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 Coolkyoushinja. The series began serialization in Futabasha's Monthly Action magazine in May 2013, and is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. A spin-off manga by Mitsuhiro Kimura began serialization in Monthly Action in December 2016. An anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between January and April 2017. For the sake of your sanity, however, it is best to pretend this show does not exist.
Dragon Tales is based on the characters created in 1978 by Laguna Beach, California artist and retired educator Ron Rodecker, who was recovering from a coronary artery bypass graft when he began sketching dragons as a means of symbolizing forces in life that were too big to control. In 1997, Jim Coane, then a producer at Columbia TriStar Television, found the artwork and developed it into a television series with several writers. Coane then brought the project to the Children's Television Workshop, where Marjorie Kalins helped him and Columbia TriStar Television obtain a grant from the Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The grant proposal was written by Wesley Eure. As Columbia TriStar was the TV division of two major Hollywood film studios, which in turn were owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, this made Dragon Tales the one of the few PBS Kids programs to be co-produced by a major Hollywood studio's TV subsidiary. The other PBS shows made by a major Hollywood studio were Bill Nye The Science Guy (made by Walt Disney Television) and Curious George (produced by Universal Television) In 2002, C-T was renamed to Sony Pictures Television, a company that would co-produce the third season of the program. Coane was the executive producer for the first two seasons.
Show premise and overview
As office worker Kobayashi gets ready for work, she is greeted by a large dragon right outside her front door. The dragon immediately transforms into a young human female 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 claims 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 had offered to let the dragon stay at her home and become her personal maid, to which she agreed. As Kobayashi had forgotten her drunken offering, she is initially reluctant to allow the dragon into her home despite her previous promise, but a mix of guilt and the usefulness of Tohru's dragon abilities convinces Kobayashi to accept her. Despite being efficient at housework, Tohru's unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up scaring Kobayashi and bringing more trouble than help. Additionally, Tohru's presence attracts other dragons, gods and mythical beings to her new home.
- Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura (Japanese); Leah Clark (English)
- A normal programmer and office worker who suddenly finds herself living with a dragon after removing a divine sword from it on a drunken night. While typically stoic and kind-hearted, she can get wild when drunk and has a particular fascination with maids. She is occasionally mistaken as a boy, due to her lack of feminine features, particularly her delicious flat chest.
- Voiced by: Yūki Kuwahara (Japanese); Sarah Wiedenheft (English)
- A female dragon of the Chaos faction who is capable of utilising magic to perform such tasks as "perception-blocking", repairing damage she may have caused, or transforming into a human girl. After her life is saved by Kobayashi, she falls in love with her and starts living in her flat as a maid. She usually retains her horns when changing into human shape, and occasionally retains her tail. She is commonly mistaken for a cosplayer due to her attire. A running gag involves her attempting to feed Kobayashi pieces of her tail (which she can regenerate) with her cooking as a sign of affection.
- Voiced by: Maria Naganawa (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
- Tohru's friend from the dragon realm who was exiled from her world for pulling too many pranks on other dragons and wound up living with Kobayashi as well. She is very young by dragon standards, equivalent to a primary school student at Oborozuka Elementary School (朧ズカ 小学校 Oborozuka Shōgakkō), which she attends as a third grade student bearing Kobayashi's surname. She initially assumes that Kobayashi seduced Tohru into staying and wanted her to return to their original world. She grows increasingly attached to Kobayashi as the series progresses, viewing her as a mother figure. Kanna's basis and tribal attire are inspired by the culture of the indigenous natives of Hokkaido and claims to be from Ushishir. She bears feather-like horns and a thin tail ending in a bulb, and is capable of recharging her depleted magical energy with electricity. Of all the characters in the entire show, she has the largest amount of lewd fan art, despite explicit instruction to not draw lewd fan art of her.
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- Voiced by: Yūki Takada (Japanese); Rachel Glass (English)
- A water dragon belonging to the Order faction, rival to Tohru's Chaos faction, who ends up working alongside Kobayashi at her office after getting stuck in the human world. She is as powerful as she is diligent and driven, but also naive, indecisive, and easily swayed by food (primarily sweets) due to her low income. Her human form is distinguished by purple hair, a horn, and wielding a trident; "Elma Joui" is the identity she uses while in Kobayashi's workplace.
- Voiced by: Minami Takahashi (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
- An Aztec dragon goddess and another friend of Tohru, who lost her divine status centuries ago after getting drunk and causing a scandal involving her younger sister, much like the Quetzalcoatl of the original mythology. She is often referred to as Lucoa (from "lcoa" of the deity's name presumably because it is easier to say) and Tohru sees her as a source of wisdom but will sometimes casually reference the events in her past, much to Lucoa's embarrassment. She lives with Shouta after she interrupted his summoning spell to prevent him from summoning a dangerous demon, causing him to mistakenly believe she is a succubus. Lucoa appears in her human form as a tall, well-endowed woman with striking heterochromia. She often becomes overly affectionate with Shouta, scaring him, and having others mark her as a pervert.
- Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (Japanese); Garret Storms (English)
- Another old friend of Tohru, he is a male dragon with a strong distrust for humans which leads to him questioning much of Tohru's actions and ideals in his earlier appearances. He shares some resemblance to the traits of his namesake, such as his cold demeanour and disdainful mentality. He appears as a refined young man with long black hair and red eyes in his human form. After Tohru's attempts to find him a place to stay (under the name Takeshi Ooyama), Fafnir eventually comes to live with Takiya, becoming obsessed with video games and popular culture.
- Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (Japanese); Jeff Johnson (English)
- Kobayashi's co-worker who is initially believed by Tohru to be a rival for Kobayashi's affections, but is really just an otaku who thinks of Kobayashi as "one of the guys" and likes to talk about maids with her. Kobayashi helps him set up during Comiket every year. Fafnir eventually decides to live with him in the human world due to his enormous game and manga collection.
Each of the following have appeared more than once:
- Arlo, a dragon who works at the Dragon Dump; he has a machine at the Dragon Dump which he calls his lil' ol' recycler that sorts out things that can be used again. (Scott McNeil)
- Dr. Booboogone, a veteran pink dragon who works as a doctor. She wears a doctor's coat. (Shirley Milliner)
- Captain Scallywag, a pirate who captains a flying galleon. (Scott McNeil)
- Chilly, a living snowman who lives on top of the Stickleback Mountains with his snowdog Nippy. (French Tickner)
- Cyrus, a conniving lizard-like "slinky serpent"; a minor antagonist in the show he often tries to steal others' eggs to eat. (Ian James Corlett)
- Eunice, a winged unicorn. She can't see very well, so she wears glasses. (Janyse Jaud)
- Finn, voiced by Ellen Kennedy, is Cassie's younger brother. He is light blue, toddler-aged, attached to his blankie, and only just learning to fly. He is prone to tantrums when upset.
- The Giant of Nod, leader of a group called the Nodlings. While much bigger than his fellow Nodlings, he is smaller than any of the main characters, but is enormously strong. (Blu Mankuma)
- Lorca, voiced by Lenore Zann, is Max, Emmy, Zak, Wheezie, Ord, and Cassie's friend. He is on a wheelchair and is incapable of flight. Despite his physical limitations, however, Lorca enjoys participating in adventures and sports activities and encourages his friends to think of new ways to do things.
- Kiki, Cassie's younger sister. Kiki is green. She seems slightly younger than Finn and still drinks from a bottle. She is attached to her "squishy," an oddly shaped fruit that she enjoys squeezing. (Ellen Kennedy)
- Mungus, a giant who lives in a castle in the clouds; he knows many folks in Dragon Land since he can travel far and wide in just a few steps. (Garry Chalk)
- Mr. Pop, a gnome-like character that steals Wheezie's laugh with his sound switcher. (Ian James Corlett)
- Priscilla, the manager at the lost and found, who during her first appearance, was feeling embarrassed because her wings (often called "feathers") were bigger than those of other dragons. She eventually realized that boy dragons like girl dragons with big wings and raises her self-esteem. (Erin Fitzgerald)
- Polly Nimbus, the operator of the cloud Factory, which controls Dragon Land's weather. Her surname is a pun off of nimbus clouds. (Kathleen Barr)
- Sid Sycamore, voiced by Scott McNeil, is a talking tree who loves telling jokes that relate to the concept of trees; the dragons' tree house is attached to him. When upset, the children will sometimes go to talk to him to be cheered up by his jokes.
- Wyatt, a talking wishing well that immediately grants any wish for a single coin. Often tells stereotypically bad puns. He is old friends with Quetzal. Whenever coins pile up too high, he knows it is time for them to be emptied and taken to the First Dragon Land Bank. Earlier in the series, he was called Willy. (Doug Parker)
- Emmy and Max's parents, they are not seen in the series, but their voices are often heard off-screen in most episodes. They call out to Emmy and Max from downstairs at the beginning or end of an episode. Their mom is voiced by Kathleen Barr, and their dad is voiced by Eli Gabay.
Places in Dragon Land
Dragon Land is the fantasy world where the majority of the show takes place. It is home to numerous colorful, anthropomorphic dragons and many other fantastical creatures. Max and Emmy travel to Dragon Land by holding an enchanted dragon scale while reciting the rhyme: "I wish, I wish, with all my heart, to fly with dragons in a land apart." The scale then teleports them to Dragon Land. It appears that it does not matter who does or doesn't say the rhyme, as long as at least one person says it; whever is holding the dragon scale while they say the rhyme will be teleported with them. Returning home from Dragon Land is done in the same fashion, although no dragon scale is needed. The rhyme is: "I wish, I wish, to use this rhyme, to go back home until next time." The person reciting the rhyme, as well as all those holding their hand, will be transported back to where the reciter said the rhyme that took them to Dragon Land.
- Basketball Court – For one episode, Emmy and Max and the dragons come here for a game of basketball.
- Chile Valley – A valley with lots of tasty, yet spicy chilly peppers, which are red in color and resemble dragonberries.
- The Cloud Factory – Where a dragon named Polly Nimbus manufactures rain clouds, snow clouds, etc., and ejects them into the sky as needed.
- Crystal Cave – A giant, crystallized cave where crystals are stored and special crystals dance, with the aid of water from Singing Springs, and some Dandelion fuzzies from the Dandelion Forest.
- Crystal Fountain – A fountain inside Crystal Cave for cleaning.
- Dandelion Forest – A forest made of dandelions that actually roar and growl like real lions, and are as tall as trees. Ord is so allergic to dandelions that when he sneezes in front of the dandelions, he usually does so with an incredible force that the dandelions lose their seeds and turn sad.
- Dragon Beaver Dam – A dam where the dragonbeavers reside.
- Dragon Dump – The place where the citizens of Dragon Land send their garbage to be recycled or disposed of. It's run by a dragon named Arlo.
- Dragoon Lagoon – A large lagoon seen in many episodes. It is home to creatures called silliguanas and hissyfish. It even has a plug at the bottom just like a bathtub.
- Dragon Land Laundry – A place where dragons do laundry.
- Dr. BoobooGone's office – Where dragons go when sick or hurt.
- The Forest of Darkness – A large forest that holds trees with glowing stars, but is very dark. Ord is very afraid of this forest because of its darkness and other things that inhabit this strange Forest.
- Lost Forever Hole – A small tunnel formed by a river. According to Ord, anything that flows on the river through the hole is "lost forever". Because it isn't really explored, it is unknown if this is true or not.
- Marshmallow Marsh – A swamp full of sticky marshmallow goo, which is almost impossible to clean off and it is near Mushroom Meadow.
- Mushroom Meadow – A large field of mushrooms with "bouncy" tops. The dragons and the children often play there.
- The Knuckerhole , Zak & Wheezie's home. Of course, there are also lots of other knuckerholes all over Dragonland.
- Rainbow Canyon – A canyon with pigments that make paint. When it rains, the pigments turn to mud.
- Rainbow Falls – A waterfall where there are always rainbows.
- The School in the Sky – The school where the dragon children are taught by Quetzal.
- Singing Springs – A gold fountain that plays music. It is seen in the opening and closing of the Dragon Tunes segment.
- Stickleback Mountains – Another mountain range, with colored sticks that have to be pulled out carefully.
- Snowy Summit – A frigid, snow-covered mountain range, where Chilly the Snowman and his snow puppy Nippy live.
- Treasure Trove – A cave where dragons keep their treasure it's guarded by a magic door located in knuckerhole.
- Turtle Rock – A rock that is shaped like a turtle.
- Wyatt the Wishing Well – A well where dragons or people can make wishes, which actually come true if they flip a coin into the well. The well is inhabited by a purple walrus named Wyatt (named Willy in his first appearances) who laughs at lame jokes.
Dragon Tales premiered on PBS Kids on September 6, 1999 with the episode "To Fly with Dragons / The Forest of Darkness." The installment introduced the characters of Max and Emmy to Dragon Land after discovering a magical dragon scale in their new home and to their new dragon friends. In the first half, they discovered Ord's missing tooth, while the adventures continued in the second story with Ord facing his fear of the dark. A total of forty episodes were aired in the first season, with the finale airing on April 28, 2000. The show's second season premiered on June 4, 2001 and had 25 episodes. 20 of these episodes were broadcast from June 4, 2001 to September 20, 2001. The final installment of this set, "Just the Two of Us / Cowboy Max," was broadcast only in non-U.S. markets such as Guam and Canada and did not premiere to U.S. audiences until the program's third season, though "Cowboy Max" was released on DVD prior to this. The special "Let's Start a Band!," featuring the dragon characters blended with live humans in a musical show based on the program's "Dragon Tunes" segments, was released on March 2, 2003. Following this, no new episodes were aired until February 21, 2005, leading many long-time viewers to believe the program had been quietly canceled. The new season introduced the new character Enrique, an immigrant from Colombia, as well as an updated focus on folk songs and teaching of Spanish. The premiere installment, in two parts, showed Enrique being introduced to the sights and sounds of Dragon Lands, learning to fly on Zak & Wheezie, and having his first adventure. The second half appeared as "The Mystery of the Missing Knuckerholes" in some listings, but on the program was simply titled as Part 2 of the episode. Though 29 episodes were broadcast, including "Just the Two of Us / Cowboy Max," with few exceptions only one story from each was original, while the others were a repeat of a story from the second season, easily identifiable by the absence of Enrique.
The program's first musical album, Dragon Tunes, was released on March 20, 2001 and featured the character themes of Cassie and Ord, as well as tunes such as "Betcha Can," the "Wiggle Song" and "Shake Your Dragon Tail." A second album, More Dragon Tunes, was issued on February 15, 2005. This album introduced the character theme of Zak & Wheezie, as well as a number of new tunes introduced in the program's second and third seasons, including "Hola," "Make a New Friend" and remixes of two previous themes, "Shake Your Dragon Tail" and "Dance."
Throughout its history, a number of tie-in book releases were printed, some based on installments of the television program, others not. These included Cassie Loves a Parade, Ord Makes a Wish and Taking Care of Quetzal.
The wraparound cover of the fourth volume of the series revealed that an anime television series adaptation had been greenlit. The series was directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto at Kyoto Animation and aired in Japan between 11 January and 6 April 2017. Yuka Yamada supervised the scripts, Miku Kadowaki served as character designer, Nobuaki Maruki served as chief animation director, and the music was composed by Masumi Itō. Crunchyroll simulcast the series as it aired while Funimation released an English dubbed version from 1 February 2017. An original video animation episode was released on the seventh Blu-ray/DVD compilation volume on 20 September 2017. The opening theme is "Aozora no Rhapsody" (青空のラプソディ, "Blue Sky Rhapsody") by Fhána, and the ending theme is "Ishukan Communication" (イシュカン・コミュニケーション, "Interspecies Communication") by Yūki Kuwahara, Maria Naganawa, Minami Takahashi, and Yūki Takada.
|Original air date|
|1||"The Strongest Maid in History, Tohru! (Well, She is a Dragon)"|
"Shijō Saikyō no Meido, Tōru! (Mā Doragon desukara)" (史上最強のメイド、トール! (まあドラゴンですから))
|11 January 2017|
|Following a hangover, office worker Kobayashi is approached by a dragon named Tohru, who states that she had saved her life the previous night and offered to let her live with her as a maid. While initially reluctant to do so, Kobayashi decides to let Tohru stay with her after she helps her get to work on time, though quickly finds Tohru lacks experience as a maid. As Kobayashi goes to work the next day, Tohru stays to watch over her apartment, defending it from two burglars. Later, Tohru becomes jealous of Kobayashi's co-worker, Makoto Takiya, only to find he is nothing more than a drinking buddy and fellow maid otaku. Afterwards, Tohru uses her magic to blast the clouds blocking the sun so the laundry will dry faster, attracting the attention of another small dragon.|
|2||"Second Dragon, Kanna! (We're Totally Spoiling Here)"|
"Dai-Ni no Doragon, Kanna! (Netabare Zenkai desu ne)" (第二のドラゴン、カンナ! (ネタバレ全開ですね))
|18 January 2017|
|Kobayashi goes with Tohru to the shopping district, finding she is quite friendly with the people there even after stopping a pickpocket with extreme force. Later, Kobayashi is approached by Tohru's friend from the dragon world, Kanna Kamui, who was exiled for pulling pranks. As Kanna lacks the magic needed to return home, Kobayashi offers to let her stay with her as well. Finding Tohru and Kanna's level of "playing around" to be a bit too extreme, Kobayashi teaches them how to have fun on a human scale. While Kobayashi is at work, Tohru attempts to teach Kanna what she knows about the human world, explaining how she wants to repay her debt to Kobayashi.|
|3||"Start of a New Life! (That Doesn't Go Well, Of Course)"|
"Shin Seikatsu, Hajimaru! (Mochiron Umaku Ikimasen)" (新生活,はじまる！ (もちろんうまくいきません))
|25 January 2017|
|Realising there is not enough room for herself and two dragons, Kobayashi decides to buy a larger apartment with a separate bedroom for Tohru and Kanna. Bothered by the loud noises from her new neighbors during a hangover, Kobayashi sends Tohru to try and get them to be more quiet, ultimately coming up with a more peaceful solution herself. Later, Kobayashi holds a party at her apartment, with Tohru inviting her fellow dragons, the cynical Fafnir and the well-endowed Quetzalcoatl, known as Lucoa for short.|
|4||"Kanna Goes to School! (Not That She Needs To)"|
"Kanna, Gakkō ni Iku! (Sono Hitsuyō wa Nain desu ga)" (カンナ,学校に行く! (その必要はないんですが))
|1 February 2017|
|Noticing Kanna staring longingly at passing students, Kobayashi and Tohru make arrangements for her to go to school, going with her to buy some supplies. On her first day of school, Kanna manages to make some friends, including classmate Riko Saikawa, while also receiving a keychain from Kobayashi. Later, Riko impulsively challenges some park-hogging delinquents to a game of dodgeball, prompting Tohru and the other dragons to join her team. After wiping the floor with the other team, the dragons decide to go against each other in a no-holds-barred battlefield.|
|5||"Tohru's Real World Lessons! (She Thinks She Understands It Already)"|
"Tōru no Shakai Benkyō! (Honnin wa Dekiteru Tsumori desu)" (トールの社会勉強！（本人は出来てるつもりです）)
|8 February 2017|
|Using her perception blocking magic, Tohru sneaks into Kobayashi's office to see how she does her job, taking vengeance against a pushy chief when he keeps forcing Kobayashi to do his work for him. Later, Tohru helps Fafnir look for a place to live after he decides to stay in the human world, eventually setting him up to live with Makoto. After seeing a spoon bending magic trick on television, Tohru and Kanna go through a rather pointless training regime to learn how to do it themselves.|
|6||"Home Visit! (And Homes Not Visited)"|
"Otaku Hōmon! (Shitenai Otaku Mo Arimasu)" (お宅訪問！（してないお宅もあります）)
|15 February 2017|
|Riko invites Kanna, Tohru, and Kobayashi to her house to meet her maid fanatic sister, Georgie. While the others talk about maids, Kanna and Riko get awfully close while playing games together. Later, Lucoa informs the others that she is now living with a young mage named Shōta Magatsuchi after she showed up during a demon summoning ritual. She brings Kobayashi and Tohru over to Shouta's house to try and prove that she isn't actually a demon, but her attempts to prove herself worthy of staying fail to convince him otherwise. Meanwhile, Fafnir gets used to living with Makoto as they spend most of their time playing games together.|
|7||"Summer's Staples! (The Fanservice Episode, Frankly)"|
"Natsu no Teiban! (Butchake Tekoire-kai desu ne)" (夏の定番！（ぶっちゃけテコ入れ回ですね）)
|22 February 2017|
|Kobayashi and the others take a trip to the beach, where Tohru asks Kobayashi about her family while worrying about her own. Later, as Kobayashi and Tohru are called over to help Makoto sell his dōjinshi at Comiket, they discover that many of the cosplayers attending the event are actually magical creatures from Tohru's world using the opportunity of being surrounded by cosplayers to enjoy being in their real forms without attracting unwanted attention.|
|8||"New Dragon, Elma! (She's Finally Appearing, Huh?)"|
"Aratanaru Doragon, Eruma! (Yatto Detekimashita ka)" (新たなるドラゴン、エルマ! (やっと出てきましたか))
|1 March 2017|
|Kobayashi and Tohru challenge each other to a cook-off to decide who will make a lunchbox for Kanna's field trip, with Tohru ultimately getting disqualified for using an otherworldly fruit for dessert. Later that night, Tohru's rival from an opposing faction, Elma, comes to try and force Tohru to return home, but Tohru puts an abrupt end to their battle. Unable to return back to her world, Elma begins working under Kobayashi at her company, prompting some jealousy from Tohru.|
|9||"Sports Festival! (There's No Twist or Anything)"|
"Undōkai! (Hineri mo Nani mo Nai desu ne)" (運動会! (ひねりも何もないですね))
|8 March 2017|
|Kanna becomes downhearted when Kobayashi mentions she can't attend her school's sports festival due to work. Upon noticing Kanna hold back her selfishness after seeing how hard she works, Kobayashi works overtime in order to get the day off for the sports festival. During the festival, Kanna, Riko, and Shouta all take part in various events. During the final relay race, Riko falls behind after dropping her baton, but Kanna makes up the lost distance and wins the festival for her class.|
|10||"Troupe Dragon, On Stage! (They Had A Troupe Name, Huh)"|
"Gekidan Doragon, On Sutēji! (Gekidan-mei Attan desu ne)" (劇団ドラゴン, オンステージ! (劇団名あったんですね))
|15 March 2017|
|In the run-up to Christmas, Tohru is asked by one of the shopping district's retailers to put on a Christmas show for the elderly after he injures himself. Following Riko's suggestion, Tohru and the others decide to put on a play of The Little Match Girl, with Kanna cast in the lead role. Feeling the story wouldn't be interesting enough as it is, the dragons take some creative liberties with the script, resulting in an over-the-top story involving magical girls and demon lords that nonetheless proves a hit with the audience. Afterwards, Kobayashi and Tohru take in a Christmas flight, where they exchange presents.|
|11||"Year End, New Year! (No Comiket Bit This Time)"|
"Nenmatsu Nenshi! (Komike Neta Arimasen)" (年末年始! (コミケネタありません))
|22 March 2017|
|With the end of the year approaching, Kobayashi and the others spend most of their time relaxing under a kotatsu they had won in a lottery. On New Year's Eve, everyone gets together at the shrine to see the new year in before returning to Kobayashi's apartment to watch the first sunrise.|
|12||"Tohru and Kobayashi's Impactful Meeting! (We're Raising The Bar On Ourselves)"|
"Tōru to Kobayashi, Kandō no Deai! (Jibun de Hādoru Agetemasu ne)" (トールと小林、感動の出会い！(自分でハードル上げてますね))
|29 March 2017|
|While Tohru prepares a special omurice for dinner, Kobayashi recalls the night she first met Tohru. After getting drunk and winding up in the mountains, Kobayashi came across Tohru, saving her life by pulling a holy sword out of her back, which Tohru says is only possible because Kobayashi does not believe in God, or the attempt would have killed her. After bonding with each other over drinks and realizing they were both alone, Kobayashi invited Tohru to stay with her as a maid. Later, Tohru tells Kobayashi about a human bandit she had met while in the dragon world, who influenced her to choose her own freedom and become a maid. Meanwhile, another dragon enters the human world.|
|13||"Emperor of Demise Arrives! (It Was the Final Episode Before We Knew It)"|
"Shūentei, Kuru! (Kigatsukeba Saishukai desu)" (終焉帝, 来る! (気がつけば最終回です))
|6 April 2017|
|As Tohru is faced with the inner turmoil over what would happen if she were to become separated from Kobayashi, her father, the Emperor of Demise, suddenly appears and drags her back to her world. After Kanna informs her that Tohru will likely be unable to return, Kobayashi struggles to get used to a life without Tohru. Some time later, Tohru escapes the other world to reunite with Kobayashi, but is quickly pursued by her father. Noticing Tohru's wishes to stay by her side, Kobayashi stands up to her father despite his overwhelming strength. Encouraged by Kobayashi's resolve, Tohru prepares to confront her father in battle, but Kobayashi gets between them, asking the father to have faith in his daughter's wishes and convincing him to leave her be. As life returns to normal, Kobayashi invites Tohru and Kanna to meet her parents.|
|14 (OVA)||"Valentine's Day, Followed By Hot Springs! (Please Don't Expect Much)"|
"Barentain, Soshite Onsen! (Anmari Kitai Shinaide Kudasai)" (バレンタイン、そして温泉！（あんまり期待しないでください）)
|20 September 2017|
|On Valentine's Day, Tohru attempts to give Kobayashi some chocolates containing a love potion, but she quickly sees through her plan. However, Kobayashi ends up eating some of it after mistaking it for chocolate Kanna received, although the love potion gets cancelled out by some alcohol that was included in the chocolate. Later, Makoto invites everyone on a trip to a hot spring inn, where Tohru gives Kobayashi some regular chocolates.|
Music and songs
Dragon Tales featured an original score composed by Jim Latham and Brian Garland. Each episode also included an interstitial segment between story airings known as "Dragon Tunes," featuring a song either based on one of the characters of the show, or designed to teach a lesson, such as "Stretch!", which encouraged viewers to reach forward for their goals and "When You Make a New Friend," which espoused the joys of forming a new friendship. The songs were released on the albums Dragon Tunes and More Dragon Tunes.
On December 16, 2000, a tie-in video game: Dragon Tales: Dragon Wings, was issued for Game Boy Color. Issued by NewKidCo, the game allowed players to take on the role of a novice dragon that was learning the secrets of flight at Quetzal's School in the Sky. Players moved through 15 levels of obstacles available in three difficulty levels. Reviews were mixed at Amazon.com, with an overall rating of 3/5 stars from ten reviewers. Many praised the graphics and fun of the game, but also felt that the game was too challenging for most younger players and did not offer much educational value.
On July 28, 2004, a second video game titled Dragon Tales: Dragon Adventures was released for Game Boy Color. Also issued by NewKidCo, the game included journeys to familiar locations from the show including the Stickleback Mountains, the Singing Springs and Crystal Caverns. The game included multiple skill settings and the option to play as Cassie, Ord, Emmy or Max, the title having been issued before the addition of Enrique to the series.
The show's official website also includes a number of tie-in games, such as "Finn's Word Game" and "Dragonberry Surprise."
In addition to the various books, music albums and video game releases, numerous merchandise items featuring the characters of Dragon Tales were made available for purchase throughout the program's run. A total of six different designs featuring scenes from the program were featured on Welch's jam jars. An official board game for the series titled Dragon Tales: A Dragon Land Adventure, featured obstacles and memory games, with the goal of completing a puzzle. It was released by University Games and overall reviews were generally positive, though also expressed that the game was not very challenging. Other merchandise released for the series included plush toys for most of the major characters, such as Cassie and Quetzal, though Enrique, seen only in the program's third season, was never released in plush form and was largely absent from merchandise releases.
Dragon Tales Live!
Dragon Tales Live! was a musical stage show featuring the characters and concepts of the show. It toured nationally in the United States. It featured performers playing the dragons in full body costumes and two real children in each production playing the roles of Max and Emmy. Shows included the "Missing Music Mystery" and "The Riddle of Rainbow River." Dragon Tales Live! toured from January 2002 till at least March 2006. The program was never modified to include the character of Enrique, who was not added until the program's final season, one year before productions of the stage show ended.
- 2000 Parents' Choice Silver Award Winner
- 2001 Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner (for "Dragon Tales: Dragon Tunes" CD)
- 2003 Parents' Choice Silver Award Winner (for "Let's Start a Band" video)
- 2005 Parents' Choice Approved Award Winner (for "Dragon Tales: More Dragon Tunes" CD)
The series was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Children's Animated Program in 2001, 2002 and 2003, but did not win any. Kathleen Barr and Jason Michas also received Annie Award nominations in 2000 for their performances of Zak and Wheezie.
- Dragon Tales at the Internet Movie Database
- Dragon Tales at the TV.com
- Dragon Tales at Sprout Online (Replicates much of the content originally found at the PBSKids official website)
- Parent Tales from Dragon Tales on the official PBS website
- Sony Pictures Television official Dragon Tales page, available on Internet Archive (DVD Series)
- Dragon Tales - "A Magical World of Rainbow Rivers and Talking Trees", archive, on Sesame Workshop's official website
- Detail account of series' genesis
- PBS official website (Internet Archive, partially functional, circa introduction of Enrique)
- Official website of Dragon Tales Live stage show (Internet Archive)
- Sesame Workshop official site as it appeared at CTW.org