Have you ever thought about how rude it is for heroes to burst into a dungeon and demand loot from the monsters who are just trying to go about their daily lives? It’s their home, after all, and monsters deserve safe and comfortable living spaces just as much as anyone else. The Spring 2021 anime Dragon Goes House-Hunting expounds on this idea by following Letty, a trash-tier dragon who got kicked out of his house for being too lame, as he teams up with legendary realtor/demon lord Dearia to find a perfect home to suit his specific needs. But how exactly does this play out? and, is it worth watching? Let’s see!
One Giant Video Game/Real Estate Shitpost
The undisputed best part of this anime is its huge repertoire of video game jokes, all filtered through the lens of what it must be like to actually live in a world like that. Any good house for a monster comes equipped with traps to kill those pesky heroes that are constantly hounding them, but since priests can easily resurrect the dead, the same hero party can (and will) chase after rare mobs like Letty over and over again. Ghosts complain about how they’d kill for some KFC when they get bored of saying spooky things, captive coliseum monsters rig their matches and play cards with the prison guards, large creatures can’t build their houses next to smaller dwellings because of "right to light" laws, etc. There are even some not-so-stealthy references to specific games like Monster Hunter and Minecraft! If you’re the kind of person who loves video games, but also has to deal with the mundanity of adult life, this anime’s sense of humor will be right up your alley.
Letty Is a Bit of a Let-Down
While we can’t possibly get enough of the comically serious Dearia or the plucky baby eagle Pip, main character Letty is a bit of a wet blanket (which isn’t great for a red dragon). He can’t fly, breathing fire burns his throat, he relies on others to fight his battles for him, and he isn’t always willing to give new properties an honest try before rejecting them outright. He does step up somewhat once he accepts his role as Pip’s adoptive father, protecting the little guy from would-be poachers and spending what little money he has on special snow for Pip’s nest, but his miniature character arc just doesn’t add a lot to the story. Perhaps a less cowardly protagonist, like the dragon Dearia met long ago, could’ve given this series the kind of solid emotional core that it just doesn’t have right now.
Dragon Goes House-Hunting is a cute little anime that puts a creative spin on the traditional JRPG setting, but it’s unlikely to linger in your mind for longer than it takes to giggle at a few clever jokes and simp over Dearia. Still, you should absolutely give it a watch if you love HGTV and video games!
What did you think of our review? Did you watch Dragon Goes House-Hunting this season? Which home would you like to live in? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!