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08 August 2007 @ 06:04 pm
Picspam - DOGS: Bullets and Carnage. Because the manga is so damn gorgeous.  
Instead of working enough on my essay, what I’ve been doing in the past two days is checking out more series. Because I’m weak-willed, okay. D: And because…well. DOGS is an amazing series, and. Yes. It’s distracting and so very shiny. >_>

Picspam post! You guys know I never make them, so…here, have maybe 12 DOGS manga images. :D Though, my layout makes this a bit of a pain…hm, oh well. You might have to scroll down a lot to get to the images, because of my sidebar.

So. The series. There’s one volume with 4 parts that introduces all 4 main characters, then Hardcore Twins, a short chapter or so that introduces two…really scary twins, then DOGS – Bullets and Carnage, which is the series that’s ongoing right now. And DOGS… It’s a bit complicated. If you familiar with things like Sin City, a lot of those comics, etc, you’ll get the whole shady universe thing. Basically, there’s a lot of guns, some katanas, fighting, blood, more fighting, rumors of an underground where people are ‘put to pasture’ where children are brought up to be fighters with enhancements, people who can regenerate, and…hm, lots of stuff. Stuff.

Anyway, that’s not quite as important. Haine. And Naoto and Badou. But mostly Haine. All you need to know. First, the main cast:

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From left to right. The older guy’s Mihai, an assassin that’s supposed to be dead and was involved in some gang things, letting him meet the boy who was like a son to him…who killed the woman he loved.

Next, Haine Rammsteiner. Who has quite the angsty past, and due to an incident where he went berserk and killed his sister, hates women and just can’t be around them. He’s a lethal fighter/killer, and oh yeah, he’s one of those people who can regenerate. Lethal and so good looking D: . He was one of those in the underground, and he’s still dragging his past along with him up here. He also has a certain scar on his neck, and a certain ‘black dog’ inside of him. The manga’s currently dancing around the topic right now, but info should be forthcoming soon.

Then Naoto, who’s later Fuyumine Naoto. She can’t even remember the faces of her parents, as the shock of her near-death experience made her lose most of her memory. She just knows that one night, the three of them were running away from something – only to run into a katana wielder that slashed through all of them and left her with a huge cross-shaped scar over her chest and almost killed her too. She’s saved by the guy that killed her, and constantly trains for her revenge. Until one day, someone kills him first, and then she finds out some other truths.

Finally, Badou, who’s…humorous. That’s one way to say it. He’s constantly smoking and seems like a bit of a cowardly wimp, but if he’s out of nicotine for too long, he goes berserk and becomes a machine gun-wielding killing machine. Also, he’s Haine’s partner for various jobs.

…And no, they are not gay. >:[

Anyway, onto the artwork. Because the artwork is so gorgeous. All of the characters look great, the backgrounds are just as great, and the anatomy is flawless. Miwa Shirow’s amazing. It was so hard to pick just several (re: 11) images to show. ;_;

First, see Haine. See Haine kill. Two guns and a chain? Freaking awesome.

See Haine regenerate right after he gets shot. His enemies are then scared shitless. :D

This is Nill. Yes, she has real wings. In the series, there are also pig-men, cat children, and so on. There was an age of genetic manipulation, and Nill’s one of that age’s relics. She’s the only woman that Haine can stand to be around. He completely freezes up when other women get close or touch him, and starts to go crazy, but it’s okay with Nill. Oh, and have some Haine angst too.

This is in chapter one of Bullets and Carnage. One of those flash brush-by moments. Naoto. Haine. Much hintage ensues. I mean, about how they and their pasts and what they’re seeking are intertwined, but we can go further than that. >_>

Oh yeah, Naoto. By the way, she can fight. She’s lightning fast. And no guys are going to push her around.

And finally, in chapter 11 (yeah, I’ve skipped 9 chapters)…they meet! And they even got two whole pages to this one moment. Before this, their images would constantly be compared even when they’d never seen each other, so yeah, the mangaka’s really milking this. :D

Proof that Badou and Haine are not gay together mnkay :[ I laughed so damn hard at this part.

…I love Haine and Badou. They can be so evil. :D (Meanwhile, in the background, Naoto’s all exasperated and “are you two really negotiators (their current job atm)??”)

The freakish twins from Hardcore Twins find Haine, and then Naoto. They do the regenerating thing too, by the way. In the meantime, Badou had a nicotine crisis, Haine kicked him out of the way, and then he and Naoto combined their gun and sword tactics. :D

Look at all the eye contact and hot hot art.

So yeah, that’s all I have right now. I think 20 chapters are out, and I’m waiting anxiously for more. The problem is that they take forever to get out and then scanlated, and the chapters themselves can be as short as 10 pages and as long as 31. At the moment, Naoto and Haine are getting along a bit better, though in that fight they were constantly conflicting. Ah, my canon senses are tingling.

Unfortunately, all of the (rare) fic is slash right now. So, yeah. I think the series is currently a hit with iconmakers because the art is just so gorgeous, too. The story looks like it’ll get quite a ways, and, yeah. You should go and read DOGS right now. dogs_manga has all the links.

…In the meantime, maybe I should get back to my essay and stop getting distracted by Haine and Naoto and rereads of the manga. Meh.
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Raerae00 on August 8th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
Huh, never saw some of the last pics. Manga must be farther now. Maybe I'll pick it up again...
Raerae00 on August 8th, 2007 04:40 pm (UTC)
Edit: Ahahahahahahaha.

Surfing the Dogs comm you linked to, and found something you should really see, if you haven't already.

Drama CD seiyuu list.
Heine = Sakurai Takahiro (Cloud from FFVII AC, Kira from Bleach, Kanda from D.Gray-Man)
Badou = Ishida Akira (Hakkai from Saiyuki, Eyes from Spiral, Chrno from Chrno Crusade)
Naoto = Itou Shizuka (Himawari from xxxHolic, Rinali from D.Gray-Man, Wilhelmina Carmel from Shakugan no Shana)
a regular decorated emergency.: FE9 - Nepheneedarkenedsakura on August 8th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Nope, I already knew that. Why's Linali so important? Sakurai voices Kanda, so. Personally, I don't like any of the DGM voices, but that doesn't have to affect the DOGS cast. Haine should be awesome. Though...hm, I can't imagine Linali's VA as Naoto's. Ergh. :\

...But...AHA. I -knew- I saw Ishida Akira's name on the list! I'll definitely get Dex interested in this now. Though, as Badou...hm. Oh well, might as well see how it goes.

And yeah, the manga's up to chapter 20 now. Well, I'm sure that more chapters are out, but the scanlator tends to release them in batches. So it'll probably be a few more months before more chapters come out. Where did you read to, 12?

*needs some Heine and Badou icons*
Raerae00 on August 8th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, forgot to bold his. But meh, Kanda. Apparently I never like the bad-boy characters - again, probably 'cause I'm supposed to like them. Huh; neither can I. But then, y'never know.

Eh, you might. Problem is, it's only for a drama CD right now, I think. Or have they planned an anime without my knowledge?

Don't remember what I got to. XD; I'd have to check my folder - if I haven't deleted it. *is shot*
a regular decorated emergency.: Itsukidarkenedsakura on August 8th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, so I was supposed to notice the DGM? For what reason? XD;;; I mean, I know quite a few of those series on the list. And eh, I don't like Kanda. He's just boring. He's all angsty and annoying without a reason, and then he just drops off and disappears and then that thing that happens in the late 90s in the manga and...zomg. But characters like Natsume and Haine and Allen are infinitely interesting. But I still don't understand why you wouldn't like cool characters simply because you think you were supposed to have liked them. I'd understand if you didn't like them because they're not your type, but...O_o;;

Yeah, only a drama CD right now. There's no way they could pull of an anime - they don't have nearly enough material for one yet. Even if they put in DOGS vol.1, Hardcore Twins, and Bullets and Carnage together.

*shoots >:[* But, eh. I'm always enchanted by these kinds of universes and characters, and I can see where you wouldn't be. Bet you're not into the comic book series/movies.
Raerae00 on August 8th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Haven't been following the manga-*is shot*-*revives long enough to finish*-and I'm behind on the anime. *is shot again* *sighs and just resigns self to staying dead* But I actually have plans to get somewhere on the latter, so d'you know about when 90 is in the anime?

They aren't. I guess. But then I don't really have a type. Maybe "dangerous women," or "girls with guns." XD But they have to be intelligent and not just dangerous; and...I'm not really sure. I mean, you'd think with those criteria I'd love most of the chars in "Gunslinger Girl," but I don't, really; I just like them. Guess I'm looking for maturity, too, and...But then we're back to my LJ post about significant others - I'm looking for myself, it seems. *grins wryly*

Very true. Is there any estimate on how long the main series will continue?

Uh...I watched Teen Titans, and I like Avatar and Obon. If they count. Which I doubt. But not movies, and I don't read comic books. (I might read 'em, if they were online, but they aren't and I don't subscribe to things and am not willing to make frequent pilgrimages trips to the bookstore, so.)
a regular decorated emergency.: breaking outdarkenedsakura on August 8th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
*shoots* Well actually, I've fallen a little behind also. I always do this when the series is ongoing. But eh the anime's trash don't watch it when you could be reading the manga >:[ So yeah, I have no idea where the 90s are in the anime. They have too much crap filler anyway.

'Cause it felt like what you were doing was along the lines of 'I'm going to like this because others don't like this', etc. XD You should give truly cool characters a chance. And hm, Gunslinger Girl. I only really liked Triela...but then I went and wrote about Jose and Henrietta, so what do you know. And yeah, I do tend to like characters that are either really complex, or characters like myself. So we're alike in that regard.

Nope. I hope it lasts for a long, long time. *wistful*

Nah, I'm talking about Sin City, V for Vendetta, even some of the darker Batman movies, etc. Actually, I have the comics for Sin City also. I dunno, I just have a soft spot for these types of series. I highly recommend the Sin City movie though - it's a film noir that has splashes of color, and the cinematography's just so gorgeous. And the stories. Love it.
Raerae00 on August 8th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
"A little". Ahahaha. Ha. Yeah. See, I'm like ten episodes behind on the anime, which means the manga...*sweatdrops*

Uh, no. I don't like characters for that reason - I just dislike them for the reverse. XD; Y'know? Triela was probably my favorite, too. With maybe Rico for close second. (I have a hard time keeping the handlers straight anyway; meh.) Yeah...


I'll...take your word for it. *has a bunch of stuff to do and watch already*
a regular decorated emergency.: Allen - you just don't knowdarkenedsakura on August 8th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
Trust me. The anime...urrrrrrrrrrrrgh. I can't say anything. *fumes* The manga's better, and it's faster to read manga. And yes. Besides, I don't think that the anime will catch up to the manga when it ends, so you'll have to read it anyway. Manga canon is better than anime filler shit.

But you see? That's exactly the same thing. *sweatdrops*

I'm not surprised - remember, you already told me that you're not into live action stuff. XD
Raerae00 on August 8th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
*snickers* *will continue watching the anime anyway*

They aren't the same. O_o They're two separate things that just happen to be opposites. One doesn't necessarily mean the other, if that's what you're saying. Or can you unbreak an egg?

Yup. XD
a regular decorated emergency.: your truths are liesdarkenedsakura on August 9th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
.............DDDDDDDDD: !! 1!

They're not really the opposites like breaking and not breaking an egg. Both of them are fueled by you not wanting to 'conform', in a sense. XD; Or that's how I see it because how can you -not- like Natsume and Haine and the rest. D:
Raerae00 on August 9th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
XDDDDDD *pats*

True enough, I guess. They're just not as tied together as you make them out to be. *shrugs*

Ahahaha. "Hell hath no fury like a lone fangirl." Or something. XD *is shot - multiple times* ...Ow. But yeah. I don't really dislike them; it's just that they don't reach through the pages and grab me. *shrugs again*
a regular decorated emergency.: Shiho - rose red snow whitedarkenedsakura on August 10th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
...Well, I guess it's your loss. Unless they do something funky in the canon, in which case I'll get mad. *grumbles*

I was just trying to discreetly point out how unreasonable you're being for the sake of nonconformity or whatever it is. :D

You're just unenthusiastic. *brushes aside* Think of it this way - I'll never be like one of those fangirls. *shuddershuddershudder* But eh. That's really too bad. D: D: D:


...Come to think of it, is Haibara the only character that's both of our favorites? I know that we typically like the same characters, but now I'm having a memory blank. Especially if you don't like those types of guys in series.
Rae: Detective Airae00 on August 10th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Hahahahaha. I'll probably get around to the manga eventually, but I'm so far behind at just about everything right now...*shrugs helplessly*

Reminds me of that quote, somewhere, about how most Americans conform to individuality. XD But no, I'm not chosing characters based on nonconformity. I'm just being unreasonable, period. XDD


Uh, she might be. Since your list is probably more managable than mine: Who're your favorites?
a regular decorated emergency.: Ouran - Hikarudarkenedsakura on August 11th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
........Yet you'd rather watch the anime, which would take more time. That makes no sense.

True, you are being unreasonable, but you said so yourself at one point to me, that you don't like these characters precisely because they're supposed to be so likable/most people like them. You really are unreasonable. D:

Thanks. A lot.

Uhhhhhhhhh. This would be a long list. Uhm, hm. Let's see. DGM - Allen, Linali. GA - Natsume, Tsubasa, Misaki. DC - Haibara. Suzumiya Haruhi - oh, this is hard. Kyon, Haruhi, and Koizumi all tied. Bleach - Rukia, Hitsugaya, Yoruichi. FMA - Riza, Roy. DN Angel - Satoshi, Dark. WHR - Karasuma, Sakaki. CCS - Syaoran, Yue. Tsukihime - Arcueid. Ouran - Kaoru, Hikaru, Haruhi. Wolf's Rain - Blue, Kiba. GitS - the Major. DOGS - Haine, Naoto. FE - Soren, Zihark, Mia. ToS - Sheena, Kratos, Raine. I'll just leave that list at that for now.
Raerae00 on August 11th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Naw. I haven't really been watching the anime either. XD; *is like ten eps behind* 'Sides, the main reason I'm watching it is 'cause I don't want to fall behind on the downloads (they're a pain to pick up again, as you probably know) but they take up space. And I like to watch things before I transfer them from laptop an external, 'cause I don't usually go back to the externals.

*rolls eyes* You're taking this too seriously.

(I need an mp3 of me saying that, or something. XD;)

Uh...Huh. More matches than I'd think.

DGM, DC (obviously), Bleach (don't like Hitsu as much as you seem to, but), FMA, DNA (sorta; I never really got that far with the series), Tsukihime, WR, GitS, DOGS, FE (where'd Neph go? O_o), and ToS.

But not GA, for SH I liked Yuki better than all of 'em combined-*ducks*-WHR I liked Robin and, to some extent, Amon; and for Ouran I like Haruhi and Kyoya. (Not necessarily together. And Kyoya/Tamaki makes my eyebrow twitch.)

Ahaha. Ha. You think your list is long. XD; *doesn't even want to contemplate her own*
a regular decorated emergency.: Dean - really?darkenedsakura on August 12th, 2007 08:51 am (UTC)
I'm harping on things in an effort to get you to change your mind. Unfortunately, you're too obstinate for that. D:

Haha, so you thought that the chars that we both liked were more exceptions rather than commonalities? And do you like -anyone- in GA? Don't bother watching DNAngel, either. And so I forgot Nephenee. There are too many awesome people in FE to keep track of. To be honest, Yuki doesn't interest me, though by far Asahina's my least favorite, even considering the later novels. I think it's because of all the fic that I'm not as fond of Amon and Robin. And everyone thought I'd like Kyouya and Haruhi the most...and then I ended up liking the twins. So I defied everyone in that aspect, I guess.
Raerae00 on August 12th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Why thank you for the compliment. XD

Mm...I don't know. It's pretty much breakeven. XD;

Problem with FE is that there're lots of awesome characters but no one is ever fleshed out enough...Oh? S'long as we're being honest: Haruhi didn't really interest me. It's probably the anti-popular thing kicking in again, but...yeah. She's just...too excitable, or something. *sweatdrops* Ditto on Asahina being least favorite, though.

Ahahahahahaahahaha. Are you saying what I think you're saying, about Amon and Robin? Anti-popular. *grins at you*

And again with Kyouya. Though you did say you liked Haruhi. But then Ouran Haruhi (as opposed to SH Haruhi) is just awesome like that, so.
a regular decorated emergency.: Sam - :|darkenedsakura on August 13th, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
Glad you can put a positive spin on things. :D

...D: .

Good for me as a writer; I can make up all the stuff I want. And I don't know why I like Haruhi. Knowing me, you'd expect that I'd hate that kind of boisterous, pushy person, but when she's not being her said pushy self, I can identify with her a lot. But yeah, I don't understand why people like Asahina. Ah well.

Nah, not like that. I think I started out liking Amon a lot, but I dunno. Their personality types just don't interest me. And I think it's just seeing how they were ficced...a lot of writers like to morph their personalities and, geh. Something. Secondaries are usually my favorites, anyway. Though I have to say, Robin's VA is pretty awesome.

Yeah, I can see why you'd like Haruhi from Ouran. Yeeeah. Only, you mean to be mean sometimes, unlike her. XD
Raerae00 on August 13th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
Only occasionally - and usually as devil's advocate. *grins wickedly*

Seconded. Thirded.

I try to stay far away from most WHR fanfiction. It's mostly after-anime OOCness with Robin and Amon, so. *shrugs*

"Sometimes"? XD
a regular decorated emergency.: SH - brand new daydarkenedsakura on August 14th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, yeah. Keep at it. -_-;


I was caught up in the really big part of fandom - it was the first that I'd ever been involved with, and I've never been into fandom as deeply as that again. A lot of certain fics were heralded, but yeah, I dunno. I'm damn picky. And then looking back, some things that I read aren't as good as I remember...though, hell, my fic was horrible and I guess my writing made a bit of a jump afterwards, so. But I dunno, if you look you can find some pretty good things. The goodfic ratio for WHR is surprisingly high, but that might be because of the audience it attracts.

I say 'sometimes' because I'm nicer than you. :D
Raerae00 on August 14th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Why thank you for your gracious permission. XDDDD

Most fics are much better the first time, and fall apart on reread. Some of that's cause 'willing suspension of disbelief' doesn't work quite so well when you know what's going to happen; some of it's just only-relatively-decent writing. But yeah, I agree that WHR fics tend to be better on average.

I actually meant "/only/ sometimes?", but that works too. XDD
fan2hoobastank: Half a facefan2hoobastank on August 8th, 2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
orz, sorry I haven't been able to do a lot about getting u more sources, I'm getting swamped at work and my mom just flew to TN to help with here gramma... did I tell you that already? so I'm holding down the house by myself right now, anyway I'll try to find time for to help you but it's been scarce lately :( :/ mmk well that's all I got for now as I'm off to work now whoopity do right?
a regular decorated emergency.: CCS - Tomoyodarkenedsakura on August 9th, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, please, don't worry about it! XD And ah, no, you didn't tell me. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, so completely don't worry. Hang in there :D
fan2hoobastankfan2hoobastank on August 9th, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
thanks, I'll do my best, I should probably make a post to update all this no? lolz yeah so i have the house to myself for another... two weeks or so. So that's both fun and a little ehhhh, cuz I'm waiting for something bad to happen lol. mmk ttyl.