Saturday, January 07, 2012

Manga Rec #8 - Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs, Vol. 1 by Yukiya Sakuragi

Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs, Vol. 1 

by Yukiya Sakuragi

All alone except for her loyal mutt Lupan, 18-year-old Suguri moves from the countryside to the big city to find a job and a new life!
When she accepts a job at a pet store, she meets a variety of dogs and owners, each with own quirky personality. What she lacks in experience, she makes up for with her natural rapport with all things wagging and fluffy! 


This manga is perfect for people who are, literally, crazy for dogs. The art is mind-blowing! The author has such a knack for drawing dogs! They are perfect, with every single tiny detail skillfully done. Not to mention that Sakuragi is always doing research about the different breeds, their behavior and origin. She teaches us something new every volume.

Inubaka 146 Page 17 Inubaka 146 Page 18

Inubaka 54 Page 6
Inubaka 54 Page 12 

The issues dealt in this series can be sometimes shocking (maltreatment of animals, bad owners, selfish breeders), but there's also a lot of love in it. Sakuragi reminds us of how one small furry being can change our whole life for good. How they can make us insanely happy with just a wag of their tail. :) She gives lots of good advice on buying, raising, training and breeding dogs.

Suguri, the main character, is as naïve as they come. She has a strange talent when it comes to dealing with dogs... she knows when they're going to poop (and can catch it with her bare hands. LOL), puppies pee themselves with excitement when she's near... and we find out more and more about her "secret abilities" as we read. :)

Inubaka 1 Page 50

The stories are great on their own, but when you add the fantastic artwork: it's a complete winner.

Inubaka 137 Page 13

I simply love it. I have all the volumes and am very sad they stopped at number 17. (it goes til 22 in the japanese version). Inubaka is a very good opportunity to find out more about how to love and care for our pets (and squeal over the cutest puppy drawings EVER).

*Some of the content can be a bit mature. It's nothing much, just a few scenes that can be considered smut (panties and bra showing), and the sad parts about mistreatment of dogs.*

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