Has Viz Canceled Inubaka?

I like Viz’s manga series Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs. It’s got some guy-oriented fan service and silly plots, but the adorable dog pictures more than made up for that for me.

Volume 17 came out last November, and I used to have Volume 18, originally planned to be released next month, on my Amazon wishlist. However, I just noticed that its entry has been replaced by this “no longer available” mention:

My Amazon want list

For those who aren’t familiar with Amazon’s system, books with release dates that aren’t in the next month or so say “not yet been released”, as the Hikaru no Go listing shows. Books still planned but without a specific release date show “Currently unavailable”, as Panorama Island does. “No longer available” is rare, and as you see, unless you remember what the item was, there’s no indication of which title has been canceled.

Inubaka 18

The missing Inubaka manga volume?

According to ANN, the series ended in Japan with volume 22. Searching for “Inubaka 18″ at Amazon only returns the previous book in the series, as shown here:

Inubaka search

I hope Inubaka isn’t a victim of the growing trend to avoid long manga series, since many of the volumes are stand-alone. I’ve emailed Viz and asked them to comment on whether the series will return at a later date. I’ll update this post with what I find out. Anyone else out there going to miss this series, too?


  1. I think Reborn! 17 suffered a similar fate. It was due out in October, missed its date, and it’s not on Amazon or on TFAW (http://www.tfaw.com/Graphic-Novels/Pre-Orders/Companies/Viz+Communications/Profile/Reborn-GN-Vol.-17___368517) either. No announcement, and I know a couple people have sent inquiries with no response.

  2. I can handle delays but not a cancellation. I have all sorts of theories how certain relations will develop and I want to see what actually happens. Cancelling a series at volume 17 when 5 volumes are left is cruel. I understand that sometimes certain decisions need to be made in order to keep a business running. But when you have fans that have spent around $170 on a series (and there are so few volumes left) they should go out of their way to finish at that point (Omnibus perhaps?). After all, they’ll lose a certain level of trust from those they abandoned with so little to go. I do admit though…if there were say 10+ volumes left, I could see how a company would then have to cut their losses and move on despite fan disappointment.

  3. The question of how many volumes to bring out to reward loyal customers is a good one. I would suggest that, if a series is not making a profit, five might be too many. If there was only one left, I’d suggest the publisher release it to build goodwill and not risk damaging future releases. Two, maybe. But three or more? That gets into money.

  4. I emailed them about Reborn and the only response I got was something along the lines of “keep checking our website,” even though the reason I emailed them in the first place was because checking the site had given me no answers. For all Viz series up in the air (Strawberry 100% is another one), I hope it’s delays rather than cancellations. I wish they would be more upfront about it, but I understand their reasons to not be. I wouldn’t even mind if these series were released In omnibus format. It’s frustrating having spent over a hundred dollars on 16 volumes of a series and being at the start of a new storyline only to have the series completely disappear. How do they expect me to not turn to the scanlations then after getting so far into the series? I’ll give it a few more months to see if a solicitation appears before turning to the scans, which I rather not have to resort to. Even more frustrating is that Reborn was a potential hit and Viz did next to nothing to market it (it didn’t even get a preview chapter in Jump).

  5. They may be in the middle of figuring out new plans (perhaps a spring volume is moving to much later in the year?) or similarly have no definite information to provide. As you say, it’s understandable, although very frustrating when a long-running favorite has the end in sight and then stumbles.

  6. Perhaps the last 5 could be released in an omnibus volume? Although I don’t know what the production cost differences are between 1 Omnibus and 2-5 regular volumes of manga. I was really grateful when Mushishi finished up in an Omnibus.

  7. […] I feared when I wrote about the next Inubaka volume disappearing from online sales outlets, the series is on hiatus. I received the following statement from a PR […]

  8. Anna Frohling

    This is too bad as I was just starting to catch up with Inubaka. It is a great series, possibly the only manga I’ve read with realistic animals (looks and behavior wise.) Although parts of it can be goofy, I would be truly sad not to get the entire series.

  9. Off-topic question, but does anyone know of a website that contains a list of the dog breeds featured in Inubaka? I’m curious as to whether or not a West Highland White Terrier and/or Bichon Frise shows up over the course of the series.

  10. Ooooh I really hope this does not get cancelled. I really want to continue reading this series up till the very end! I mean.. It should go longer than 22 volumes overall… Its such a great manga that has its ups and downs in real life- especially around the doggy world.

  11. Aww! Cant believe that it’s on hiatus! I’ve been with this series since vol. 1 and it was just getting juicy! I dont think it will be cancled though…I mean, they only hav a few more volumes to go! You’re almost to the finish line Viz!

  12. Gahhh! I can’t believe this. Iunbaka is absolute favorite manga. After finding out this news today, i’m pretty much heart broken. Like Amanda said, i’ve also been with the series since volume 1. I’d say its pretty cruel to leave us hanging on where it left off. Five volumes still need to be released, I was excited for 18 to come out. I was really hoping for something between Suguri & Teppei by the time the series was finished. I fell in love with all the characters and of course the all the dogs. I can handle it being on hold for a some time, but if its cancelled I will be so disappointed.

  13. Omg, I’ll be soo sad if it gets canceled, this is one of the few mangas left that I read, and own all of. I don’t mind a hiatus so much, but I really hope they release the next one soon. ):

  14. This would be a severe disappoint if it got the axe. Seems like so much revolves around profit these days instead of quality. This is the only place I’ve been able to find out any info on the series. It was also removed from my B&N wishlist and has since disappeared from the site.

    Keeping fingers crossed!

  15. OMG!! I srsly hope that it isn’t canceled!! Thats the ONLY series that i read anymore!! If it ends, my manga collecting days will be over!! NNNNOOOoOoOoOo0o0o0o0o0o0oooooo!!!

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  17. I can’t believe this! Practically like everyone else Inubaka is basically one of the only series I still collect and look forward to reading every time a new one releases. PLEASE do not cancel the rest of the series. I’ve been looking forward to the rest of the volumes for a very long time. Sure I can handle a hiatus, but not cancellation. And it kills me to have to just wait to here any news about it.

  18. I’m still bummed that Ichigo 100% is probably cancelled, Viz had 5 more volumes to print and the series would be done, why stop it at 14?

  19. Five books is a lot, though. That would be 15-30 more months’ worth, depending on publication schedule, and if they’re not selling enough volumes to make the desired profit now, sales will only decline from there.

  20. I honestly can handle a hiatus, but certainty not a cancellation. I would be so heart broken. I’ve spent over 170 bucks on this series, and have been reading it from the gecko. I am a very big fan of it. Instead of making us wonder viz media should let us know what is going on with the series. I would also like to know what is going on with Reborn!

  21. im pretty sure the week it was supposed to come out they said it will be on hiatus because of japan’s earthquake but now its been months!! this is ridiculous if they wont continue im gonna hire someone online to translate it for me!

  22. I really hope scratch that actually pray that this series is not canceled because I seriously adore it. Its on my top 5 favorite manga list

  23. I’ve been so up to date with this series and it’s a total disappointment to not have the entire collection…. I never knew that they would actually stop their work to continue with something I probably won’t like .-.,,
    Anyways, I have my manga collection on a shelf in my room… And have “all” 17 of the Inubaka books and it is still larger than my “Baby and Me” collection… Baby and Me has 18 Volumes and it still comes short in size when it’s stacked up…
    Kinda just went on a random rant, but I’m just completely devastated that they would just abruptly stop this amazing series… It actually taught me about dogs to be honest and I loved looking at the pictures of the real dogs people had… It helped me understand what dog was what….

    Sorry for ranting about my nonsense again, I’m just truly devastated like I said…

  24. I hope it’s not cancelled! I have been downloading the raw manga,so I at least know what the last five volumes are like but I can’t read kanji D: PLEASE VIZ, FINISH INUBAKA!!!

  25. I miss the series!!! I hope they didn’t cancel it :( inbaka <3

  26. cant u just say if it was cancled or not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Yes, it was canceled. No more volumes are planned to be released by Viz.

  28. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. I just spent a good portion of my afternoon completely heart broken. Never before have I been more disappointed by Viz- I hate this habit they’ve picked up on with not seeing translations through to the end…
    Would anyone happen to know if there are any online translators who are/have been working on getting the last volumes translated?
    Or if not, anyone know where I could possibly order the last volumes- in Japanese? Sure, I won’t be able to completely understand or even appreciate it, but I’m way too attached to the series to just move on without knowing, at least vaguely, how it ends…

  30. Same here! It’s been so long now and I’m worried she’s stopped with the series. I have all Inubaka volumes 1 – 17 and it’d just be awful if she just left the story hanging like this but what can you do? :(

  31. I come from a very book-oriented family, we read constantly, and I want to cry at this point. Inubaka was one of the reasons I work with animals today (plus I just absolutely LOVE the series)! I know it’s a horrible thing, but I can’t trust VIZ anymore. They’ve broken my heart too many times. Inubaka was the last manga series I ever read and I think it will stay that way. It’s not just VIZ that does this kind of thing, my sister has had the same trouble with other companies. I can’t handle the hurt of loosing amazing tales and books…

  32. Cale douglas

    oh well i check at my country at a international book store they says it’s was cancelled. i wonder if this is true or not anyway
    i wish they turn this Manga inubaka(crazy for dogs)to An Anime…
    later you’all

  33. Noo!! It’s got too many adorable dogs to be canceled! X(

  34. http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/search/keyword_%E3%81%84%E3%81%AC%E3%81%B0%E3%81%8B/target_SEARCH/type_sr/

    If you don’t mind getting them in Japanese, you can buy the books from this site. That’s what I’m planning to do. They ship to every country from what I can tell, so since I’m in the US, this is good for me.

    The only down side is that, while I know katakana and hiragana, I don;t know kanji. So I’m going to have to try to get help translating the pages once I do get them, as would you guys.

    But if you’re a dedicated fan and truly wish to finish our collection, here’s your resource!

    They’re NOT finishing the English translated series. It sucks, I know, but at least it DID finish at all.

    Hope this helps!

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