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Dog Days’

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I’m not dead yet. Not yet! Geez, I hate teachers so much, honestly why do I have to put up with mock exams when I’ve only just finished my actual exams?! Great choice there, I really deserved it. Anyway, enough of the rant season 2 of Dog Days! Hooray hooray \(^o^)/

Name: Dog Days’

Japanese Name: ドッグデイズ’

Air Date: July 7 2012 – September 29 2012

Studio: Seven Arcs

Episodes: 13

PLOT

Three months after his adventure in Flonyard, Cinque gets summoned back once again this time bringing Rebecca with him. His cousin and rival athlete Nanami is also summoned to Flonyard as Galette’s Hero. The First Princess of the Principality of Pastillage, Couvert, leads her squirrel-like faction into the battlefield as well with the intention of scouting Rebecca to become their hero.

I had high expectations because season 1 was absolutely amazing! The original cast have reprised their roles which pleased me and that means I get to hear Loran’s gorgeous voice once again ❤

I’m sorry this has taken a while to type up, I’ve had so many things going on at the same time that I had no idea what to do! I’ve never had so much work before and I wasn’t allowed to watch season 2 until I finished all of my work… have to blame the mother for that. Thanks mum, I really do love you (-_-)

I’m watching this with my brother because he finds Dog Days as funny as I do. We’re both anime freaks xD whoo! I’ve got my snacks, drinks, cuddly toys and I’m ready to go! BRING IT ON.

First Impressions

It is now summer and Cinque brings Rebecca and Nanami to Flonyard where he spent his spring break. Cinque returns as Biscotti’s hero whilst Nanami becomes Galette’s hero. Nanami accepts the position and what’s going on with no questions asked. Of course, both heroes enjoy the battle because it gives them a chance to fight each other again. Rebecca prefers to watch the events with Millhiore who is still as adorable as ever ヽ(*´ー`*)ノ however, Pastillage scouts out Rebecca to become their hero and joins the battle. It didn’t take long to persuade Rebecca. But seriously, I had no idea what was going on in the first two episodes… it was all mushed together so quickly, my brain couldn’t even process it properly xD

Loran… you’re still so beautiful! I never forgot you because I love you that much *・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・'(*゚▽゚*)’・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・* same goes to you Bernard! They haven’t changed at all! These men are wonderfully skilled as demonstrated in episode 2 and they work together very well. Teamwork is the best way to go! My teamwork is pretty good if I do say so myself, hate to brag but it’s true. I hate working alone, it’s more pressure so if you work together it’s shared between everyone. Am I right? Of course I am.

Cinque is still a dork as always (๑´ლ`๑) I love how he didn’t explain anything to Rebecca so when they jumped through the portal, Rebecca was in a state of shock. Poor thing. Cinque! You should have just told the girl everything. His friendship with Rebecca is lovely and it’s obvious that she has a crush on him…I’ve seen the way you blush girl! Don’t you go denying! *Insert sassy attitude* Cinque is as lively as ever though and when he returned to Flonyard I thought his reaction was the sweetest thing ever, I was filled with happiness (*´ω`*)

Millhiore and CinqueN’aww, they look so adorable together!

Éclair is still a tsundere! That never gets old, I think she’s rather adorable in some ways. Hehe, like when she wags her tail and says she’s not happy… liar! It’s written all over her face! Well, what’s a show without a tsundere? I do love tsunderes but everyone has a different opinion about them. But I do love how they eventually warm up to the other characters, I think Éclair has done this as she’s nicer to Cinque. It’s really subtle (^^)

Midway Impressions

Goodness gracious! Who is that hottie in episode 5? It was a feast for my eyes indeed (((o(*゚▽゚*)o))) that said hottie is Isuka Makishima, the older brother of Brioche d’Arquien… SAY WHAT?! I almost fell off my chair xD older brother characters are hot so I’m not complaining at all. Keep it coming, keep it coming!

So in episode 6, Cinque and Couvert accidentally release the Demon King (Valério Calvados) and chaos ensues when he peeps on all the girls… seriously? A pervert? What is the world coming to? Anyways, everyone gets pretty pissed off with him – especially Cinque – but then suddenly the Hero King appears to save the day! Turns out, the Hero King is Couvert’s ancestor and she’s a girl. Weird how she’s named King but she’s a girl. Well, Valério and the Hero King – named Adélaïde Grand Marnier – prepare to go back to their slumber however they can’t because the stone they were sealed in broke. Now they have to stay in Pastillage until it’s fixed. I’m kinda glad actually because I’ve grown to love Valério ❤

Cinque and Gaul look so manlyO_o it’s so cool! This happened in episode 7 where they have to defeat this large mouse demon. They had protective jewels and when they used them… BAM! They turned into hot grown ups o(≧▽≦)o god I turned bright red when I saw them! Plus Mamoru-san used his low voice when Cinque was grown up…it was incredibly sexy. I could get used to this xD and I found out that every time they use those jewels, they turn into grown ups! Yay!

Gaul and CinqueDon’t you wish they could stay like that forever?

Overall Opinion

People who want wacky battles are in for a treat with season two. When there aren’t battle episodes, the series is filled with self-contained episodes that have a small conflict and is usually resolved quickly. There is no real conflict and the only drama in the season is one episode featuring Éclair questioning her and Cinque’s relationship and whether she should confess or not. Those who watch the show initially thought that they would be introducing a big bad character mid-season due to the character’s portrait being shadowed in the opening (yes it’s the perverted Demon King, Valério Calvados!) but that character turned out not so bad after all.

Seven Arcs did a pretty decent job with art and animation. The action sequences were really fast-paced and exciting and the art is good when it needs to be. As far as character design and costumes go, Dog Days’ is absolutely stunning. All the characters are really unique and well thought out. We get a new race of squirrel people and they all have big bushy squirrel tails as they should. Nanami and Rebecca’s hero outfits/barrier jackets are stunningly designed with really cool colours and even the generic soldiers had neat looking uniforms. Whoever did the designs for this series is a genius. Einstein even! Season two kept up the unique art direction season one had and the bright shiny colours kept me smiling with the feeling that the brightness was very appropriate for an anime where everything is happy. Overall, the art was very good.

The opening was done by Nana Mizuki who voices one of the new heroes and Ricotta. The ending is done by Yui Horie. Still, Fearless Hero is an amazing track that compliments the opening animation and lets you know this is a show with plenty of action and adventure. Yui Horie’s song is simply played as the ending theme over a scrolling cast of chibi characters also showing the cuteness Dog Days’ originally has.

The all star cast from season one returns and on top of that we get Aoi Yuki as the new squirrel princess as well as Eri Kitamura, Kousuke Toriumi, and others. Aoi does an amazing job being the high-pitched annoying excitable squirrel, as you would expect from a small rodent. Nana Mizuki returns as Ricotta and continues to make me smile every time she says “de arimasu~” after a sentence. Eri voices a new older character that says “nanodesu~” quite often. The voices are an absolute pleasure to listen to and I’m curious as to what talent they will get for season three. I want to see Valério again (^^)

Valério, Izuka and the Hero KingThe Hero King is the blonde haired girl…and then there’s Valério and Isuka (๑´ლ`๑)

As far as development goes we do see a bit. We get backstory about Yukikaze and Brioche. We also find out more about their world, summoning and the possibility that there have been Flonyardians that go to Earth. Millhiore and Cinque don’t get much development in their relationship, Éclair has roughly half an episode dedicated to her and her feelings for Cinque, whilst Rebecca’s and Cinque’s relationship is only slightly developed at the end. Cinque is a great lead character as he’s not giving into any of their obvious advances, and plainly acknowledges that he knows about their feelings but he has better things to do. I found it impossible to hate Cinque!

Dog Days’ was very character driven even though many characters could have been fleshed out more. They introduced so many amazing characters, that many times I just wanted them to stop introducing characters so they could expand upon the ones they already have.

If you haven’t watched season one, do yourself, me and the anime world a favour and go do so. If you are watching Dog Days’ hoping for edgy drama or conflict, you will be disappointed. The final episode of Dog Days’ strongly hinted another season which has been green-lit.

Dog Days’ isn’t the perfect sequel, but when you go into it expecting character-driven action-adventure cute-fun instead of grimdark plot, it’s as perfect as a franchise like this is going to get and that’s good enough. To me, Dog Days continues to be a breath of fresh air.

I’m debating on whether I should watch Ao no Exorcist, Junjou Romantica, Campione! or all three seasons of Hakuouki… should I pick out of a hat again? Or should I go eenie meenie? Decisions decisions.

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