Thoughts on Dog Days’ (Explicit, Spoilers)

“Let’s have a nice summer memory of just being lazy!” – Episode 11.

Truer words have never been spoken.

Now, I could describe what I thought of this anime by referencing my entry for the first season. However, the first season was so traumatizing that my entry for it reflects my inner thoughts while I was viewing each episode. So, I would recommend reading my review for the first season. And keep the review in mind when I go into detail about the following season.

I’ll state this outright: this anime is shit. It is complete, total, absolute shit. At this point, only Koi Koi 7 and Diabolik Lovers are worse than Dog Days’, in my mind. This is attributed to a lot of the things I didn’t like about the first season, only worse.

Now, a more appropriate title for this season (or series in general) would be “Fan Service The Animation,” as there is no moment in the series without it. The first season went along with this sort of mysterious enemy threat (the cat leader) who seemed to want to eliminate the dog people, only to discover that she loves the dog people and their princess. She only wishes for their well-being because of an ominous prophecy of death. This prophecy turns out to be false and all is well, until a corrupted animal god of whatever threatens to destroy everything because why not. It’s defeated in one of the most cliche manners I have ever seen and life goes on. So, based on the spoiling description I have given, the first season actually gave you something to focus on. Something to feel as if the denizens of this fantasy world were in real danger. In season two, this goes away. It is literally just the characters from the previous season doing random and pointless shit. Oh, and they bring both new characters (Mostly women. Shocker, right?) and new fits of fan service.

Here’s the problem with this: you don’t care. Sure, some people will care, but those will probably be the same people who will let people scam them out of all of their earthly possessions for any sob story they catch wind of. I would deduce that the only reason they went in this direction is because they figured that the first season was more than enough time to let the viewer get used to the main cast. This is both smart and dumb. In this case, it’s dumb. Why? Because all of the characters are bland. Not only are they bland, but they can also be annoying. They’re also fan service, but you probably would have suspected that, wouldn’t you? When you put characters like this in a series that can best be described as “Minecraft: the Anime,” it tends to fall flat. It’s a complete waste of time, as one doesn’t care about the characters, and the plot is so simplistic and cliche only a child wouldn’t mind it.

The only thing this series has going for it is art. Because what use would fan service be without good art, right? Everything is fresh and dandy and cute and cuddly and shoot me now, dear God. This only adds to the fan service fiesta, which I deplore to the core of my soul. I simply can’t enjoy anything about this anime because it’s insulting me with how simplistically cliche and bland it is. If you haven’t been able to tell thus far, my enjoyment while watching this anime was between the range of “Meh” and “Suicide sounds great.”

And now, here are some notable anime series that are ranked lower (according to the MyAnimeList database) than Dog Days’:

Karneval
Natsu no Arashi
Oban Star-Racers
Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
Sakigake!! Otokujuku
Mouryou no Hako
Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu
To Love-Ru
Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Konnichiwa Anne
Ixion Saga DT
Allison to Lillia
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!
Kyouran Kazoku Nikki
Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru
Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo
Kotoura-san
Freezing
Dantalian no Shoka
Digimon Adventure 02
El Cazador de la Bruja
One Piece
Infinite Stratos
Sakura Trick
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu (2009)
Mekakucity Actors
Tamako Market
Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
Dog Days
Kiss x Sis
Naruto
Princess Resurrection
Tenchi Muyo GXP
Kimi no Iru Machi
Kami-sama Dolls
Black Rock Shooter
Medaka Box
Hidan no Aria
Aku no Hana
Ro-Kyu-Bu!
Aikatsu!
Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi
.hack//Roots
A-Channel
Fractale
Code:Breaker
Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation
Hamtaro
Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai.
Brave 10
Dragon Crisis!
Seiken no Blacksmith
Asobi ni Iku yo!
Kill Me Baby
Akuma no Riddle
Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Asagi
Astarotte no Omocha!
Yosuga no Sora
Chaos;Head
R-15
Maken-Ki!
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai
Amaenaide yo!!
Etc.

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