Manga Review: Dogs – Bullets & Carnage

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Don’t mind the eyepatch guy trying to seduce you.

Mihai, the retired hitman looking for peace; Badou, the freelancer and nicotin addict coward; Naoto, the blade maiden looking for revenge; Haine, the immortal and albino guy tormented his past. In a world haunted by the mistakes inherited from “the golden age of technology”, these four stray dogs will cross their paths while they search for the entrance to Down Below, where monsters and nightmares are created.


Story Synopsis

The world is a different place. This generation has inherited the sins of mankind’s pride, and live in a world without seasons. In the underground city, 4 stray dogs live their life; each one with dark past to atone for.
Mihai is a retired hitman who works at a cafe, trying to stay apart from anything related to his former life. He’s often in a mild depressive state, but still has the sharp instincts and handgun handling skills he developed during his former job. Badou is your typical coward guy, with long red hair and a eyepatch over his right eye. He’s also a compulsive smoker; he’s so addicted that when he doesn’t get his nicotin supply he goes into a berserk state, shooting around with his dual Mac 10 (a fact that his friends exploit during confronts.). Naoto is a deadly maiden trained in the arts of swordmanship and is searching for the man who killed her parents, made her amnesiad and left a huge cross shaped scar between her breasts. Haine is the most peculiar of the bunch: he’s albino and has regenerative powers who allow him to survive wounds that would kill normal men. Because of that skill and also the fact he’s tormented for having killed his “sister” Lily, he has a suicidal stance during gunfights, while using his trademark white Mauser pistol and black Luger.
This bunch of assymetrical characters cross their paths when they involve with the swellers of Deep Below, a rumoured lower underground where beasts and abominations are being created and tamed for unknown ends.

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That’s how we greet Impz.


About The Manga

Dogs – Bullets & Carnage and is a Seinen manga created by Shirow Miwa, who also created the Devil May Cry novel. The manga started as a one shot volume called Dogs and published in 2001. After that, in jumped to serialization on Ultra Jump magazine in 2005 under the name of Dogs – Bullets and Carnage. To link both works, a special one shot chapter was created called Dogs – Hardcore Twins. Currently, Dogs – Bullets & Carnage has 3 published volumes in Japan.


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This move helped win the silver medal of figure skating of ’88 Olympics.

Reasons To Read This Manga

1) The characters are extremely appealing, both their personalities and by their looks. And one look an Naoto showing off her scar will make you a fan. ( Girls will probably prefer seeing Haine, though.)

2) The flow of the action scenes is intense, made in a style clearly inspired on Holywood and Hong Kong action flicks like Hard Boiled and Kill Bill.

3) The drawing style is very graphic and dark, using solid black and white shadows and with no use of tones, giving the overall manga look a heavier sense of tension.


Thoughs

This is another Seinen manga that I follow closely among the endless list I have of series to read ( I seem to read an awfull amount of Seinens, do I? ) The first thing I thought when I read the one shot was “…I want to see this realized by Quentin Tarantino”, since like said above, the manga has a great cenematographic sense on how to make action scenes… and also the fact that I can’t stop comparing Naoto with The Bride of Kill Bill. Another detail is none of the main characters can be considered a “good guy”, another trademark of Quentin’s movies.

The only thing that spoils down the quality is the release of chapters being mensal, so it breaks the flow a bit. And that doesn’t help mangas who rely heavily on action as this.

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He saw a Narutard nearby.

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9 Comments

  1. alkanphel
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    Bad thing about this manga is that the chapters come out so slowly and yet there are so little pages. I’m pretty sure most monthly mangas have around 3-4 times as many pages as a weekly manga. The action can get quite hard to follow sometimes too though because the art is a bit messy.

  2. Myu
    Posted December 8, 2007 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Dogs is a superb manga, it’s just that the insanely slow releases threaten to kill the tension. Whenever a great chapter does come out, though, I completely forget how long I had to wait for it. Every single fight and intercourse makes up for it. Badou and Haine, and now Naoto. Honestly, I love each character that appears in the manga.

  3. tienguan
    Posted December 9, 2007 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    you forget to put the assassin little girl twins….which i forget their names..

  4. Posted December 9, 2007 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    @tienguan: You mean Luki & Noki, the heterochromia loli bunny bounty hunters? I didn’t added them since they are villians and I prefered to focus on the main guys.

  5. D.J
    Posted December 10, 2007 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Dammit and I thought I was going to get an early night tonight, but this looks good…

    Maybe I can resist the urge to read until tomorrow…

    Dammit I shouldn’t have clicked on the first chapter… (hangs head in defeat)

    Who needs sleep anyway right? ^-^

  6. Posted December 10, 2007 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    @D.J: I can relate to that, right now I’m awake reading Ga-Rei (4 am here)

    Thinking also if I should do a Ga-Rei manga review or a quick review about Jump Square magazine mangas.

  7. D.J
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    Ooh ooh do a review of Ga-Rei.

    I saw the cover and it got me thinking hmm maybe I should read that next.

    Plus I like the supernatural.

    Ahh I feel your pain. I stayed up way later than I should getting stuck into Dogs. (I’m enjoying it btw)

    And then I got the urge for some shojo and I’ve never read Hana Yori Dango. So I decided to check it out.

    Biiiiiiiig mistake. Sigh I’ll need to rediscover caffeine at this rate.

    And the bank account is never going to forgive me for all the new manga I’ve discovered.

    Ah well you can’t take it with you right?

  8. Guru-Pu
    Posted August 17, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Hmm… Makes me think of Air Gear in style and “crude” use of language. XD

  9. jenny
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    ahhh it holds such a sad story behind each character..this manga is beautiful ;) but I’d like its releases to be more frequent, nothing you can do about that, as long as no chapter is dissappointing

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