stuff like that. But other than the occasional drunken excursions with her coworkers, her home life is empty. She does not so much as have a cat, but works herself to the edge because....

Well, no one knows, and in the penultimate moments before the climax, it seems to make Kobayashi's former life seem a rather meaningless and lonely drudge in comparison.

And that hints, no, acknowledges a problem with Japan. The culture of working, working hard and diligently, to the point you pass out or getting fired will have oneself hanging themselves in their small apartments. It is dark, but the suicide rate in Japan is extremely high for reasons like this.

Kobayashi escaped the abyss with Tohru and Kanna by chance. Who knows how she would have lived her life if she had not drunkenly met Tohru in a an alcoholic stupor.

The 12th episode is depressing because it hits home about having ascended to a more meaningful way of living your life and then being forced back to the depressing banality of being a salary worker.
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Posted 5/1/17 , edited 5/2/17
I'll just quote what I posted in the show's discussion thread for why I loved it:

"I really liked how you could enjoy the series on differing layers. On the surface you could take it as a comedy and do just fine. Scratch a bit beneath the surface and you see it touching on the subject of people from vastly differing backgrounds finding commonality and friendship. Scratch a bit more and there's stories of finding your true passions and embracing them regardless of what the world or "logic" may tell you. Scratch a bit more and you see hints of the impermanence of life, the importance of treasuring the moment, and that while future worries may come you shouldn't let them stop you from embracing the good times now. I find the timing perfect that the show should end as sakura viewing season is moving into full swing in Japan. Spending time under the blossoms contemplating the brevity of so many things, including life, yet seeing and reveling in the beauty of that brevity. In a way this series is an ode to that mentality."
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Posted 5/1/17 , edited 5/2/17
its just a very fun show(and the manga is good as well) with cute characters and a good story, ideal to watch after a hard day of work
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Posted 5/3/17
i like your answers <3
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Posted 5/3/17
Previous posters have given some very eloquent praise and I couldn't do better, so let me say this:

Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid cured my cancer and saved anime.



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Posted 5/4/17
Haven't and will not watch it but the reason it's so popular is because the supernatural "slice of life" with yuri stuff plus the fact its animated by Kyoto Ani. That's a recipe that usually attracts a huge amount of praise from a certain demographic who likes that genre.
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Posted 5/5/17 , edited 5/5/17
All valid reasons for the most part however at the end of the day some people just love angry boys swinging around swords and other like funny slice of life shows. You may ask why Kobayashi is so popular while I ask why is dragon ball super is so popular. What is so appealing about Kana being cute/funny or what is so appealing about Goku fighting people...? at the end of the day the western fan base is extremely skewed towards action when compared to Japan so things like kobayashi may feel strange from a action fans perspective. There is no true prescriptive when it comes to what is "too popular"

Besides who even cares what is poplar lol. I am not going to watch/like dragon ball super or kobayashi just because a lot of people are watching it... I am going to already sort of know which one I like before I even watch it based on my perspective.
Posted 5/5/17 , edited 5/7/17

sputterbug wrote:
I tried a couple episodes but I just couldnt get into it. Then it blew up and became this huge thing. Can someone explain (well) why they like it/why its popular? I might still not like it in the end, but I'm really curious. I want to understand humans.

I ask that about almost every KyoAni show.
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Posted 5/5/17 , edited 5/7/17
Because it's a great show with awesome characters, great art style and animation. It was a perfect blend of comedy, cuteness, seriousness, and simple storytelling.

It appealed to moe, kyoani, fantasy, Sol, and comedy fans all alike for various reasons.

That, and it was better than OPM
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