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Dog Days August 2, 2011

Posted by coolmikeol in Anime, Games.
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Dog Days is an anime that takes place in a fantasy world apart from our own. The plot is somewhat similar to Zero no Tsukaima. Here is a quick synposis of Doy Days (from Wikipedia):

Cinque Izumi is a cheerful and athletic half-Japanese, half-English boy who studies at Kinokawa International School in Japan, and has a normal life everyday until he suddenly got summoned to the alternate world of Flonyard (フロニャルド Furonyarudo?). The people there look no different from humans, except for one thing; they have animal ears and tails. The one who summoned him is Millhiore, the dog-like Princess of the Biscotti Republic (ビスコッティ共和国?), who requested his assistance in their war against the forces of the feline-like Galette Lion Army (ガレット獅子団領 Garetto Shishi Gundan?).

After responding to Millhiore’s plea, he receives a sacred weapon, the Palladion (パラディオン Paradion?), and is appointed as a Hero to fight for Biscotti in a war that unlike the ones in Earth, is waged with special rules and no casualties, in a fashion similar to a sports competition with the purpose to raise funds for the Kingdoms involved, where the winner faction claims a larger sum than the losing side. After winning his first battle for Biscotti, Cinque learns that when a hero is summoned into Flonyard he becomes unable to return to his homeworld, a fact that Millhiore also was unaware of.

The scientists of Biscotti promise to Cinque to find a way for him to return home in 16 days, the remaining time until his meeting with his friend Rebecca Anderson whom he promised to spend the last three days of his Spring Break with. Until then, he decides to keep serving Millhiore as Biscotti’s hero.

Doy Days in the beginning is very much like the beginning of Zero no Tsukaima, where a boy from Earth’s Japan is forcibly summoned/teleported to another world that is in a Middle Ages fantasy world setting, complete with floating islands and Chocobos. But that is pretty much the only similarity that Dog Days has to Zero no Tsukaima. When Cinque arrives in Flonyard, a war is going on, but this war is not one where each side is trying to kill one another, its more like a contest of sorts to see who can conquer the other. This is what initially turned me off from watching the show beyond the first episode. Because apparently there was some magic over the land that prevented the people of Flonyard getting injured in battle, it seemed a bit foolish to me for them to summon someone just for the sake of a false war that had no real danger. I felt that if they needed to summon a hero from a different world, it should of been for a last resort danger type of thing. That is how I felt when I started watching Dog Days.

However, one of my friends told me that I should keep watching because it does get better, and indeed it does. Even though it still has the false war going on, I got over my annoyance of it once the story advanced. I’ll now mention some of the good aspects of Dog Days: 1) The animation and art is quite nice, very colorful, and the battles are flashy and full of action. 2) There is not too much fan service which is a good thing, though I’m not saying that there isn’t any, it’s just used lightly at the right moments, unlike some animes that I’ve seen that overdo the fan service. 3) There is a bit more than meets the eye with the plot, something more dark than the first few episodes would show later in the series. I don’t want to spoil the rest of the show so I won’t go into detail there, but I will say it does give the show a better taste and background than the happy go lucky appearance.

Overall, Dog Days gets between a 7 and a 8 out of 10 for a rating. I gave this rating because while Dog Days may project an image of it being just about the cliche hero beating everyone up and winning (which does happen most of the time in this anime), the storyline becomes a bit more unique towards the middle of the show onwards by throwing a darker background story to the plot, and to me it doesn’t feel out of place. I bet some people think that the second half of Dog Days was just thrown in to make it more interesting, but that’s just my opinion of what others may think, I didn’t actually hear anyone actually say that. It’s a decent anime to watch, but it’s a casual watch at best when browsing for animes to watch.

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