Is this a tragedy?

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Is this a tragedy?

Post by Gingaddict » Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:39 pm

When I read up on this Manga, it explained it as 'mostly about the relationships between the dogs and a boy or a young man.' But the only real details of it I have found is how these dog characters are either killed by man or put into a crisis because of man.

So is this a story about how we humans don't deserve dogs or just a series of tragedies involving dogs?

What do you think the main takeaway is? Is there something deeper here or just upsetting for the sake of being upsetting?
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Re: Is this a tragedy?

Post by Spirit Tree » Fri Feb 07, 2020 7:25 pm

I think it's about the nature of humans toward dogs. Many people like dogs, but many don't like them. I did read just two of the stories that are translated into English. One of them is about the Shiba Inu.

So my takeaway is that there are good and bad humans when it comes to how they treat dogs. But it's also about how emotional dogs can be, whether they are sacrificial for humans that they love or snapping at humans because they don't trust them after enduring earlier pain from others, even if they snap at good humans that mean no harm to them.
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Re: Is this a tragedy?

Post by Juza » Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:39 pm

I just finished reading it yesteday, and YES, it's definitely very tragic.
The humans in the story are mostly bad-natured and questionable people that are absolutely awful towards their dogs.
The dogs are a lot more dog-like/realistic than in Takahashi's other works too, and it's genuinely painful to watch them be neglected by the humans around them.
Gingaddict wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 3:39 pm
So is this a story about how we humans don't deserve dogs or just a series of tragedies involving dogs?
I think it's a bit of both. I feel like the main message is how we should remember to value and appreciate dogs, and give them the best lives we possible can. Basically it's like a reminder saying "a dog might just be a small part of your life, but for your dog, you're the entire world.".

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Re: Is this a tragedy?

Post by Digsu » Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:57 pm

Juza wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:39 pm
The humans in the story are mostly bad-natured and questionable people that are absolutely awful towards their dogs.
Personally, I feel like it's a mix of both good and bad, with the stories featuring both people who absolutely love their dogs and people who are awful to them. It comes off as both tragic and hopeful: dogs are wonderful creatures and humans can do horrible things to them, but we're also capable of giving them great love if we want to.

Granted, that could be my opinion just because I can't help but compare it to Fang, which, similarly to Ginga no Inutachi, was written by Akira Itou and illustrated by Takahashi, and features a similar "humans are bastards" premise. However, Fang is... significantly more one-sided about the matter, to put it mildly, and the way GnI handles both the pros and cons of human/animal relationships instead of just making it all about how humans are horrible makes it feel more bittersweet than outright depressing.



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Re: Is this a tragedy?

Post by Juza » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:27 pm

Digsu wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:57 pm
Personally, I feel like it's a mix of both good and bad, with the stories featuring both people who absolutely love their dogs and people who are awful to them.
I guess you're referring to the boy from the first story and the old lady being good? They both started out being neglectful and bad owners despite redeeming themselves later on though.

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Re: Is this a tragedy?

Post by Digsu » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:46 pm

Juza wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:27 pm
Digsu wrote:
Sat Feb 08, 2020 8:57 pm
Personally, I feel like it's a mix of both good and bad, with the stories featuring both people who absolutely love their dogs and people who are awful to them.
I guess you're referring to the boy from the first story and the old lady being good? They both started out being neglectful and bad owners despite redeeming themselves later on though.
Yes, but also the people who were good to begin with, like the old teacher from the second story and the Brazilian worker from the sixth one.



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Re: Is this a tragedy?

Post by Kaiken » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:49 pm

This story is truly amazing! It's so sad just first two chapters have been translated. This is a gold book that every dog owner should have.
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