One thing leads to another.
Surfing a website listing Commie menaces dangerous dog breeds, I guess I was mildly surprised to see the wolf-dog hybrid on the list. The Wikipedia entry for the hybrid pointed to the Shikoku Inu, which was slightly more of a surprise. Golden retrievers, neither of them!
Shikoku’s are a medium-sized primitive Japanese breed of dog from Shikoku island that is similar to a Shiba Inu. For those of you that aren’t familiar with either of these, they are rather like small huskies. Both breeds are living “national monuments” of Japan. These spitzes are bred for hunting small game, deer and boar in the mountains. The Shikoku Inu is sometimes referred to as a deerhound.
Anyway, following a link from the Shikoku’s Wiki page led me down the rabbit hole to a web page for Nagareboshi Gin, an adventure manga by Yoshihiro Takahashi.
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.
Yes, the Japanese lyrics are included, so feel free to karaoke along with the vid.
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.
Akita pup, Gin, ultimately leads the final battle against Akakabuto. Gin is courageous and loyal, if a little headstrong. He is quick to anger when lives are taken needlessly. Dangerous.
It’s a cultural thing: the Japanese might prefer to call it: Kan’i (spirited boldness), Ryosei (good nature) and Soboku (artlessness).
The Shikoku Inu in the manga is Kurojaki. He is the leader of the Kōga Ninja Dogs. He has the distinction of being the only dog to actively use a weapon. When a house is set on fire to end the feud, Kurojaki flings himself into the fire, declaring that the war is his only purpose.
Other dangerous dogs featured in the manga are: tosa inu, doberman, husky, weimaraner, mastiff, rough collie, spaniel and dachshund in addition to others with dangerous-sounding Japanese names.
Oh, there are dangerous humans in the story too.
More on Nagareboshi Gin at Wikipedia.
Dangerous dogs part deux: Weed, son of Gin.
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