... come on, forgive me

       In a post apolyptic world devoid of seasons, where man's "golden age of technology" ruined earth and caused science to run amok, there live four individuals looking for a door to the hell far below the surface. Through a series of coincidences, the ex-hitman-now-bartender Mihai, the deranged and psychopathic Haine, the vengeful yet kind Naoto, and the freelancer Badou meet one another.

       DOGS is a Japanese manga (and soon to be anime) by Miwa Shirow, first published in 2001 as Dogs: Stray Dogs Howling in the Dark. 2005, the series began again as Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, continuing the storyline.

... my shirt's all ragged

       Giovanni is Haine's younger "brother", who was also subject to the Cerberus experiments. He shares Haine's collar and extraordinary healing abilities. Giovanni was one of Haine's victims when Haine went on a rampage through the facility, but somehow he had managed to survive. He works for Einstellsehn, their "mother" who was behind the experiments, and informs Haine that she's still alive. Giovanni's assumed favorite pastime is taunting Haine, especially about Lily's death, in order to induce violent rages from him. Giovanni also seems to have vivid and traumatic memories of the event, as his Cerberus spine seems to have activated later than Haine's and Lily's. Giovanni is usually seen wearing suits (pinstriped ones) and bug-eye sunglasses, along with a bowl hair cut. His weapons consist of pistols.

       Giovanni first appears in Chapter 2 of DOGS: B&C, "Maiden & Eisen", teasing Haine on the train. Giovanni then disappears (or leaves), seeming as if Haine was either imagining things or dreaming. Giovanni reappears again, watching Haine from above some sort of warehouse, highly amused by Haine's situation.

if i catch a cold, it's your fault

       Giovanni's an elusive character. His actions aren't predictable, nor can you derive any reason behind it, besides for fun. He loves teasing Haine, he enjoys seeing Haine break free from constraint and releasing the "dog" within him. Despite his teasings, Giovanni is polite to his "mother" and Freuling. He is often seen with the Hardcore Twins, Luki and Noki. Other than the people in the facility, Giovanni's main focus is soley on Haine.

"No matter where we are, as long as we have these 'rings' around our necks, we are just 'dogs'."

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