Silver Fang -The Shooting Star Gin- (Japanese: 銀牙 -流れ星 銀-, Hepburn: Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated 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. It was licensed in North America in 2020 by Manga Planet.
|Silver Fang -The Shooting Star Gin-|
|銀牙 -流れ星 銀-|
(Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin)
|Written by||Yoshihiro Takahashi|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||December 12, 1983 – March 23, 1987|
|Anime television series|
|Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin|
|Directed by||Tomoharu Katsumata|
|Produced by||Kazuo Yokoyama|
|Music by||Gorō Oumi|
|Original network||TV Asahi|
|Original run||April 7, 1986 – September 22, 1986|
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 (Japanese for "red helmet") and his minions. The story begins from the point of view of the humans, but swings to the dogs afterwards. 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.
Silver Fang -The Shooting Star 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 to make the anime more suitable for younger audiences. 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, with new dubs in both Danish and Norwegian. 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 Silver Fang -The Shooting Star Gin- ends, its sequel, Weed (銀牙伝説ウィード, Ginga Densetsu Wīdo) started to be published in December 2011.
The manga has been released for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at Apple's iTunes App Store and it is also available in English.
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The TV series was produced by TV Asahi and Toei Animation, with Tomoharu Katsumata serving as series director, Mitsuru Majima and Kenji Terada writing the scripts, Jōji Yanase designing the characters and Gorō Oumi composing the music. It was broadcast every Monday from 19:30 to 20:00 (Japan Standard Time) on TV Asahi affiliate stations from April 7 to September 22, 1986, for a total of 21 episodes. The anime adaptation ended with the Akakabuto arc, and the Hakkenshi arc was not produced. In addition, the development of the last half of the story is simplified, with some dogs lacking any lines and their appearances reduced compared to the original manga. Takayuki Miyauchi performed both the opening and ending themes, "Nagareboshi Gin" and "TOMORROW".
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"The Birth of Gin, a Little Hero!"|
Transcription: "Chiisana hīrō Gin no tanjō!" (Japanese: 小さなヒーロー銀の誕生!)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Mitsuru Majima||April 7, 1986|
|2||"Gin, Tomorrow Lies on the Other Side of Effort"|
Transcription: "Gin yo, doryoku no mukō ni ashita ga aru" (Japanese: 銀よ努力の向こうに明日がある)
|Kazunori Tanahashi||Mitsuru Majima||April 14, 1986|
|3||"The Friendship of Gin, Who Risked His Life"|
Transcription: "Inochi o kaketa Gin no yūjō" (Japanese: 命を賭けた銀の友情)
|Yūgo Serikawa||Mitsuru Majima||April 21, 1986|
|4||"The Challenge Of the Gigantic Bear Akakabuto!"|
Transcription: "Kyodai kuma Akakabuto e no chōsen!" (Japanese: 巨大熊赤カブトへの挑戦!)
|Kazumasa Horikawa||Mitsuru Majima||April 28, 1986|
|5||"Heroic! A Triumph Covered in Scars"|
Transcription: "Sōzetsu! Kizu darake no shōri" (Japanese: 壮絶! 傷だらけの勝利)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Mitsuru Majima||May 5, 1986|
|6||"Howl! The Mountains are Calling"|
Transcription: "Hoero! Yama ga yondeiru" (Japanese: 吠えろ! 山が呼んでいる)
|Kazunori Tanahashi||Mitsuru Majima||May 12, 1986|
|7||"Carve it Into Your Heart! A Male's Heated Oath"|
Transcription: "Mune ni kizame! Atsuki otoko no chikai" (Japanese: 胸に刻め! 熱き男の誓い)
|Yūgo Serikawa||Mitsuru Majima||May 19, 1986|
|8||"Now! The Journey of Males"|
Transcription: "Ima! Otoko-tachi no tabidachi" (Japanese: 今! 男たちの旅立ち)
|Kazumasa Horikawa||Kenji Terada||May 26, 1986|
|9||"Demon Dogs! Kai's Three Brothers!"|
Transcription: "Maken! Kai no Sankyōdai!" (Japanese: 魔犬! 甲斐の三兄弟)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Mitsuru Majima||June 2, 1986|
|10||"Monster! Moss's Soldiers of the Misty Peak"|
Transcription: "Kaibutsu! Kasumigaoka no Mosu gundan" (Japanese: 怪物! 霞岳のモス軍団)
|Kazumasa Horikawa||Kenji Terada||June 9, 1986|
|11||"Ninja Dogs! The Black Shadow of Iga Village!"|
Transcription: "Ninken! Iga no sato ni kuroi kage" (Japanese: 忍犬! 伊賀の里に黒い影)
|Kazumasa Horikawa||Kenji Terada||June 16, 1986|
|12||"Ben in Danger! The Confrontation in the Ninja Territory!"|
Transcription: "Ayaushi Ben! Ninja yashiki no taiketsu!!" (Japanese: 危うしベン! 忍者屋敷の対決!!)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Mitsuru Majima||June 23, 1986|
|13||"Justice! The Requirements of a Leader"|
Transcription: "Seigi! Rīdā e no jōken" (Japanese: 正義! リーダーへの条件)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Mitsuru Majima||June 30, 1986|
|14||"Advancing! The Small Young Commander"|
Transcription: "Susume! Chiisana wakadaishō" (Japanese: 進め! 小さな若大将)
|Kazunori Tanahashi||Mitsuru Majima||July 7, 1986|
|15||"Benizakura! A Male Known as the Strongest on Earth!"|
Transcription: "Benizakura! Chijō saikyō to yobareru otoko!" (Japanese: 紅桜! 地上最強と呼ばれる男)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Kenji Terada||July 14, 1986|
|16||"Hot Tears! Overcoming the Death of a Companion"|
Transcription: "Atsuki Namida! Nakama no shi o norikoete" (Japanese: 熱き涙! 仲間の死をのりこえて)
|Masayuki Akihi||Mitsuru Majima||July 21, 1986|
|17||"Now is the Time to Gather! To Serve Under the Supreme Commander!"|
Transcription: "Ima, shūketsu no toki! Sōdaishō no moto e!" (Japanese: 今、集結の時! 総大将のもとへ!!)
|Kazumasa Horikawa||Kenji Terada||July 28, 1986|
|18||"Fight to the Death! The Time when a Male Abandons His Life!!"|
Transcription: "Shitō! Otoko ga inochi o suteru toki!!" (Japanese: 死闘! 男が命を捨てる時!!)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Mitsuru Majima||August 4, 1986|
|19||"Sorrow! The Last Moments of Benizakura, Who Bloomed in Crimson"|
Transcription: "Hisō! Shinku ni saita Benizakura no saigo" (Japanese: 悲愴! 真紅に咲いた紅桜の最期)
|Masayuki Akihi||Mitsuru Majima||August 18, 1986|
|20||"Burn, Gin! Now Let Us See the Courage of a Male!"|
Transcription: "Moeyo Gin! Ima koso misero otoko no yūki!!" (Japanese: 燃えよ銀! 今こそ見せろ男の勇気!!)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Mitsuru Majima||September 8, 1986|
|21||"Gin! Embark on the Journey of a New Male!"|
Transcription: "Gin yo! Arata naru otoko no tabidachi e!!" (Japanese: 銀よ! 新たなる男の旅立ちへ!!)
|Tomoharu Katsumata||Mitsuru Majima||September 22, 1986|
It received the 1987 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen series.
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