Anime of Tomorrow
Dog Days (last thoughts)
Final impression – unsophisticated but fun 6/10
Shinku is a junior high school student that specializes in unconventional sports like free running, gymnastics and obscure martial arts. He’s always looking for the next challenge and when the kingdom of Biscotti is in need of a hero, they open a portal that brings him into an alternate dimension. In Flonyard, instead of true wars with the risk of life and death, they do mock battles that test endurance, agility and fortitude – the perfect forum for Shinku to show off his skills. But rival nation Galette is pushing for more battles and this leads Princess Millhiore of Biscotti to think that there may be something more at stake to these competitions than simple patriotism.
Dog Days watches like a cross between Zero no Tsukaima and a sports anime, as written by a furry. But take that with a grain of salt because the anthropomorphic characters in the world of Biscotti and Galette aren’t played up as being very different from normal people (with a few comical exceptions). In the end, Dog Days is typically going to be overlooked by the general anime audience because of the character designs being dog and cat people, but I think that would be very shallow thinking. I’m not suggesting Dog Days is some kind of sleeping masterpiece, but there’s a subtle charm to the development of the plot. You can also feel the conflict in Shinku’s heart when it comes time for him to go home and leave the world that has become his natural second home. Yui Horie was probably typecast for the role of Princess Millhiore because of the songs that accompany Dog Days, and her talent really shines in what is otherwise a pretty average anime.