This is my first review, so be gentle. Anyway, from the moment I picked up the first volume of this manga, it peaked my interest. I didn't buy it at first, but at my friend's prompting, I opened it, read a little bit... and quickly made my way to the cash register.
Let me just say, the first thing that caught my eye was the fact that it was, not surprisingly, about dogs. Which, is actually... not something I see in a manga every day.
I won't say much, but the story is very interesting, because there is a hint of a... well, supernatural-ness. Just
a gentle power/ability given to the protagonist. It's very slight, of course, and doesn't go very deep, but drops easy-to-understand hints that something interesting is undoubtedly going to happen.
Since the story is about dogs, it sounds like it could be a cheesy read... but in the first volume I came near tears at a certain chapter, because of a dog. I can relate to the story, and the characters... but that's another section...
Usually when pets are introduced in other manga, they look very stylized and, well, not very interesting. But the fur, the eyes, the posture of the canines all look very professional and very very cute. Owning a few pups myself, I felt that the creator really captured the spirit and energy and real puppies.
Also, the characters... wow.. they're just beautiful. From their faces to their clothing, they look terrific.
BUT, what stands out the most for me? The backgrounds. Some artists lack on the background art, and that's very disappointing at times. Because, backgrounds add a certain element and realism to a comic. So, Sakuragi does backgrounds. Very clean, very detailed, and very interesting.
They're not CRAZY about dogs. Meaning, not unrealistically obsessed. The main character has other interests, like clothes and things of the sort, she just happens to really love dogs... and has a strange ability to make them... well, you'll find out later.
The males are believable. The females are believable. It's not super-over the top. Except... for when Suguri holds dog-poop. That's a little strange, but, well, could be far weirder.
It's funny, has wonderful artwork, a touching but not overly deep storyline, and... it's about doggies! But even if you're not crazy about dogs, you might enjoy this manga anyway
when I added this manga to my list, I was shocked to see how few other members had read this title. now, on the surface, this looks like just a dog-lovers' story, but it's way more than that. I don't own a dog, but this is, by far, the best manga I have ever read!
the only other book series like this is "all creatures great and small", a very fine story by an English vet about his experiences with animals in War-time England.
what makes a good story a great story, manga or otherwise, is when an author persuades you to love a character
whole-heartedly, and when you feel a range of emotions: joy, anger, sadness; all of it. this is that story.
another big plus here is the incredible drawing-skill. I mean, it's one thing for the manga-ka to draw moe and/or human figures, but this lady draws dogs like I've never seen.
well, guess I got carried away, but I meant what I said. give it a try.
I've been into anime and manga for a while now, but I've really never had a favorite manga. I've read a couple of different kinds of mangas to try out, but most of them were pretty boring. I loved the Naruto anime, but surprisingly, I didn't like the manga. I came into the bookstore one day hoping to find some books on how to draw manga animals. I figured maybe I could find a manga book that could give me a couple of pointers. I then came across an Inubaka book. I saw that it said "Crazy For Dogs" which gave me an indication that
this book could be worth reading. I have 2 dogs and love reading about them. I was a little concerned that manga would be a little boring with no action, like Prince of Tennis. I started reading a couple of pages, and bought it.
I read the entire book within an hour. The art was fantastic, esspecially the dogs. Each chapter was unique and made you feel a different emotion. And each chapter came with a little interest tibit on different breeds of dogs. I laughed at all the silly things Suguri and her dog Lupin would get themselves into. I loved all the different characters with their different personalities, but overall my favorite character is Suguri.
I hope one day that Inubaka will have its own anime.