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DOG DAYS – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「SCARLET KNIGHT」 by 水樹奈々 (Mizuki Nana)
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「勇者誕生!」 (Yuusha Tanjou!)
“Birth of a Hero!”

I should have known better with the director and screenwriter of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha behind this original anime by Seven Arcs, but that doesn’t change how I feel pretty cheated with the way they purposely misled me with premise for DOG DAYS. Mention of a “war” between the Republic of Biscotti and the Lion Domain of Galette that our hero from Japan, Izumi Shinku (Miyano Mamoru), gets caught in between quickly turns out to be sport-like battles in the spirit of competition. It plays out like a war in the fantasy world of Fronaldo, except there aren’t any casualties to make it feel like one. What’s more, we have commentators from both countries, and the only thing at stake are the good spirits of Princess Millhiore F Biscotti’s (Horie Yui) people from seeing their “army” constantly losing. So in short, Shinku’s been summoned from Japan to be a “star” who compete in “games” because Millhiore’s “team” is on a losing stretch and its fans are dejected. The writers simply rewrote definitions to confuse us.

The serious start to the episode with Princess Leonmichelis Galette des Rois (Koshimizu Ami) talking to her knight-captain Godwin (Wakamoto Norio) about the next phase of their attack, followed by a gloomy meeting between Millhiore, her knight-captain Rolan Martinozzi (Koyasu Takehito), personal guard captain Eclair Martinozzi (Taketatsu Ayana), chief engineer Ricotta Elmar (Mizuki Nana), and various elders was nothing short of a huge fake-out that was confirmed by Shinku’s surprise when Millhiore explained everything to him. Judging from Shinku’s surprise, it’s pretty clear in my mind that this plot twist (if you can call it one) was the intention all along. After all, you can only expect so much when all the nameless cat-like soldiers of Galette explode in a puff of smoke and turn into big cat heads when they’re defeated.

Back in the Spring 2011 Preview, I expressed my moderate expectations of this original series given its goofy title and cute character designs, so it doesn’t really disappoint me to learn that this will be more of a lighthearted fantasy type of anime. There was very little to indicate otherwise, so I can still see myself following DOG DAYS for what it truly is. Its best selling point is the all-star cast featured in something other than a high school setting, backed by an above average production. Seven Arc’s work here isn’t anything amazing, but it definitely doesn’t fall in the lower end of the spectrum. However, I’ll admit that this revelation does make me less inclined to follow this show in a season that’s absolutely bustling with new titles.

From the look of things, the focus will be on Shinku’s love for circus-style gymnastics and finally having an entire world to play in, which I can see providing some level of enjoyment when he impresses the people of Fronaldo but not a lot else. In fact, I get the feeling that everyone on both Biscotti and Galette’s side will become friends when this series is over, simply because this comes off as a show intended for all ages. For me, DOG DAYS has Horie Yui and Mizuki Nana going for it, including opening and ending themes performed by them, and just enough other little things to keep me interested for a few more episodes. It’ll likely end up as a guilty pleasure of mine this season, in that I can’t give you a good reason why I’m watching it yet will continue doing so. It’s definitely difficult to recommend.

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「PRESENTER」 by 堀江由衣 (Horie Yui)
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Preview

April 2, 2011 at 8:40 pm
93 comments »
  • April 2, 2011 at 8:54 pm✙Croosboy✙

    wohhh this anime past my “First impression rating”. they have wankos, the fight(game) and famous voice seiyuu’s. i really though that this anime was leaning to Zero no Tsukaima and then “what a game”. Yeah divine, the writer confused us all. hahahaha
    But the protagonist displayed some cool moves while the anime was running.

  • April 2, 2011 at 8:58 pmlongtimefirsttime

    Hey Divine, I thought you were taking the Spring off! Or are you doing the first episodes of the season for preview purposes and then taking off?

    • April 2, 2011 at 9:02 pmDivine

      Yeah, I told the other writers I’d be around to help cover the first episodes of various shows. There are a lot of shows that I’m watching that no one else is, plus I can get a post out faster without having to rely on subs. It’s fun getting to introduce new shows too.

      • April 2, 2011 at 10:55 pmMadox

        “Baby, please don’t go” :|

      • April 2, 2011 at 11:38 pmKiiragi

        If you keep it up, he might stay.

      • April 3, 2011 at 2:04 amObsidianTK

        Just don’t let yourself get sucked into continuing coverage :P

        And enjoy your break, you deserve it!

      • April 3, 2011 at 5:58 pmShirt

        lol You should have your own Cybody.

  • April 2, 2011 at 9:00 pmaiueo123

    Lol. silly me for thinking this will be an epic tale of war sort of anime. I guess that’s why they don’t want to reveal too much in PV, to not spoil the first episode “plot twist”.

  • April 2, 2011 at 9:01 pmImperialX

    Not that impressed with the first episode. I don’t think I will follow this anime if it doesn’t get better by the next episode. It felt too…childish?

    Also, lol @ the 900MB file. Ayako’s encoder was on crack.

    • April 2, 2011 at 9:09 pmJustin Olbrantz (Quantam)

      His reply in the comments: “It was my debut as an encoder! It was also my farewell as Spi refuses to allow me to do it ever again… :(“

      • April 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm✙Croosboy✙

        poor encoder :(

  • April 2, 2011 at 9:01 pmBlakWngz89

    I fell over laughing when I Realized what kind of war they were fighting.
    It will kill sum time watching this for me.

  • April 2, 2011 at 9:04 pmClick

    Eh….this wasn’t exactly the way I wanted to start off my Spring Season. But then I watched the Tiger & Bunny OP and it was all good.

  • April 2, 2011 at 9:10 pmricz

    not that bad but not that good either well I guessed I should wait for episode 2

  • April 2, 2011 at 9:12 pmAex

    Outrageous. That’s the only word that comes to mind after watching this episode. Absolutely none of it can be taken seriously, so it’s pretty fun! Just hope it doesn’t get boring later, since there isn’t any real “threat” if all the fighting is like this.

  • April 2, 2011 at 9:14 pmRasone0104

    Immediate impression:
    Utawarerumon+Zero no Tsukaima

    • April 2, 2011 at 9:23 pmtylon

      I had the same feeling…

      On top of the two that you had pointed out, there are another two that came into my mind:
      Utawarerumon+Zero no Tsukaima+Sasuke(US: Ninja Warrior)+Takeshi’s Castle

  • April 2, 2011 at 9:26 pmkoager

    When I saw the war I went ha…….. and then I realized it was Dog vs Cats and then I went hur……….
    The small redeeming factor for me is that unlike a lot of “hero summoning to alternate world” anime, the protagonist here isn’t some lame weak character who accidentally got caught up in everything and magically becomes strong and defeats everyone. Shinku appears to have quite a lot of skill.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:02 pmFrozenFury

    Anyone else thought of Chocobos when they saw those birds? :P

    • April 2, 2011 at 10:17 pmRasone0104

      Your not the only one…….
      Those were definitelly Chocobos!

    • April 2, 2011 at 10:32 pmkoager

      Definitely Chocobos lol

    • April 4, 2011 at 9:49 amHalfDemonInuyasha

      More like chocolate Chocobos with their darker colors, lol…now I want a candy bar x_x

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:08 pmSkizzit

    I wonder if they will stick with the mock war thing for the whole season or if they will toss in some kind of super evil that forces both sides to join together and fight for real. Could see that happening really easily in this kind of series.

    • April 3, 2011 at 6:39 amBossun

      That would be interesting. And then they’d have to train for real fights and try to get in the mindset of hurting their enemies. Quite possible, good sir.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:18 pmNicolas

    Thanks for the review. I can write this series off now. Considering how stacked the Spring Lineup is, that’s good news for me.

    • April 3, 2011 at 5:00 pmzem

      Agreed! There are so many shows I have to try out; I’m glad this isn’t one of them.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:21 pmPhosphatide

    Seeing the Sasuke competition make an appearance made me giggle a bit.

    You have to remember though, this is the director of the Nanoha movie, not the series itself. The writer’s still the same guy anyway.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:22 pmSenakuuri

    Interesting way to start the spring season but I was amused to say the least.
    Kind of thinking I’ll reserve the right to headdesk until a few more episodes in.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:22 pmZangkin

    For some reason I don’t mind this show. Yeah it’s a little cheesy with how the main protagonist accepts everything right away but I just don’t mind it. Wonder why? Also Godwin’s voice actor is very familiar. He’s showing up a lot now-a-days. Leonmichelis Galette des Rois is a nice touch to the series. You can just tell that she’s going to be showing up a lot. The gymnastics thing is something I’ve never encountered before in a show and I don’t think it’ll be a problem as there’s still fighting with weapons and explosive techniques. Dog Days will probably go on my watch list now.

    • April 3, 2011 at 6:03 amDivine

      Um, Wakamoto Norio’s not simply well-known “these days”. He’s a veteran seiyuu and has been in numerous big support roles.

      • April 3, 2011 at 6:27 amZwei

        Wakamoto Norio is my favorite seiyuu, he makes any character he voiced “BADASS” like Charles from CG, Nobunaga from Sengoku Basara or Anderson. Also Nakata Jouji who make any character he voiced also “BADASS”, Alucard for example, that guy is simply awesome. that’s why i always love watching the Alucard and Anderson fight in Hellsing Ultimate. It’s like watching the voices of most BADASS CHARACTERS clash. such intensity and awesomeness in their voices.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:24 pmamado

    well at least the main character isnt a wimp when he was summoned to fight. I usually encounter it like that, refusing to fight and is a weakling(at first).

    its an ok series though might drop it in favor of others. it also might go a bit deeper but I wont make my expectations big.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:25 pmAlec

    this anime is already part of my must-not-watch list. I can pretty much guess how annoying this anime is going to get without even watching it

    • April 3, 2011 at 11:58 pmShirt

      It’s so bad isn’t it? xD You know, if you mute the OP and play some metal (I played the OST of Hard Corps: Uprising) it becomes [slightly] cooler.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:31 pmShadiic

    Well this is going on my watch list
    Chocobos FTW

    • April 3, 2011 at 5:36 pmVJC

      This and hearing Takuto to ease the Star Driver end are my reasons to watch this

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:52 pmanishuma

    This anime is Brave Fencer Musashi (Squaresoft PS1 action rpg game) with it’s kingdom that has the name of food, Kingdom of Biscotti=Allucaneet Palace, has a princess summoning a hero that has great skill at something Shinku=Gymnastics=Musashi=Fencing, and has Chocobos.If this wasn’t an inspired/straight rip off I don’t know what is.

    I might continue to watch it and eventually like it just like Cardfight Vanguard.

  • April 2, 2011 at 10:58 pmFlamingYu

    What a colorful looking anime.
    Here too, agree with the “Chocobos!”.

  • April 2, 2011 at 11:01 pmLOLwaha

    wow so amazing, just like every other action/adventure anime but with people with dog ears. so ORIGINAL. I AM going to watch this FOR SURE…..

  • April 2, 2011 at 11:03 pmfragb85

    Most colorful, adorable “war” ever. I think I’d enjoy the premise anyway

  • April 2, 2011 at 11:20 pmSoreii

    What’s different about this show is that the main character (hero) actually has some skills instead of just being expected to know everything and charge into battle. He also willingly accepts his situation!

    Very nice. Love Yui Horie as the princess. Show Spoiler ▼

    OMG neko-mimi AND inu-mimi.

    I’m watching this show for the eye candy!!!!! Nice screenshots Divine.

  • April 2, 2011 at 11:23 pmkwantum0

    The anime will end with him waking up from his fantasy world, and a coma caused by falling of the entrance terrace of a school and sustaining head trauma.

    • April 2, 2011 at 11:26 pmay ya ya ya ya

      LOL, You wrote exactly what was in my mind! thanks.

  • April 2, 2011 at 11:24 pmay ya ya ya ya

    I like to watch dubbed rerun Takeshi Castle in local TV station. So I will definitely watch this anime.LOL.

  • April 3, 2011 at 12:11 amqntiria

    it’s pretty strange he didn’t freak out so this must be what went on in shinku’s mind:

    oh, it’s a hot girl! oh, it’s floating islands! must be dreaming of course, so i’ll just take everything in my stride, wonder when i’ll wake up… in the mean time, time to do some awesome backflips…

  • April 3, 2011 at 12:11 amDyne

    I was hoping he’d say “Dazzling the stage!” after that acrobatic entrance.

  • April 3, 2011 at 1:21 amZeruFenrir

    I Loled, therefore I will continue watching this. ;)

  • April 3, 2011 at 1:23 ammika-chan

    Nice chara design but the plot is weak and not so original. I have the feeling that now the opponents will summon the friend of Shinku and they will fight each other… oh wait. :D

    • April 3, 2011 at 9:09 amanishuma

      That’s exactly what will happen, Shinku’s rival, probably the guy who won first place in that tournament he came 2nd in, will be summoned to that world and they’ll battle it out just like how someone summoned Kojiro to fight Musashi :p

      • April 3, 2011 at 9:53 amFlamingYu

        it’s Eien no Aselia? or Izumo?
        summon main dude’s rival on the other force, making them fight each other.

  • April 3, 2011 at 2:07 amewok40k

    UNDERdog days anyone?
    definitely chocobos! is it a meme starting?
    maid squad at bottom screencap is so moe!

  • April 3, 2011 at 2:37 amGermanguy

    • April 3, 2011 at 5:35 amSuppa Tenko

      You mean a Chocobo?

    • April 3, 2011 at 11:53 pmShirt

      The black one is kinda cool. L approves of this.

      But those other ones are straight up Fugly.

  • April 3, 2011 at 2:38 amGermanguy

    Oh, you Checking now WebLinks embedded here in our Postings?. Thats new

  • April 3, 2011 at 3:51 amBotagar

    This’ll probably be good for some mindless entertainment where we dont have to suffer the loss of lovable characters.

  • April 3, 2011 at 5:13 amDude

    Sassou Toujou! Yuusha Bishounen! Izumi Shinku!

  • April 3, 2011 at 5:28 amABPsycho

    I do approve that the main character isn’t just some random guy that was in the wrong place at the wrong time yet can handle the situation perfectly. Having him chosen for his skill does make a welcome change and maybe he will even be a likeable character instead of someone that male/female characters can faun over.

    Still it did throw me off how innocent the battles are, I was expecting something more along the lines of Utawarerumono but this can work too as long as the character interactions are interesting, if not this series is going to get boring quickly.

  • April 3, 2011 at 5:41 amZero

    Stupid b****…. White chocobos don’t fly….

  • April 3, 2011 at 6:09 amFreddeh

    This show is why I try not to look too much into the synopsis before watching an episode or two. I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, and hearing Takuto V2 with even more FABULOUS action is well worth it IMO XD.

  • April 3, 2011 at 6:52 amtcm-man

    I thought Shukufuku no Campanella was bad, but this Dog Days is on similar level: boring, uninspiring, uninteresting characters with generic design, awkward pacing. Well, this is the first episode, perhaps I should give this anime another chance, especially when there are my favorite seiyus in this: Nana Mizuki and Yui Horie. Damn, I wish this was a Nanoha clone or spin-off!?

  • April 3, 2011 at 6:59 amPera

    Well I’m not sure if I am going to follow this anime through the season, I was really disappointed to hear that the war actally was a sports event and not really a war. And it was only stupid watching all those cat heads when they were cut.

  • April 3, 2011 at 7:25 ammindflayer88

    Horie Yui and Mizuki Nana? Nice OP/ED? Nanoha screenwriter? Colorful looking screenshots? Though I had no intention of giving this a shot, seeing as how Divine decided to blog it after all, I thought I might as well. Alas, he hit the nail on the head – there isn’t much point in watching this anime at all. It simply feels too bland and pointless, quite like a generic kids anime in fact. Nanoha vibes are certainly there but I was never a huge fan of that particular anime to begin with, so unless the situation here miraculously improves in the next couple of episodes (which I very much doubt it will) or I get sucked in again with more cute looking screenshots, I am dropping DOG DAYS for good.

  • April 3, 2011 at 7:50 amShiden

    Looking at those cat head things reminds me of Lucky Star’s eyecatch. :D

    • April 3, 2011 at 7:56 amShiden

      Also, 1:27 in the OP… Is that you, Raising Heart?

  • April 3, 2011 at 7:51 amZwei

    why do i get the feeling that this series is somewhat misleading us, i mean
    what if something, like Puella Magi “thing” happened, anyways, i’ll wait for that before picking this series ^^

    • April 3, 2011 at 1:26 pmQwerty

      Madoka at the least had an interesting art style in its first episode to keep people interested until the plot suddenly took a 180.

      This however… it’s practically bleeding blandness all over the place from the start.

  • April 3, 2011 at 9:09 amMiharu

    mmm seems like its seiyuu cast is the only good thing about this anime but I’ll watch a couple of chapters firts :D thank you!.

  • April 3, 2011 at 10:10 amFlamingYu

    If Leonmichi falls for Shinku, then this show is OVER.
    Hope the war maintain till the end, and not becoming another harem show.

    • April 3, 2011 at 2:53 pmAex

      This show isn’t even listed as Romance genre, let alone Harem, so I think most of the focus is gonna be on the action.

      • April 3, 2011 at 2:55 pmFlamingYu

        Hope you’re right.

    • April 3, 2011 at 3:50 pmanishuma

      What’s wrong with Inuyasha falling in love with Shinku :p?

  • April 3, 2011 at 10:24 amstarss

    So this is Asobi Ni Iku Yo with dogs?

    • April 3, 2011 at 12:58 pmcode fanboy

      when you think about it, the only difference is that, unlike Asobi Ni Iku yo, there is absolutely no sense of death.

  • April 3, 2011 at 12:55 pmcode fanboy

    it seems sort of funny yet ridiculous. People are in war in a non-violent fashion. ha ha, I hope there would be some ecchi later on.

  • April 3, 2011 at 2:42 pmSpoilerMaker

    Generally it looks way better than i expected. Probably it has a great potential of being a relaxing, lighthearted show which is good for just watching without any spiteful thoughts.

  • April 3, 2011 at 3:20 pmDawn

    “ITS A PINC–GYMNASTICS!”

  • April 3, 2011 at 3:21 pmDemonicOne

    When I started the episode I was excited. Magic, a war, a good variety of characters; it had checked off some important points for me. Five minutes into the show it was still good, but then I see the ‘war’ they’re having and I couldn’t help but laugh.

    Some of the best shows, for me at least, include magic, a strong lead, romance and a war, so when I saw it I thought that I’d watch it all the way through, but now I guess I’ve ended up one show down already *sniff*

    I won’t stop watching it yet, but I doubt it will change much. However, if it excels in another area; such as comedy, it might be able to draw me back in :3

  • April 3, 2011 at 5:27 pmeduardo

    muy buena y interesante cuando llega el siguiente?

  • April 3, 2011 at 5:55 pmMatroid

    This is almost like the animation of Ninja Warrior. It may be fun for the first few episodes. But so far this series doesn’t look promising and is low on my watch list.

  • April 3, 2011 at 7:27 pminuyumi

    This anime remember me zero no tskaima @,@ … other world

  • April 3, 2011 at 9:03 pmcshin9

    What’s the most disappointing is the design of that bird.

  • April 3, 2011 at 9:51 pmShirt

    Okay I like all the flippy shit but those OP and ED themes have gotta go. And that stupid badly drawn Chocobo should go die.

  • April 3, 2011 at 10:25 pmMoondogg

    LOLZ. That voice! Takuto acrobat-ted his way to an unadministered world in the Nanoha timeline to become a hero in a sports-fest, and ride chocobos while impressing a Madoka-lookalike princess.

    I feel cheated. I would like another salvo of StrikerS in a spin-off world of Nanoha. I’ll give it a few more rounds and if it fails to capture my heart, I will drop it.

  • April 3, 2011 at 11:49 pmMM

    did i just spot a chocobo?

  • April 4, 2011 at 7:06 amMad_Dog

    epic fail, dropped like a sack or bricks.

  • April 4, 2011 at 8:12 amKraven Ergeist

    Now me, I kind of like how this show doesn’t take itself seriously. When it started pitting the cat soldiers through MXC style obstacle courses, complete with commentators, I burst out into laughter. You can mock the show for not being a serious fantasy, or bringing to the table anything beyond an athletic high schooler into, for him, the world’s biggest playground. But if you ask me, that’s still an improvement over something like, say, Zero no Tsukaima or any other anime of this genre where the protagonist has no real talents, and can’t do much until the end of the series. The fact that the protagonist is actually kind of a go-getter in a setting that has been largely populated by unassuming, wimpy and/or just plain weak protagonists is downright refreshing for me.

  • April 4, 2011 at 9:57 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    As mentioned a lot already, I’m also glad that they completely threw us off with the “war” going on. I was afraid this was simply going to be another cliche series; (below) average boy (yet they’re always shounen pretty boys XP lol) with little to no real talent/skills summoned to a different world/planet that so happens to be filled with beautiful girls and expected to be some hero to save their world/planet from the enemy while constantly trying to deny it all and not wanting to fight because it’s not his responsibility or whatever, but ends up either happening to have some “hidden power” inside him all along or gains it through other means, and “miraculously” proves himself and helps or wins the war while somehow gaining a harem along the way through his good, selfless heart.

  • April 4, 2011 at 5:21 pmZaku Fan

    Dog queen is cute but don’t see any storyline. Hopefully ep 2 will make things clearer

  • April 7, 2011 at 7:40 amGhostalker

    So this series actually tried to troll as the way SHAFT and Urobuchi Gen tried to troll everyone into believing we will be watching Madoka that is all sugar, cake, cutesy and fluffy? I actually fell on that, the atmosphere in the beginning of this episode is all in serious tone, then all the sudden I found a battle that looks like an obstacle run and soldiers puffing out into cats? It’s a good first episode overall, and with few surprises that really made me laugh a bit :)

    I will be keeping this series on my list for the meantime and will watch the next few episodes, if things go well I will be watching this till its end.

  • April 9, 2011 at 2:14 pmwindows 8

    hmmm nice :) :) :)

  • April 10, 2011 at 1:34 amShirt

    More Dog Days plz.

    • April 10, 2011 at 4:55 amamado

      probably no. unless Kiiragi or Takaii gets this.