"This is a blog about Ginga series (a fan blog, more or less)
But also Yoshihiro Takahashi and his work as ; Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, Yamato, Fang , Giant, Densetsu Weed, Orion, and others.
So the blog is more a way for me to write about my passion, perhaps addiction in my life : )
There are talk, theory, ideas .So I don't clam to be an expert , I'm just Ginga insane and like to talk, write. Perhaps we together on the blog can find clues, theory, idea's about the merchandise, item's. And bring more lights on things"
! Beware !
The Blog site can give out spoilers (I will warn aswell) And I can also write about topic that can have violence, bloody contain.
Many of
Yoshihiro Takahashi can hold such theme & contain. But I probably will warn at the start on the blog, is that is necessary.
Other then that there are just my thought and ideas as a ginga insane collector ; )

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Some GNG Music Covers

I remember  time back, many years ago when I saw those music videos.
I were really impress and still are  ^^

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Silver Fang DVD's

I had a plan to write about the Swedish  dvd release when it come to Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
Or as the series are know as : Silver Fang ,here in Sweden  : )
Sweden were one of the Nordic country's that released the series on vhs cassette back in the 80's.Then the second release came out in the 90's
Of course there were the Swedish dub, with four voices actors.
Then the series were cut , both for the blood and violence.
But also so the series could fit as series movies on four vhs cassette.
I will go a bit deeper and blog on the VHS later one.

For now I will go the dvd's

For I got some questions about them and as I'm own most (if not all) of the Swedish  dvd release.
And the nerd as I'm, I couldn't help myself to write about them
And I have done control check with the stores, that have or had the dvd's & the boxes.

So I thought that could be nice to write about the dvd's 

And I have promise other fans, collectors to write about this dvd subject.
Since the start when I just blog for the first time I use to do sometime big projects.


Let see :

- The first time Silver Fang came on dvd were in the years ; 2002-2003
There were volumes 1-4, four parts of the dvd series
As the vhs release before the were four parts.
At the time many review the Silver Fang  as movies, not  as anime series (with 21 episodes). 
Just on the cover and back cover you can read :
" En tecknad seriesuccé om jägarhunden i Alaska "
In English it will be : 
"A cartoon series success of a hunting dog in Alaska"
Yes , for a long time the vhs and dvd's refer the adventure were in Alaska wildness 
Not In Japan.
It weren't until when the uncut version dvd box were release in the year of 2003. 
We will come back to that later. 
The cover came from the second release of the VHS taps , as same as the quality.
Meaning, well not so great quality as you could thought.
The language are on Swedish dub. And this is the cut version of the series.
Those dvd are no longer in stores.
Best change to get them is on Swedish auction site or second hand stores .


- It were in the year of 2003 the Swedish and Finnish fans got the uncut, original series on dvds.
To be exact in December of the year 2003 the dvd box were release.
 You can say it were a big insane Christmas present for fans
 ! Note  !
The first release were with Finnish cover on the dvd box, and a small note paper in Swedish.
A time later the Swedish cover and with Swedish text came on the dvd box.
You can see the titles on the dvd boxes :

"Ginga Nagareboshi Gin: Hopeanuoli  Silver Fan Special Edition"
- Finnish

"Ginga Nagareboshi Gin: Silver Fang  Special Edition "
- Swedish

This one were uncut version
And we had the enjoyment to see the hole series with Ginga Nagareboshi Gin.
This large box have Swedish, Finnish sub.
 The dvd box do have Keep-Case, meaning cardboard box that hold the and protect the dvds.
And the box have five disc and have images from the anime.
The company that have release the boxes is:
- The Finnish company ; Futurefilm ; Futurefilm_Hopeanuoli box
-The Swedish company : Zon media AB ; Ozonmedia 
Please Note :
The Zon media AB company change their name in the year of 1992 to Audvid
Here is the link to Audvid : Audvid Site

The design cover on the dvd boxes' are made by :
Finnish company ,who work with Graphic design.

I have been lucky to get both of the release dvd box.
For me the only thing that difference between them is the cover and the text. And the company mark/stamp  
 Perhaps the Swedish one have more color in the cover on the box?
It's the same image on the dvd disc and same images on the rest of the dvd covers

The boxes are still in stores, both in Sweden and Finland
But I have seen now it's a few in the storage at shop's, stores .

In the end of 2014 and the star of 2015 a new version came of the box
So what version dependent on what you looking for, it can be harder now to find the more older versions.
All the Three versions


- A other box that came out were the so called " Tin edition box" or "Metal Box "
 This were in the year of 2005
This were a Finnish and Swedish release , as you see on the text
Hopeanuoli (Finnish) ,Silver Fang (Swedish) ,
The box had following dubs:Finnish, Swedish & Hungarian.
But also Japanese, well not dub, but as the original language 

The release were by the Finnish company  FutureFilm 
In the dvd case you can see the text :
They  were the one who made the design cover

When I look at the back cover I can read that this is a region free dvd. This is different if you compare to the other dvd release, for those have region 2 .
There is two disc and as you see the image theme mix are when Gin fights Benizakura.
I guess one of the famous fight scene, moment in Ginga Nagareboshi Gin series.  
A bit different with a jumping Gin, but still alright to me. When it come to the inside image. 
I like the box, even that some can think the look are different.
Just the idea to try something new and with a steel book case , it to me look really nice

This dvd box or steel-book are not so easy to come by,at  lest in Sweden.
Some can say rare or extremely hard to get now days. 
It were sold a limed time (as what it seems)
And some fans weren't so happy when it came to the cover design, when the dvd came.
That I recall very well.
Like many other dvd you can have change to find the dvd on a second hand store or at a auction site.

- At the same time in the year of 2005 , in the month's of April to June the were the release of new uncut dvd's.
The so call  : Silver Fang : Special Edition 
The language are in Japanese (as the original) and this were the uncut version.
With Swedish and Finnish subtitles.
The the cover , text were in Swedish As the dvd box before.
There were five dvd volumes that were released
Vol 1; Episodes:1-4
Vol 2 ; Episodes: 5-8
Vol 3; Episodes: 9-12
Vol 4; Episodes: 13-16
Vol 5 ; Episodes: 17- 21

The interesting with this release is
In the dvd case there are massage from Christer Hagström , the man who is the cause that Silver Fang, Hopeanuoli, Ginga Nagareboshi Gin came to the Nordic counties I guess.
It's more of one page there Christer talk about Anime, Manga classic .
And how he and the  company's that gave out the classic anime  on vhs and later dvd's.
The voice actors, how the dub were made and other memory Christer have about this subjects.
But also here are a short tale of the Anime history , in Sweden.
Thoughts ,text by Anders Häger Jönson
It stared in Sweden with Christer and his company Ozon Media  (that change the name to AudVid later one).
How a wave with anime, not so very know at the time in 80's in Sweden and how it influence generation after generation of viewer  of anime from Japan.
It's really sweet and great way to got some history knowledges
And so awesome that both Christer and Anders share their experience and thoughts.
Note there are just one page in side the dvd case with the text.  Noting more.

! Note !
This dvd release can have different disc images
The more older one's have images as the dvd covers
But the more new release have a different one.
As you can see yourself ^^

There are still dvd's in store, shop that still have this dvd for sale.
But , yes there is a but
There are few in storage and seems to be sold out in shop, store's here in Sweden.
It's seem like that the dvd's will disappear more and more.
The easy way to get the dvd's is to check second hand stores or Swedish auction site. 


- In the year of 2007, the Swedish release dvd came with a new look, new design
If you read in my blog anout the Weed dvd release ; Weed dvds_part-1
You can see the artist  Alice Engström , miss-collie , from Nosebleed studio
Who made the first Weed box design.

At the same time Alice made the cover of four Silver Fang dvds  as well. 
This were the cut version and had the Swedish and Finnish dub.
There were four dvd volume's .
I think this release are hard to come by now
Four not all the volume's are in Swedish store and they seem the disappear in storage.
You can likely get them at secondhand store or auction site in Sweden.
It a bit shame for those dvd cover really stand out and look great.

When I got those dvd,  I got a Gin /Silver pin,badge with in volume 1
What I heard that some dvd's had the pin, but not all.
So you ca say that were a limited edition.
The Gin draw on pin, its the art of Alice. 


In the year of 2008 there were a collection edition, Silver Fang box that came out .
This one had the cut and Swedish dub version.
The box had Swedish ,Finnish and Hungarian dubs
The dvd had with four disc and dvd disc the images came from Alice Engström , miss-collie.
 This dvd came with a brochure about six pages.
Just info about Silver Fang other release, images, fact on characters and adds.
There are incorrect info face about characters, as that Ben and Moss are half brothers for example.

Some says that you could gt a pin,badge of Gin with the dvd box.
I have got on hold of three boxes since this release came and haven't seen it.
But it could be a limed edition, with other words hard to get by.  

The dvd box are not longer sold in Swedish stores.
There can be few if not some stores that can special order the dvd box.
But the are just what I heard.
Like others Silver Fang dvd's you can best way get this one on auction site or second hand store.
- So the newest release came in the month of June in the year 2011.
This dvd box are the cut version of the series and are dub aswell 
The box had Swedish ,Finnish, and Hungarian dubs. And the cover text are in Swedish

The dvd have Keep-Case, meaning cardboard box that hold the and protect the dvd.
It's not any different cover , just the same as the dvd.
 There are two disc and under the dvd case that hold the disc there are add for the uncut Silver Fang (GNG) and Weed series dvd.
The new Weed dvd box were release this year ,2012.
But one year ago there were adds what coming .


Even this one are the newest one , it seem that the shop, stores have few in storage.
I guess the dvd are popular and are sold out in some shop's .
Most of the Swedish store's have this dvd now.

So in the end if 2014 and the start of 2015 there came a new version of the
"Ginga Nagareboshi Gin: Silver Fang  Special Edition "

  This have other images as you see, even more clear colors then the others.
But if you count out the images the dvd are the same.
With the uncut and Swedish, Finnish sub.

Availability:Since this is the new version, there aren't so much problem to find this dvd box in stores ( in Scandinavia, Nordics country's) 

All the Three versions


In August , 2015 there were a New  release of the Swedish dub and cut version of Ginga Nagareboshi Gin.
Image from the store
Here is the full covers

It's a mix with the release of  2008 and the release of 2011.
Aswell as the uncut GNG dvd release of 2015

The new release of 2015, with a bit darker purple colors

 It's very much the same , no extras with this dvd.
Just the different covers  on the dvd.

With Swedish ,Finnish, and Hungarian dubs and as you see the cover text are in Swedish

Availability:This one are entire new  and will be in most of the stores.
I guessing that both the release edition of 2008 and 2011 will no longer be sold in shops or stores. Even that edition of 2008 are hard to get by now . if you don find in auctions or second hand-store

Extra !
Manga Mania anime & trailer DVD 

In the year of 2007 there were a dvd release with the Swedish manga/anime magazine called Manga Mania.
It were a add , teaser with anime episodes and even trailer .   
There were four anime episodes:
Fruits Basket (episode 1), Silver Fang (episode 3), Berserk (episode 22) and Ragnarök (episode 3). 

And yes this were the Swedish dub, cut versions.
But also trailer on following anime's:  Appleseed, Weed and Eldflugurnas grav (
Grave of the Fireflies)
I think there were bad trailer , if you could call it for trailers.  
This dvd wasn't for rent or for sale.

Well even that the dvd weren't for sale that do not stop seller to sell the the dvd at
Swedish auctions site or secondhand stores.
The small, think dvd show up time to time at Swedish auction, more and more now days
What I have seen.


So this is a short history as well, I guess .
The sources I have been using , (if you count out mine own notes) is following
The company; Audvid Site 
The stores, shop that have been really helpful is 
Science Fiction Bokhandeln

I will do a update if I forget anything  

20/8- 2015
I made some update with the new dvd release and added some images 


Monday, November 12, 2012

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Question to fans

I have a question to the Finnish fans
According to Future Film , the Hopeanuoli dvd box (uncut, with Finnish, Swedish sub) were release in the year of 2002.

In Sweden the stores that sold/sell the box say they got the box in the year of 2003
In December of 2003 to be exact

And when the box came to the stores the dvd cover, text were on Finnish
And later the Swedish text, cover came.
So I wondering when did the Hopeanuoli Special Edition DVD-Box  come out in Finnish stores ?
Was it in 2003 , that many site, store says ?
were it in the year 2002 ?
As you can guess I working on to write about the dvd relese when it come to Silver Fang ( GNG) dvd release.

So if any could conform this or give ideas about this that will be most appreciate.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Silver Fang ;GNG manga in Swedish bookstore

So now you can buy Ginga Nagareboshi Gin manga in Swedish  bookstore
!Note !  The language in in Japanse
sfbok: Silver Fang: Shooting Star vol 1
The manga that have show up at the Swedish Store are the manga , know as the Pocket edition
The were realest in the years of 1997-1998 by the Publisher : Shueisha Bunko 

This manga that Science Fiction Bokhandeln sells is Import from Japan

But This is a great now for us fans and collectors   

Yoshihiro Takahashi  had great success in Finland, our dear neighbors

So let hope this will be great and company, publishes will perhaps translate the manga

This is the third  time  (what I can remember ) that a legal big store have stared to sell Yoshihiro Takahashi manga's,

Swedish bookstore : Adlibris.

Were the one in Sweden that sold the English translate Ginga Legend Weed
Book/manga vol 1-3 . Years back
- Know as Ginga Densetsu Weed  ; )
Today well the book sore have the  Finnish translated manga's

GNG, Riki and GDW mangas

Back to sfbok store then
Now the Japanese manga Ginga Nagareboshi Gin , vol 1-3 , of 10 out in the store
More info 

Sorry the site are in Swedish

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Take a look at : Creation-advance : cartoonist Yoshihiro Takahashi
Here we have a" Memorial plate image" with art of the celebrate of 40 th anniversary of Yoshihiro Takahashi 

There are only 100 " Memorial plate" and there for are limited edition.

The price: 21,000 yen , each pieces

Source From ;  takahashi_pro (Twitter)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New coaster

So now there are NEW Ginga Densetsu Weed coaster  ^^
Take a look at : Creation-advance

The new one are : Rocket, Joji (George) , Ken, Sasuke, Hiro & Jerome

Looks like the Densetsu Weed coasters images come from Ginga Densetsu Weed Artbook or Original illustrations collection.

And  for me the Ginga Nagareboshi Gin images on the coaster remind me of the manga series from the year 1997-1998,  Some say the Pocket editions (Shueishe Bunko)
Well Not Gin image but at lest the others

I hope that the Creation Advance will soon update their stock.
For the product they have in the store seem to be selling well  ^^

Thank you for the update : Weedpedia at Twitter

Monday, October 15, 2012

Question time III

I got some mail regarding my dear collection. So I thought to answer some here too.
This time it's mostly about the Ginga collection .

Let's goo 


I saw that you have Ginga T-shirts , is that the real legally t-shirts ?
Where did you get them ? Please tell more about the t-shirts

You mean those two ?

One of Gin at the moon, jumping and the second with Akakabuto.
I think they are both legal and have the Shueisha &  Toei Animation print/mark.
If you look at the images and the tag/
information cardboard piece you see following :
© Yoshihiro Takahashi / Shueisha, Toei Animation
But also on the back of the t-shirt you see :   銀 牙 流れ星 銀
In other words, Ginga Nagareboshi Gin

I think the first time I saw those t-shirt were in the year of 2010 on Japanese blog's on the net .
It's were really hard to get some information of them.  But I found in the end a store that had sold them.
You could buy them at Uniqlo:
And order the size: S- XL or something like that
BUT now there are no longer in the store.
Both cost 500 yen/each
at the time there were sold at the store.
The interesting is the this tag/ information cardboard piece are in English. That  surprise me

So far what I have seen and also experienced both are hard to get. For they aren't out in the market, store anymore.
And I guessing they were sold a limed time

I have been out and hunting both of then ever since I saw them.
And this year I got a contact that found both of the t-shirts and got them for the same price that they had in the store
Sure one had been used, but had been washed.  So I was really luck to get both of them, after some year hunting. 
The fabric on the t-shirt are way so soft. Love them for that
I have seen some of them been at  Japanese auction and English ebay, but the price
have been expensive.
If you can be luck you can get them for a lower price . But I haven't seen them for a time now
That sad , for those are really nice to have. 

I hoping and will try to get two other t-shirts at Creation

, one day at lest. I like the Gin vs Akakabuto and the sweet t-shirt with Gin, Smith & Chutora
But that is what I know and can tell about mine t-shirts ^^

You have so many GNG figures ! With one are your favorite?
How many are you planning to get in the end ? Was it hard to get the figures ?

Oh yes I have a large collection with the GNG figures , that true.
But years back the interest for the figures were low or not at all for fans, collectors.
I guess that the figures became popular and now there are way hight prices on the figures.
Some sellers (outside Japan) take really
expensive prices.
The one that have cost me the highest price were : Chutora. From set 2 of the small figures.

Then the add paper/poster thing for set 1 figures cost also when I were in a bid-war, A time back
My first GNG figures were a small brown Sniper  (if I remember right).
As some know Sniper is my favorite character in GNG
The funny thin is now the newest figure I got is just a small brown Sniper. yes I got one extra for the same seller I
purchase, small silver Riki from this month .
The seller (on ebay) are way sweet, friend and there are a pleasure to do business with here.
The hard part is to find some characters, now the figures are so popular to collect.
But I still looking for the figures that I don't have , like from set 2
But also set 1 different colors and size on the characters.
Like a large Riki, Also a blue Riki
But just that character are way popular go get, so you hope to one day lucky to find one for a good price.
The figures from set 1 that are hard to get are : Oliver , Akakabuto (on the back legs) , Riki and Kurotora
Well the last ones are more popular then other figures, So that make it hard to get a better price.
Then we have the size, I find that the smaller size are more easy to get then the large ones .
The colors , well the large blue figures are those that can be hard to get.

Then we have the small white ones, that I think are some you don't see to often.
But large brown color on the figures are not easy to see or get by with either.

It's dependent on where you look, when it come to the figures
Mostly I have been luck to get some for a lower price on Japanese secondhand place, stores, sites.
Some I got on Japanese auctions and other on ebay.
Sometime there can be stores that have a good price,  but nowadays stores (outside japan) have to hight price.
Well At lest I think so. So you staring to wondering is it worth it ?
When you see Sellers be more and more hungry for take a higher price for the figures
Hm when i stared to collect my main focus were on the many of Yoshi others manga's, GNG manga's  and the figures that were my main thing to collect.
But now I need to take one thing at the time. For the prices have when up and there are more bid war on auctions now
So you need to keep your hands on your savings when it comes to money.
But to tell the true I have no idea about plans with mine figure collection. who know about the future .
What the
experience to be a hardcore collector ?
Well first of all I don't see myself as a hardcore collector.
I think of myself as a nerdy collector.
I not going to collect them all ( lol Pokemon theme). I hunt for those merchandise, items I like.
Not to try to be a big shoot or hunger for all the ginga things that is out there.
The best thing with to be a collector is that you learn new things everyday .
There have always show up items that you had non idea of existed or had ever seen.
It's a adventure to be a nerd and learn new things,
But the best thing is you meet other , fellow collector or other fans on the way .
I love to meet other that you can talk to about manga, merchandise, items and how you can come with idea's,

theory's. Just to be able to talk, have discuss with a person , others that have the same interest are amazing.

But for a collector the hunt can be up and down. Money issues can be a big problem 
Sometime you can see the pressure some people pass on others  and some think that you need to have a large collection to be someone. And that are just wrong
For me it's not
competition, contest to have the most tings.
You really need to take a talk with yourself and thin what is the things worth for you
And not looking at others.
Well true it hard not look at other collections , I mean you can drool over some photos you see.
But with time you realize what things really mean to you.

One other
negative thing is the persons, people who try to use you.
Some people who have selfish reason to use your kindness to rip of some item's or take advantage of tips you have  to find things. Those that pretend that their are your friend but try to drag you down, for they haven not better to do.
There are in fan anime/manga fan communities, fandom there bullying are used, and the drama's.
popular members can get away for the most of time with almost anythings. And can treat other like
And there can be (if not often) prejudice, harass collectors.
That is one of the reasons that I more and more dislike forum, boards.
So the is the bad part if you are a collector for a long part I have been.
One other thing is to have room with all the manga's, item's merchandise
If you have a large collection (as I have with the manga's) you need to try to find way to have the things in.
Like more
bookshelves, bookcase

Is there some merchandise there you wish
exist , dream ginga merchandise?
Hm this one can be hard to think on, but I have some idea's

- More art books , manga's
I love to see a artbook, like
Ginga Densetsu Weed Artbook, The Original illustrations collection
,but with
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin.
Perhaps also Yamato too.
Since I'm fan to both of the series, more then Weed.
I love to see more art work with
Yoshihiro Takahashi and his crew.
- Biography book
But I also wish there will come a book, manga ; The
biography of Yoshihiro Takahashi
That could be so interesting to read about your favorite artist,
writer, author.Especially when Yoshi  tell about the thoughts, dream, idea's and so one.
He have done many story's (Not only dog story's), being a artist and work with interesting people so that wold be so lovely to read about .
Also I'm curious about
Ginga Densetsu Weed personal life. 
Ah yes I now we (the fans) got some personally photo and facts in the manga's:
Takahashi Yoshiro No Inuto Kurashitai and Boku no Inu,Boku no Weed
But that could be more interesting to get a new up to date book or manga.

- Merchandise book, magazine for the collector 

When we talking about books and manga , why not Collector ,Merchandise book or magazine ?Not only Ginga, but like series like Yamato and other merchandise,items that have been release by Yoshihiro Takahashi work.
A easy way to get to know the history of some
merchandise that have came out on the market and more fact about them.
That could be the best thing for a collector as me who collect on GNG merchandise

- Ginga magazine
There could be cool to have some kind of Ginga magazine ( like Weed world magazines)  with fan art or custom fan creations, and so one
A way for the fans to show how much they appreciate Yoshihiro Takahashi, the ginga series .

- Posters
There have been some poster over the many years .
Some poster are in the manga books, but then many as GNG manga are hard to get.
There have been add for the GNG dvd box, GDW fever game , but that were limed edition
So poster that you could order, legally could be a really nice thing for fans 

- Figures
Like the elder Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, that came in the 80's , and the Ginga Densetsu Weed figures
That could be nice to see some sort of collection figures from the series. 

Especially when Ginga Nagareboshi Gin, Ginga Densetsu Weed & Orion seem to be the popular ones of Yoshihiro Takahashi many series.
The big challenge most be to chose the many , so many characters there is in the series.
But the other non dog
relate story that Yoshi had made , that could be nice to see some main characters to become figures too.
 - Plushes
I'm not a big fan of those
Ginga Densetsu Weed plushes , like other collector, fans
But that could be a nice change to see different plushes
Perhaps more
realistic to the characters , then those plushes that were made in the past.
The plush seem to be popular ones and I'm sure new one could be a hit, perhaps.
Like the figures that will be a big challenge to chose with the characters.
But a Akakabuto plush sound real sweet to have . or a Sniper plush ; )

- Paint book
There have been  in the 80's  (one or two ? , I'm not sure ) Ginga Nagareboshi Gin paint book
A book there you could color, tint the characters figures in the book .
Even for elder fans that could be a treasure to have.

- CD album
Mostly I think for the Ginga Nagareboshi Gin soundtrack.
That could be so amazing to see and get .

I know there have been release with the opened  and ending themes on some cd other.
But the could be interesting to have GNG cd album with all the music .

To tell the true I could do a longer list with idea's with this
But I will end now. So not there will be a to long list


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And also on : Question time II

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