Manga / Dogs: Bullets & Carnage

"The dog inside me will not die..."

Dogs is set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic setting where it is always winter. Genetic manipulation exists in various forms, from creating attractive child prostitutes to making bizarre weapons. The organisation running the underground world seems to be the cause of a lot of violence and corruption... Including certain events in the main characters' pasts. The trouble is, those characters don't have the whole story. Either they're trying to find who exactly is behind something, or who killed X person, or just what got Y involved in it all. Familial angst is prevalent, as are people who are a lot more involved than they first seem. But whatever their reasons or pasts, they're in it together.

It started off with one volume, titled Dogs: Stray Dogs Howling in the Dark, which introduced the four main characters and gave a little backstory for some of them. Dogs: Hardcore Twins introduced Luki and Noki, two young girls who treat killing as a game. More recently, Dogs: Bullets & Carnage started the main plot aspect, revealing more about the characters, introducing new ones, and dishing it all out with heaps of action.

There's also an OVA, also titled Dogs: Stray Dogs Howling in the Dark, which is based on the original manga.

Dogs: Bullets & Carnage provides examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The black blade that Naoto wields can slice cleanly through guns.
  • Abusive Parents: Angelika Einstürzen to the kids with Kerberos spines. She tells them to kill in order to gain her love.
  • Achilles' Heel: Those with Kerberos spines can regenerate even amputated limbs, but causing damage to the brain or their collars causes permanent damage.
  • Action Girl: Naoto and the Twins.
  • Animal Motifs: Constant references to being 'stray dogs' on the edges of society.
  • Anti-Heroes
  • Arm Cannon: Noki.
  • Art Evolution: Given the several-year gap between the original Dogs and Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, it's not much of a surprise.
  • Ax-Crazy: All of the villains, some of the heroes too.
  • Backstory
  • Badass Boast: Frühling boasts that no one who's ever seen her has lived to tell the tale, which is pretty much true. But it's only on a technicality. Ernst Rammsteiner - that is, Bishop, the blind priest - fights her and lives.