FANTASY GIRLS – TOP 10 GIRLS OF ANIME (SPECIAL MENTION – CULT & PULP):
LUCOA – MISS KOYABASHI’S DRAGON MAID 2017
Behold the Aztec feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl! Or Lucoa for short. And to paraphrase the old joke about God, she’s blonde.
Yes – something was changed from Aztec mythology in this anime, Miss Koyabashi’s Dragon Maid.
As for the anime itself, TV Tropes summarizes the plot:
“Kobayashi was just a hard-working, otaku software programmer living in Tokyo until one night she got drunk. In her drunken stupor, she climbed a mountain, came across a wounded dragon named Tohru, and pulled a giant, divine sword out of her, saving her life. Before going home, Kobayashi told Tohru she could come live with her if she wanted. When she wakes up the next day, remembering nothing, she rushes off to work and runs into Tohru outside her apartment door. Having heard Kobayashi’s drunken rants about maids, Tohru magically transforms into a mostly-human maid and devotes her life to being Kobayashi’s maid. Knowing nothing about maids or human society, of course.”
So in other words, your standard anime. Additionally, Tohru’s presence attracts other dragons, gods and mythical beings to her new home – which is where Lucoa comes in.
Of course, there’s Tohru herself, a female dragon of the Chaos faction (whatever that is). Like all dragons, she changes to human form, although retaining her horns (which seems to be common throughout dragon shapeshifting) and her literally big-ass tail (less common). In a maid’s uniform, which she conveniently explains away as cosplay.
However, the titular dragon maid Tohru is overshadowed by the divinely voluptuous Lucoa – Aztec dragon goddess, who lost her divine status centuries ago after getting drunk and causing a scandal (much like the Quetzalcoatl of the original mythology). Needless to say, she’s a favorite with fans and cosplayers – with her standard outfit of cap, tank top, shorts, thigh-high socks and shoes.
Of course, this being anime, there’s the ubiquitous beach episode – in which Lucoa wears barely there swimwear and is bounced (literally) from the beach. Twice.
Her most striking feature is her heterochromia – differently colored eyes (although it is hard to notice as she mostly has both eyes or one eye shut), right eye with a blue iris and large yellow pupil, and her left eye with a black-bordered, dark-green iris. What can I say – I’m a sucker for mismatched eyes, in fiction at least.
In the anime, she lives with a boy convinced that she is a succubus after she interrupted his summoning spell to prevent him from summoning a dangerous demon. Mind you, her appearance and behavior doesn’t do much to dispel this belief. A running gag involves him scolding her as “bad demon” whenever he bumps into her bust, which in fairness, seems hard to avoid.
Hmm – I suddenly have a renewed interest in Meso-American deities…