Dog Days (anime)

Dog Days

Cover of the first volume of the first season featuring main characters Shinku Izumi (left) and Millhiore F. Biscotti (right)
(Doggu Deizu)
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Anime television series
Directed by Keizō 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, GYT, GTV, CTC, tvk, TVS, MBS, CBC, BS11
Original run April 2, 2011 June 25, 2011
Episodes 13
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
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki
Illustrated by Takuya Fujima
Published by Kadokawa Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint Kadokawa Comics Ace
Magazine Newtype
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, CTC, tvk, TVS, GYT, GTV, KBS, SUN, BS11
Original run July 7, 2012 September 29, 2012
Episodes 13
Anime television series
Dog Days''
Directed by Junji Nishimura
Kikuchi Katsuya
Produced by Project DD3
Written by Masaki Tsuzuki (original creator)
Music by I've
Susumu Akizuki
Yui Isshiki
Studio Seven Arcs Pictures
Network Tokyo MX, GYT, GTV, TVA, SUN, KBS, BS11, AT-X
Original run January 10, 2015 March 28, 2015
Episodes 12

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 Shinku 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 aired 13 episodes from July 7 to September 29, 2012 on Tokyo MX and other channels. A third season started airing 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.


Shinku 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 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, Shinku 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. While the scientists of Biscotti look for a way for him to return home, he decides to keep serving Millhiore as Biscotti's hero.

After successfully returning home, Shinku is summoned back time and again, to visit his friends in Flonyard while embarking on several adventures with them, accompanied by his cousin and rival athlete Nanami Takatsuki, who is chosen to become Galette's Hero, and his close friend Rebecca Anderson who is also chosen by the squirrel-like Principality of Pastillage (パスティヤージュ公国 Pasutiyāju Kōkoku) to become their hero as well.



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 sung 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 sung 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 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

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

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.


  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 August 2, 2016.
  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. 1 2 "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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