Massagu ni Ikou is a heart warming 5 episode anime about the life of a dog in Japan. Mametaro is a crossbreed dog living with her master his whole life. The show is pretty much a slice of life anime and for what it's worth its a pretty fun anime.
Story (Good) --- Character (Good)
For anyone who has owned a dog or love dogs they will love this show. All 5 episodes have pretty common instances about life as a dog. Pure breeding, cross breeding, dog lifestyles, etc. Being a dog owner I easily related to most of the stuff they were talking about. Plus
Mametaro looked kind of like my golden retriever. Of course this anime is geared to children so each episode has a "moral" for every episode. Although its common knowledge to most, it's good information if you're planning on getting a dog. My only grip is the drama is a bit much.
Art (Fair) --- Sound (Fair)
The artwork is pretty standard fare. But you can tell most of the money was spent on the dog art and animation. The humans all look like bishonen rejects man and woman alike. But the dogs are detailed right down the little 'x' on their butt holes (they could have done without that honestly) but you can see all theri pads and nails on their feet, the collars have their buckles and tags and such. Their comedy faces are also hilarious as well. The music is pretty good. The op song starts off pretty happy and upbeat to set you in the mood to watch. The seiyus are all play their part great, especially the dogs. And the background music is usually a light hearted song.
Overall this is required viewing for all dog viewers alike. When I think of an anime centered around dogs this is what I expected.
Well another heartwarming season which is a shame that it's only 5 episodes long and it the last season, since at the end the say they want to see us again some time.
Just like the 1st season each episode has it's own story the only difference is that there's is a connection between 3rd and 5th episode, even tough I don't understand why they didn't connect 3rd and 4th episode.
It's too bad that in this season they did too much of squired dogs. I didn't like that in the 1st season, otherwise the art is good.
The voice acting in the second season
was worst then in the first season. What I also missed is in the fourth episode, when they introduce English characters the didn't get any English speaking person that lives in Japan (one I can think of is Lenne Hardt). Sure the dog does speak in broken English but you still hear that it's Japanese voice actor, while his owner speaks perfectly Japanese.