Dragon Goes House-Hunting looks at RPG fantasy with a real estate angle. The result is surprisingly identifiable and, of course, fantastic.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Dragon Goes House-Hunting Episode 1, “A Hoard of Homes,” which is now airing on Funimation.

The fantasy RPG genre is heavily used terrain in manga and anime, but the world is rarely seen from the perspective of fantasy creatures, especially as a series of slices of life. The dragon goes hunting for a house seeks to fill this void using the real estate angle, and in Episode 1, he successfully fills this niche: build a believable world of fantasy creatures, each with their own unique housing needs.

The protagonist of the series is a shy red dragon named Letty who was kicked out of his dragon lair by his father after failing to protect an egg from quest hunters. Letty can’t fly, can’t breathe fire, and has a lower level status in everything, so naturally she doesn’t do well in the ruthless world of dragons. Letty decides to find a home of her own so she can live safely, but doing so in a world that fears her kind is not an easy task.

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Enter real estate guru / architect / elf Dearia. The series features him selling a cave to a pair of giant slimes. They must leave their previous home after their information was published in a Hero magazine, attracting unwanted adventurers. So when they hear about a new house that has a free two-year contract for a cloaking spell, they sell out right away.

This is an incredibly grounded introduction to fantasy real estate. Presenting the concept through a common occurrence: People looking to make big purchases also take advantage of a small discount, but with a fantastic overlap it does a good job of establishing the kind of world we are dealing with. It also introduces a unique problem in Hero magazines. The idea of ​​a Hero magazine causing annoyance is a hilarious yet realistic scare for fantasy creatures who just want to live in peace.

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The heroes themselves are hilarious and annoying and come with their own theme music. Letty meets a group of heroes who openly admit that they just want to kill him for influence. Fortunately, they are also quite incompetent and are easily destroyed by Dearia. But don’t worry, just like in an RPG, the heroes of this world don’t really die, so they’ll be back sooner rather than later.

The series constantly plays on RPG tropes. For example, Letty says that the egg she protects will reappear every time the maps are updated, she has a card that shows her status and abilities like a game, the skill selection screen often pops up to show a character’s movements, Letty He is even aware that his body parts can be turned into an attractive-looking outfit. All the creatures are aware that they live in an RPG fantasy world, which definitely adds to the meta-humor of this series.

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The series also tries to emulate a documentary, the narration is smooth and slow, closer to a documentary on the nature of NHK than a typical anime. This style makes sense as the series tries to explore the different lifestyles and homes of various creatures, so the narrator’s master sound is appropriate. And in true documentary style, the series is already giving us an idea of ​​how vast this world is. In just one episode, we’ve seen the slime houses, dwarfs, harpies, goblins, and even a sahuagin – it’s truly a world full of fantasy and fun.

But given the inclusion of the two distinct styles, the series can often feel disjointed, especially since the main plot hasn’t fully begun. Episode 1 tries to pack too many things at once and the pacing suffers. But there’s no question that the best part of the series is seeing all of the fantasy locations and how they blend in with the seemingly mundane event of home hunting, and this series surely has a lot to offer on this front.

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