Doomsday with My Dog, Vol. 1
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Its animation is its most unique aspect - it basically looks like a manga. A still, clearly hand-drawn frame stays on screen for several seconds, with perhaps only the mouth moving, and massive speech bubbles with huge text inside them. It makes the show feel very static and doesn't lend itself to immersion, as the text takes up a good 25-75% of the screen most of the time. It's hard to tell where the main cast actually is, but usually that doesn't matter, since the focus is on the dialogue, not the setting. A post-apocalyptic four-panel comic series that’s at times philosophical, at times crude, and at times childishly silly, but consistently wonderfully drawn. There’s no overarching story arc, just a series of interactions with creatures – many of whom are fantastical – amid the ruins of civilization. Our main characters may look like a teenager and her dog, but they interact more like a comedy duo than a master and her pet. That's not to say that you can't come up with reasons based on what we get in the text. It is strongly implied that the girl – who is only referred to as “Master” by Haru; we don't know her actual name – stopped attending school regularly in middle school, although we don't know why. Is that why she survived, possibly because she was in some secret place alone when the world ended? Does her strong bond with Haru have anything to do with it? It seems possible that she could always talk to him, which may indicate that she was just different enough to become Japan's sole survivor, but the other bits of world-building are odd enough that any logic we might apply to the story is a moot point. For example, cats appear to have been victims alongside humans, which feels odd, because on the whole cats are more predisposed to take care of themselves than dogs in the grand scheme of domestic animals. There's also one strange moment when Siberian Huskies are counted as “Western” dogs, something generally not, as I understand it, part of more official canine classifications.
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One of the standout aspects of Doomsday with My Dog is the relationship between the main character, Master, and her faithful companion, Haru-san. Haru-san is not just a pet; he is a loyal friend and an essential member of Master's survival team. The show beautifully portrays the bond between Master and Haru-san and their unwavering determination The characters are enjoyable. As you may expect, there isn't particularly any outstanding character development, but the characters are still enjoyable to watch. The interaction between the leads are a joy to read; the main girl's cynical and down-to-earth personality as well as Haru-san's overly-philosophical and loving personality makes for a great and fairly humorous relationship. There are a few other recurring characters, like other dog breeds and yokai. They aren't particularly deep, but still fairly interesting. Also, nothing wrong with cute doggos. Finally, the occasional hints at the main girl's personality and her past are a very nice contribution to both her character and to her relationship with Haru-san.
As someone who belives that one of the greatest things in life is ones connection with their dog this collection of short comics strips was humorous and heartfelt.
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Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed Doomsday With My Dog, the animated webcomic of Yū Ishihara's Sekai no Owari ni Shiba Inu to manga. HIDIVE will exclusively stream the animated comic shorts this summer. The series is drawn in a four-panel format, with the majority of the manga strips presented in pairs. There’s no real arc to the series; comics are grouped into sections, but the section breaks serve mainly as places for the publisher to insert cultural notes. And because of the many references to Japanese products and folklore, there are a lot of notes. Fair warning – the bonus chapter has nothing to do with the main story (per the creator, Yū Ishihara) and it reduced me to a sobbing mess. If you're sensitive to sad animal stories, you may want to (and can safely) skip it. I mention it right off the bat because the rest of the book is free from bitterness – our lone human survivor is a high school girl who's just living her best life with her best boy, to the point where the alternate-world “ten years later (had the world not ended)” piece really does come out of nowhere. There are extrapolations you can make about the heroine's actual post-apocalyptic life, but it's rough going if you generally avoid the “sad animal story” genre.A teenage girl and her dog travel through the ruins of Japan following the apocalypse. The dog is somehow a philosopher and we don't really know much else. Here are the North American anime, manga, and light novel releases for August. Week 1: August 1 - 7 Anime Releases Dragon Ball Z Season 1-9 Collection Blu-ray [2023 ... read more