I checked out this OVA series on a whim, and it’s not the best crime/mafia anime out there but it’s not half bad either. There are 4 episodes in all and the first two focus on Mihai and Badou, pictured above in green and orange respectively. There’s a balance of drama and comedy in the same manner Cowboy Bebop was depicted but so far Dogs fails to get as dark or gritty. Either that’ll show up in the last two OVAs or it might be more serious in the manga (which I’ve yet to read).
The animation and art style are a bit generic at times but I think the action makes up for it. There are plenty of shootouts and the plot builds up around Mihai’s past that he has to face when he comes back in town. Oh, and there are prostitutes with hearts of gold. The first episode is mostly serious but the ending is kind of a WTF moment since there really is no transition between the last scene and the next episode.
Badou’s episode was funny mostly because of the mafia boss who, shall we say, sometimes likes to let others take the reins. I loved the boss’s goons who are trying to comprehend the situation:
I’ve tried to decide what the target audience for Dogs is supposed to be. On one hand, you have crime groups, assassins and guns.
On the other, there’s a lot of male fanservice. The panning up of Mihai during the first episode’s credits was sooo slow that it was more awkward than ~sexy~. Overall, the only concept that I’m disappointed with is that the OVAs are pretty much standalone with only a few tidbits carrying over from one episode to the next. Hopefully that’ll change for the last two OVAs.