New to Ginga?
The Ginga series has been ongoing since 1983 and is one of the top 10 longest mangas, so there’s a lot to take in! If you are new to Ginga, this should help you get started!
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Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin (GNG)
GNG follows the Akita Inu puppy Gin as he joins up with a pack of wild dogs whose goal is to take down the evil bear Akakabuto.
Translations: English, Finnish, Chinese, Korean
Story Arcs: Akakabuto Arc, Wolf Arc
Anime: a 21 episode anime aired from April 7, 1986 to August 22, 1986. It was animated by Toei Animation, and it covers the Akakabuto arc.
Anime Translations: Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Norwegian, Korean
Ginga Densetsu Weed (GDW)
GDW follows Gin’s son, Weed, as he tries to find his father and become a leader himself.
Translations: English*, Finnish, Chinese, Korean
Story Arcs: Kaibutsu Arc, Hougen Arc, Monkey Arc, Russian Dog Arc, Hybrid Arc
Anime: a 26 episode anime aired from November 3, 2005 to May 11, 2006. It was animated by Studio Deen, and it covers the Kaibutsu and Hougen arcs. It had quite a few notable differences from the manga, including leaving out entire characters, or changing character deaths.
Anime Translations: Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Chinese
*The English GDW manga only published the first 3 volumes, and is regarded as a poorly done translation.
Ginga Densetsu Riki (GDR)
A short prequel, showing Riki (Gin’s father) as he learns to be a bearhound.
Ginga Densetsu Weed: Orion (GDWO)
GDWO follows Weed’s children Sirius, Rigel, Bellatrix, and most notably Orion.
Ginga Densetsu Akame (GDA)
GDA is a side-story that takes place in the 1500s, following Akame’s ancestors and the beginning of the Iga/Koga war (the end of the war is seen in GNG).
Ginga: The Last Wars (TLW)
The Last Wars focuses on one of Akakabuto’s remaining children taking revenge on the dogs.
Ginga Densetsu Noah (GDN)
Taking place 6 months after the events of TLW, it follows Orion and the other dogs facing many new and strange foes, and meeting the mysterious dog named Noah.
Additional Ginga-related short stories have been collected into other books. These stories take place at varying points in the Ginga storyline.
- Weed Gaiden: Mel’s Journey, Lonely Ron, Winds of Zion, Hanako
- Shin Gaiden: Journey of Condolences, The Three Brothers of Kai, Lonely Ron (continuation), Tomon of the Dried Falls, Benizakura, Ganin
- Ginga Densetsu Anju to Jiroomaru
- Namonaki Inu No Uta
- Ginga: The First Wars (spinoff)