Random Manga Theatre 87: Guardian Dog

Hit the “Random” button and see what comes up! In this feature, we take a look at whatever manga the Random Number God decides to throw at us and find out if it’s worth your time.

This time: Guardian Dog, with art by Shouko Fukaki and scenario by Akira Shirakawa

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Fun fact: if you for some reason have an encyclopedic knowledge of our old Random Manga Theatre posts, you’ll recognize the artist for this manga also drew Klan, one of our earliest RMTs. It’s a small manga world out there, I guess. Unfortunately, Guardian Dog isn’t as fun or interesting as Klan, and if you read that post you can tell that I wasn’t terribly impressed with that manga. Doesn’t really bode well for this one, does it?

Anyway – as I’ve said a disturbing number of times with this feature – every anime has to start with a guy meeting a pretty girl, and Guardian Dog is no exception. Our hapless hero Kurosaka is minding his own business when a couple of aliens (who of course look human, except they don’t actually, but some actually do? fuck it) show up and start fighting and blahblahblah. The one who isn’t a pretty girl possesses him and summarily dies, leaving Kurosaka with a bunch of weird alien powers that we almost never see throughout the course of the manga, and the pretty girl decides to stick around and keep an eye on him instead of just killing him like it’s her job to do. Anime!

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Turns out these aliens who sometimes-but-not-always look exactly like humans are the ones who uplifted humans into civilization in the first place so that they could proceed to harvest and consume humans, but then it turns out that the aliens were actually created with humans as a base, and really none of it makes very much sense. A lot of people run around and spout cryptic mumbo-jumbo and have boring, soulless fights that don’t amount to anything. The only vaguely interesting part of pretty much the entire manga was a subplot about a plant alien who possessed a teacher and ended up assimilating her memories, and is now trying to understand what it is to be human. And even that wasn’t that interesting.

Verdict: Bad Dog, No Biscuit

Because I had to take an opportunity to shoehorn in a Cowboy Bebop reference. In all seriousness though, Guardian Dog wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t very good either. It was, however, dull enough to make both reading it and writing this post into an incredible slog. Read something else!

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