Anime: Ginga Densetsu Weed
? Pfft. These guys would embarrass them all.
A manga/anime action/adventure series by Yoshihiro Takahashi about dogs who follow a rather bushido-esque code of fighting and loyalty. The series has drama, swearing, and gore.Ginga Densetsu Weed
(Silver Fang Legend: Weed
) is a sequel series to Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
. Taking place 10 years after the events of Nagareboshi Gin
(some translations give it as fourteen years, but if you use dog years, then everyone's happy), Weed, the son of Gin, must fight to save the father he's never met from Hougen, a Great Dane that threatens his father's paradise. This series was adapted into an anime in the early 00s, starting to air on Animax in 2004. The manga ended at the total of 60 volumes in 2009.
Popular enough in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden to produce a complete series DVD box release. Considering the amount of cursing and blood coming from dogs, America is not likely to see a dub anytime soon. You can dig the fansubs up from somewhere, though.
Now has a character sheet.
Tropes used in the animated adaptation:
Tropes used in the manga:
- 10-Minute Retirement: When Jerome was banished by Weed after he killed the Foxhound Spies, several dogs such as Kyoushiro, George and Ron called it quits and decided to join Jerome. However, they later went back to Weed after Jerome told them off that it wasn't necessary.
- A Friend in Need: In one manga arc, Daisuke (Gin's owner) and Hidetoshi come to Hokkaidō to investigate an army of dogs led by Weed moving to the place. Upon reaching the site, they saw the dogs howling over the unconscious Gin. Daisuke shouted for his former pet to wake up, and with The Power of Friendship and love, it worked.
- Aloof Big Brother: Weed's older brothers Yukimura and Joe
- George the saluki-mix is cynical, sarcastic and aloof. Subverted that he is not an older brother, he is a middle sibling among Ben and Cross' three puppies (Ken, George and Minnie).
- An Axe to Grind: Shougun carries an axe around which makes it unusual by the fact that he is a baboon.
- Animal Control Does Not Exist: While in the first volumes we hear about Hook's time in a shelter and see a dog catcher in volume 3, the amount of abandoned dogs, especially purebred ones, is staggering. There also seems to be a sort of 'meh' mentality among the owners about their pet, since only once does anybody come to look for their pet who escaped to join Weed. And even then the dog leaves permanently later
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Kotetsu, the younger brother of Koyuki.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: Sasuke, GB and Hiro are the main culprits of this in the comedic moments.
- Artificial Limbs: Murder S' (Sniper) implanted metal legs.
- Kite had these in the anime, but the fans were rather unhappy about this.
- Ax-Crazy: Shogun the gelada baboon. Literally in this case since his main weapon is an axe.
- Babies Ever After: Weed and Koyuki at the end of the manga
- Bears Are Bad News: In the last volumes of the manga, gigantic bears terrorize the dogs and humans.
- Big Brother Instinct: Happens many times when the younger sibling is in trouble. One such instance is that when George was injured by Hybrid Bear and just as he was about to get killed, Ken rushed in just in time with a battle aura and a howl from Ben's spirit saved him.
- Body Horror: The Not Quite Dead deformed Murder S (Sniper) and Aramu.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Hiro plays this trope straight in the manga more than the anime. Moss is kind of an example of this too.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Hiro's puppies and Kotetsu in the manga.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Poor GB pisses all over the ground in fear when he first runs into Kaibutsu.
- Busman's Holiday: Weed tried to have a honeymoon vacation with Koyuki but it was interrupted when his close friends brought the news to him about his father fighting Victor in Hokkaido.
- Catapult Nightmare: The injured captive Gin wakes up from a nightmare where his son was ambushed and brutally killed by Hougen before Weed could rescue him.
- Chickification: Unfortunately, this happened to Lydia after her Heel-Face Turn in the later arcs. It also apples to Cross, though it started in the first anime/manga.
- Combat Medic: Akame is not only an old ninja dog who fights but also a medic who helps the injured dogs with herbs and even putting the injured Tesshin's intestines back in its place in an Ōu soldier-style surgery.
- Conscience Makes You Go Back: When GB witnesses Weed's mother die, he tries to sneak away, thinking how it's not his problem. He changes his mind shortly after however, realizing he can't leave a puppy alone.
- The Chick: Reika, Koyuki and Chako.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Nero's death in the manga. Nero had all his four legs ripped off by Hougen's minions and his face was peed on by Hougen himself before he finally dies.
- Defusing the Tyke Bomb: Mel was brainwashed by Blue into his slave. When his mother Lenny arrived with Weed to see him, he was forced to fight against his mother but with the help of Weed, Hook, GB (by fighting Blue and his minions) and Lenny's Power of Love by talking him down, it worked when Mel finally managed to overcome the brainwashing and turned on Blue.
- Demoted to Extra: Happens to some dogs as the manga progresses, most notably Mel, Hook and Shigure
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In the manga, the dying GB asks for Weed to hug him. Needless to say, his wish is fulfilled, and GB dies as Weed is still embracing him in what is a massive Tear Jerker.
- Emphasize EVERYTHING: Every narration in the manga is always filled with descriptions that glorifies Weed or bearhound blood.
- Evil Cripple: Sniper comes back under the name Murder S in the manga with a wheelchair when he heard that Gin was captured by Hougen. When Hougen and his soldiers had to move to Gajō, Hougen decided that Murder S was useless by burying him alive but the old doberman convinced him with his wits before the act was carried out. Then, after Hougen dug him out of the soil, Murder S wakes up and breaks his cart which also revealed his metal legs. Murder S then trained himself to fight with using his metal back legs turning him into a deadly opponent.
- Eye Scream: Happens to Hiro in a flashback and recently to Musashi in the manga.
- Five-Bad Band: Hougen and his platoon leaders
- Gasshole: Near the beginning of the manga, GB gets so nervous that he accidentally farts in front of his boss Nero. But then again, he might do it on purpose because Nero and his dogs had just smelled Weed nearby, so GB's fart effectively hid his scent from them. When the dogs get mad at him, he replies "I don't have that much control when nature calls!".
- Gentle Giant: Moss may look intimidating, but he is actually very sweet towards puppies.
- Hammerspace: During the moment when Reika gave birth to her four puppies, the tearful Sasuke was able to produce a handkerchief out of thin air!
- As well as GB and Sasuke's comic relief moments when they were insulting at each other with a long pole! See it for yourself...◊
- Heel-Face Turn: Buruge, Bat, Kite, Toube, Maxime and Lydia.
- He's All Grown Up: Daisuke has become a mature and handsome man by the time of this story, and also mentions that he's in a relationship.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Shouji Sudou the retired policeman had a hatred for dogs ever since Hougen and Genba had killed his partner on the fateful mission. He is so determined to ensure that there are other dogs who follow Hougen's example that in one case, he was ready to shoot Moss and the injured Tesshin who stayed behind to rest. Fortunately, he heard the other dogs' howls which stopped him from shooting both just in time. In the end, he finally shot the worn-out and heavily-wounded Hougen after the final battle.
- High Heel-Face Turn: Lydia the only female of the Russian Dog Army betrayed Victor after falling in love with Jerome who was briefly taken captive.
- Identical Grandson: Weed's son Orion looks like his greatgrandfather Riki at the end of the manga.
- Weed's oldest brother Yukimura looks alot like Riki as well.
- I Want to Be a Real Man: Takeshi, who is one of Kyōshirō's followers, is a scared little puppy who got kidnapped by Kamakiri. After he escaped with the help of a Heel Face Turned Toube, he saw Kyōshirō in trouble fighting against Hougen's minions. This pushed his Berserk Button; he rushed in to help his mentor to fight them, but fails to when the minion beat him to near-death. Thankfully, it got better when the other heroes turned up in time and saved Kyōshirō from death as well as reviving the unconscious Takeshi.
- Even though the reader could read very little Japanese/Chinese in the manga, the reader could guess that he was screaming "I'M A REAL MALE!!!" in that scene when he rushed for Kyōshirō to help him.
- In a Single Bound: The dogs have jumped over plenty of gorges, usually succeeding with one leap. Just see how stunned they looked when they see a puppy fly over the gorge! However, the old handicapped Smith almost fails this, but he gets saved by Ken and Kagetora just in time
- Interrupted Suicide: Chōrō the oldest Kōga dog was dismayed when he found his disciple Tesshin befriending Weed instead of defeating him. The upset Chōrō went to the cliff and tried to jump off to drown in the river below when Weed, Tesshin and his friends managed to turn up on time and saved him. After Weed talked him out of suicide, Chōrō found his purpose by becoming a mentor of the puppies who were left behind.
- Lightning Bruiser: George, the second son of Ben and Cross may look weak for a saluki-mix. Unlike his Great Dane-mix brother Ken, he is not only fast but also has his father's strength.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: You thought the anime was bad...
- Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Victor and his Russian Dog Army in Hokkaidō arc
- My God, What Have I Done?: Aramu got very guilty when he was ordered to kill his friend Maxime and throw him into the gorge where the Ōu dogs were held captive by Victor's orders (though Maxime wasn't really dead). However, he finally got over his guilt when he drowned both Victor and himself underwater as Weed was unable to finish off Victor.
- Nightmare Face: When Murder S (Sniper) loses the metal plate on his left face, the results are not very pretty.
- Also, Aramu's face as he had a missing skin and nose on his fleshy muzzle.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: During Gin's captivity, he's eventually visited by the ghosts of Smith and John, who encourages him to attempt to escape. They appear before him a second time when he nearly passes out in the attempt, ultimately causing him to succeed, with some luck as well (he's found by humans just in time before Hougen's followers gets to him.)
- Off with His Head!: This happened to Jerome's subordinate Noss when Kaibutsu decapitated him in the tunnel by biting his neck hard before throwing his severed head to the waiting dogs outside Gajou Mountain.
- This also happened to Kamakiri's minion Stone when he got beheaded by Murder S in the match.
- Only Known by Initials: Again, GB.
- Plot Armor: Near the beginning of the manga, Weed gets shot. A lot (there were at least 34 bullets in him, according to a later scene). Not only is he back on his feet after a few days, but he is also showing absolutely no signs of being shot over thirty freaking times afterwards. Did I already mention that the protagonist in question is a months old puppy? No wonder the anime took this out.
- Redemption Equals Death: Subverted when Buruge used to be Hougen's Mook until he quits his mook job and joins the Ōu Army, he doesn't die in both arcs (Battle for Gajō arc and Dogs vs Monkeys arc). Later on in Hokkaidō Arc, Buruge dies from fighting against the militant German Shepherds as an Ōu Soldier.
- Toube the tosa mastiff fits more in this trope
- While GB isn't a bad guy, he often curses himself for his cowardice, until they fight the hybrid bear in which he finally finds his courage and furiously attacks and wounds it. However, he suffers lethal wounds in return and dies shortly afterwards while Weed hugs him.
- Retired Badass: The old dogs who used to be Ōu warriors in Ginga Nagareboshi Gin.
- Sadistic Choice: A rare example with a minor villain character in GB's backstory where he reveals to Weed that he had met Hougen once before, during a time when he had looked after a couple of abandoned puppies. One day he decided to risk showing them to Nero, hoping he'd accept them seeing how cute they were. His timing was awful however, as the day he showed up with them was the same day Hougen was controlling Nero's territory, and upon seeing the puppies, he (Hougen) threw a fit and questioned Nero where they came from, blaming him for breeding without his consent and hiding females from him. Nero desperately tried to explain the puppies weren't his, to which Hougen then ordered for the puppies to be thrown in front of him... and asking him to kill them if he was telling the truth. Nero, knowing Hougen would kill him instead if he refused to kill them, conceded. While poor GB was watching. And Hougen was laughing.
- Spell My Name with an "S": "Meru" becomes "Mel".
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Happens to the poor female dogs in both manga and anime. Especially for Sakura, Lenny, Minnie and Joe's mate Hitomi.
- Even Lydia and Cross became victims of this trope, but at least they got better.
- The Chew Toy: GB and Sasuke are always mistreated in every comic relief scene in the manga.
- Tunnel King: Mole the dachshund may look small and useless to the group but he proves to be a useful ally when he uses his digging skills to dig through a tunnel to Gin's prison for stealth purposes.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Hiro and Reika.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Averted. Gin and Weed gather thousands of dogs, both pets and strays, to fight the villainous dogs Hougen and Victor. The humans are startled at the sight.
- Villainous Breakdown: Happens to Victor when he's really, really pissed off
- Wasteland Elder: Chōrō the oldest Kōga dog in the ruined Kōga territory. Though the territory is not exactly ruined, he and the new generation of Kōga dogs reside in the underground cave.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: George's fear of water.
- Would Hit a Girl: Played straight in Hokkaidō Arc with the Ōu Soldiers and Victor's army were fighting in the gorge. When the reformed Lydia tries to defend Jerome from the German Shepherd Mook, Victor's brother Bozlef grabs her tail and slams her to the wall temporarily knocking her out.
- You Shall Not Pass: A worn-out and injured Moss the mastiff tries to fight a horde of militant German Shepherds while the young dogs try to escape from the gorge. Unfortunately, he died of his injuries and the concerned young dogs ran back to him.