Every place I go, every Ginga fanart, forum, AMV, people are always endlessly bashing Weed to death, whether it'd be hate art of him getting killed in the worst way possible or strictly comparing him and Gin to no end. And it's about time something like this should be warranting of a defense essay.
Weed is gay!
No, not gay. Weed clearly gained a female mate in the manga, which means that he's either straight or bisexual. The creators never confirmed his sexuality, so we'll never know. But why are you saying "gay" like it's a bad thing?
Weed is blue, which makes him a sparkledog!
A single unnatural shade of color =/= sparkledog. According to some "official" wiki sources, a "sparkledog" is supposed to be "a sentient feral character, with unusual hairstyles and fur colors or patterns, including rainbows. Sparkledogs are often depicted with accessories or decoration including piercings, tattoos, dyed hair, and jewelry." Do you see any fucking unusual hairstyles, rainbows, piercings, tattoos, dyed hair, or jewelry on Weed? No, he simply has blue eyes, a sky blue coat color, and a white undercoat. That's all. Still, you guys treat it like unnaturally-colored dogs have never been done in the Ginga universe before. Kurotora was a pure blue dog in GNG. Why aren't you hating on him too?
Weed is a coward and a wimp!
If he was cowardly, then how would he even be FIGHTING in the first place?
Weed was named after drugs/pot/marijuana!
Maybe it'd help that you'd actually bother to watch the first episode, you fuckhead. Weed was named after weeds, as in those patches of wild grass that grow on the ground, not after pot. He was named after the GRASS, not the LEAF.
He's a whiny crybaby/He cried when his mom died. Gin didn't cry at all when his father died.
Um... why would Weed NOT act the way he did in the first episode? How would you expect a child to react if their parent died right in front of them?! Would you rather have Weed act completely unsympathetic and apathetic towards his own FAMILY MEMBER? Gin actually DID cry when Riki died; he just had better control over his tears for two reasons. 1) Gin was older than Weed when he witnessed his father's death, and older people tend to have better emotional maturity. 2) Riki hardly spent any time with Gin. He was out hunting bears on the same day Gin was born and had amnesia that lasted throughout the WHOLE SERIES until the last episode. Yes, Gin did love his father and Riki fought alongside Gin in the final battle against Akakabuto, but Riki never had enough time to just be a normal parent. So again, why shouldn't Weed cry over losing the one who raised and nurtured him?
He suddenly just becomes strong! Gin had to go through training.
Now for this, I'll admit it. I can't really explain how or why Weed was able to fight at such a young age, BUT one thing that's not true is how people say he's too perfect. There were several times in the series where Weed was a flawed fighter. In his very first fight against Banken his only body part he could target attacking was his ear, he gets wounded in battle more easily as compared to Gin, he had a hard time in trying to utilize the Battouga properly, and there is the fact that he has to ask other dogs to teach him how to fight properly because no one ever showed him how to do it when he was young
Plus, Gin practically became completely strong and OP out of nowhere too, and DON'T use his training with Gohei as an excuse. Gin's training did make him physically stronger and more disclipline. But WHERE in Gin's training was Gin taught to jump through trees, spin around like a crocodile while biting other enemies, and decapitate a fucking bear just by somersaulting in the air? Guys... it's ANIME, alright? Anime is and has ALWAYS been a work of FICTION, which does in fact include things that would be completely illogical and impossible in real life. GNG has never been realistic, neither GDW nor any of the sequels afterwards. Get over it.
He's arrogant/He always boasts about being the leader's son. Gin never said anything about Riki being his father.
Gin never said anything about Riki because Riki never did anything significant. Gin was famous for having defeated Akakabuto and considering Weed is his son, I doubt it would be easy for him to keep his mouth shut about it. Besides, no one actually ever believed Gin when he said that he was the son of Riki anyway.
He never gets scarred even though he bleeds several times in the series!
Okay, I'll agree that this is a weird thing, especially what happened after the final battle should have left some scars on Weed, but I don't see how that should be a reason to hate him.
He banished Jerome even though he totally and obviously knew that Jerome saved his life!
No. Weed DIDN'T obviously and totally know that Jerome was trying to save his life. The reasons behind Weed's actions in this is all because of a big misconception. Let's analyze the whole scene again:
1) Thunder and Lector BEGGED and PROMISED that they would never try harming Weed again, so they got off Scott-free.
2) NOBODY ELSE was present when Thunder and Lector secretly stated that they still wanted to kill Weed... EXCEPT Jerome. Let me repeat, Jerome is the ONLY one who KNEW about Thunder and Lector's secret plan.
3) Remember that Thunder and Lector PROMISED to leave Weed alone the scene before. So when Weed arrived on the scene, from his point of view it looked like Jerome was attacking them for no reason.
4) Jerome immediately ADMITTED his guilt one minute later and politely ASKED Weed to punish him.
Weed did NOT attack Jerome because he was ungrateful for him saving his life; it was just bad timing and the wrong information. Yes, Jerome initially wanted to save Weed from Thunder and Lector, BUT in sense of his loyalty to Weed, he also realized that he was disobeying Weed's orders. Also, what was that last scene before Jerome's death again? The one where Weed and Jerome were casually talking with each other, GETTING ALONG again, and REALIZING EACH OTHER'S MISTAKES?
Besides, Weed isn't even the first one to do this. Like why doesn't anyone else question Gin for being mad at John for killing those bear cubs?
It's his fault Jerome died!
Um, no, it's not his fault that Jerome died. Jerome himself CHOSE to sacrifice his life to save Weed. They were both in freezing cold water, and since Weed's body temperature was dropping dangerously low, he had to do something to save him, and it was Jerome HIMSELF who let his body get carried away by the river. Weed had nothing to do with that.
He always lets his enemies live!/He didn't kill Hougen/Gin doesn't forgive his enemies. Why can't Weed be all violent and merciless towards his enemes like Gin?!
Really? Would you rather have nothing but merciless gore, killing, and overpowered heroes beating the shit out of bad guys? To start off, Gin hardly even killed anyone either! Gin was just as merciful as Weed. He refused to kill Kurojaki or any of the Kogas in GNG and he showed kindness towards Buruge, Kite, and Bat (who were clearly antagonists in the GDW manga and anime). Hell, the main REASON Ben chose Gin to replace him as the platoon leader was that Gin had a good sense of justice and mercy. Like I mentioned before, Weed is a merciful person who believes that killing should only be saved as a last resort.
In fact, Weed HAS killed other bad guys! It was clearly shown he killed Sancho by shattering his skull and in the hybrid bear arc in the manga he fucking DROWNED a bear as revenge for him killing GB. Plus he practically DEMANDED that Sniper should be killed in the manga because Weed KNEW he couldn't be changed. See? Weed DOES know when to decide whether an enemy should live or die. The reason he didn't know how to apply his sense of justice sooner is because again... Weed is a CHILD. In human years, Weed would be about 7 or 8 years old. And here's another great point a friend of mine made before. Weed never had any of the abusive training his father had when he was young. His mother died right in front of his eyes, so some of his PTSD probably stuck with him making him more fragile than Gin and Riki. So of course he would definitely be more kind and easygoing than his ancestors.
But still, do you really expect a young naive 8 year-old to NOT make mistakes? Of course not. That's why character FLAWS exist. Even Gin had them. If Weed totally understood how to treat an enemy and EVERYBODY instantly respected and obeyed him, the series would have become really boring and predictable. I'd rather have Weed make mistakes than have him be a really boring, generic, one-dimensional, perfect Gary Stu. Characters need to LEARN new lessons to make better decisions in the story, and both Gin and Weed have right things and wrong things.
So Weed banished his own friend Jerome but let his enemy Hougen live? WTF?!
As I stated in the previous paragraph, Weed was trying to LEARN from his mistakes. He also realized he made the wrong decision when he acted merciless towards a friend for the wrong reason, so he tried to make up for it and apply his method of justice better here. He's come to realize that both friends AND enemies can be given a second chance, he just didn't know Hougen well enough to know that he wouldn't be accepting of a second chance. Weed wanted Hougen to live, ONLY IF he could change!
Gin really wanted to finish off Hougen himself in the last episode, but he couldn't because fucking WEED GOT IN HIS WAY AND STOPPED HIM!
Actually, let's look at that scene again. If Gin DID actually want to kill Hougen, then he would have protested and disapproved of Weed stopping him, but Gin didn't even argue. What did he do? Gin realized his son had lived up to full potential, praised Weed for his decision, AND gave his position of being the leader of Ohu to Weed!
More people have pointed it out as it's clearer in the manga:
"So this was an ordeal's purpose... you succeed to mislead even us, Gin." -Musashi.
Case in point, Gin was FAKING his attempt to try to kill Hougen. He was only TESTING Weed, and Weed proved himself.
Well Gin killed Akakabuto all by himself which proves that he's physically stronger than Weed!
All by himself? Don't you remember that Akakabuto is the same bear that all the other dogs weakened BEFORE Gin finished him off?? Who knocked Akakabuto off the top of Gajou? Gin with the HELP of Ben and the Kai brothers. Who's the one who took Akakabuto's other eye out to blind him? Akatora did. Hell, half the time the ONLY reason Gin was able to take down any of the bears in GNG was with being aided BY HIS FRIENDS. If Gin had to ask Moss for HELP just to break a branch off a tree, then what makes you think as a puppy he could overwhelm giant moving bears all on his own? I'm not trying to make Gin look weak, but Gin could have never killed Akakabuto alone without the help of all the other Ohu soldiers. At least give Weed some credit he managed to beat up Hougen well enough by HIMSELF.
He took forever to master the Battouga! Gin already got it in his first attempt/Why does Weed get all exhausted whenever he uses the Battouga but Gin killed Akakabuto with just one hit of the Battouga?
Like I said before, Gin had started his training when he was just a little pup, and he went through harsh training too, which made him physically stronger than Weed, so he was able to get the hang of the Battouga more quickly. Also, Weed was taught the attack by someone who only partially knew the Battouga, so Weed couldn't get it perfectly accurate in his attempt.
He doesn't deserve to be the new leader! Gin should have stayed leader!
Refer back to how I said that Weed passed Gin's "test". Gin said himself in the anime that Weed had surpassed him, because he felt that Weed had the true heart of a leader, because Weed understood that enemies deserve a second chance and that killing wouldn't always be the right answer.
Weed should have died/Hougen should have killed Weed!
If it makes you any happier, Hougen did temporarily kill Weed before he was resurrected back to life. Besides, it's not like they'd permanently kill off the MAIN CHARACTER at the end of this series anyway.
It's all Weed's fault that they changed Gin's design because the only changed Gin's eye and fur color to make him look like his son!
You guys are now really desperate to find dumb reasons to hate a character now, are you? Blame Yoshihiro Takahashi and the studios that color the dogs in the manga and anime, not a CHARACTER. Gin has had blue eyes ever since the GNG manga (which to be fair, often switched between green and brown as well). And as for him being blue in the GDW anime, as I said, Yoshihiro Takahashi changed his style quite often throughout the manga and the mangas have very inconsistent colors with the characters, many of them portraying both Weed and Gin as blue as much as grey. Don't believe me? shinywhitewaters.deviantart.co…
Gin would totally hate Weed!/Gin doesn't even see Weed as his true son!
Why the fuck would Gin hate his own son? Why after the last episode where Gin said that he RESPECTED his son's actions? The only reason why Gin even promoted Weed to be the new leader in the first place?
Weed in general is just a disgrace to the lineage of the bear hounds!
Again, are you even watching the same series as me? If Weed was such a "disgrace" to his ancestors, then why did Riki come back as a ghost to HELP Weed in his final battle against Hougen in the manga? And you guys say you love Gin and Riki so much? Why do you need to demonize OTHER characters just to make one character you hate look bad?
Gin should kill Weed!
What kind of sick fuck are you to want Gin to kill his own SON, let alone after Gin was PROUD of Weed's leaderly accomplishments?So those are all my reasons. You may not agree with all of them, and that's alright. Like I said before, these reasons are just why I THINK that Weed shouldn't get all this hate.