Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin

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Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin
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The first book of the first publication of Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin manga
銀牙 -流れ星 銀-
Written byYoshihiro Takahashi
Published byShueisha
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
Original run19831987
Volumes18 (first edition)
Anime television series
Directed byTomoharu Katsumata
Written byMitsuru Majima
Kenji Terada
Music byGorō Oumi
StudioToei Animation
Original networkTV Asahi
Original run April 7, 1986 September 22, 1986
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Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin (Japanese: 銀牙 -流れ星 銀-, literally "Silver Fang: Silver Shooting Star") 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.[1]

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,[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

The manga has been released for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at Apple's iTunes App Store and it is also available in English.[5]


Ginga Legend Weed[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.


  1. ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Archived from the original on 2010-01-18. Retrieved 2007-08-19.
  2. ^ ไอ้เขี้ยวเงิน 1 (in Thai). Retrieved 2011-04-25.
  3. ^ "HOPEANUOLI alkaa kevät/kesä 2010!" (in Finnish). Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-03-18.
  4. ^ "METEOR GIN ilmestyy 1.9.!" (in Finnish). Retrieved 2011-04-27.
  5. ^ "Silver Fang ~Meteor Gin~ for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store". Retrieved 2011-08-11.

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