Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Japanese: 小林さんちのメイドラゴン, Hepburn: Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyousinnjya. The series began serialization in Futabasha‘s Monthly Action magazine since May 2013 and is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. Four spin-off manga have also been serialized in Monthly Action.
(Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon)
An anime television series adaptation by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between January and April 2017. A second season titled Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S aired between July and September 2021. A video game titled Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Sakuretsu!! Chorogon Breath will be released in Q2 2022.
As office worker and programmer Kobayashi gets ready for work, she is greeted by a large dragon right outside her front door. The dragon immediately transforms into a human girl in a maid outfit, and introduces herself as Tohru. It turns out, that during a drunken excursion into the mountains the night before, Kobayashi had encountered the dragon, who claimed to have come from another world. Subsequently, Kobayashi had removed a holy sword from Tohru’s back, earning her gratitude. With Tohru having no place to stay, Kobayashi offers to let the dragon stay at her home and become her personal maid, to which she agrees, having fallen in love with Kobayashi.
Despite being efficient at housework, Tohru proves an unorthodox character, occasionally scaring Kobayashi and often bringing more trouble to Kobayashi’s life than help. Additionally, Tohru’s presence alone attracts other dragons, gods, and mythical beings to her new home. One of these dragons, Kanna, shows up at Kobayashi’s door, demanding that Kobayashi return Tohru to the other world. It is then revealed that she’d been exiled from the other world, and having nowhere else to stay, Kobayashi takes her in and becomes her guardian. As both Tohru and Kanna settle into the human world, Kobayashi starts to think of them as family.
Coolkyousinnjya began publishing the series in the first issue of Futabasha‘s Monthly Action magazine on 25 May 2013.Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the series in North America, and they released the first volume in October 2016. A spin-off manga illustrated by Mitsuhiro Kimura, titled Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life (小林さんちのメイドラゴン カンナの日常, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon: Kanna no Nichijō), began serialization in Monthly Action on 24 December 2016. Seven Seas Entertainment also licensed the spin-off in North America. A second spin-off drawn by Ayami Kazama, titled Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Elma’s Office Lady Diary (小林さんちのメイドラゴン エルマのOL日記, Kobayashi-san Chi no Maidragon: Elma OL Nikki), began serialization in Monthly Action on 25 August 2017. The second spin-off is also licensed by Seven Seas. A third manga spin-off drawn by Utamaro began serialization in Monthly Action on 25 January 2019. A fourth spin-off series drawn by Nobuyoshi Zamurai began serialization in Monthly Action on 25 November 2020.