Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin
|Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin|
The first book of the first publication of Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin manga
|銀牙 -流れ星 銀-|
|Written by||Yoshihiro Takahashi|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||1983 – 1987|
|Volumes||18 (first edition)|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Tomoharu Katsumata|
|Written by||Mitsuru Majima|
|Music by||Gorō Oumi|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||April 7, 1986 – September 22, 1986|
Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin (Japanese: 銀牙 -流れ星 銀-, literally "Silver Fang: The Shooting Star Gin") is an adventure manga by Yoshihiro Takahashi. It was published by Shueisha in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1983 to 1987, and collected in 18 bound volumes. It received the 1987 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen series.
The series tells the story of an Akita Inu pup called Gin (Japanese for "silver") who leaves his master, a young boy named Daisuke, to join a pack of wild dogs. The pack is gathering strong dogs from all over Japan to fight a deranged bear named Akakabuto and his minions. The story begins from the point of view of the humans, but swings to the dogs with episode seven of the anime. It is in that episode that the audience hears the dogs communicating with each other through speech, though it continues to be barks and whines to human ears. Takahashi was reportedly inspired by a news article about hunting dogs that had been abandoned by their masters and had begun living as wild animals.
Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin was adapted as a 21-episode anime television series by Toei Animation. In western countries, the anime was released as a set of four VHS tapes, and censored for violent images. This led to the removal of several plot-critical scenes, including all footage from the episodes preceding the series finale as well as the deaths of certain characters. Due to limitations of sound-editing at the time this resulted in the background music of certain scenes to be lost.
The anime has been dubbed in Korean, Thai, Finnish, Hungarian, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish. In 2003, the uncensored and non-dubbed version of the anime was released in Finland and Sweden as a 5 DVD box set. A corresponding DVD set was released in Denmark and Norway on October 3, 2006, this version, however, had a brand new Danish dub. The Finnish publisher Punainen jättiläinen is releasing the original 18-volume manga with the first volume published in May 2010. The Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin data book, Ginga Seiken Densetsu Meteor Gin (銀牙聖犬伝説 Meteor Gin) was released in September 2011 and after Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin ends, its sequel, Ginga Legend Weed (銀牙伝説ウィード Ginga Densetsu Wīdo) started to be published in December 2011.
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Ginga Legend Weed
In 1999, Takahashi started Ginga Legend Weed (銀牙伝説ウィード Ginga Densetsu Uiido), a sequel manga which takes place 14 years after the original. Gin's son, "Weed", searches for his father whom he has never met. An anime adaptation by Studio Deen was shown throughout 2005 and 2006. The manga is currently published by Nihon Bungeisha. The anime was released on DVD in Finland and other Nordic countries in late 2006 by Future Film. Each DVD contains 3-4 episodes and costs about 13 euros. Future Film released a Weed DVD box set in 2007.
Ginga Legend Weed: Orion
Ten years later, in 2009, Takahashi finished Ginga Legend Weed and started a new project, Ginga Legend Weed: Orion, starring Gin's grandchildren, Weed's pups Orion, Sirius, Rigel and Bellatrix.
Ginga Legend Riki
Ginga Legend Riki is a short, prequel manga based on Riki's puphood. It was first published in a magazine named "Weed World", and eventually an entire volume was produced. There is only one volume and it is six chapters long.
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