When people hear about a show that takes place in a fantasy world, most would expect a tale filled with deadly battles, imaginative creatures, and a timeless adventure. On the other hand, a good show needs a strong cast and premise to keep the viewers entertained; otherwise most folks will lose interest in less than a heart beat. While Dog Days Prime lacks most of the requirements mentioned above, its cast and silly concepts in wars give it the opportunity to transform into an enjoyable experience.
As we head back to the real world, let's bid farewell to the fun loving residents of Biscotti, Galette, and Pastillage.
Instead of setting up for a final battle, Dog Days Prime continues to stick with the everyday life formula that it has been going with during the second season. As the final day of the Union Festival arrives, Cou decides to explore the catacombs of a hidden labyrinth in her castle. Joining her for the ride, Rico and Noir decide to help out the squirrel princess with her treasure hunt.
In terms of climatic battles, this is the most climatic that Dog Days Prime gets with a semi-finale, since the flat-chested trio had to go through some Indiana Jones-like traps along the way. There was also a sequence where Becky re-enacts the final scene from Gundam Wing where Heero goes face to face with the Libra. Based on my memories of the show's finale, Dog Days Prime referenced the sequence scene by scene, except that Becky did not shout, "I will survive," when she used the powers of the Demon Crystal given to her by Valerie.
Now that everything is fine and dandy, the finale focuses on the three heroes living out their final hours in Flonyard before they return to their own world. You could think of it as a closure to the series, since it had the heroes spend time with the inhabitants of Flonyard. Seeing how the series was already laid-back as it is, this sort of a ending was to be expected out of Dog Days Prime.
You won't find any final battles against an evil demon lord, evil spell caster, or god of destruction in this fantasy series. Dog Days Prime's point is to give viewers a good time as we learn about the culture and way of life of the characters in the show. Though the series still had its share of wasted potential with Valarie and Adel not unleashing their full strength when the war games were going on. Then there was the set up with the new techniques that Eclair, Cinque, and Noir mastered, which made the viewers think that they were going to play a big role in the final arc.
Despite Dog Days Prime's missed opportunities, the series still reigned victorious as an improvement over the first season. Characters continue to explode into cute critters, clothes still get destroyed in battle, we got to see transformations in two opposite categories, and we got to learn more about the world of Flonyard. On top of that, the addition of new characters manage to add to the experience and humor, especially Cou's involvement with the cast. I guess this officially means that squirrels are the solution towards making anything better.
As I mentioned in my First Impression, Dog Days Prime may not be the best anime of the summer season, but it still manages to reward its viewers for sticking with the series. In the end, I still don't regret the risk that I took when I decided to cover Dog Days Prime, since Junji Nishimura's direction helped the show big time. If a third season were to get green-lit, then I hope that they keep him on the staff, since his grasp on the series will open up for more improvements. Even though the comedy is not on the same level of fantasy shows like Slayers and Rune Soldier, fans of Dog Days will not regret their choice in committing to the second season.
Before I wrap up this impression, there are a few thoughts I that want to get out of the way. First of all, Cou is one confident girl, since she did not have a problem with taking a bath with Cinque. And most importantly, I was surprised that Cinque got away with the actions that he did when he used the Hero Crystal. If he ends up with Becky, then they can take advantage of their crystals and use them to take their love to whole different level.
[You can say goodbye to Dog Days Prime at Crunchyroll]
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