MANGA REVIEW | "Kanna's Daily Life" - Volume Ten
Kanna’s Daily Life isn’t just a mere spinoff of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. Penned by Mitsuhiro Kimura, the stories involving the smol dragon and her friend Saikawa add a lot more layers to their characters. They’re not always perfect adventures, but they manage to stay true to Coolkyousinnjya’s original lore. Volume Ten of Kanna’s Daily Life continues to spread the cuteness and endearing qualities of these two friends.
A great example of Kanna’s can-do attitude appears right at the get-go, when she hears about a summer festival that may not take place. With her wits and knowledge, she and Saikawa find plenty of volunteers in the least-likely of places. It’s when the festival happens when readers see how motivation can help create a beautiful moment wrapped in a fun and festive celebration. Even more heartwarming is Kanna’s reason to make the festival happen, which I won’t spoil here.
But it’s not a Dragon Maid manga without some laughs. Kanna getting her own smartphone shows just how far she’ll go to prove to Miss Kobayashi that’s she’s behaving, to the point where her phone’s drowning in pictures of the mundane things in life. Fafnir takes on a female form to win a video game contest, with Saikawa attempting to beat the dragon at every turn. Perhaps the funniest chapter involves the Seven Wonders of Kanna’s school, with a punchline one won’t expect in the slightest!
However, it’s when Kanna’s Daily Life shows its heart when the best stories are told. Kanna does her best to support Saikawa in a Field Day contest, even if it means having to hold back on her magic. Surprisingly, it’s a story involving Ilulu that winds up being the most endearing, with Kanna making a special outfit for her that she accidentally ruins. With the aid of Saikawa, Georgie, and even Miss Kobayashi, Ilulu musters up the courage to tell Kanna the truth. It results in a good lesson about why friends should always be open and honest with one another, even if it might cause issues.
Perhaps that’s why Kanna’s Daily Life keeps on being a good read. Each volume is filled with lessons that feel akin to children’s television, but with a little grown-up humor that’s true to the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid realm. Yes, it’s definitely the more kid-friendly spinoff, even if it sneaks in something risqué from time-to-time, but the antics of Kanna and Saikawa are both cute and fun to watch unfold. Volume Ten of Kanna’s Daily Life carries on that trend, in ways that’ll make you laugh and feel warm inside.