Last April, I reviewed the first volume of Dragon Goes House-Hunting, a manga about a… dragon who… goes house-hunting. It’s a pretty self-explanatory title, what can I say. Basically, it’s a slice-of-life-ish story about Letty the cowardly combat-inefficient dragon looking for a home where he’ll be safe from crusading heroes. When I reviewed the first volume, I gave it points for the art and the humor, but dinged it for lack of plot. (Yes, I know I called it a slice-of-life, but as it turns out, Wikipedia classifies it as shonen, so I’m going to bow to its wisdom and judge it like shonen, which means I want a plot, dang it.)
Anyway, I’m now four volumes deep into House-Hunting. How has it progressed? Am I any more content with it now than I was then?
The series hasn’t really changed beyond its introduction. I’m doing this by memory, as it’s been a bit since I read them, but the basic issues of lacking a solid hook to keep me invested is still there. Letty’s situation has developed a bit over the course of volumes 2 and 3, but volume 4 was devoted to the backstory of Dearia the demon lord realtor, moving the pace of current events forward basically not at all. As it stands, the series is up to six volumes in English and seven in Japanese, but I feel no real drive to go read the others.
And that’s a bad thing. That’s a critical mission failure. And it makes me sad, because I don’t want to hit the series with that. I don’t dislike it, unlike some others I could name. But it’s just not cutting it. The plot hasn’t snared me, the characters haven’t hooked me, and there’s nothing really dragging me back in.
Maybe I’ll pick up the next two volumes anyway. Maybe things will kick into high gear and we’ll end up somewhere better. I mean, the series got an anime adaptation that started this year, so someone likes it more than I do. In theory. I’d still say pick up the first volume if it tickles your fancy, but for now, it’s not a series I can wholeheartedly recommend.
What I can recommend much more heartily is My Hero Academia Vigilantes and Witch Hat Atelier, but, in the words of Alton Brown, “that’s another show.”