Onion’s AV Club on Stargazing Dog
“Murakami knows he has a powerful central image in this happy, ignorant mutt and the desperate man who loves him, and so he stands back from it just enough to let it work on the reader, never pushing the story too far to the maudlin.”
And here’s a comment made there posted by a reader calling himself Finally Mad Enough to Post that we thought quite eloquent:
I’m going to make an admission here AV Commentators, the secret origin of Finally Mad Enough To Post: I ‘can’t’ cry, I’ve got such an tall thick emotional wall between me and bottled up sadness that it takes huge events to open cracks.
I tore through Stargazing Dog and it left me blubbering like a beaten toddler. I loved every sad destiny-foretold beautiful page of it.
Is it a manipulative book? Yes, but it is executed with such naturalness and quality even if you know what’s coming the effect holds true. I’m not being objective of course, but I don’t have to. I just loved this, and sometimes when the art reaches that point it’s beyond criticism.”
A more ambivalent review from Comics Reporter:
“While I think some readers may find the story affecting and the situation depicted genuinely scary — in that it underlines how close we all are to being cut loose by society — others are likely to find its story over-the-top and its emotional through-line bordering on shamelessness, and perhaps the whole affair suffering from a lack of sophistication.”