When it first joined the anime line-up for simulcasting this year, I read the description of this little moe masterpiece and thought, meh, not for me.
I don't have anything against cute girls doing cute stuff, but it looked SO cutsey it made my teeth ache, and I also suspected there would be a sizeable amount of fan service. I'm a bit iffy with fan service, too. It's okay, but not really my thing. Like Moe.
Then I was bored and surfing around one night for something different and I watched the first episode. And the second. And the third. And the fourth. I had to stop because it's really hard to read subtitles when your eyes are slamming shut.
It made me laugh out loud. I fell in love with the goofy dragons. But most of all I love the development of the relationship between Miss Kobayashi and Tohru. Miss Kobayashi goes from "um, this is a little weird" to "don't you mess with my maid" in a believable, gentle arc. I suspect that, as we see at work, Miss Kobayashi is a good person, who works hard and plays hard and receives very little appreciation for all that she does. So at first she is not sure how to handle Tohru's total devotion to her comfort. She regards it with a bit of suspicion even.
I know that feeling. After 25 years of abuse, and now 27 years of marriage to a wonderful, devoted man (who cooks) I still sometimes wonder how I got this lucky - and what is wrong with his brain. It's hard going from living through life alone and unappreciated and resigned to it to this gradual build up of an entire family of friends, and one incredible person who is totally devoted to you.
This is also what I consider the perfect combination for my taste for comfort anime - a dab of fantasy dropped into an otherwise very typical slice of life anime. I fell for this type of anime with Natsume Youjin Chou and it has carried me to many happy places and anime.
And I really want a kotatsu.