Taking another blind shot at playing anime darts, I have decide to test my luck and see what sort of new show I will get into next. Knowing that this is a continuation of a previous series, I have made sure to catch up on Dog Day's first season. That way I won't have to suffer the consequences of getting lost in limbo as I ramble about random nonsense that I should have never seen to begin with.
To those that have taken this ride before, let's head back to the kingdom of Biscotti as we fulfill Princess Millhi's summon.
Dog Days to me was probably not one of the best animes out there, but it did have its own charm by taking the concept of wars between kingdoms and transform them into a harmless athletic battle events. Following up on Cinque's promise with Biscotti's princess, the heroic summoning commences once again. The only difference is that Cinque is taking his childhood friend Becky and his rival cousin Nanami for the ride.
If you manage to catch up with the first season, then you will be happy to hear that Dog Days' is still up to its old tricks. And what perfect way to reintroduce viewers to the world of Flanyard by throwing Cinque into the middle of a war with all of the major contenders participating as well. Everything from the powerful Nanoha-ish special attacks to the cute kitty transformations and harmless nudity that results when a soldier and a commander get defeated make a comeback during the first battle. In fact, the majority of the episode was used to remind us on how silly and random these battles play out.
As one that found season one to be rather decent, I was surprised to see how rewarding season two was. I felt happy to see everyone return in the second season, since we get to see each character follow up on the development that was set off by Cinque's interaction with the cast in season one. If anything, Dog Days felt like an introduction to the world, whereas Dog Days' takes everything that you have learned from the first season and decides to just have fun with it. I think that part of the reason that we got so much enthusiasm from the first episode has to do with the fact that we have a new director behind the wheel, which happens to be Junji Nishimura the man who directed Ranma 1/2.
While Dog Days' might not be the big hit fantasy series of the summer anime season, it is simply an entertaining and enjoyable show that rewards the viewers for their devotion to the first season. Depending on what new directions we get from the new director, I hope that they pull off something interesting with the new kingdom that is going to join in the games. Since season two manage to amuse me so far, I am hoping that they will up the ante on the upcoming war games.
[You can jump into the portal to Dog Days' via Crunchyroll]
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