Dog Days (anime)

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Dog Days
DogDaysCover.jpg
Cover of the first volume of the first season featuring main characters Cinque Izumi (left) and Milhiore F. Biscotti (right)
ドッグデイズ
(Doggu Deizu)
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Anime television series
Directed by Keizo Kusakawa
Produced by Project DD
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki (original creator)
Music by Maiko Iuchi
Susumu Natsume
Yui Isshiki
I've (Sound Production)
Studio Seven Arcs
Network Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, MBS, CBC, BS11
Original run April 2, 2011June 25, 2011
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki
Illustrated by Kiro Habane
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Male
Imprint Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Magazine Newtype
Original run March 2011July 2011
Volumes 4 chapters
Manga
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki
Illustrated by Takuya Fujima
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Kadokawa Comics Ace
Magazine Newtype
Comptiq
Comp Ace
Original run May 2011November 2011
Volumes 1
Anime television series
Dog Days'
Directed by Junji Nishimura
Produced by Project DD
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki (original creator)
Music by I've
Maiko Iuchi
Susumu Natsume
Yui Isshiki
Studio Seven Arcs
Network Tokyo MX, CBC, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, KBS Kyoto, Sun Television, BS11
Original run July 7, 2012September 29, 2012
Episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Dog Days''
Directed by Junji Nishimura
Produced by Project DD3
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki (original creator)
Music by Susumu Akizuki
Yui Isshiki
Studio Seven Arcs
Network Tokyo MX
Original run January 2015 – ongoing
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Dog Days (ドッグデイズ Doggu Deizu?, stylized as DOG DAYS) is a 2011 Japanese fantasy anime television series created by Masaki Tsuzuki, also known for his work as creator of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and produced by Seven Arcs and Aniplex under the direction of Keizo Kusakawa. The story revolves around a boy named Cinque Izumi, who is summoned to an alternate world by Princess Millhiore in order to defend Millhiore's country, the Biscotti Republic, from the neighboring kingdom of Galette. Dog Days aired 13 episodes on Tokyo MX and other channels from April 2 to June 25, 2011. A second anime season, titled Dog Days' (ドッグデイズダッシュ Doggu Deizu Dasshu?, stylized as DOG DAYS'), aired 13 episodes from July 7 to September 29, 2012 on Tokyo MX and other channels. A third season has been announced, to be released in January 2015.[1]

A light novel adaptation with four chapters was published by Kadokawa Shoten, and serialized in the Newtype magazine between March and July 2011 issues. Kadokawa Shoten also published a Dog Days manga illustrated by Takuya Fujima, which serialized in three different magazines from May to November 2011. Several drama CDs have also been produced, as well as a comic anthology.

Plot[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Cinque Izumi is a cheerful and athletic half-Japanese, half-Cornish boy who studies at Kinokawa International School in Japan, and has a normal life everyday until he suddenly got summoned to the alternate world of Flonyard (フロニャルド Furonyarudo?). The people there look no different from humans, except for one thing; they have animal ears and tails. The one who summoned him is Millhiore, the dog-like Princess of the Biscotti Republic (ビスコッティ共和国 Bisukotti Kyōwa-koku?), who requested his assistance in their war against the forces of the feline-like Galette Lion Dominion (ガレット獅子団領 Garetto Shishi Danrei?).

After responding to Millhiore's plea, he receives a sacred weapon, the Palladion (パラディオン Paradion?), and is appointed as a Hero to fight for Biscotti in a war that unlike the ones in Earth, is waged with special rules and no casualties, in a fashion similar to a sports competition with the purpose to raise funds for the Kingdoms involved, where the winner faction claims a larger sum than the losing side. After winning his first battle for Biscotti, Cinque learns that when a hero is summoned into Flonyard he becomes unable to return to his homeworld, a fact that Millhiore also was unaware of.

The scientists of Biscotti promise to Cinque to find a way for him to return home in 16 days, the remaining time until his meeting with his friend Rebecca Anderson whom he promised to spend the last three days of his Spring Break with. Until then, he decides to keep serving Millhiore as Biscotti's hero.

Season 2[edit]

Three months after his adventure in Flonyard, Cinque gets summoned back once again, this time bringing Rebecca with him. His cousin and rival athlete Nanami, also is summoned to Flonyard as Galette's Hero. The First Princess of the squirrel-like Principality of Pastillage (パスティヤージュ公国 Pasutiyāju Kōkoku?), Couvert, scouts Rebecca and convinces her to become their hero. With each of the three nations having a hero, they decide to hold the Union Festival, a special competition between them. Meanwhile, Cinque, Nanami and Rebecca explore the world of Flonyard, having many adventures with their native friends. After the Union Festival ends, the three heroes return home, promising to visit Flonyard again in the near future.

Media[edit]

Anime[edit]

See also: List of Dog Days episodes, which lists all seasons

The anime series, produced by Aniplex and Seven Arcs,[2] is directed by Keizo Kusakawa, series composition by Masaki Tsuzuki, character designs by Osamu Sakata, music by I've Sound, Maiko Iuchi, Susumu Natsume and Yui Isshiki, and produced by the production company Project DD. The series aired 13 episodes from April 2 to June 25, 2011 on Tokyo MX, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, Chiba TV, TVK, TV Saitama and MBS, with subsequent runs on Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting and BS11. Six DVD and Blu-ray Disc (BD) volumes were released by Aniplex between July 27 and December 21, 2011.[3] The series' opening theme is "Scarlet Knight" by Nana Mizuki and the ending theme song is "Presenter" by Yui Horie, both produced and composed by Elements Garden. The ending song for episode 13 is "Miracle Colors" by Yui Horie. The insert songs of the series are "Kitto Koi wo Shiteiru" (きっと恋をしている I’m Certainly In Love?) in episode 5 and "Promised Love ~Daisuki x 100~" (Promised Love ~ダイスキ x 100~ Promised Love ~I Love You × 100~?) in episode 11. Both songs are sang by Yui Horie. A guidebook to the series, called Dog Days: Memory of Flonyard, was released by Kadokawa Shoten on January 26, 2012.[4]

A second anime season, titled Dog Days' (ドッグデイズダッシュ Doggu Deizu Dasshu?, Dog Days Dash),[5] aired 13 episodes from July 7 to September 29, 2012 on Tokyo MX, with subsequent runs on Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama, Tochigi TV, Gunma TV, KBS Kyoto, Sun Television, and BS11.[5] Keizo Kusakawa did not return as director for the season, instead being replaced with Junji Nishimura. Crunchyroll provided a simulcast of the second season beginning on July 14, 2012, with the first season to be uploaded at a later date.[6] DVD and BD compilation volumes will be released by Aniplex, beginning on September 26, 2012.[7] The opening theme for the second season is "Fearless Hero" by Nana Mizuki and the ending theme song is "Natsu no Yakusoku" (夏の約束 Promise of Summer?) by Yui Horie. The insert songs are "Heart Relation" in episode 8 and Shiny Heart Shiny Smile in episode 12, both are sang by Horie Yui. The song "Miracle Colors" by Horie Yui, which is the ending song for season 1 episode 13, is also the insert song for episode 11.

On 25 November 2012, a third anime season was announced by Dog Days manga artist Takuya Fujima.[8] On 24 June 2014, the animator Katsuya Kikuchi, via Twitter, requested his followers to wait a little longer as its third season is still in production. He also stated that more information regarding the anime's third season will be revealed.[9] On 15 August 2014, a fan has being passed out at the Comiket revealed that the third season of Dog Days will premiere in January 2015 on Tokyo MX TV, and will be titled as Dog Days'' (ドッグデイズダブルダッシュ Doggu Deizu Daburu Dasshu?, Dog Days Double Dash).

Printed media[edit]

A light novel adaptation of Dog Days, written by Masaki Tsuzuki, and illustrated by Kiro Habane, was serialized between the March and July 2011 issues of Kadokawa Shoten's Newtype magazine, published under their Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Takuya Fujima was serialized in multiple magazines by Kadokawa Shoten. The first chapter was serialized in the April 2011 issue of Newtype; the second and third chapters were serialized in the May 2011 issue of Comptiq; and the fourth chapter was serialized in Comp Ace. The chapters were later collected into a tankōbon volume by Kadokawa Shoten, published on October 26, 2011 under their Comics Ace imprint.[10]

A 142 page comic anthology was published by Kadokawa Shoten on September 22, 2011, under their Comics Ace imprint. Naruse Hirofumi illustrated the comic's cover. Fourteen different artists contributed to the comic.[11]

Drama CDs[edit]

A series of drama CDs based on the first season of the anime have been released by Aniplex. The first CD volume was released on August 24, 2011,[12] with a total of three CD volumes released as of December 21, 2011.[13] The CDs are side stories that take place between the episodes of the anime, the first taking place after episode 5, the second taking place after episode 12, and the third serving as an epilogue to the first season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dog Days Anime's 3rd Season to Premiere in January 2015". Anime News Network. 15 August 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dog Days TV Anime to Debut This April". Anime News Network. January 5, 2011. Retrieved February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Dog Days DVD/BD Volumes" (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "DOG DAYS Memory of Flonyard" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Dog Days Anime 2nd Season Green-Lit". Anime News Network. October 2, 2011. Retrieved October 5, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Crunchyroll Adds Dog Days' TV Anime". Anime News Network. July 9, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Dog Days' DVD/BD Volumes" (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Dog Days Anime Gets 3rd Season". Anime News Network. November 25, 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Animator: 3rd Dog Days Anime Season Still in the Works". Anime News Network. June 25, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "DOG DAYS" (in Japanese). Kadokawa Shoten. Retrieved December 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "DOG DAYS コミックアラカルト ‐おいでませ、フロニャルド編‐" (in Japanese). Amazon. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dog Days Drama CD (Vol. 1)" (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Dog Days Drama CD (Vol. 3)" (in Japanese). Aniplex. Retrieved September 1, 2012. 

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