Stargazing Dog Story and Art by Takashi Murakami
Hidden in a field are the dead body’s of a man and his dog. What led to their death’s? This is the story of a man, known only as Daddy and his dog Happie. A tragic tale of devotion and loss is about to unfold.
Serialized in the seinen (men’s) Manga Action comic anthology in Japan, Takashi Murakami’s Stargazing Dog is a true gem. Though the one-shot comic is not even 130 pages long it manages to tell a beautifully written narrative of a canine and his devotion to his unfortunate owner. Refreshingly, the story is told from Happie’s perspective which results in an even more fascinating tale.
To add to the intrigue, the story itself is a commentary on the state of society and it’s injustices towards unemployed individuals. Happie’s devotion to “Daddy” is at once heartening and tragic. Though Daddy has flaws the bond Happie and he share is heartwarming and the flaws (rather than being grating) allow him to be a more sympathetic character.
Ultimately, Stargazing Dog is a refreshing take on tales depicting bonds between humans and their canine companions. It is a story which will remain in one’s mind long after the final page is turned.Stargazing Dog is available in print from NBM Publishing and digitally on the JManga website