OMG FANGASM NOW.
I swear I don’t normally post this kind of fantarding nonsense. But I make the exception for DOGS because I love DOGS. I really need to get off my ass, reread everything that’s out and review the sucker because it really deserves more love.
My only concern is obviously the fact that DOGS is not a finished manga. I’ve said many times before that I hate it when they make anime adaptations of manga that hasn’t been finished, and as much as I do love DOGS, deep down, I’m very, very terrified of the prospect that they will somehow ruin it by giving it a lackluster ending of some sort. Miwa Shirow has been infamously slow in his updates, often going months at a time without a new chapter, so I really can’t say when DOGS will ever be finished. Ever since the drama CD came out last year, the prospect of an anime seemed very close, but I’ve always wondered… how are they going to pull that off?
Of course, the DOGS story and universe is very flexible, and as such, I can see it going off in a dozen different directions. This is the kind of universe that invites many interesting interpretations, and I’m interested to see what, if any, changes they’ll make to the existing material. I wonder if they’ll just take the concept and run with it like Fullmetal Alchemist? Or will they try to faithfully follow what’s there and make up some sort of ending like X? Or will they take what’s there and leave it open-ended with the intention of coming back later when there’s more material to work from, like Loveless? Of those three series, only FMA was any good, but even it didn’t make it out of there with a good ending. Has there ever been a 100% wonderful anime adaptation of an unfinished manga? None that I can think of off the top of my head.
That said, I feel as if the first volume of DOGS works well enough on its own. It’s basically just character building, but it’s very good character building, and each of the four sections works well enough as a standalone one-shot. If they go that route and only adapt the first volume, I could see this working out incredibly well. I think right now, that’s the option I’m hoping for. I suppose it’s really too soon to say. I’m still excited to see all of these characters in animated format, and I’m utterly in love with the voice cast here.
This is so exciting. Eee.