Dog Soldier

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Synonyms: Dog Soldier: Shadows of the Past
Japanese: ドッグソルジャー


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 8, 1989
Licensors: Central Park Media
Source: Manga
Genre: ActionAction
Theme: MilitaryMilitary
Demographic: SeinenSeinen
Duration: 44 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 3.771 (scored by 13541,354 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #132692
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Popularity: #10430
Members: 2,722
Favorites: 3


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When an American scientist carrying a cure for the AIDS virus is kidnapped by an arms merchant, John Kyosuke is forced back from retirement. He accepts the challenge to regain possession of the anti-serum. He finds out that some of the people he is after are closely related, which gives his conquest a whole new meaning.

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"Okujou no Sissy (屋上のSISSY)" by BLUE ANGEL


Jul 31, 2008
Mixed Feelings
When one thinks of Dog Soldier ~Shadows of the Past~, quality isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Well, aside from "Quality" being with a capital 'q' and only in the instance where that indicates a mistake of real quality in a piece for irony. Looking at the scores assigned to this review, it's pretty mediocre with one shining moment; however, looking at my own personal view of it, it's an abysmal 3. One's final opinion is all in what is expected from the viewer, which is probably it's greatest strength.

If you're looking for a serious adventure about a man's fight against a military ...
Aug 5, 2012
I wrote a much more scathing review on my Atlanta Fried Critic blog, but given that I can't go all-out on this site, I'll tone it down a bit. It's important that I do this, because you need to know never to watch this OVA. Everything about it, from the laughable story to the dreadful animation to the complete jumps in logic that apply to both of those things, is awful.

Let's start with the laughably named protagonist, John Kyosuke Hiba. The characters can never decide what to call him. In the same sentence, they'll call him "John", then "Kyosuke." What's up with that? Did ...
Oct 11, 2015
Before I start with my review, I have to say that action anime from the 80's and 90's, despite not having much of a storyline, are a guilty pleasure for me. Secondly, I'd like to say the this review is going to have some spoilers. They aren't very important, since this anime is just 45 minutes, but hey, you can't be too careful with this stuff.

Now, without much further ado:
"Dog Soldier" is an anime that promises a lot, but does only a little. Just from the poster, you can notice the character looks like Rambo. Since the main character, John Kyosuke Hiba looks and fights ...

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Poll: Dog Soldier Episode 1 Discussion
ballistique - Feb 7, 2011
9 repliesby Fortress_Maximus »»
Feb 8, 3:49 PM
Why do people hate this so much?
ArkX - Mar 2, 2013
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