Dog Days Episode 2
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Series Premise: Dog Days is a 12-episode weekly anime television series started in April 2011, an original project created by Masaki Tsuzuki. Sink is a cheerful junior high school boy with dreams of winning an athletic championship, but is summoned to a magical world where he he is destined to be a Hero, saving a besieged kingdom from invading forces.
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ep. tl;dr review: Sink proves why he was chosen as a hero; Just some harmless, stupid fun.
Episode Summary: The Biscotti Army is on the ropes, and on the cusp of losing the battle. But Sink is now dressed up for battle as he is explained the rules of war. As he faces off the nameless soldiers, he easily turns them into harmless furballs as he advances to meet up with Captain Eclair. However, their personalities clash somewhat as they come up against the powerful Leonmitchelli. But Sink and Eclair team up together to force Leonmitchelli to surrender after she is stripped down to her skivvies. After the battle, Sink explains he should return home, but learns he cannot go back to Earth.
My Impressions: If I had to describe Dog Days in a simple phrase, it would be “harmless, stupid fun”. This is hardly the place to go for hard-hitting action, enticing drama, or mind-bending humor. Nah, it’s just a little bit of spectacle to pass the time.
The battle itself is little more than a mock battle where no one is killed, about as dangerous as your average game of Laser Tag. Or, perhaps Flag Football would be a better analogy. Once tapped on their back or head, or struck with a weapon, the opponent turns into a harmless furball and is out of action. Sink, with his superior acrobatic skills, easily mows a path through the opposing forces, meeting up with his dog-eared-and-tailed tsundere companion, who teaches him how to use magic to mow them down en-masse.
In one aspect, I am somewhat disappointed at the very end. In the first episode, it seemed clear to me that Sink thought the whole set-up was some dreamed-up fantasy. Given that he did not think it was real at all, of course it is easy to agree to become a hero and enter battle — after all, what’s the worst that could happen in a dream? But at the end of this episode, it seems like Sink is taking the news he cannot return home seriously. Sorta changes the whole dynamic, at least from the hero’s point of view.
This episode also introduced a bit of gratuitous fan service as both Eclair and the lioness Leonmitchelli are stripped of their clothing. Mind you, fan service is almost a given in the vast majority of anime shows, so that is not surprising at all. But I am pleased to see it’s more of a “fun” type of fan service (as in a light teasing) rather than the slutty, slightly cringeworthy type of fan service found in some other recent shows such as, say, Freezing. I’m fine with that.
In the end, Dog Days is all light and harmless fun, and I have no problems with the show at all. I don’t begrudge anyone who enjoys Dog Days. But it’s just a “C-grade” show, not really worth seeking out yet not worth avoiding, either. Given that there are so many other shows out there that are better than “C-grade” at this time, I can’t find a reason to keep watching this. Maybe at some point in the future when I’m bored, and have watched everything else…as if that’s ever going to happen.
- My earlier reviews: Episode 1 (May 26th)
- Info resources: My Anime List, Anime News Network, AniDB, and Wikipedia
- This series is not licensed for distribution in the United States.
Sampling of Online Reviews:
- “Great episode from start to finish, and not just because I had a better idea of what to expect from the show. They pretty much dropped the Takeshi’s castle angle and aside from the announcers and people turning into animal balls, this was a knock down drag out fight from start to finish with Shinku vaulting over things, smacking them in the face, and giant energy blasts everywhere.” – Tenka Seiha
- “Daaaaamn, this show is so much fun.” – Sea Slugs!
- “Ok, this show is officially awesome. This is what a fighting show should be like. None of that preachy touchy-feely stuff or people getting hurt. Just hundred kill combos, humongous explosions, and combo attacks from thousands of feet in the air. That’s the kind of fighting show I can get behind.” – Draggle’s Anime Blog
- “As of now it’s just a sports competition with some goofy chibi cats and dogs, along with some magic and superpowers. Watching the sequences in this episode are rather fun, but they don’t really have any sort of deeper meaning or substance to them. This feels a lot like a kids show though, so the lack of a deep plot makes a lot of sense. Grade: 2.8/5.” – Emory Anime Club
ROUND TWO RESULTS FOR SPRING 2011 SHOWS:
Thumbs-up for Round Two: Steins;Gate, Deadman Wonderland, Hanasaku Iroha
Thumbs-down for Round Two: Dog Days
Coming up next (in this order): Moshidora, Ano Hi Mita no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Tiger and Bunny, Fireball Charming, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, A Channel, Sengoku Otome Time Paradox, Nichijou, Yondemasuyo Azazel-san, C: The Money of Soul and Possibility Control, X-Men, Blue Exorcist, Kaiji Season 2, Hyouge Mono, Showa Monogatari, Appleseed XIII, Fujilog