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Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin (Japanese 銀牙 -流れ星 銀-)
is an adventure manga by Yoshihiro Takahashi.
It was published by Shueisha in Weekly Shonen jump from 1983 to 1987, and collected in 18 bound volumes.
It received the 1987 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shonen 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 and his minions. The story begins from the point of view of the humans, but swings to the dogs with episode seven of the anime. It is in that episode that the audience hears the dogs communicating with each other through speech, though it continues to be barks and whines to human ears. 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.