August 19, 2012

Dog Days 2 -- why watch?

Regarding Dog Days 2, Lower Mid-Table writes:

Improbably I am still watching this. This week was just about seeing all of the cast as small children, and Cinque as an adult. I don't even understand how people can watch this anymore.

In his comments I responded:

Why keep watching? Because it's joyous and fun. There are a lot of engaging characters, and the three main ones are having the time of their lives, and NO ONE IS ANGSTY! No one! Lots of cool ki-effects, and fun stories where no one really gets hurt, and it's just very pleasant.

Besides which, Yukikaze!

What we're getting this time amounts to day-in-the-life episodes, or more like "What I did over my summer vacation". There doesn't seem to be any kind of overarching plot, and there isn't anything serious going on. To the extent that there is any kind of plot development happening, I think it has to do with Couverte growing up. The events of this visit are going to turn out to be a life-changing event for her. (I can see her changing already, and we're only just past half way.)

This show is kind of the shounen equivalent of iyashikei. Lots of battles, lots of cool energy attacks, lots of wonderful characters, lots of fan service -- and no angst. Nothing terrifying. No tension. Nobody gets hurt, physically or emotionally. It's all just fun and wonderful.

Deep down, I wish I was there. I wish I could be part of it. That's why I watch. I like the characters, and I like the situation, and it's a nice place to visit.

Why would I need anything more?


Besides which, Yukikaze!

UPDATE: Pete has his own answer.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in General Anime at 06:07 PM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 It's fun and warm and happy.  It's a wonderful place to be and there's nothing else quite like it.

Posted by: tellu541 at August 19, 2012 08:55 PM (iUG5M)

2 Dog Days manages to hit all the things that make a series fun: the characters are likable and grow over time, the action is entertaining, the world is colorful, and it's well animated with an attention to detail (I loved the Flonyard Hanafuda deck in episode 7).

Posted by: Civilis at August 21, 2012 03:25 PM (CW57P)

3 It's a fun place to be, the people like you being there and you can have a good time.  It's Cheers with anthropomorphism and bunny girls. What's not to like?

On the technical side, the world building is really brilliant and doesn't talk down to you.  While the World might be fun & games, all of the characters act logically within the World.  That way, you're not slapped in the face with stupidity.

Posted by: sqa at August 21, 2012 05:50 PM (Ll7sv)

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