Story & Art: Shirow Miwa
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Schilling
What They Say
Boasting furious action, switchback plotting, magnetic characters and dazzling art, Dogs tells the story of four individuals struggling to survive a dystopian urban future by gun and sword and courage and luck.
Heine and Badou make their way into the innermost depths of Prof. Angelika Einstürzen’s underground sanctum. There, in the labs where Heine was born and then violently separated from his siblings, they learn more not only about Heine’s past but also about Badou’s connection to the professor. Meanwhile, Naoto is confronted by clones of Einstürzen and Frühling, and in the ensuing fight the truth about her origins is revealed.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
Everything in this series has evolved around what happened in the past, deep within the labyrinth of tunnels where Mother has her lab. After all this time, Heine and Badou has finally found the correct path to Mother’s lab and they plan on confronting its twisted master. It is obvious why Heine wants to make Mother pay for his pain, but Badou has learned that his missing brother might have been tortured by Mother. Now it has become personal for Badou.
For all of the terrible memories Heine has from his time spent in Mother’s clutches, none of them could have prepared him for the truth he finds. Mother, or Professor Angelika Einsturzen, has not only experimented on hundreds or even thousands of people, but also on herself. Mother has made hundreds of copies of herself and somehow has the ability to use each of her clones as an extension of her mind. Is she even human anymore?
Naoto is also trying to find her way to Mother’s den, but she finds her path blocked by Dog Soldiers and the truth of her existence and lost memory. The revelation triggers her lost memories, causing her to remember that she was created in a lab as a clone. Naoto was meant as just a body replacement for someone, however, her martial trainer helped her escape from the lab and wipe her memories.
Can Naoto come to grips with the revelations her returned memories have given her in time to save herself from those trying to kill her? Will Heine be able to finally break through his jumbled memories and remember who or what he really is and how he is related to the man in opposition to Mother? Badou is just a normal human, so does he have any chance of surviving the monsters in Mother’s Den?
Just when I think I have the mysteries of this series figured out, I get thrown a few more curve balls. Heine’s simple mission for revenge against Mother gets more complicated when he learns his “dead” friends are still being used in Mother’s experiments. Badou’s missing brother may have been used by Mother as just another test subject. And Naoto may be nothing more than another clone that was meant to be used as a body replacement. However, that isn’t all; Heine’s inner voice reveals that he may not be “Heine”. Then in the midst of all this chaos, Mother merges her body with the bodies of multiple test subjects and morphs into a monstrous chimera that may be unbeatable. At this point I can’t tell if this story is nearing an explosive ending or beginning another story arc, but I’m excited to see which it may be.
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: June 16th, 2015