A high-spirited kid whose parents manage a skiing ground. He adores dogs, especially Gin, who he believes will become a great bear hound.
A brindle pup that’s considered a rare breed due to their affinity for bear hunting.
A 67-year-old bear hunter known in the village due to his great strength. Trains bear hounds and has a history with a bear he once crossed blows with Akakabuto, his long time nemesis whom he seeks to take down once and for all.
Hunter Takeda’s 8-year-old loyal bear hound who was the alpha of his pack.
A ferocious bear who is Takeda’s greatest nemesis. Ripped Takeda’s left ear off, and in return, Takeda shot off his right eye.
In the snowy mountains of Akita, Daisuke and his parents manage a skiing ground. Daisuke grows up with great tales of bear hunter Gohee Takeda and his bear hounds, among them their skirmish with the dangerous Akakabuto, a great bear that’s terrorizing the mountains.
On the day old man Takeda decides to hunt for Akakabuto again with his loyal bear hound, Riki is the day a rare brindle puppy was born. Daisuke names the pup “Gin,” and thus begins a pup’s journey to being a great bear hound.
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