Inubaka Vol. #16 (Mania.com)

By:Julie Opipari
Review Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Release Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Creepy stalker boyfriends are. Just. Plain. Creepy.

Creative Staff
Writer/Artist: Yukiya Sakuragi
Translation: Ari Yasuda
Adaptation: John Werry

What They Say
Woofles regular Chizuru advises her friend Serina, who is contemplating motherhood, to try looking after a dog first. Can Chizuru's dog Melon and a new puppy convince Serina that their affection and cuteness are worth the aggravation?

The Review!

Oh. My. I have no idea where this series is going now, but I don’t think I like the path so far.  Suguri has learned the identity of the person who kidnapped her when she was four, and now he is professing his undying love for her.  It is creepy.  I wish Suguri would grab the nearest chair and beat the guy over the head.  I mean, here’s a guy who kidnaps little girls, ties them up, and locks them in the trunks of cars.  But he’s kind of ok, cause he likes dogs.  WTF?
 
Thankfully, most of this volume was not about stalker Fujita.  I find that entire storyline rather distasteful.  Sure, people can make mistakes, but Fujita isn’t even trying to redeem himself, because he doesn’t think he did anything wrong!  The guy would totally freak me out, and I’d have to file a restraining order against him.  I mean, seriously?! He shows up at her work for no reason, he texts her at all hours of the night, and he can see that he makes her feel uncomfortable.  Ugh!
 
Most of the book follows Serina, the wife of a baseball player.  She wants a baby, but Chizuru suggests that she get a dog first.  After all, if she can’t take care of a puppy, she can’t take care of a baby, right?  Ok, so the logic is a little fuzzy, but since it’s not the stalker story arc, I will run with it.  Serina quickly discovers that taking care of a puppy isn’t as easy as she thinks.  She has to, like, feed it.  Teach it basic commands.  Potty train it.  Yup, it’s a lot of work, this raising a puppy business!
 
I don’t care for Serina, and I don’t think she is capable of raising anything.  Not even a Chia Pet.  She has such totally inaccurate expectations about what being a responsible adult should be like that she should probably have her mom move in to take care of her.  Sigh. 
 
In Summary:
While I still enjoy the series, the last two volumes have tested my patience.  Creepy stalker kidnappers should have nothing to do with fuzzy puppies and kind-hearted, though clueless, pet shop employees.  Especially when they haven’t been punished for their indiscretions.  Kidnap a kid, propose to her when she’s an adult?  No thank you!


Mania Grade: C+
Art Rating: B
Packaging Rating: B
Text/Translation Rating: B
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Released By: Viz Media
MSRP: 9.99
Pages: 216
ISBN: 978-1421531670
Size: B6
Orientation: Right to Left
Series: Inubaka