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 However, I just noticed that its entry has been replaced by this “no longer available” mention:
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.
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:
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?