136th G-View: Dog Days

Hey doods and peeps, welcome to another episode of the G-Views. Here’s a show I wasn’t expecting to be as entertaining as it turned out to be, even with its evident flaws. Let’s walk the dog and  the “hottest days of Summer”, or in this show’s case Spring, in Dog Days.

Important note: For those expecting cat and dog puns, I’ll save you the agony of having to read them and keep them at a bare minimum. Okie dokie, on with the review.

Number of episodes: 13
G-Rating: 7/10
Plot Summary: In the land of Fronaldo, the Republic of Biscotti has been aggressively attacked by the Lion Kingdom of Galette. Facing potential defeat, Princess Millhiore summons a hero who can save the country. What she gets is Izumi Shinku, a middle-school boy from Japan. Awaiting him in Fronaldo is the task of becoming hero enough to defeat his enemies while learning the peculiar rules of battle in this strange new world.
The plot is so classic JRPG fare that I won’t make a “ooh this is lame because it’s cliche” comment.  Why? Because I welcome it, being a JRPG (RPGs in general) fan and all. I also welcome the lighthearted feel the show provided. Seriously I have no need to go into detail on what to expect.  I had a good time watching the show for the most part. It was cool seeing classic one JRPG trait after another. I also liked the Japanese/Italian mix of names and certain pastries used. It’s little things like this that amuse me.
Most of the action scenes, or rather war battles make me think of game show like “American Gladiators” and “I’m on a Japanese Game Show” since they’re like obstacle courses with duels in them, like Dokapon Kingdom. It’s still funny watching deafeated soldiers from both the cat and dog side blow up in puffs of smoke and turn into fur balls with their respective breed’s body parts. The only exception being the show’s official final battle before the 2 part season finale.
I knew that due to the show’s theme of cat and dog people that they’d be using typical gags involving said animals such as playing frisbee, doing basic dog tricks and the most recurring one…petting their head or in a cat’s case, rubbing their bodies for some purrfect action.
Animation: Quite colourful, just the way I like it when watching an Adventure anime. The breast  physics are abnormal as expected but thankfully isn’t pushed down our throats.

Music: Basic RPG music overall with a decent OP/ED and some upbeat Jpop songs sung by Milhi. Good stuff.

Characters: I’ll keep this short by saying that my #1 fav character on the show is of course Leonmitchelli Galette des Rois.

Besides being a badass in combat and her voice actress giving her a mature voice, I’m attracted to her for some reason and no it’s not just because of her large rolled up yarn balls…okay maybe they do play a large role but seriously she is one tough chew toy on the battlefield. A woman who is at least 5 feet wielding an axe. Good stuff.

Next up is the male lead, Cinque (5) Izumi, who reminds me of the following person, personality, charisma, fan demographic and stamina:

Jokes aside, #5 is your basic Chosen One type character. He’s inexplicably athletic, learns special moves quickly, fearless, good with the ladies (Even the stereotypical tsundere…of course). Thankfully the most important belle femme isn’t charmed by his fiveness.

I could talk about the other characters but really there isn’t much to say since they all fit a specific stereotype of sorts. the positive thing is that none of them are annoying (At least I wasn’t annoyed by them).

Like I said above, for the most part the show was fine and dandy…until the two part season finale. I have a few complaints about these two episodes:

1: Did you REALLY need two episodes to illustrate this occasion?

2: The Disney-esque Deus Ex Machina. Seriously, W..T…H?! I know this is meant to be a lighthearted kids show with some mild fanservice here and there (Yes, a nude body with breasts covered by the person’s hair and big boobs are mild in this case since they aren’t excessively used…though the same gag 3 times was a bit bothersome) but C’MON! Doods, this is NOT old school Disney! I could go on and on about how much the ending pissed me off but it no longer matters.

I have a few requests for the 2nd season that I’m definitely sure the writers will be stupid enough to piss me off with by not fulfilling:

1: ABSOLUTELY NO HAREMS OR LOVE TRIANGLES!

2: Tag team with 5’s senior. She was cool for the very short screen time she got.

3: Leo continues being the best character and doesn’t end up becoming “another victim”.

4: The source of darkness will be revealed.

5: Bacon and eggs served for breakfast per break time episode.

For the writers’ sake, they had better not piss me off.

In conclusion: Complaints aside, this was a more fun than expected show that proves you don’t always need death, angst and emoness to make an entertaining show. I don’t know why this show is called a ripoff, clone or whatever, I enjoyed it and don’t regret having watched. I’ll check out the 2nd season for sure…just remember my warning writers…The OG-Man will be watching you..or else, The G-empire’s comin’ for ya suckas!

Oops, almost forgot. If you’re neither a fan of classic JRPG scripts or have an allergy towards animal themed humans, then you know where the doggie door is.

I should REALLY spank myself with a paddle in the ass for what I’m about to do next but…the internet meme virus has infected me for one review.

The answer to the question is Michael Vick.

Hehe, another anime that has nothing to do with Halloween…unless you count going trick or treating as a cat/dog person. Dang, I didn’t know this poster was this big. Oh dear.

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12 Responses to 136th G-View: Dog Days

  1. feal87 says:

    It was a cute series on the overall outlook, but still somehow boring along the road as everything looked like “old”. 😛

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  2. Subarashikun says:

    Looks like i found a rival for Asobi ni Ikuyo! haha get it? its cuz of Cats VS Dogs thing? anyways “Old themed” Anime isn’t that bad and I agree with OG the “New Shit pisses me off sometimes”… Looking like “old” works for Dog Days thats why its a good watch right OG-sama?

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I never said the animation looked old, I meant the plot, character archetypes and settings were old school. Other than that, I think you get what I mean.

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      • Subarashikun says:

        Haha my bad, for me the animation looked the same as of the Anime before so you know i consider it old. Anyway now that I see your point The plot and the types of characters are indeed repetitive from the other anime.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      It’s a very recent anime that was released this year, just like Asobi ni Ikuyo. Yes AnI came out last year but that doesn’t make it old. Old refers to 1990’s or lower. Anyway, yes I was talking about the plot being cliche, yet not bad at all.

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  3. tsurugiarashix says:

    Did well for a while, but sort of fell off the track near the end. Was not all that good as I hope, but definitely not terrible. I did notice some discontinuity with the whole “prophecy”, so hopefully Season 2 will take care of that little tidbit.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      I never bothered with continuity to be honest and I wasn’t expecting anything great. That’s why I had fun till the 2 part finale downright made me rip my hair from my head. Anyway, DD2 should be fun as well.

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  4. Lance Masters says:

    Youtube video needs update

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  5. SilverFox says:

    I’m pretty sure you may have looked this up already but one of your fave voice actresses that you mention frequently, Aoi Yuuki, does Couverts voice in S2. I’ve come to find I absolutely adore every character she does regardless of which anime it is.

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