Welcome! A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about cats in anime. Well, now it’s time for dogs! There are some truly hilarious, cool, and admirable dogs in anime. Here are my picks for today.
Appears In: Gabriel Dropout (2017)
This unnamed pooch is the bane of existence for Satania, the demon girl. He always steals her favorite food from her, melon bread. “Dog” seems to enjoy messing with Satania, and can even be humorously sadistic. He never hurts her, though. Despite herself, Satania eventually becomes attached to this devilish dog. I think he resembles a Japanese Spitz or a small white Shiba.
Appears In: Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Many of you know this famous anime dog. Ein is a corgi that tags along with the crew of bounty hunters in Cowboy Bebop. Ein seems to get along especially well with Ed, the lively, child genius hacker. It’s been a while since I watched Cowboy Bepob, but I remember Ein was adoable.
3. Pyon and Oguri
Appearances In: Nichijou- My Ordinary Life (2011)
These two cute but somehow creepy pups belong to Mai, a girl who loves to prank and get reactions out of her two friends. Pyon and Oguri accompany Mai frequently, obedient and well-trained — at least, with Mai. The dogs are humorously unfriendly to others. They nip and bite at others sometimes. Oguri is great at playing fetch. Since these are simply-drawn dogs in a light comedy anime, it’s difficult to guess what breeds they are most like.
Appears In: The Ancient Magus’ Bride (2017)
Ruth is the magical familiar of Chise, the main character. This dog can sometimes take a human form, but he’s much more dog than man. He is loving, faithful, and protective toward of Chise. He’s also courageous and will fight anyone or anything to protect her. Ruth has a unique appearance, but kind of reminds me of a black Irish Setter. Note: I’m not very knowledgeable about black dog breeds.
Appears In: Gintama (2006-2018)
The immense pooch seen here is a dog breed from another planet, but it resembles a Kishu breed. Sadaharu is the size of a grizzly bear but is (mostly) tame and friendly. He’s always amiable with Kagura, the girl who brought him in from the streets. This big boy even lets Kagura ride on him. Sadaharu also enjoys playfully chewing on Gin’s head, and he’ll bite Kagura’s enemies for real. He’s mischievous, playful, and acts like a puppy.
Appears In: Shinsekai Yori (2012)
This anime canine is a small-sized Bulldog and the faithful companion of Shun. Subaru seems friendly enough during the brief times we see him. When Shun’s life falls apart and he loses everything, Subaru stays by his side. Even after Shun’s uncontrollable power destroyed a village, and he waited to be sentenced to death, Subaru remained. He is the last of Shun’s family. The fate of Subaru is tragic, but he goes out trying to defend his master.
Appears In: Azumanga Daioh (2002)
The tiny girl Chio is the caretaker of this large white dog which resembles a Kuvasz. Tadakichi is even-tempered, good with children, and friendly to new people Chio introduces. He is so massive and Chio is so small that she sometimes rides on his back to school. He also accompanies her when she goes to run errands in the neighborhood. As you can see, Tadakichi is a great dog.
Before ending, I just to mention that there were more dogs I really wanted to include. So here’s a shout-out to Guts the pug from Kill la Kill and Owner the shiba from Blend S. That’s all for today. Thanks a ton for reading, and if you have a dog, be sure to give them extra ear scritches for me. Sayonara until next time!