Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs Book 11

The competitors introduced in Book 10 have stepped up their tactics in this volume, but friend-of-the-store (and bar hostess) Chizuru isn’t going to let them get away with anything.

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Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs
Book 11
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I was pleased to see store owner Teppei get a chance to demonstrate his knowledge and maturity when dealing with a difficult customer, one who owns a dog to play into his fierce self-reputation and his bullying ways. It’s the male version of pet as accessory to bolster one’s ego; in this case, he’s also using it as a way to pretend to be more macho than he is. While Teppei believes in excellent service to their customers, he also knows that it protects their dogs to choose their customers. Some aren’t worth the effort, because they aren’t or won’t be good dog owners.

The “spy in the shop” story (a worker sent by the competition) is wrapped up in a surprising fashion with potential for the book’s future. (Well, surprising to me, anyway, since I didn’t expect it to be shuffled quite so far offstage so quickly.)

The second half of the book introduces a new competition for Sugari (similar to the agility trials of Book 5). The shop boss wants her and Lupin to compete in K-9 Freestyle dog dancing as promotion for the store. The competitors are participating in the contest as well, although they’ve enlisted a ringer.

The plotline may seem reminiscent of an earlier story, but a competition is a great way to bring drama into the storyline, both for Sugari and the store. Plus, the athletic elements allow for showing sexy-cute girls’ bodies. It’s key, sometimes, if you’re reading for the dogs, to remember that this is considered a young men’s manga in its home country.

5 Comments

  1. [...] worst–of recent releases in his latest Right Turn Only!! column. Johanna Draper Carlson reviews vol. 11 of Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs at Comics Worth Reading. Michelle Smith takes a walk on the furry side with reviews of vol. 1 of [...]

  2. Johanna Says: “The second half of the book introduces a new competition for Sugari (similar to the agility trials of Book 5). The shop boss wants her and Lupin to compete in K-9 Freestyle dog dancing as promotion for the store. The competitors are participating in the contest as well, although they’ve enlisted a ringer…

    “…a competition is a great way to bring drama into the storyline, both for Sugari and the store…”

    Seems like there’s even a potential for Yukiya Sakuragi to win more fans of martial arts manga, if the characters get in any Schutzhund competition. Schutzhund is a sport based on guard dog duties the way karate, tae kwon do, etc. are sports based on self-defense. It’s not a civilian equivalent of the Iron Dog triathlon, though.

  3. Where do you find this stuff? You must read a lot of internet!

  4. I heard about Schutzhund on another forum, and found out about the Iron Dog triathlon while checking WaPo for the daily news. :)

  5. [...] dog dance competition they trained for in the previous book takes place. But before that, it’s Christmas (a few months late for US readers), which means [...]

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