Ginga Nagareboshi Gin anime
Father of Gin, mate of Fuji and a hunting dog belonging to Takeda Gohei. He was trained by his master and very faithful until he was thrown off a cliff by Akakabuto. He lived the fall but forgot his past. The only thing he remembered was the desire to defeat that evil bear so he gathered a goup of soldiers and gained respect by his comrades. When Gin meets him for the first time as a pack member he calls the leader 'father'. This sparks an interest in Riki and he wonders why he can't remember his past from over half a year ago... He sends the Platoons in his army across Japan to gather more warriors with the time allowed: three moons.
He stays behind to keep an eye on the twin pass. Riki gains scars from battles with the bears that Akakabuto has join him in defending the fortress that he is building. When the army returns he is very proud of his soldiers for gathering many strong males for the fight. He also heard great things about Gin. On the day of battle against Akakabuto, he tells Ben to stay with Cross and her puppies. As the rest of his pack is attacking Akakabuto's allies in waves, Riki sets off on his own and climbs up the cliff behind the rock castle in hopes of getting Akakabuto alone. He gets ambushed however and thrown down in a ditch with trees thrown on top of him. Luckily he survives and regains his memory prior to being thrown off the cliff.
He shows up late, but he is still able to command his men in the fight with Akakabuto. Riki lets Gin know he is his son and he passes down the bearhound fighting technique, the Zetsu Tenrou Battouga. Gin and Riki disable Akakabuto by hitting crucial points in the back. The demonic bear till rises then falls after getting shot after beign shot by Takeda Gohei's rifle. While the army cheers because they think Akakabuto is dead, he crushes Riki between his paws. Gin decapitates the bear with the battouga and Riki proclaims gin as the new leader. As the sun comes out of the clouds, Riki passes away leaving his legacy to Gin.
Ginga Densetsu Riki
Riki is also a main character of a short manga called Ginga Densetsu Riki, tellling about Riki's puphood before he began training as a bearhound. He was born a runt and wasn't even considered as a potential barhound, but upon meeting his father Shiro, Riki is determined to become strong like Shiro.
Voice actor : Banjou Ginga
Fuji is a female Akita belonging to Daisuke and his familly. She gives birth to Riki's pups - Gin and his two borthers. Gin is taken away from her by Takeda Gohei to be trained as a bearhound. She loves her pups but allows Gin to make his own decisions including joining the wild dog pack.
The manga mentions that she used to be a hunting dog untill she retired to give birth to her pups.
Voice actor : Yukiko Riwa
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
Ben the Great Dane is the leader of the first platoon in the Ou army. The leader greatly entrusts Ben as a soldier and friend. He goes to help gather males and has connections to the Kai brothers and Akame in the past. When the Kai brothers were puppies he saved them from a murderer and made sure they were alright. Akame was shot by Ben's master by mistake and Ben set Akame free so he could return to his pups and Iga clan in the wild. Akatora, Chutora, Kurotora, Akame and the Iga dogs join the pack due to their connection with Ben. Unfortunately when Ou soldiers first meet Akame on the Iga grounds they run onto the poison spikes in the area. Ben refused to take any medicine until the rest of his soldiers were healed. He has issues with his vision from the poison and eventually becomes blind. Without his sight he couldn't be a proficient leader so he chose Gin to take his place and become the leader of the first Platoon.
He is left behind with Moss and Cross on a ship as Gin and the others gather fighting dogs from Shikoku. It is suggested that he goes back to his master so he can have his eyes healed. The humans do some work but being impatient, knowing the fight with Akakabuto is near, Ben breaks out of his cage and run to his pack. His vision seems to be fine and he prays it lasts until the fight against Akakabuto. He meets up with part of the pack in Mutsu where the dogs are cornered by the four Husky Generals of Mutsu (Kisaragi, Minazuki, Uzuki and Hazuki). The dogs battle and the Ou pack's bravery inspires the Mutsu pack to join. They only fought dogs while the brave, real males of Ou were going to take on a demonic bear!
Cross is his mate and she becomes pregnant with his puppies. The day before the battle with Akakabuto she gives birth to three puppies and Riki asks Ben as a friend to stay behind with Cross so Nem can enjoy his children and be a good father. Ben does not obey however and Cross understands. Sniper encounters Ben and they fight. He drags Sniper down a cliff to kill that traitor. Hyena nearby is inspired by Ben and so he gains bravery and jumps down the cliff into his death. Luckily Ben survives and later is able to fight against Akakabuto. Ben is the first dog to sink his fangs into that evil bear. With his strength and determination he throws Akakabuto down from his rock castle for the rest of the pack to attack him.
Ginga Densetsu Weed
Ben lives in Kofu with his mate Cross, Kurotora and Kurotora's sons and nephews. He's an old, blind dog and plays a minor role. At some point in Ginga densetsu Weed manga Ben dies of old age.
Voice actor : Hideyuki Tanaki
Benizakura claimed the title of being the strongest dog in the world. At three years old he challenged Tsuna Arashi the undefeated champion in a fight that ended in a tie because it went past the 30 minute time limit. Benizakura lost both ears and the battle because Tsuna Arashi was the current champion and was able to keep his title with the tie. The determined Benizakura fought and hope of challeneging Tsuna Arashi again. He got sick of waiting and ran off to find Tsuna Arashi himself. When he found him, he was shocked and horrified that with Tsuna Arashi's old age he could no longer compete so he was used as a punching bag for young dogs learning to fight. Benizakura killed the young dogs and fled. Later he ended up with a new master that called him Don. He was nicknamed the Sea Beast and participated in bull fights
Benizakura saves Cross on shore of Shikoku after she swam across the sea. His master wanted keep her as a pet. Later, Gin challenged Benizakura and inspired the fighting dog to join Ou's pack by displaying great courage facing death so calmly. Benizaura releases Cross from the chains so she can return to her pack. While fighting the allies of Akakabuto, Benizakura sacrifices his life by dragging down the bear mosa into a lake. His paw gets caught in the rope that is attached to Mosa while tying it around a log at the bottom of a lake. A bloody cherry blossom forms at the top of the lake symbolizing his life as a great male.
There is a short manga story about Benizakura's puphood featured in Shin Gaiden. Benizakura Hen shows Benizakura's mother, siblings and his first fights.
Voice actor : Takeshi Aoki
Cross is the only female dog in the Ou pack and is accepted as a male. In her past before joining the pack, she gave birth to puppies. One day she went into Futago Pass with her hunting dog group and master. They were attacked by Akakabuto. She was wounded defending her master and all her friends were killed. Her unfaithful master got scared and abandoned Cross. After this incident she could no longer trust humans so she ran away and joined Ou's army.
During the conflict between the Iga and Koga dogs, she saves Kurojaki's puppy after Wilson throws it down a cliff. The puppy becomes part of the Ou pack after Kurojaki commits suicide by jumping into the burning House of Iga. It's later revealed that Ben is Cross's mate and she becomes pregnant with his puppies. It does not stop her from completing her mission, fighting or running with the pack. She leaves Ben on the ship and swims to Shikoku to tell Gin news about the other platoons captured in Mutsu. On shore she passes out and Benizakura saves her. His master wants to keep Cross but she has to return to her pack. Benizakura releases her after Gin proves his bravery to him.
Cross meets Oliver who helps her travel in cars since running hundreds of miles while pregnant takes a toll on her body. Oliver also is able to help the Ou pack a few times travelling in the back of large trucks to get across the country faster. The day before the Battle she gives birth to three puppies, Ben, George and Minnie. She understands Ben's fighting spirit and allos him to fight Akakabuto. Cross tells him to say goodbye to the pups,but he says he doesnt plan on dying. She watches the battle with their pups and they see their father face the evil bear with great bravery.
Voice actor : Hiromo Tsuru; Keiko Mizutani
Akakabuto is a vicious man-eating bear that is extremely hard to bring down. He's encountered Takeda Gohei multiple times and scars Gohei's face. The evil bear was shot in the face so he is missing his right eye. The wound to the face damaged his nervous system so he never goes into hibernation and his body grows to an abnormally huge size. He has killed Shiro, Riki's father and thrown Riki down a huge cliff. Akakabuto has aslo killed Hidetoshi's father. The village where Daisuke lives loses tourism do to the evil bear and numerous, bloody attacks. Though he is evil, he is smart so Akakabuto gathers other bears to join him and set up a defense at Gajou where his fortress is . There are also offspring of Akakabuto that appear.
Akakabuto is sends his ally bears to attack the dogs of Ou first then he fights off the pack himself. He kills many dogs and is hard to bring down. Akatora attacked him in the battle, which blinded the bear making it easier to bring him down. He kills Akatora and still is able to sense the dogs around him with his nose. Riki and Gin disable him by attacking certain points of the body so Akakabuto can't use his claws. Just when they think the bear is dead he grabs Riki and kills him. Gin uses the Zetsu Tenrou Battouga and decapitates Akakabuto, ultimately killing him.
Voice actor : N/A
He's the wisest of the Kai brothers and recognizes who Ben is after fighting with member's of Ou pack upon first meeting. Akatora and his brothers were saved from a killer thanks to Ben. He breaks up the fight with the Ou pack and tells Kurotora and Chutora that this is the same Ben. Akatora vows to give his life to the Ou pack along with his brothers. The Kai brother's know of Moss and lead the Ou pack to the Misty mountains in hopes of gaining new soldiers which is successful but not without a misconception and fight.
In Shikoku Akatora and his brothers go off and try to get Musashi the fighting dog to join the pack, but is attacked. Musashi lets Akatora live and later on saves him from Bill and Sniper's pack. Musashi was sparked by Akatora's bravery to challenge a champion fighting dog. Later on at the final battle, Akatora sacrifices himself to blind Akakabuto.
Voice actor : Kouji Totani
Of the three Kai brothers, Kurotora is the most aggressive. In his past, Kurotora lost his eye from Martin the murderer as a pup. Ben later chased off the murderer and saved the Kai brothers. At the first meeting of the Ou pack he is nearly drowned when Gin makes him his opponent. Later on in Shikoku he is buried in the ground as part of a trap for Ou dogs by Bill and Sniper's pack on Shikoku island. Kurotora wouldn't have been caught if he ran away, instead he stayed and fought with the dogs because he refused to turn his back on an enemy.
In Ginga Densetsu Weed Kurotora is the father of three sons - Kagetora, Nobutora and Harutora. He is also taking care of Chutora's four sons, Dodo, Buru, Shigure and Shouji.
Voice actor : Ryouichi Tanaka; Tadashi Miyazawa
Great is the leader of the second platoon in Riki's pack. When he, and Ben and Smith's platoon are in Moss's territory, he is left behind to keep an eye on the injured Jaguar. Jaguar reveals to him Sniper's plan of turning Moss against Ben so they fight. Great and Jaguar go out to tell Moss of what happened to hopefully prevent a fight, but the fight already began and Ben gets badly injured by a big rock. Later on, he gets Bemu the Boxer and his followers to join the Ou pack by displaying his bravery by laying down on train tracks in front of an oncoming train. Bemu saves him in the last second.
He is nowhere to be seen in Ginga Densetsu Weed
Voice actor : Yusaku Yara
Shiro appears only at the bengining of Ginga nagareboshi Gin. He is Riki's father and he was a famous berhound owned by Takeda Gohei. Shiro died when he fell off a cliff, fighting Akakabuto.
He makes a bigger appearance in a short manga Ginga Densetsu Riki.
Voice actor : N/A
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
At first John appears to be Gin's rival when he 'steals' the pheasant from Gin. He is a well-trained hunting dog that has travelled the world with his master, Hidetoshi and taken down various wild animals including beasts from Africa. He responds to commands in English. He angers Gin when he kills Akakabuto's cubs because Daisuke just killed their mother and as babies they were innocent. Despite the few quarrels, Gin and John become friends. John wanted to feel out the Ou pack and at first didn't think they were worthy enough to join but after challenging the leader he changed his mind and made himself loyal to the group. He joins back up with Ben's group by the Iga house and he kills some Kogas. John is a great asset to the group and kills enemies very quickly.
Ginga Densetsu Weed
In Ginga Densetsu Weed John is one of Ou generals. He gets imprisoned in Northern Alps by Hougen and his army. John manages to escape with Hiro, Reika and three dogs loyal to Ou - Tomi, Roshi and Lefty, but the group is quickly chased by back by Hougen's army. John, Tomi, Roshi and Lefty stay to fight the enemies while Hiro and Reika have chance to escape. John fights bravely, but he is criticaly wounded and he loses his life against Hougen and his men.
Voice actor : Hideyuki Hori
Gohei is a hunter and a bearhound trainer. He lost his dog Shiro after dragging Akakabuto down a cliff. Akakabuto scarred Gohei's face and in return he shot Akakabuto in the right eye, damaging his nervous system causing him to grow to a huge size. Riki is his next bearhound, son of Shiro. One day he sets off with Riki to hunt Akakabuto, they fall down a crevice and are stuck for a week. Takeda Gohei cuts off his wounded leg from Akakabuto's attack. He tries to feed Riki his flesh so he can escape into town with enough strength.
After the assumed death of Riki, Takeda Gohei takes Gin from his mother and trains him with brutal techniques so he can become a strong bearhound. Gin learns quickly but he isn't able to fight alongside Gohei's side as he is bed ridden for months to rest from his injuries.
In the final battle, injured Smith leads Gohei to the scene. He shoots Akakabuto with his rifle causing him to fall and everyone thinks he is dead. He sees as Riki is killed by Akakabuto when he gets up again. Takeda Gohei saw his poor Riki get killed a second time by Akakabuto.
Voice actor : Takeshi Watabe
Hakuro is a leader of wild dogs pack in Hokkaido. He is know as fierce fighter who had killed many bears before. He leaves Hokkaido by himself to Join Ou army against Akakabuto.
In the manga, Hakuro loses his leg due to wolf attack.
He does not appear in Ginga Densetsu Weed anime, but there is a long story arc that takes place in Hakuro's pack in Hokkaido when Russian army dog Victor and his pack invade the island and Hakuro's teritories. Hakuro tries to protect his lands, but he eventaully dies killed by Victor.
Hakuro's fur is brown in Ginga nagareboshi Gin anime, but his original manga design is black and white.
Voice actor : Ryouichi Tanaka
Kurojaki is the leader of Koga ninja dogs. He's a vicious cannibal dog who uses a scythe as his weapon. He ambushes Akame when he Gin and the Igas come to his teritory to gather the healing herbs. He wounds Akame in the neck with his scythe. Gin attacks kurojaki and makes him lose his left eye by his own weapon.
When Kogas fight against Ou army, they are interrupted by Wilson, who throws Kurojaki's son off a cliff as a revenge for killing Wilson's familly. Outraged Kurojaki attacks the Ou dogs untill he's defeated by Gin. He runs away to commit suicide in the burning house of Iga.
Voice actor : Kouji Nakata
Minazuki one of the four generals of a large pack in Mutsu. He traps Ben's platoon in a valley and leaves them to starvation. His pack joins Ou after Teri's sacrifice and fight with bears.
Minazuki plays a minor role and he does not appear in Ginga Densetsu Weed.
Voice actor : Unknown
Kisaragi one of the four generals of a large pack in Mutsu. He traps Ben's platoon in a valley and leaves them to starvation. Kisaragi already forced the fifth platoon to join his pack. The platoon leader Teri betrays him, but is once again defeated and this time Kisaragi blinds him. Kisaragi returns to his pack to fight against Ben's platoon who are trying to escape during the storm, but the fight is interrupted by bears who have kileld Teri when the two pack were fighting against each other. Both packs join in a fight against bears. Kisaragi finally appreciates Ou dogs' courage and loyality and the next day he joins them.
Kisaragi doesn't appear in Ginga Densetsu Weed anime, but his sons are. He appears in the manga he's already an old dog and plays a minor role.
Voice actor : Show Hayami
Hazuki one of the four generals of a large pack in Mutsu. He traps Ben's platoon in a valley and leaves them to starvation. His pack joins Ou after Teri's sacrifice and fight with bears.
Hazuki plays a minor role and he does not appear in Ginga Densetsu Weed.
Voice actor : Unknown
Leader of a wild dogs pack in Misty Mountains. Because of Sniper's betrayal, Moss believed that it was Ben and his dogs who attacked and wounded his son Jaguar and killed Lloyd while Ben believed that Moss had killed Gin and Smith who went after Sniper. The two packs begin to fight, but after Gin and Jaguar come back, Moss is defated by ben and his packs joins Ou. Moss takes care of Chibi untill Cross gives birth to her pups and takes Chibi under her care.
In Ginga Densetsu Weed Moss is and old soldier who lives in Shikoku with Musashi. He joins Weed's army later in the anime.
In the manga Moss is killed in Hokkaido in a fight against army dogs from Russia.
Voice actor : Daisuke Gouri
Smith is source of comic relief in the Ginga Nagareboshi Gin story. He's also the leader of the 3rd platoon. Often he jokes around but he is always loyal to his pack. He and Gin share a special bond. He saves Gin from Sniper's attack and injures himself in the process. Later he is wounded by a bear in the attack of Akakabuto's allies. He is saved by Gin when they get surrounded by a group of bears. After he healed up from resting he leads Takeda Gohei to the battle scene with Akakabuto and Gohei shoots Akakabuto making the giant bear collapse.
In Ginga Densetsu Weed smith is a serious character. He is a respected and feared old soldier. He's missing his right leg and it's revealed in manga that he lost it while saving GB from a truck. He meets Weed and travels with him to Ou where they find a giant moster dog Kaibutsu terrorizing the lands. Smith enters Gaijou to fight Kaibutsu and sacrifices himself hoping that the rocks will bury him and his enemy. However, Kaibutsu survives and Smith's heroic death turns out to be in vain.
Voice actor : Kyouko Tonguu; Ryusei Nakao
He's the son of Kurojaki. The collie Wilson captures him and throws in off a cliff as a revenge for Kurojaki killing his familly, but the pup is saved by Cross. After Kurojaki's death he is taken by Ou dogs and he goes under Moss's care. When Cross gives borth to her pups, Chibi stays with them.
In Ginga Densetsu Weed he is named tesshin and is an adult ninja dog who lives in a Koga village. He was taught Zetsu Ternou Battouga and was meant to be the leader of Ou after Gin's death in case he doesn't have any heir. He teaches Weed the Battouga, but he refuses to go with him against Hougen. However, he is presuaded to go by an elder dog Chouroru. Tesshin leaves to save Gin from Hougen's prison. He defeats Genba and damages his brain.
Voice actor : Unknown
Chutora is the second oldest of the three Kai brothers and is missing his right ear (it was later explained in Shin Gaiden that marten bit if off). He has encountered Ben in the past as a puppy along with the rest of his brothers. The three Kai brother's were attacked by marten but Ben came to their rescue. When the Kai brothers (nicknamed the three devils of Kai) met the Ou pack for the first time, they didn't recognize Ben at first glance. The Kai brothers fought with the Ou pack. Chutora's opponent was Cross and he got mad for being paired to fight a female.After Akatora pointed out who Ben was, the brawl ended and all three brother pledged their loyalty to Ou and their cause. He is more relaxed compared to his other two brothers. Along with Kurotora he is buried in the ground as part of a trap for the Ou pack by Bill and Sniper's pack in Shikoku.
He is not seen in Ginga Densetsu Weed and is confirmed to die of old age.
Voice actor : Kôzô Shioya
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin anime
Gin is a silver brindle Akita Inu dog and he is the main character of Ginga Nagareboshi Gin.
The Story tells of him growing up to become a great bearhound. As a newborn puppy he sees his father Riki get thrown off a cliff by a giant bear Akakabuto. He is taken at a young age by Takeda Gohei to be trained as his new bear dog. His training is tough but he endures and becomes stronger than the rest of his siblings. Daisuke is Gin's good friend and trains with him after Gohei has to stay bed ridden to get better from injuries. Gin helps Daisuke make his first bear kill when he steals Doctor Hidetoshi's hunting bow and at this time Gin gets his characteristic head scars.
When Gin encounters the wild dog pack of Ou he gets inspired and joins them, leaving Daisuke with a great pain in his heart. He saw the pack take down a bear and is willing to join because their goal is o take down Akakabuto. Their leader reminds Gin of his father Riki, but the he claims he doesn't know the silver puppy. Gin grows and matures, helping greatly with acquiring good soldiers. Other dogs are inspired by Gin's bravery. He displays great leadership skills and is picked to take over the first platoon after Ben loses his vision from the Iga dogs' poisoned spikes.
In the final battle the wild dogs leader Riki finally recogizes Gin as his son. Gin learns a deadly attack called Zetsu Terou Battouga and kills the giant Akakabuto, but his father dies from the wounds and Gin takes over the wild dogs pack.
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin manga
The Ginga Nagareboshi Gin manga continues with Ging and his pack battling with wolves, but it doesn't have any great impact neither on Ginga Densetsu Weed anime nor mangas.
Ginga Densetsu Weed anime
In Ginga Densetsu Weed Gin is an adult dog and a leader of Ou pack. gin and his two trusted friends, John and Akame travels away from Ohu to search for Gin's long lost mate Sakura. They meet a dog named Hook who tells them that Sakura is dead, but she had a son named Weed who had gone to Ou to search for his father. On their way back Gin and his companions are ambushed by Hougen's army. Gin sends Akame back to find Weed, but he, John and the female dog named Reika are imprisoned by Hougen. Gin is wounded and kept in a ruined house untill Tesshin comes to his rescue. He appears under Gaijou in the final battle against Hougen, but he desn't help his son, as he believed it's Weed's fight and he should defeat Hougen alone.
Ginga Densetsu Weed manga
In the manga Gin's story goes a little diffrenet. Istead of being too weak to move and rescued by Tesshin, Gin escapes Hougen's prison by himself. The Ginga Densetsu Weed manga continues after defeating Hougen with Gin, Weed and their pack meeting Gin's other sons - Yukimura and Joe and helping Gin's old friend on Hokkaido defeat Russian army dogs who attacked their home.
Voice actor : Eiko Yamada; Hiroki Touchi