Gin is a silver Tora-ge named after his coat color. Shortly after being born, he watches his father, Riki, get killed by Akakabuto, a bear that terrorizes everything in his path. Being the third-generation of bear-dogs to try to stand up against Akakabuto, he ventures out to find dogs to join him in his fight.
Not many anime have canines as main characters. And perhaps this is a good thing; Most people can relate to humans much better than animals. But what makes Ginga Nagareboshi Gin (henceforth acronymed to GNG) so engaging is the characters involved in it. The main character, Gin, starts off a loveable Akita puppy who soon grows into a teenage fighter and leader.
Other dogs get their time to shine as well; from John's acceptance of the pack to Hyena's new sense of justice.
What the anime lacks in animation it more than makes up for in story-telling and enjoyment. The immense cast of characters and the way
everything mixes together makes for an anime everyone can take something from. Truely, the plot is straightforward and simple, but out of that simplicity comes the innocence childern fans cling to and the epic-adventure story adult fans cling to. The background music is also simple, but very catchy. Usually, as variations of the opening and ending theme songs, the background music gets stuck in your head quickly and effectively. It is hard not to hum to the victory tune that plays in the last episode or the battle tune that plays during the action-oriented scenes.
And does GNG have the action scenes! I assure you, if you are looking for action, you'll definitely get your fill here! Since GNG was animated by the same guys that brought you Dragon Ball, the fighting animations are very fluid and amazing. And staying true to the original manga, the anime occasionally has many freeze-frames of colored manga scenes. (This is a common aspect to GNG, and newer anime sometimes reference this.)
But GNG is also known as one of the most violent anime ever; from decapitations to eyes popping out of a dog's head. To me this does not hinder the enjoyment of the series, rather, it adds a more realistic feel to it. (As far as dogs fighting giant, demonic bears go.)
Even if this series was before your time, I ask that you give it a chance. It has that old-school feel that is so satisfying that you might just find yourself watching it over and over again.
First, the story: I love the story, maybe more than you normally would, as i wasn't very old when I first watched it, and it has therefore grown really big on me.
Anyways, it the good against the evil. It has humor, ACTION, some horror elements, sorrow and a tiny bit of love. It's all about helping each other, standing together and do your best, as in many other animes.
The thing that it is all about dogs makes it all the more interesting.
ART: Ok, I'll admit - the art is really not very good. Same scenes are used over and over - for example when the
dogs run. Also there are some technical flaws like the dogs' front legs when they run - they suddenly end up having both a shoulder, an elbow, the wrist and an extra joint! I.e. they've put a joint too much on them, but funny enough only when they run. It doesn't really have a great impact on the story, but it is just something that annoys me (being a dog-person).
There hasn't been paid much attention to detail. When seeing a mass of dogs, the only differences between them is often only color, and sometimes size, but of course it's hard to make every charater different.
Also, the colors of the dogs are odd, like in many other animes. Weird colors like blue and blood-red, and their color patterns are also often a bit off.
I really like the soundtrack! Lots of different music suitable for every situation. Well composed and makes you feel it deep inside you!
The chracters are... nothing special. We know how they each are and how they behave, but I don't think the focus is on the characters, other than perhaps just a few.
Despite the bad things, I have ALWAYS enjoyed this anime, wanting to be Daisuke and tried to train my old, fat Labrador like Silver/Gin, lol!
An all-time favorite for me because of the theme - dogs fighting bears with their life! A beautiful story STUFFED with action, feelings, courage - you name it!
If you ask me for my generation Ginga: Nagaberoshi Gin was a phenomenon. If you ask anyone who is around their thirties about Gin they usually have some memories about it. Even those who do not watch anime at all
and that is because there were those five VHS-cassettes to blame. In my country (Finland) the most brutal and bloody scenes were censored (like the decapitation) and the anime was put together so that one episode lasted about hour and a half. I am not sure is this anime or manga very popular elsewhere but with the young finns this anime adaptation has a special place
in our hearts. Even so two finnish bands: Children of Bodom and Whispered have covered the intro theme which is amazing and I never seem to get tired about it. You can find them in Youtube.
This anime is about dogs with human kinda intelligence. They do not start to "talk" until you watch few episodes. So far I've never seen an anime starring dogs and maybe that's why most of us here in Finland won't think this
is an anime at all in truth I found it out when I started to watch anime in my teens. We only think about the big round eyes don't we? I think this is a nice change and I really like the characters. There are many differend breeds and personas within the series. Gin is a young akita, John is a german shepherd, Ben is a great dane and I fell in love with each of them. And you can't never forget the Kai brothers.
I also really like the main villains which are the bears. This is a show about dogs versus bears and I think they establish it quite well. It's a faraway mountain place so the bears can roam freely. At first I thought that why do not they just take an army there and desolate the bears but I guess the government in this universe isn't interested in a small mountain town which seems plausible so it's up to Gin and his friends to overthrow the bears
and their ruler Akakabuto from the mountains. The story is mostly about gathering large enough army to challenge the bears.
The bears are huge and terrifying I remember I was scared of them when I was just a small boy. In fact I don't think they are bears they are more like a bear looking monsters or demons. The bears won't "talk" and I think that makes them even more terrifying. Sometimes less is more. And there are many unique bears as there are dogs within the series: Akakabuto is sort of a main villain and he has lost an eye and gone mad from the gunshot wound to his brains. Then I remember the bear with harpoons stuck on it's back who lived in a forsaken ship which had landed ashore.
The human characters are also quite good. Daisuke is a young enthustiastic boy and the owner of Gin. There are his mother and father but
they reprise minor roles. Gohei is an ancient hunter and Daisuke's grandfather. He is sort of obsessed with Akakabuto which is his Moby Dick. Sometimes Gohei seems as mad as Akakabuto and he trains his dogs with brutality. He hits them and makes them eat raw bear meat.
But then there are these moments of compassion which make him a better character. I remember I feared and respected him when I watched the anime in my childhood.
I really like the music even thou the sound quality is bad. This anime is almost 30 years old and it has lasted quite well. You could call this a vintage anime? I started to cry when I heard the sad theme and I do not mean I was moved and few tears dropped to my cheek. I like weeped for real. This just makes me so sad and I am not even sure why because the animation is plausible/downright ugly/recycled/stilled at some points
but there is so much emotion in many sad scenes at least for me. Maybe it's just nostalgia? The music is so memorable and every theme fits in to the action. I really enjoy the soundtrack. Especially the sad tunes. That's one of the reasons I start to cry when I watch this. For me some of the fight scenes are just epic even more than in a Lord of the Rings or a similar movie and this just features a dog fighting a bear. I can feel my inner manchild within when a battle begins and the music starts.
Really if I take the nostalgia glasses off I think the final score is somewhere between 8 or 9. Otherwise I might give this 10 out of 10. I try to be objective but with our generation of finns Ginga: Nagaberoshi Gin will forever be remembered. In the end the story is solid and the characters are good you kinda miss them when the series are over and that's usually a good sign. You have emotionally connected with them so that means they are believable. I could recommend this to you if you dislike anime or are just starting the hobby. Without the people as main cast it might get you over your prejudices about anime and see
it as an art form which has so many ways and styles and stories to express itself.
Somethings are outright silly: the dogs have some kind of super powers. They lift giants rocks, use special attacks, use the wind to traverse big cliffs and so on.
okay, not gonna lie, this is got to be in my top 3 animes ever, im still sort of a noob when it comes to anime, so maybe that could change, anywho, this show was amazing, it was a little different to me at first, because i have seen a lot of supernatural powers stuff, and most of this was completely realistic, the action in it is amazing, and it is very adventurous as well, it's a little stiff when it comes to comedy (there isn't too much comedy in this at all, just some minor parts) but i was okay with that because it
was very emotional to me, once i started watching this, i couldn't stop for any short period of time at all, once i grew to it, i didn't watch anything else, this was it, if it was a newly started anime, i would have a hard time going a week to wait for the next episode, (or however long it really was between episodes) it has a really good story to it, the art is really good (for being the 1980s at least) if the art was like what it is now adays i would've probalby given it a 5 at most, but it's old, so i will keep it at 8, the music in it, outstanding though the quality is low (once again 1980s) it was really good music though, the characters are amazing even the humans the only thing that keeps me from giving it a 10, instead of a 9, is that i really liked the relationship between the humans and dogs in this series, but i wish there was more involvement with the humans, i mean not too much involvement, but enough to the point where maybe daisuke could help Gin out a bit more in the series, maybe not much more, but a little more, the dogs however, they all have great personalities, and they are perfect, Enjoyment, well as i stated previously i couldn't stop watching it, it kept me exited for every episode, i wanted to just watch it endlessly. things that you might want to note, it can be a bit on the gory side, it's sequel Ginga Densetsu Weed, is actually even more on the gory side, but it is still worth the watch, it made me pretty emotional, you could say it moved me a bit.
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