Ginga Nagareboshi Gin

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Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
Gin, Riki, Ben, Cross and Smith... some of the primary characters in Ginga Nagareboshi Gin.
銀牙 流れ星銀
(Ginga Nagareboshi Gin)
Genre Shounen, Adventure, Drama.
Manga: Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
Written byYoshihiro Takahashi
PublisherShueisha Jump Remix under Jump Comics
Original runJuly 1984 – 2005
Volumes18 (First edition)
Anime : Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
Directed by Tomoharu Katsumata
Nobutaka Nishizawa
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Studio Toei Animation
Network TV Asahi
Original run April 7, 1986 – Originally September 22, 1986
No. of episodes 21 TV episodes

Ginga Nagareboshi Gin (銀牙 流れ星銀 Ginga Nagareboshi Gin. Translation: Silver Fang Meteor Silver, or Galantic Meteor Silver) (Silver Fang in Scandinavia, Bjørnehunden Silver in Denmark, Hopeanuoli in Finland and Ezüst Nyíl in Hungary) is an anime and manga series created by Yoshihiro Takahashi, it is about the adventures of a Tora-ge (tiger striped) silver Akita Inu named Gin (Japanese for Silver), and other wild dogs on a mission to kill the demon bear Akakabuto. It was serialized in the Weekly Shounen Jump, and first published as a manga by Jump Comics.

On April 7, 1986, TV Asahi began to air the Ginga Nagareboshi Gin anime on Japanese TV. The anime's production was by Toei Animation. Japanese TV stopped airing this series in September 22, 1986. With the release of the Ginga Legend Weed anime, the series' sequel, Ginga Nagareboshi Gin was re-broadcasted on Japanese TV on December 20, 2005.

The idea for this series was inspired by a newspaper article that Yoshihiro Takahashi once read, which was about dogs running away from their owners and living in the wild. Amazed that the dogs were 'returning to nature', Yoshihiro Takahashi began to create Ginga Nagareboshi Gin. The idea of Gin's character came from his own pet dog.

The manga was never lisenced and translated into English, nor was the anime. However the anime came to some parts of Europe. Ginga Nagareboshi Gin is a very violent anime, and so over 100 minutes of the original series was cut to make the series suitable for children. Many fights, scenes of blood and gore were cut off. Often when a character died, the scene would just be cut out and the character would just disappear with no trace.

Akakabuto's demise in the original was that his head was sliced off by Gin's Zetsu tenrou Battouga. But in the cut version, Takeda "Jii-sama" Gohei just shot at him once and the bear died. So although many scenes were cut, some violence was left in the cut version.

End of Spoiler.

In December 2003, the uncut DVD was released in Sweden and Finland. And in October 2006, Denmark got their uncut version. As of yet, there is no word about when the other countries will get the uncut DVD.



See also: List of Ginga Nagareboshi Gin Chapters and List of Ginga Nagareboshi Gin Episodes

Akakabuto Story Arc

The first episode started with a flash back of Takeda "Jii-sama" Gohei, and his bear dog Shiro. The two were out hunting for bears when suddenly a bear attacked him. The bear would later be named Akakabuto which meand red helmet, refering to the red fur on his back. Akakabuto fights Shiro and Takeda Gohei shoots Akakabuto's right eye. The shot also resulted in making Akakabuto insane and becoming a serial killer. Akakabuto and Shiro then falls off a cliff, but only Akakabuto survives.

The episode then switches back into present day. Takeda Gohei now has a new bear dog, Riki who was the son of Shiro. Akakabuto is still alive and still a huge threat in Japan. The two are quite determined to kill Akakabuto. Meanwhile, a dog named Fuji, owned by a boy named Daisuke, gives birth to three puppies. Riki is the father to all of the pups. One of the pups which catches Daisuke's eye, is a silver tora-ge pup. Daisuke names him Gin which is Japanese for silver.

Eventally, Riki and Takeda Gohei are trapped in a gorge. A week later, Daisuke secertly takes Gin with him to try to find them, determined to have Riki see his special son. Upon arriving, Riki is fighting Akakabuto. But Riki is soon hit and falls down a cliff, presummed dead. Now Takeda Gohei needs a new bear dog, and decides to take Gin away from Daisuke. After six months of brutal training, Gin is now ready to hunt along side with his new master.

Gin soon meets a pack of wild dogs, who's leader seems to be Riki! Riki is alive but is suffering from amnesia, and thus cannot remember who his son is. But he only remembers Akakabuto, and how he wants to kill him. So Riki had gathered a group of dogs, who were previously owned by pet owners, in a mission to kill Akakabuto. But they don't have enough warriors yet, so Riki asks his whole pack to find more dogs. Gin decides to join Riki's pack, and the adventure begins.

Kai-Ken/Moss Sub-Plot (Part of the Akakabuto Story Arc)

Igas v.s Kogas/Kurojaki Sub-Plot (Part of the Akakabuto Story Arc)

Benizakura/Fighting Dogs Sub-Plot (Part of the Akakabuto Story Arc)

Wolf Story Arc

Genres and Age Ratings

Age Rating (uncut): Older teens or Adults, e.g 16+ or 18+.

Ginga Nagareboshi Gin (original) is said to be one of the most violent anime series around. In the first episodes, there isn't much blood and gore. But in the last few episodes, it starts to get really intense. Other violence includes Akakabuto's eye shot off, a single claw swipe from a bear makes a gory sight, and generally every attack makes blood show.

Those watching the original with fan subs should be aware of swearing.

There is no sexual jokes in the anime. However it can also be a little sexist. Many of the male dogs say that female dogs are weak and can never hold their own, and there is barely any female cast. There is about three female cast members Cross, Fuji and Pink Dragon... but only Cross appears the majorly throughout the series. Cross, luckily, is quite strong so that should please female veiwers. The manga has sexual jokes in it instead.

Age Rating (cut): Suggested to be PG.

Many scenes of violence, blood and gore were cut out in the European dub. However not all the blood or violence was cut out, making the cut dub suggested for G or PG. This was done to keep some of the key elements of the plot as the main point of Ginga Nagareboshi Gin's plot was to kill a bear.

For most of the cut dub, most of the scenes with blood and gore were cut.

Genres: Shounen, Adventure, Drama.


Primary Characters



Takeda Gohei








The Three Kai-Brothers (Akatora, Kurotora and Chutora)







The Four Generals of Mutsu (Kisaragi, Uzuki, Hazuki, Minazuki)




Wolf Arc's (Manga Only) Characters

(Listed in alphabetical order and not in debut order)

  • Big Horn
  • Black Snake
  • Bob Cat
  • Fuuga
  • Gaia
  • Gao
  • Gold Eye
  • Hyakkiga
  • Hyouma
  • Jaryuki
  • Juga
  • Mountain Bison
  • Mugen
  • Mukonga
  • Noroi
  • Pink Dragon
  • Raiga
  • Red Bull
  • Reima
  • Retsuga
  • Shuga
  • Shiga
  • Thousand Dragon
  • Thunder Wolf
  • White Tiger

The Manga

Volume one from the first edition.
Volume one from the first edition.

Ginga Nagareboshi Gin has had several editions (also known as reprints) of the manga. So far, the manga is only available to Japan, Korea and China. The first edition was released from 1984 to 1988 by Jump Comics, with a total of 18 volumes. Jump Comics also released the second edition (1993-1994) which consisted of 10 volumes.

Shueisha Publishing released the third edition (1997-1998) which also had a total of 10 volumes, it is also notable that the third edition had the most popular manga covers, which shown a colored background image of Akakabuto roaring with one of the dog characters in the top right corner. Each volume cover of the third edition had a different color. Volume one had red, volume two was in green, etc.

The fourth edition was released by Shueisha Jump Remix in the year of 2004. With a total of 8 volumes, the covers had a more dramatic appearance and matched Yoshihiro Takahashi's 'newer and cleaner' style of drawing that he did in Ginga Legend Weed. The fifth edition was also released by Shueisha Jump Remix in the year of 2005, having covers that were a tad bit similar to the fourth edition's.

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