The Pink-Haired Princess of Dog Days
Airing in 2012’s summer season for thirteen episodes, Dog Days’ (pronounced [dɒɡ deɪz dɑːʃ]) is the sequel to 2011’s fantasy action/adventure series, Dog Days. It follows the adventures of a young boy in a fantasy world, later accompanied by his cousin and childhood friend.
Both series are relatively mediocre, with uneven plots, one dimensional characters, and concerts that make for a poor man’s idolm@ster. Yet that the original was popular enough to warrant a sequel, suggests it very much a guilty pleasure.
" But the trap is set, your naiveté will be your end."
Whenever a new season is announced, there’s always a rush among writers to cover as many series as possible, in hopes of discovering their next favorite show to cover. One can’t deny the excitement in this flurry of activity as preseason hopes are met, dashed, or exceeded; even those who take the cynical, “Everything this season is going to be terrible,” approach giddily throw themselves in with vigor, possibly with the glimmer of hope that they may be proven wrong.
It was with this same giddiness that I initially watched the first episode of The Idolm@ster, along with the curiosity that arose from this guest post on our blog by 2DT and Yi. The first episode was interesting enough (in particular its presentation, which is the focus of their discussion in the article linked above), but nothing reached out and grabbed me, compelling me to watch more. There were other series that had made a better case for continued viewing, and I wasn’t familiar with the Idolm@ster franchise at all, so it didn’t appear to be anything special.
One sleepless night and seven additional episodes later, I’m happy to have been proven wrong.