Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin (Silver Fang -The Shooting Star Gin-) is a 21-episode television anime series produced by Toei Animation. It is based on a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Takahashi. The manga series 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.

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.


European censorship[]

The series was cut in Sweden, where it was released in 1987. In addition, this version was also released in Finland (1989), Norway, Denmark and Hungary (1993-1994). The series was released as four "films", which meant that several scenes had to be cut out in order to fit the episodes onto VHS tapes. Usually only very violent scenes were censored to make the series more suitable for children (although there were still some bloody scenes), but due to time constraints, many scenes important to the plot were also cut, especially from the last VHS. Recaps, Title Screens and Eyecatches were also cut from each episode. The Opening was only shown at the beginning of the tapes (except on VHS 4, but it was restored on DVD) and the Ending was removed from the end of all tapes (but also restored on DVD). Some songs from the scenes were removed or replaced with the instrumental version.

Episodes 17, 18 and 19 were completely cut out which left some plot holes in the final episodes. The episodes that remained uncensored (not counting Recaps, Title Screens and Eyecatches) were episodes 4, 9, 10, 11 and 15.

The following is a list of the censored scenes with the timestamps from the uncut version:

  • Episode 1
    1. Shiro and Akakabuto's battle (1:17-2:44)
    2. Flashback to said battle (7:47-7:50)
    3. Gohee tries to feed his leg to Riki (12:54-13:40)
  • Episode 2
    1. Last on-screen hit Gohee gives Gin (6:40-6:42)
  • Episode 3
    1. Hidetoshi's headshot on Akakabuto's descendant (10:24-10:28)
    2. Hidetoshi shoots the corpse on the ground (10:34-10:37)
  • Episode 5
    1. Gin receives his scars (2:06-2:28)
    2. Mother bear reacts to Daisuke shooting her eye (4:11-4:15)
    3. Little scene #1 (4:20-4:22)
    4. Little scene #2 (4:33-4:44)
    5. Little scene #3 (5:09-5:13)
    6. Little scene #4 (5:27-5:29)
    7. Little scene #5 (5:35-5:38)
    8. Little scene #6 (6:02-6:05)
    9. Little scene #7 (6:10-6:12)
    10. Little scene #8 (6:24-6:26)
    11. Little scene #9 (6:29-6:31)
    12. Little scene #10 (6:34-6:37)
    13. Daisuke's arrow hits mother bear's throat (7:20-7:22)
    14. Daisuke's arrow hits mother bear's nose (7:31-7:35)
    15. Closeup of mother bear's arrow-filled face (7:38-7:41)
    16. Another closeup of bear's face (7:47-7:48)
    17. Another such closeup (8:06-8:10)
    18. Another bear face closeup (9:40-9:45)
    19. Blood erupts from bear's head and it falls backwards (13:02-13:11)
    20. John kills one of Akakabuto's cubs (15:10-15:13)
    21. John kills the other cub (16:35-16:42)
    22. Daisuke pulls an arrow from mother bear's face (17:21:17:27)
    23. Another closeup of mother bear's face (17:47-17:51)
  • Episode 6
    1. Whole scene (1:45-2:38)
    2. Madara hits hunter in the face (7:24-7:26)
    3. Blood splatter as Mosa pounces hunter (7:39-7:40)
    4. Dogs attack bear's eye (19:41-19:45)
  • Episode 7
    1. Basset's dismembered head appears (11:12-11:28)
  • Episode 8
    1. Cross attacks Akakabuto's eye and blood spurts out (15:14-15:15)
    2. Cross is wounded by Akakabuto (15:22-15:30)
    3. Cross' friends are killed by Akakabuto (15:36-15:45)
    4. Shot of wounded Cross and her dead friends (15:57-16:03)
  • Episode 12
    1. Hayato and Koga dog inside the spike pit (18:38-18-50)
  • Episode 13
    1. Kurojaki gets his sickle in his eye (4:51-5:14)
    2. Another shot of Kurojaki with the sickle in his eye (5:29-5:32)
  • Episode 14
    1. Nameless dog bites Akame's neck and blood comes out (16:25-16:27)
  • Episode 16
    1. Moss and others sees skeletons on crater (4:44-5:39)
    2. Gin and company meet Oliver and board a truck to Mutsu (7:05-8:21)
    3. Terry fights Kisaragi (13:06-16:33)
    4. Part of the Ohu vs Mutsu fight and the bears throwing Terry's corpse at them (18:01-19:13)
    5. From 20:29 on the rest of the episode is missing.
  • Episode 20
    1. Harpoon bear kills Kesagake (4:23-4:39)
    2. Harpoon bear tears off Kesagake's jaw and drinks his blood (4:49-5:00)
    3. Harpoon bear kills a bunch of dogs (5:52-5:56)
    4. A bunch of dogs are squished by a tree (6:13-6:17)
    5. Harpoon bear graphically bleeds out (10:55-11:09)
    6. Riki cuts a bear's head off (16:49-17:04)
    7. Closeups of Kisaragi and Hazuki biting a bear (19:59-20:03)
    8. Hakurou and Kai bros kill a bear (20:37-20:40)
    9. The last few shots from 21:36 on are missing.
  • Episode 21
    1. Whole scene (1:17-1:45)
    2. Dogs getting squashed by rocks (3:04-3:09)
    3. Ben spin-biting Akakabuto (3:53-3:55)
    4. Akakabuto hits Ben (4:09-4:13)
    5. Akatora's death (5:08-8:54)
    6. Part of the final battle (10:13-11:26)
    7. Akakabuto bleeds from Riki's Battouga while Riki lands (12:35-12:46)
    8. Akakabuto bleeds from Gin's Battouga and falls down (13:03-13:22)
    9. Akakabuto rises again, kills Riki, and is beheaded by Gin's Battouga (15:20-17:01)
    10. Shot of bloodied Riki and talk about his death (18:07-18:29)
    11. Everything from 20:32 on is cut.

South Korean censorship[]

The Korean dub version cut every scene where Japanese text is visible.

Where to find it uncensored[]

The original Japanese release is uncensored. The DVD box set released in 2003 in Finland and Sweden is uncut with Finnish and Swedish subtitles. It was also released in Denmark and Norway in 2006 with Danish and Norwegian subtitles and dubbing.

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