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An adventure/action manga and anime produced in the 1980s. The mangaka, Yoshihiro Takahashi, took inspiration from an article he read about pet dogs that had run away from their owners to live in the wilderness. Subsequently he created a story about... pet dogs that had run away from their owners to live in the wilderness.

Yes, this story is about ''talking dogs''. Not PettingZooPeople, actual animals.

Let's be more specific: it stars Gin, an Akita Inu pup and the son of the bear-hunting dog Riki. Riki and his owner, Gohei Takeda, had been hunting a deranged bear known as Akakabuto (based on a famous historical rogue bear who terrorized a town) after the bear killed Riki's father. Circumstances led to Gohei losing his leg, and Riki seemingly falling to his death. So Gohei needed a new hunting dog. He picked Gin.

Months later, Gin, after having been trained by Gohei and returned to his original owner, Daisuke, [[spoiler:leaves his friend to join a pack of wild dogs. It turns out that Riki survived, but with amnesia, and had formed a pack just to fight and finish off Akakabuto and his fellow bears. So begins an adventure involving many battles, travelling across Japan to find allies, and learning battle techniques.]]

Eventually, the manga was adapted into an anime by Creator/ToeiAnimation. This was subsequently dubbed into a number of Scandinavian languages, and it became popular enough in those countries to get uncut rereleases. Why "uncut"? Well, most notably, both the manga and the anime are ''extremely'' violent and gory - enough for one site to describe it as "said to be one of the most violent anime ever". Don't count on it being dubbed into English anytime soon.

There's a sequel series, ''GingaDensetsuWeed'', which follows Gin's son Weed. There's also a manga-only prequel named ''Ginga Densetsu Riki'', which follows a young Riki.

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!!Examples in the anime adaptation

* AbortedArc: [[spoiler:The entire wolf arc after Akakabuto's defeat, along with Gin's last reunion with Daisuke and Gohei before the latter dies from old age.]]
* ABoyAndHisX
* [[AbsurdlySharpClaws Absurdly Sharp Claws]]: [[spoiler:Sniper]] kills a dog named Lloyd by clawing his head.
** The bears as well are often shown tearing open either a person or dog with a single strike of their claws.
* ActionGirl: Cross.
* ActionPrologue: The first episode opens with Takeda Gohei and Shiro in the middle of hunting Akakabuto. In the ''Ginga Densetsu Riki'' prequel, it's revealed that Riki was actually at the scene of the time while still a puppy, witnessing his father giving his life to push himself along with Akakabuto off a cliff. Which is ironic when 8 years later, Riki falls off a cliff because of Akakabuto as well, while being witnessed by ''his'' son, Gin.
* AdaptationDistillation: Not counting the AbortedArc mentioned above, the anime naturally leaves out many things from the manga, though one of the most prominent moments is probably the sequence about Daisuke's [[spoiler:despair over Gin's disappearance, along with John's disbelief towards the Ohu army and his fight with Riki that ultimately convinces him, which is only briefly mentioned in the anime. To recap, Daisuke is frequently looking for Gin, one day being witnessed by John as he ventures out into the woods. John, remembering the promise he gave Gin about looking after Daisuke, follows him and, not surprisingly, a bear appears. While Daisuke is knocked unconscious, John does his best to fight the bear but finds himself having trouble, when Riki suddenly appears which causes the bear to flee ''by the mere sight of him.'' John proceeds to challenge Riki to a fight, but to his shock is easily defeated by him. Riki then gives John a RousingSpeech which finally convinces him of joining the Ohu army.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: Cross' fur is white in the manga, but grey-blueish in the anime.
** Riki's fur is changed from red to brown.
* AdaptationInducedPlothole: In the Scandinavian release of the show, three entire episodes were removed including the part at the end where [[spoiler:Akakabuto stands up one final time and fatally wounds Riki.]] Because of this, viewers were left confused for a good while as to where certain characters such as Benizakura went, or how Riki were fine one moment only to lie bloody on the ground the next.
* AffectionateParody: A series of comic pages done by Deviantartist Isismasshiro, parodying [[http://isismasshiro.deviantart.com/art/The-Horrifying-Kai-brothers-1-61664071 episode 9]], [[http://isismasshiro.deviantart.com/art/Ninja-doggies1-51279345 13]], [[http://isismasshiro.deviantart.com/art/GNG-Bill-the-robber-1-442716601 14]] and [[http://isismasshiro.deviantart.com/art/Rough-and-Tumble-1-51046871 the last.]]
* TheAlcoholic: Gohei.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler: A dog named Kurobe delivers a message to Cross and Moss that the fourth and fifth platon have been killed, before dying himself.]]
* AlreadyUndoneForYou: In [[spoiler:episode 16, we see Moss and the pack of dogs he had been leading in the absence of Ben being trapped in a giant hole in the ground, with no explanation as to how they ended up there, or even what that hole is doing there.]]
* AlternateAnimalAffection: Between [[spoiler:Ben and Cross]].
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Bears.
* AnArmAndALeg: Gohei chops off his foot to feed it to Riki, so he can gain enough strength to make it back to the town and fetch help. [[UndyingLoyalty Riki refuses however.]]
** Interestingly, in the manga we're instead treated to a scene of Gohei deciding to shoot Riki, so he can feed off his meat to survive. It then cuts to Daisuke waking up in horror, realizing it was AllJustADream.
* AnimalNemesis: Gohei's fixation on Akakabuto.
* AnimeAccentAbsence: This is first averted with John. Being a dog coming from Europe, Hidetoshi gives him orders in english. Then John starts talking and, well... speaks fluent japanese.
* AnnoyingArrows: There's a bear with three harpoons stuck in its back. I repeat, ''there's a bear with three harpoons stuck in its back''.
** Averted with the hunting bow, which is considered more powerful than some of the rifles.
* AnyoneCanDie: Sadly so.
* ArtisticLicenseAnimalCare: No, you don't train a month's old puppy into a hunting dog by beating it senseless with chopped wood or making it jump into a freezing, raging river. In the Gingaverse however, dogs have about the same intelligence as humans, resulting in it being counted as TrainingFromHell rather than actual animal abuse. Although, people in-universe does called Gohei out on his methods being far too cruel, to which he essentially responds that "If a dog can't avoid an old man's kick, how will it avoid a bear's paw?" [[note]]From the ''Ginga Densetsu Riki'' prequel.[[/note]]
** Similarily, both anime and manga seem to portray dog fighting as an acceptable and noble sport, where the dogs themselves don't mind their profession, and are also well cared for by their owners. In reality, dog fighting got banned for the horrible animal cruelty it was, where the dogs would often be starved to be as ferocious as possible in the ring, and usually came from a fight with open wounds and even missing body parts such as ears or parts of their jaw. The owners only cared for how much money their dog would earn them, and would have them put down in a heartbeat if they no longer proved useful.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Many of the dog breeds are tweaked a bit to fit their role more. Akitas are not that tall and slender, and Salukis in turn are alot skinnier than what Cross is. Neither does English Mastiffs (Moss) or Tosa Inus (Benizakura) get ''that'' big.
* ATeamFiring: Large groups of mooks firing rifles can't hit anything even at what appears to be close range.
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: Giant killer bears terrorizing humans.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The pack leader is always the strongest fighter in the group.
** Averted when [[spoiler: Ben goes blind and has to pick a new leader for the pack. According to both him and Akame, anyone in the pack have the strength to be a leader, but Ben wants someone who also have "determination and a strong sense of justice". The choice goes to Gin, despite him probably being (at least one of) the youngest of them.]] Of course he still turns out to be [[KidHero among the strongest]] on many occasions.
* BadassGrandpa: Gohei, who is for some reason even called grandpa by people who are in no way related to him.
** In Japan (and some other countries) it's not uncommon to refer to elderly men as grandpa even if they aren't related to you.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: One clip of the opening song shows Gin epically fighting Akakabuto ''alone'' while the bear is charging after him down a steep mountain side. [[spoiler:While their battle does happen, it's in an entirely different setting, Akakabuto remains stationary throughout most of the fight and Gin is fighting alongside hundreds of other dogs. He ''is'' the one to deliver the finishing blow though.]]
* BattleAura: Ben gets this at one point.
* BearsAreBadNews: This series is a ''textbook'' case of this.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:Gin goes apeshit on Moss when believing he killed Ben, to the point he ''picks him up and slams him to the ground'' (the deal being that Moss is a ''mastiff''.)]]
** [[spoiler:Kurojaki upon thinking his son is killed turns all [[OneManArmy One Dog Army]] on Gin's pack, throwing off even Ben and Moss, scaring off everyone until Gin jumps in to defeat him.]]
** Chutora gets his moment when he finds out he was fighting a female (Cross). He then proceeds to kick a lot of butt around him.
* BigDamnHeroes: In the Kai Brothers' past, Ben saves them from Tin (a pine martin in the manga or a rogue dog in the anime).
* BigGood: [[spoiler:Riki.]]
* BigGuy: Moss, for the most part. And Benizakura, for the rest of the part.
* BigSleep: How both [[spoiler:Akatora]] and [[spoiler:Riki]] dies.
* BittersweetEnding: The victory during the final battle came with a high price. Totally worth it, though...
* BlindIdiotTranslation: It's very easy to find an episode with ridiculous subtitles - some are easily GoodBadTranslation-level ridiculous.
** Some examples are:

--> "Im going to become an male."
--> "He is only lies."
--> "You two will go rape them." (Original: "You two will go ''spy'' on them.")
* BrattyHalfPint: Daisuke, to a degree.
* BreakTheHaughty: John's arrogant attitude is toned down a whole lot after being defeated by [[spoiler:Riki.]]
* BringMyBrownPants: One of the dogs in the army at the final battle loses control of his bladder when seeing Akakabuto for the first time.
* BrokenAesop: The BigLippedAlligatorMoment mentioned above. To recap, at the very end of the episode, baby-killer came out of nowhere, threw a puppy off a cliff, put a member of the pack in lethal danger, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking reflected badly on Lassie]], and in the next episode, nobody cared. The scene was most likely an Aesop about how harming innocents to get back at someone is a bad thing, so... yeah. In all fairness, none of the already recruited characters [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail got much love at this point]], but it still came off as rather odd.
** This was probably more due to adaptation editing. In the manga, Wilson (the collie) explains how Kurojaki [[spoiler:killed and ate his family before, hence, he wanted revenge.]]
* BrotherChuck: Gin's brothers are only present on-screen for about five minutes altogether in the first eight episodes, and are never seen or mentioned again afterwards. The same goes for his mother, [[spoiler:although he at least shares a tearful goodbye with her and subsequently thinks of her along with Daisuke and Gohei when he leaves to join the dog pack]], while his brothers remains completely ignored.
* ButNowIMustGo: [[spoiler:Gin leaves Daisuke and his family in episode 8 to join Ben's pack and travel across Japan.]]
* CannibalClan: The ninja dogs of Kouga.
* CarFu: Pulled off in the first episode with a snowmobile.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower
* CombatByChampion: Gin vs. Sniper
* CutlassBetweenTheTeeth: Kurojaki and his sickle.
* DavidVersusGoliath: Dogs vs. giant killer bears. Lampshaded in the theme song: [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome "Something so huge, which stands so much taller than us..."]]
* DecoyProtagonist: Daisuke starts out as the main character in your typical [[ABoyAndHisX A Boy And His Dog]] story, [[spoiler:then the GenreShift comes along after 8 episodes and the attention switches to Gin, to which Daisuke doesn't show up again until the last episode (not counting a brief two minute appearance he has a few episodes prior).]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship
* DevilInPlainSight: Sniper is a textbook example of this trope.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Kurojaki and the Koga dogs.]]
* DubInducedPlothole
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Spinning attacks are the key to victory.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Kurojaki towards his pup.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: [[spoiler:Riki]] is simply known as "The Leader" during most of the show up until his identity is "revealed" in the final episode.
* EvilChancellor: Sniper, being the second in command, is constantly scheming how to take over the pack and kill off his competition in elaborate schemes.
* EvilRedhead: Akakabuto; he is a giant killer bear whose name means "Red Helmet".
* EyeAwaken: Hidetoshi shoots a bear, thinks he's killed it and slowly approaches, the bear slightly opens it's eyes in what can only be described as playing dead to lure the hunter close and SMILES, before hurling itself towards Hidetoshi.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Daisuke's father.
* EyeScream: Sickle through the eye, anyone?
* FakeDefector: Terry
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: No lack of decapitations or animal violence here.
* AFatherToHisMen: When Gin calls [[spoiler:Riki out for being his father, an amnesiac Riki responds by accepting his "loyalty", and further proceeds to proclaim all the dogs to be his children as well as his soldiers.]]
* FieryRedhead: Akatora. Heck, his entire body is covered in red fur.
* FinalBattle: Akakabuto plays the role as the FinalBoss.
* FlashStep: Gin, Riki as well as the Koga and Iga dogs can do this.
* GeckoEnding: The anime ends with [[spoiler:Akakabuto's defeat]]. The manga however, continues for a while more, [[spoiler:revolving around a wolf arc (the dogs joining forces with good wolves to fight against evil ones), and afterwards Gin having a reunion with Daisuke before seeing Takeda Gohei one last time before he dies.]]
* GenderEqualsBreed: Zig-zagged with [[spoiler:Ben and Cross' pups. They have three where two look like Ben while the third look like Cross, however the Cross-alike is male, while one of the Ben-alikes is female. (This isn't revealed until ''GingaDensetsuWeed'' however.)]]
* GenreShift: It starts out as an ABoyAndHisX series... and then the focus shifts to the dogs.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Akakabuto's single eye glows constantly throughout the series and even during the opening theme.
** [[spoiler: Even with both eyes gone, his sockets begin to glow, either being a stylistic choice or implying he's supernaturally powerful to some extent.]]
* GoForTheEye: Plenty of the attacks in the series are aimed at the opponents eyes, often with gruesome results [[spoiler:Terry, Kurotora, Akatora, Kurojaki, Akakabuto.]]
* GrandFinale
* HandicappedBadass: Akakabuto himself. Not to mention [[spoiler:Ben starts to go blind and can ''still'' make his enemies bleed.]]
* HeroicDog: Most of the characters. Translation: lots.
* HeroicSacrifice: This happens all the time.
* HeroicWillpower: When Daisuke falls deep into a crevice and faints, Gin is sent down to rescue him and does so by circling his body, wrapping him with his rope leash to pull him back up. In doing so however, he has to hold on to the rope himself, carrying all of Daisuke's weight on his small puppy body. It gets to the point his collar tears into his throat and the manga describes that he eventually couldn't breath. Despite that he keeps holding onto the rope, even ''after'' having pulled him to safety.

--> '''Hidetoshi:''' ''John, this time I think you've met your match.''
* TheHerosJourney
* HighlyVisibleNinja: While the Igas ''are'' pretty spry ninjas, not shying away from underhanded tactics and preferring to stay out of sight, that doesn't change the fact that their pure white coats should make for pretty awful camouflage. As the series goes on,however, Akame starts playing this more and more straight, besting his opponents with his speed and skill in direct combat instead of going with more "practical" methods.
* HonorBeforeReason: Kurojaki and his clan of ninja dogs, [[spoiler:who all decides to commit suicide when Akame burns down their "Master's" home, by jumping into the burning building itself.]]
* HongKongDub: The Finnish dub is absolutely terrible about lip-synching, with characters usually still talking after their mouths no longer move or, conversely, their mouths moving after the line is over or even ''before the line even begins''. Then again, the said dub was pretty much terrible about ''everything'', including [[TheOtherDarrin keeping character voices]] [[DubNameChange and names]] [[InconsistentDub consistent]] and, y'know, [[DullSurprise actually acting.]]
* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:During the final battle against Akakabuto, Gohei appears at one point and shoots the bear in the chest, resulting in it finally falling to the ground, dead. While several lives were lost, both Gin and Riki lives, and a teary Gohei goes over to hug them both... only for Akakabuto to magically resurrect out of nowhere, striking Gohei down before he can make another shot, and then mortally wounding Riki. Enraged, Gin performs a Battouga that tear's Akakabuto's head off.]]
* HotBlooded: John.
* HowlOfSorrow
* TheHunter: Gohei.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: ''Some dogs wield weapons'' - that itself is improbable. Kurojaki wields a kama, [[spoiler:eventually getting HoistByHisOwnPetard ''[[EyeScream in his eye]]'']], and Gin later uses a similar trick with a branch to kill one of Akakabuto's followers.
* InASingleBound: How Gin convinces the Ohu army to recruit him, by jumping an 80 feet gorge.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: How about two clans of ninja dogs?
* InstantExpert: [[spoiler:Gin defeates Akakabuto with a Battouga a few minutes after he's learned it.]]
* InTheBlood: Shiro's bloodline has natural strength and intelligence in it.
* IronicEcho: In the bonus story ''Kai no San Kyōdai'', Ben says that he can finally sleep peacefully at night after seeing the three brothers beat up the marten that he had originally saved them from. [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Akatora says that now he can sleep peacefully, too,]] as he dies knowing that he effectively secured his friends' victory by blinding Akakabuto.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: John and the Kai brothers, especially Kurotora.
* JumpScare: Bear jumping through a wall and mauling the people on the other side.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Kurojaki reveals his plot of turning Ben's pack and the Iga clan against each other, [[WhatAnIdiot which accomplishes nothing except making Gin and the Iga dogs ally against him, which ultimately leads to him losing the battle]].
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Riki.]]
* LifeOrLimbDecision: Gohei has to choose between sacrificing a limb as a last resort or die.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: Gin pulls this on [[spoiler:Riki]], who is suffering from amnesia and doesn't have a clue what he's talking about.
* KidHero: Gin. Well, Pup Hero, but there you go.
* LastOfHisKind: Chibi/Tesshin (a ''RetCon'' in ''GingaDensetsuWeed'').
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MadeOfIron: A couple of the characters manage to hang on, even if they get shot in the eye, clawed, fell off a cliff, bitten, or in one case, all of the above.
** Forget iron, [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Akame]] is most likely made of pure adamantium. He gets ''scythed in the neck'' by Kurojaki soon after his introduction and he has all but shrugged it off an hour or so later. That's just the beginning, though: later in the series he gets Shuga's spear-like front leg shoved into his stomach and the battle with White Tiger ends with the latter's (regular) leg paw-deep in Akame's neck. He ''barely minds'' these two injuries, by the way.
* ManlyTears: Happens more than once, usually after a HeroicSacrifice.
* MeaningfulName
** Gin: "Silver"
** Akakabuto: "Red Helmet"
** Akatora: "Red Tiger"
** Kurotora: "Black Tiger"
** Sniper (self proclaimed): "never misses his target"
** Akame: "Red Eyes"
** Kurojaki: "Black Demon"
* MiddleChildSyndrome: Chutora. He has a much smaller role compared to Akatora and Kurotora and is [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome mysteriously absent]] in the [[GingaDensetsuWeed sequel]]. His role is so small that ''not even the series' creator'' [[ShrugOfGod could remember what actually happened to him]] between the series when this was asked. As some consolation, though, Chutora is something of an EnsembleDarkhorse among the fandom.
* MonsterIsAMommy: Turns out that Gin and Daisuke's first kill was just a MamaBear trying to protect her cubs.
* {{Mooks}}: Every pack the heroes encounter contains foot soldier dogs that gets mowed down en masse during the fight.
* MookChivalry: Averted. The enemies tend to attack en masse. [[BadAss This doesn't seem to be a problem for the heroes though]].
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Brindle fur equals natural strength.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Daisuke has a moment of this when he realizes [[spoiler:the bear he killed was just trying to protect her cubs, and questions himself to have done the same thing Akakabuto did.]]
* MyNameIsInigoMontoya: Some of the characters are quite fond of introducing themselves before a battle, even to the bears, who wouldn't be able to understand them.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Cannibal ninja dogs with ''mohawks''!
* NotQuiteDead: Akakabuto, [[spoiler:who took an onslaught of attacking dogs, bullet wounds, and THREE [[SpinAttack Zetsu Tenrou Battougas]]]] to finally die.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: The [[spoiler:''[[SpinAttack Zetsu Tenrou Battouga]]'' is an attack revolved on this. [[RuleOfCool By spinning, it creates a massive force in the attacker's bite, enough to rip a bear's head clean off.]]]]
* OffModel: The dogs often has horse anatomy-like legs in running animations.
** Gin's rather strange look in episode 6.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler:How Akakabuto is ultimately defeated.]]
* OhCrap: If you guessed that this happens a lot, you'd be right.
* [[OneManArmy One Dog Army]]: Riki. He might have been the only dog in Ohu at the time, but he was still fighting bears ''all by himself'' as if it's easy hunting.
* Otokotachi Nakamatachi[[note]]You know what that means:Men are TrueCompanions[[/note]]
* PapaWolf: Moss is most definitely [[UnstoppableRage not happy]] after he is led to believe that his son is dead.
** Same with Kurojaki. In fact, he got so pissed off when he sees his son fall off a cliff that he starts beating up other dogs around him.
* ParentalAbandonment: Riki "dies", inspiring Gin to become an avenger, only to have him dicking around with LaserGuidedAmnesia to kill the BigBad later in the series.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler:Riki gives his position as "The Leader" to Gin before he dies.]]
* PeacefulInDeath: Again, [[spoiler:Akatora]] and [[spoiler:Riki.]]
* PintSizedPowerhouse: Gin
* PluckyComicRelief: Smith
* PowerCopying: Gin only needs to watch a technique once before becoming an InstantExpert. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] once by Moss.
* PreviouslyOn
* PutOnABus: Justified, in that the focus shifts to Gin as soon as [[spoiler:he leaves with the pack in episode 8, not leaving much room for showing the humans anymore, causing Daisuke and Takeda Gohei to not appear again until near the end]].
* RasputinianDeath: [[spoiler:Akakabuto, after taking tons of attacks from dogs, rendered blind, endured two Zetsu Tenrou Battougas, and a gunshot, finally goes down after one final Zetsu Tenrou Battouga... [[OffWithHisHead that cut off his head]].]]
* RedRightHand: Akakabuto's missing eye.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Hyena]], does one final act of trying to prove his worth as a soldier of Ohu, jumping off a cliff with the intent of saving Ben after giving a little speech about how he used to be evil but wants to redeem himself, only to trip while charging down the cliff, screaming as he falls to his death. He is never seen again.
** In the anime, no. In the manga, [[spoiler:we see Ben, Sniper and Hyena as they all fell into a river. Hyena saves Ben from drowning, but is then [[YouHaveFailedMe killed by Sniper]]]].
* RetiredBadass: Gohei becomes this early on, his old age along with [[TheAlcoholic drinking problems]] making him too ill to keep training Gin, and bear hounds in general.
* RousingSpeech: The dogs are about to square off with Akakabuto, but he has intimidated most of the soldiers in the pack; cue Riki with one of the most memorable entrances ever, delivering a rousing speech which makes everybody fit for fight again.
* RuleOfCool
* RuleOfDrama: It'd be a pretty short and boring serie if every dog they wanted to recruit complied right away.
** In the last episode, [[spoiler:Daisuke tries to approach Gin only to be stopped by the other dogs (even ''John'') snarling at him, resulting in a bittersweet scene of Daisuke having to say goodbye to Gin from a distance, refused the right to touch him. This would make sense in that the dogs won't allow an unknown human approaching their leader, even though Takeda Gohei was allowed to pet and hug ''both'' Gin and Riki just moments before...]]
*** [[spoiler:In the manga, they explain how it's the first days of his reign that determine what direction his leadership will take, and because of this, they can't let him get close to humans within that time frame, at the risk that he'll be swayed to going back. Upon the completion of the wolf arc however, Gin realizes he can finally see Daisuke and eventually reunites with him, arriving just in time to also see Gohei on his death bed.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: The Koga and Iga dogs are fond of this method
* ScareChord: Akakabuto is dead, all is well, Gohei hugs Riki and Gin, cue sentimental music... PSYCH!
* ShesAManInJapan: Smith became female in one of the dubs, and Madara also suffered this.
** It doesn't help that even in Japanese, it's incredibly easy to mistake Smith for a girl. See ViewerGenderConfusion below.
* SnowMeansDeath: The battle against Akakabuto takes place in a snowstorm.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Or rather, Spared by the {{Bowdlerization}}. In Scandinavia, the anime received some haphazard cuts attempting to remove the worst instances of gratuitous gore, which led to some important scenes (as well as ''three entire episodes'') getting the shaft. This cut version omits the deaths of [[spoiler: Terry, Kirikaze, Jinnai, Benizakura, Sniper, Hyena and Akatora]], causing quite a bit of WhatHappenedToTheMouse for keen-eyed viewers. [[spoiler: Though in a bit of irony, Sniper really ended up being NotQuiteDead in the sequel.]]
* SpinningPiledriver: As if Gin piledriving Kurojaki wasn't cool or damaging ''enough''.
* SplitScreenReaction
* SpoilerOpening: As awesome as the opening theme credits are, it spoils or strongly hints quite a few major plots in the serie, such as [[spoiler:Gin leaving humans to join a pack of dogs, Akakabuto getting "henchmen" bears, and Riki being alive]].
* SpoilerTitle: Quite a few. [[spoiler:"Benizakura's Blood-Red Last Moment!"]], anyone?
* StormingTheCastle
* SuicideAttack: Two of Akame's dogs performs this with two of Kurojaki's dogs, one letting himself be chased until they both fall onto an underground trap filled with spears, while another drags Kurojaki's follower underwater, drowning them both.
* TalkingAnimal: All the dogs qualify.
* TakingYouWithMe
* TearsOfBlood: Great (a DemotedToExtra character) cries blood at one point.
* TheMessiah: Gin already has some shades of this in the main story, but starts playing it more straight in the wolf arc.
* TheMusical: A bunch of fans got together and actually made a musical about a series centered around a bunch of dogs killing bears. [[http://hopeanuolimusikaali.com/info_eng.html Here's a link to their English homepage.]]
* TheObiWan: Akame
* TheQuest: Find the strongest dogs in Japan to take down the BigBad.
* TheRival: John is this to Gin early on.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Slighty justified, as male dogs are larger and stronger than their female counterparts, and if the females had joined the war against Akakabuto, dogs in Japan would be well on the way to extinction. Despite this, the show is less sexist than it's sequel GingaDensetsuWeed, where there are ''no'' lead female dogs and only ''one'' actually does something badass.
** False. female dogs can be just as dominant and ferocious as males. It's rather got to do with the story being based off military/samurai ethics, where women rarely play a part.
* TheUnfavorite: Gin's brothers, for some reason immediately deemed useless as future bear hounds despite them being Riki's puppies as well. The manga explains this somewhat by narrating how Gin had inherited Riki's genes more than them.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Cross is seen blushing in both instances where [[spoiler: her pregnancy]] is revealed.
* TimeSkip: Between episode 3 and 4, Gin has suddenly gone from being a few months old to about a year old, meaning there was a timeskip of at least 6 months. Oddly, Daisuke is still wearing a bandage on his head from his incident in episode 3.
** And yet, few episodes later, we have Riki thinking about how [[LaserGuidedAmnesia he can't remember anything]] from six months ago and earlier. Assuming that falling down the cliff in episode 1 was what caused his amnesia, and that Gin was ''a day-old puppy'' when it happened, it [[WritersCannotDoMath doesn't make much sense]].
* TisOnlyABulletInTheBrain: Akakabuto gets shot in his right eye and the bullet lodged in his brain stimulates his growth making him even bigger than he already is.
* TrainingFromHell: Gohei puts Gin - and other dogs he trained - through this to make him a good bear-dog.
** The manga epitomizes this by pointing out how only 1 out of 10 of Gohei's dogs survives his training.
* TrainingMontage: Near the beginning of episode 4 with Gin and Daisuke played to the opening song.
* TruthInTelevision: Dogs do get trained to hunt or fight bears in real life as well (though the latter is considered animal cruelty as it's used for entertainment with the bear in a rope). The story itself is apparently based off a mix between real life incidents of dogs running away from their owners to become wild dogs, and bears terrorizing a village in the mountains.
* TryNotToDie: Gin and Akatora's parting words when they split up to [[StormingTheCastle storm their respective castles]]. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Akatora [[TearJerker does die]] later, while pulling a HeroicSacrifice]].
* TypicalCartoonAnimalColors: Many of the dogs have colors that seem a tad bit off.
** Hakuro is a bit notorious for this among the fandom. Not only is his nose inexplicably turquoise, but there are scenes where his usually tan and white fur is colored completely tan or dark brown, or even ''[[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife blue or green]]''.
** The parts where he's colored off like that however is before he's even introduced, meaning they re-used some animation and colored him differently to look like a random dog.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: Hyena is forgiven his past transgressions, and is let back into the pack where he continues to remain more or less useless.
* WellDoneSonGuy: [[spoiler:Riki to Gin after witnessing his deliverance of a death blow towards Akakabuto.]]
* WhamLine: ''"Young male, do you plan on sending a '''pregnant''' bitch onto the battleground?"''
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Stripes?]]: The reason Gin is immediately deemed special is because of his brindle fur (which, in the Gingaverse, apparently makes a puppy naturally stronger than his plain colored siblings). However, after three episodes have passed, the infamous stripes suddenly disappear, and are never seen again.
* WouldntHitAGirl: Chutora, after being informed by Gin that Cross is a female, refuses to fight her anymore. Even when she sinks her teeth into his neck he does little besides standing there and make a bored-sounding threat. In the manga, discovering that he has been fighting a female triggers a BerserkButton, and he proceeds to [[BadAss beat up the rest of the pack by himself]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: Harpoon Bear, we hardly knew ye.
** [[spoiler:In the manga, after Hyena proclaims his HeelFaceTurn and falls down the gorge, he ends up in a river along with Ben and Sniper, and proceeds to save Ben from drowning. Not surprisingly, Sniper kills him shortly after for this.]]
* YouWontLikeHowITaste: Smith, mistaking the Iga dogs for the cannibalistic Kogas, says that they wouldn't like his taste because he is black and white. This refers to an earlier event where some Kogas actually did say that they find red dogs the tastiest ones.

!!Tropes used in the manga-only wolf arc
* ActuallyFourMooks: Raiga presents a rare non-RPG example. His two brothers, Sakon and Ukon, [[SharingABody live in his body]] and come out to fight when Raiga uses Zan Hishou Bunshin Battouga.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101031234711/ginga/images/e/e7/Wolf001.jpg This is a wolf?]]
* AwesomeButImpractical: Thousand Dragon makes his 999 servants form a giant wolf to attack. The series manual [[LampshadeHanging points out how impractical the whole thing is]] and wonders how are the wolves supposed to attack anything that doesn't [[TooDumbToLive jump directly into the wolf formation's mouth.]]
* BigOlEyebrows: Gaia and Hyouma.
* BlowYouAway: Retsuga can create a hurricane at will.
* CanisMajor: Every single one of the wolves qualifies. Bonus points for Big Horn, Mukonga and [[BigBad Gaia]] for being extra big.
* CannibalismSuperpower: According to legend, the wolves gained special powers after eating the flesh of the [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons demon dragon Jaryuki]]. However, even the [[AllThereInTheManual series manual]] doubts the veracity of the story.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The entire arc and its events are never mentioned again in the series' sequels or spin-off stories. Hyouma, Retsuga and two unnamed wolves joined the Ohu pack at the end of ''Nagareboshi Gin'' and they haven't been heard of since.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Shuga has a collection of ''rotting dog carcasses'' skewered on bamboo shoots. [[spoiler: In the end, he [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled voluntarily joins his collection]] to avoid losing to Akame.]]
* ConvectionSchmonvection: When one of Gaia's ChildSoldiers tries to take Akame with him to the volcano crater, Akame uses his [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninja skills]] to kick his assailant into the lava below and makes his way out unharmed. He was about a ''meter'' away from the lava's surface and his fur didn't even get singed. Then again, [[MadeOfIron this is Akame we're talking about.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Gin and company aka The Eight Dog Warriors against Mugen's ten fighters of the Underworld.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: [[spoiler: Noroi.]]
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: An inversion. [[spoiler: Gohei dies while he hugs Gin.]]
* ExplainingYourPowerToTheEnemy: Gold Eye will ''not'' shut up about his SupernatualGoldEyes and their power to see through his fog.
* IHaveYourWife: And kids, too. Retsuga lures the Ohu dogs to the Palace by kidnapping Ben's wife, Cross, and their puppies.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Fuga to Retsuga. Retsuga [[ThatLiarLies isn't too keen on believing him]], however, until Suiga interrupts their battle and throws TheReveal about Retsuga's parentage at him.
* MissingMom: Retsuga was told by Noroi that [[BlatantLies he has no mother.]] [[spoiler: The truth is that Noroi killed her because of his philosophy that [[EvilTeacher a warrior needs no mother, only him.]] ]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Gin has a moment of this after killing [[spoiler: Juga]], complete with TearsOfRemorse. The other dogs quickly sympathize with Gin and admire his [[EasilyForgiven willingness to forgive]] even his enemies.
* NonindicativeName: The series manual points out that Mountain Bison the wolf [[CaptainObvious doesn't particularly look like his namesake.]]
* PrehensileHair: Juga's mane. [[AllThereInTheManual The series manual]] states that Noroi's is also this.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Juga claims that he has served the Empire for two hundred years.
* SpecialAttack: Yes, turns out that the Zetsu Tenrou Battouga isn't the only Battouga there is. There are seven others.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Hyakkiga wears a [[ReptilesAreAbhorrent snakelike armor]] with [[PoisonedWeapons poison spikes.]] [[AllThereInTheManual Apparently,]] it was forged by Noroi using his PrehensileHair.
* TheEmpire: The evil wolves led by Gaia. It is even ''called'' the Empire.
* UnstoppableRage: Gin after [[spoiler: Juga kills Fuga.]]
* VillainExitStageLeft: Mugen's reaction to his fighters being defeated. [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse He is never seen nor heard from again.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: Noroi skewers [[spoiler: Hyakkiga]] with a bamboo spear after the latter's loss to Kurotora.

!! Tropes used in the Riki prequel

* AllLovingHero: To begin with, Riki doesn't understand why there has to be fighting and he tells Shiro that he wants to remain kind and just. Shiro informs him how "Justice without power is useless", prompting Riki to eat and train from then on to become strong enough to defend his justice.
* BigDamnHeroes: Riki saves a three year old Daisuke from four rogue dogs that intends to kill him.
* BigGood: Shiro.
* DirtyCoward: A truck driver ends up running into a toddler Daisuke racing down a road on his bike, but instead of checking on him gets scared and drives away.
* DramaticIrony: Pointed out in the story; Riki is the runt of his litter, causing no one to buy him and nicknaming him "the mistake", and Gohei himself doesn't even notice him when arriving to choose a puppy. ''"No one knew this runt would one day defeat the monster-bear and become the leader of all of Ohu."''
* HeroicSecondWind: The four rogue dogs Riki encounters his first time venturing out alone starts violently beating him up out of spite alone, to which he cries and pleads for them to stop. Eventually he's driven into a corner causing his "bear-hound blood to awaken", and he then [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Shiro deliberately pushes himself and Akakabuto off a cliff in order to save Riki and Gohei.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The rogue dogs are explained to attack humans as payback for having been abused by humans themselves.
* LukeYouAreMyFather: When Riki first meets Shiro and realizes he's his father, he stays quiet, but admits it by the next time they meet due to Shiro having figured it out anyway.
* MeaningfulName: Riki means "strength", and recieves the name so he'll have something to live up to.
** Shiro means "white".
* MommasBoy: Riki as the runt is very attached to his mother, has a hard time separating from her and every day travels 100 kilometers by foot to see her. It's the persistent traveling every day through rough terrain and weather that makes him strong.
* NotQuiteDead: Early on, Akakabuto is believed to be dead after hunters had managed to shoot him and he hadn't been seen afterwards. Turns out it wasn't the case.
* OhCrap: The rogue dogs when they realize the puppy they had been fighting is Shiro's son.
* {{Rewrite}}: While the first episode of ''GingaNagareboshiGin'' showed Gohei and Shiro fighting Akakabuto alone and Shiro falling with Akakabuto by accident, the end of this prequel shows that Gohei had several men and other dogs with him on the hunt, whom all got killed by Akakabuto. Riki shows up and attacks Akakabuto before Shiro can even get to it, and also runs to hand Gohei his rifle when he loses it. It ends with Shiro delibaretely kicking a tree to push himself with the bear off a cliff to save both his master and his son.
* StartsWithTheirFuneral: The story begins with showing us Riki's dead body at the battleground of Gajou, before diving into the story of his past.
* YoungestChildWins: Riki's the runt, yet ends up being the one who had inherited Shiro's genes the most.
* WhamLine: Riki always cries easily until he's about to cry again because of the dogs who attacked him, when Shiro interrupts him by saying "Don't cry. That's why they bullied you!" Riki is shocked and for the first time manages to swallow his tears. Also, when Shiro reveals his name, making Riki realize it's his father.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The leader of the group of dogs Riki fights and injures swears he'll make him pay someday, but he's never seen again. Also, the one of Riki's siblings that Gohei initally chooses is never mentioned again either. One might just assume it became one of his random dogs that got killed by Akakabuto in GNG.
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