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  • Adaptation Displacement: A good chunk of the fandom has no idea that the show began as a manga... four years prior to the anime's release.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: Before airing a lot of people wrote it off as one of Kyoto Animation's B-projects. Then the first few episodes aired and it surprised people with how funny and heartwarming it really was. Another reason for this is the fact that the yuri fandom sees the series as an example of yuri, and Kyoto Animation is infamous for massively increasing Les Yay but then throwing it away.
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  • Awesome Art: All of the dragons are animated by hand in the anime.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Lucoa is one of the most divisive characters in the fanbase. Either a hilarious and lovable character, or a walking pile of fanservice with a not very funny and even outright disturbing gag revolving around Shouta.
  • Broken Base: Episode 6. People generally have no doubt that the first episodes are well-executed comedy/Slice of Life, but the sexual innuendo between Kanna and Saikawa, and especially between Lucoa and Shouta, is a turn-off to many. Others, however, think it isn't that sexual to fall into ecchi, and those who have read the manga (or otherwise know Cool-Kyou Shinsha enough) would say Kyoto Animation has toned down the content.
  • Die for Our Ship: Some fans of the series have the same reaction as Tohru about Takiya being a possible love interest for Kobayashi.
  • Ear Worm:
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Elma is the second most popular character in the series, having placed right behind Kanna in both of the official character polls. This popularity led to her getting her own Spin-Off.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Word of God states that Ilulu's overt display of sex appeal is directly because of her being "the evil dragon". Then goes on to state that if she had been wearing a maid outfit, the genderbent Kobayashi wouldn't have been able to resist her, unlike with Tohru. The "evil" part disappears after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Fanon: Fafnir being a fan of Dark Souls. It's never stated in the actual series just what game he's playing in certain scenes, but try finding a fan work that doesn't have him referencing the Souls games at least once.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: With Fire Emblem, since both series place a focus on humans interacting with (often-female) dragons who can shapeshift into humanoids.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: The various gags revolving around Tohru's fire breath became a lot less cheery to watch after July 2019, when an arsonist set fire to Kyoto Animation (who produced and animated the anime adaptation), killing thirty-five people (including several who worked directly on the adaptation, such as director Yasuhiro Takemoto) and injuring countless others in the deadliest mass murder in Japan since World War II.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • Episode 5 treats the viewers to Kobayashi's line of work. It happens to be a web server. In Python. That actually follows what you're supposed to do, more or less.
    • When Lucoa is explaining her role as a former goddess in episode 6, a Pterosaur known as the Quetzalcoatlus (named for the Aztec deity that Lucoa's based off of) can be seen behind her. She also states that she dislikes being labeled as a dragon or demon, and prefers to be called an ex-goddess, feathered serpent, or Venusian. While Kobayashi doesn't understand the last one, it's a reference to her mythical counterpart's association with the planet Venus.
    • Tohru states that the recognition inhibition spell was invented by a man named Emrys. She was most likely referring to Emrys Wledig, a 5th century Romano-British war leader who was the inspiration for Merlin.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The meme comparing Kanna to Yu-Gi-Oh!'s Blue Eyes White Dragon became more amusing when Konami released a Dragon Maid theme in August 2019.
  • Ho Yay: While it's not abundant, there are a few scenes:
    • When Kobayashi first saw Tohru transform from dragon into dragon-girl during their first encounter (chapter 32 in the manga; episode 12 in the anime), she was amazed at how big Tohru's boobs were and wanted to fondle them (we'd like to point out that Kobayashi was completely drunk), and Tohru was not against it.
    • At one point, Kobayashi offers to wash Tohru's back and it was not hard at all to convince her. Sure, it ended with Tohru turning into her dragon form and Kobayashi having to use a hose to do this, but the way they interact and the moans of Tohru are anything but subtle.
    • Riko gets flustered anytime Kanna touches her. Her reactions leave nothing to imagination.
    • Fafnir's Odd Friendship with Takiya has these undertones as well.
    • There's a scene that happens after Ilulu switches Kobayashi's genitals against her will in the manga.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Ame ame ame"note 
    • Milf CodedExplanation 
    • Ravioli Ravioli, don't lewd the dragon loli.Explanation 
    • Blue Eyes White DragonExplanation 
    • I'm going to jail!/FBI open up!Explanation 
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales: Well, sort of. While some Mexican fans of the show, just as American ones do, dislike the Comedic Shotacon angle applied on Lucoa, others, on the other hand, really like her, partly because she is one of the few depictions of an Aztec god in foreign media, much less in Anime, not to mention Lucoa being depicted as a benevolent god,note  compared with other depictions of either Aztec, Mayan and other Prehispanic gods, when they are depicted as Always Chaotic Evil and always requiring human sacrifices. Some Mexican fan-artists goes the extra mile to depict Lucoa dressed in the same way she could had dressed in Prehispanic times.
  • Moe:
    • Kanna is easily the most adorable character in the series, and she's even more adorable in the anime.
    • Tohru is also very adorable and huggable (especially when she was a baby dragon).
    • Elma is as well, in an Adorkable sort of way.
  • Moral Event Horizon: It's already bad enough for Azad to attack Kanna after she exposed his plans to trick dragons of rival factions to kill each other. However, using the Dragon Ball to make Kanna's dad attack her is going too far.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Kanna unplugging her tail in episode 2.
  • Narm: For Latin American viewers, the use of Japanese honorifics in the Spanish dub is seem by many non-hardcore fans as this, especially when Mexican voice actors are well-known for normally avoiding this like a plague, outside offensive racial comedy. To make the situation even worse, some characters, like Lucoa, pronouce the honorifics as part of their names, rather than being pronounced in a separated cluster (e.g Japanese "Tohru-kun" vs Latin American "Tohrukun") and that without mention the fact some characters, like Kanna, use the wrong ones in the Spanish dub.note 
  • No Yay: Anything that sexualizes Kanna is likely to receive a reaction of disgust and hatred from the fanbase, because she's the equivalent of a human child.
  • Older Than They Think: A lot of people only familiar with the anime think that Kanna is based off of the main character from Fire Emblem Fates (since she has both the main character's default Japanese name, "Kamui", and the name of their child, "Kanna"), unaware of the fact that both characters were actually named after an Ainu deity (not to mention the fact that the manga predates Fates by two years in Japannote ).
  • Squick: Various people think that Lucoa's advances toward Shouta are very uncomfortable to watch.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • While Tohru's father crosses the line by trying to send her back to their world by force, then attacking Kobayashi when she intervenes, he's well justified that running off to live amidst your species' mortal enemies and telling no one, much less your own family, isn't really okay, and considering the enmity between humans and dragons in his world, he has reason to be suspicious of Kobayashi. Even though the reader knows she won't hurt Tohru, he doesn't.
    • The manga version, which takes place before Elma's arrival and has Tohru's father be nowhere as vicious as he was in the anime, further justifies his reasons for Tohru to return back to the dragon realm, showing concern about other dragons learning about Tohru being on Earth and then arriving there to fight her. Within the next few chapters, Elma wrecks Kobayashi's apartment when she arrives on Earth to continue her rivalry with Tohru (with Kobayashi learning from Kanna just how destructive their fights can get), while Ilulu would destroy the place where Kobayashi and Tohru first met and cause Tohru to launch an attack on her that, had it not been for Elma's shield magic, could have easily destroyed most of Kobayashi's neighborhood.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The music during the Eye Catch is rather similar to that of the chorus of "Our House" by Crosby, Stills, Nash (And Young).
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: The family dynamic Tohru, Kanna, and Kobayashi share make the series a very comfy watch and read, even with the more fantastic elements added in.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Kanna in general often gets this reaction, since she's an adorable little girl with the majority of the show's cutesy moments coming from her.
  • Tear Jerker: Episode 2 has Kanna getting angry at Kobayashi believing she deliberately took Tohru away from her. It's then revealed she was banished from her world after a prank gone wrong and has nowhere else to go. When Kobayashi offers to let her stay at her place, Kanna begins to cry with peaceful music in the background.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Elma seems to be The Rival upon her introduction, but is promptly sidelined to be only an infrequent source of Big Eater jokes. What's worse, Ilulu later usurps her rival role, pushing her even farther into the background. Fortunately, this was balanced out by the reveal that she'd be getting her own Spin-Off.
    • Shouta is a Child Mage who summoned a dragon, the son of Kobayashi's boss, and around the same (human) age as Kanna and Saikawa. This obviously sets up many different interactions with the rest of the cast, and opens up some interesting questions as to how a family of wizards got to Earth and why they're okay with a dragon being around them, and could even shed some light on the dragons' and humans' enmity in the Other World. Instead, he rarely interacts with the rest of the cast and, just like Elma, only gets screentime to be the butt of jokes (in this case, borderline-pedophilic ones).
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Ask around and there is a sizeable camp of people who would have preferred Tohru not be a shapeshifter, focusing instead on the aspects of a human woman living with a gargantuan dragon.
  • Values Dissonance: Again, the scenes with Lucoa and Shouta are much less popular in the United States, where Shotacon isn't exactly a "funny" topic.
  • Vanilla Protagonist:
    • Compared to the dragons, there's not a lot to Kobayashi. However, this ends up being a possible Invoked Trope since the series is all about the extraordinary meeting the ordinary.
    • In a meta sense, this is a lot more downplayed as Kobayashi is rather unusual for a female protagonist: she's slightly older than the average, stoic, work-focused, almost always seen wearing sober, mostly unisex outfits (she rarely wears skirts and often wears a tie), has a taste for beer and maids and is a big Deadpan Snarker. Had Kobayashi been a male character, she and Tohru would be one among the many anime examples of Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl. Being female though, she does make anime viewers give her a second look, even if in the anime itself her normality has a point of working as a foil to the other more fantastic characters.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Prior to his introduction, many people thought that Shouta was a girl because of his hairstyle and due to the fact that he was shown wearing a stereotypical witch hat in the opening (and he's young enough to lack any secondary sexual characteristics).
    • Yana got hit with this as well, due to having long hair and a slender, androgynous figure.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Seven Seas Entertainment rated their translation of the manga as an all-ages title despite all the Fanservice and other content present in the manga. It's not like their translation censored any of it, either.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: From the point of view of the Anime News Network, this series is a covert study of the cultural shock of immigrants in Japan and a study of the problems that a foreigner living in this country would face.
  • The Woobie:
    • Kanna. Already rarely noticed by her parents, she started pulling pranks to try to get attention, but this wound up backfiring and she was banished to Earth. She is emotionally shaken to the point where she can barely trust humans (it took her a bit to trust Kobayashi, and even she said she wouldn't trust anybody on a planet she was new to). It definitely helps she's incredibly adorable.
    • Kobayashi in Episode 13 when Tohru is taken back home by her father. She has a hard time taking care of Kanna while working full-time and she can't even keep her apartment clean while Tohru's gone. The episode shows Kobayashi's pain and depression over losing Tohru and how much she needs her.


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