A dog named Weed happens to hear that he is the son of Gin, the great leader of Ohu who lead the dogs of Ohu to victory in a fight against monsterous bear, Akakabuto. Weed wants to find his father no matter what. On a journey to find his father Weed meets many friends and enemies.
Edit: After I re-watched this series, I have decided to re-review Ginga Densetsu Weed. I realize that I wasn't in the best of moods while writing my previous entry and now I'll write this review with a more... Level head.
Ginga Densetsu Weed is the sequel to Ginga Nagareboshi Gin. Both share a few of the same characters and the like. Ginga Densetsu Weed, however, is much newer (having been made in 2005 while Ginga Nagreboshi Gin being made in 1986). However, being relatively new does not automatically make it great, but GDW might be worth looking into since there is an extreme lack in dog
anime out there (that aren't cute anyway).
Yes, Ginga Densetsu Weed has comedy scenes, but this is no Massugu ni Ikou (A rather overly-cute dog anime). GDW is an action anime, with cannibal dogs, assassinations, and even Ninja dogs. Humans play almost no role in the anime.
The main character is Weed, an Akita / Kishu mixed dog that is the son of Gin (the main character in Ginga Nagareboshi Gin) and Sakura. Weed has an extreme sense of justice and is also a good fighter despite being less than a year old. He is perhaps the most annoying main character you'll ever find.
The voice acting was good to an extent. But voice actors were changed and some character even shared the same voice so it was clear that Studio DEEN wasn't trying very hard.
Probably the lowest point of Ginga Densetsu Weed is the animation quality. Studio DEEN had on and off days with this. For instance, the last episode had great animation, but there were scenes in other parts of the series that makes eyes bleed. Sometimes the animators would animate every limb separately to make a nice flowing animation; other times the most animation in a scene was moving the character designs up and down. Studio DEEN should learn proper canine anatomy before making an anime that involves dogs as main characters.
The background scenery was pretty though.
And speaking of character designs, Studio DEEN made some weird changes. They changed Gin's eye color from brown to blue (probably to match Weed) and made both Gin and Weed a pretty good shade of blue; almost to the point of being unnatural. Ben's collar seems to have changed color and other little tidbits are there.
The anime and manga differences are to be expected. The manga (running 50+ volumes currently) is longer and therefore is definitely different from the anime. The anime, being a measly 26 episodes, ends with only two arcs completed [Kaibutsu and Fight for Gajou arcs]. Some characters were never introduced in the anime and other times some scenes were changed from their original format.
The anime ending was also completely different.
Maybe the GDW anime is trying to be more positive than its manga counterpart. Considering that Gajou blows up, Sniper tries to get revenge on Gin, George is there, etc, etc, happened in the manga and not in the anime... Studio DEEN is still being hypocritical about characters and sub-plots by killing off some characters when they didn't die in the manga and adding characters that weren't even in the original story.
The Ginga Densetsu Weed anime overall was a let down.
This version just can't live up to the manga: It doesn't follow the original storyline at all, characters are left out that are vital to the story, Weed is whiner than usual, everyone was made into hypnotized robots in the anime and mutually accepted Weed as leader, they made the old dogs weak to make the younger dogs look cooler, and there are so many plot holes it's not even funny.
Ginga Densetsu Weed anime in a nutshell:
+ OP and EN themes songs are great
+ Can be enjoyable to watch at some points
- Inconstant animation
- Change from old voice actors/lazy hiring
- Too short compared to the manga
End Note: Many people, despite there being obvious flaws in the anime, still enjoy watching this series (I admit that I did during my first run-through since I read the manga afterwords) so you really shouldn't skip out on GDW. It's just that... The manga's better. And Studio DEEN sucks at drawing dogs.
My god I remember watching this back in 2007. This was seriously the most fun I've had watching a 26 episode anime.
The story is really interesting, it has two parts to it. The first part is about some lab experiment gone wrong in Japan that results in a half dog half lion creature that kills a bunch of the lab dogs, but befriends a german shepared who apperes later in the show. Its pretty weird and has nothing to do with the actual main story, except introduce the german shepard character and his strange past.
The second part is more about the akia
dog Weed, and how he finds out that he's the son of the legendary bear killing dog, Gin. Weed goes on a journey to find his dad and on the way meets many other dogs before becoming their leader. Weed and co. encounter two evil great dane brothers who are trying to find Weed and kill the remaining family of Gin.
This anime has a lot of emotion for having dogs as the main characters. But its still great to watch, and if you are a dog lover like I am, you will love to see all the different kinds of dogs. What I think these series represent is the courage to fight for whats right, no matter the species. Weed goes through a lot of struggles in the show and becomes a better dog because of it, he grows from a scared little puppy to a fierce leader, like his father.
I haven't seen the original Gin series, But I'm sure I would like it because the concept is so ingaging. Never thought I would enjoy an anime about dogs more then most about people.
Okay, this has got to be the greatest sequel i have ever seen. And it's prequel, is in my top 3s right along with this one. I actually started with this one when watching the series, but as soon as i realized there was a series before this one, (Ginga Nagareboshi Gin) i stopped at episode 2 and watched the whole first series, then i continued this one after about at most, a week after finishing the first one. I was totally impressed with the difference in art, and sound, (then again these were made 20 years apart, and it did bother me that they
changed the look of tthe dogs from the Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, which had a change in color, and slight change in patterns on some of the dogs) but it didn't stop me from watching it at all, i was once again sucked into the story and I enjoyed it just as much as, if not more than the first part. It has just as much action and adventure as the first one, and slightly more comedy, (but still not much), One thing i would like to note though that bothered me, is that there was no sign of the same humans from the first series that took care of Gin (Weed's father), they, in a way, would have probably allowed me to rate a 20 out of 10, (if that was ever possible), and it also bothered me that Weed never got the oppurtunity to have a human friend/partner like his father gin. but with all of the unique dog personalities, the human involvement didn't bother me as much in this show (but i guess you could say i just love the idea of a human having an animal as a partner/friend, so that is why my ratings stay how they are, and aren't lowered) this one is a bit more bloody and gory then the first one, but once again, it is still worth the watch.
This is overall one of my favorite anime, but this review is still my opinion. Please respect that without further ado. Please mind if there are any grammatical errors. I'll try to keep it a little brief though.
I loved this original story for Ginga Densentsu Weed. Like how life goes, there are events throughout the show that draws the characters a little off corse. But there aren't so much where the characters are blinded to what their main goal is. Like many shounen anime, there will be various fight scenes. Bloodshed, bruises, and the tension of the battle field. There was never a time
in the anime did I think "is it done yet?"
Dogs and wolves, what an interesting idea. The dogs' movements sometimes look a little wonky. Especially when you see the backs of them as they run. All the other movements are actually very well done. The muscles of the dogs are a little humanized, so the art style is a little bit of an acquired taste.
The characters don't have a bad sound quality. You never hear the audio break or have wrong sound effects. Things sound right, and never dip. It never sounded stuffy when it comes to sound quality.
I became very attached to all the characters in Ginga Densentsu Weed. Whenever a character died I wanted to cry. The character development was gradual, but you could feel like you knew the characters all your life. There were no surprises when it came to character actions. Characters didn't break from their personality, and I couldn't hate any of the characters. Even the antagonists you could definitely feel sypothy for. Sometimes there were times where I didn't want the main antagonists to die.
Overall this is my favorite anime. I could rewatch every episode without getting tired of a character.