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Rigel (リゲル)

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Akita Inu/Kishu Inu Mix
First appearance
GDW volume 60
Last appearance
No information
Family or owners
Shiro, Yamabuki (great-great-grandparents), Riki, Fuji (great-grandparents), Gin, Sakura (grandparents), Weed (father), Koyuki (mother), Sirius, Orion, Bellatrix (siblings), Yukimura, Joe, Kotetsu (uncles), Chako (aunt), Kōshirō, Kōshirō's Siblings (first cousins), Aka, Gin's Siblings (granduncles), Yuki, Kinumaru (second cousins), Zion, Zion's Siblings, Jirōmaru, Saburōmaru, Tarōmaru, Koyuki (third cousins), Riki's Older Brother (great-granduncle), Riki's Siblings (great-granduncles/grandaunt)
Meaning of Name
The Seventh Brightest Star In The Sky
The Brightest Star In The Constellation Orion The Hunter
Place of Birth
Futago Pass, Akita Prefecture
0 - 0.5 years old (GDW:O)
1 year old (G:TLW)

Rigel is one of the protagonists of Ginga Densetsu WEED: Orion and Ginga: The Last Wars. He is the youngest son of Weed and Koyuki.


Rigel is a black Akita Inu/Kishu Inu mix with blue eyes.

His color is fairly unusual, since none of his known ancestors are black.


Much like Orion, Rigel has a foul mouth, and he usually yells at his sister Bellatrix. He seems to have calmed down a bit after spending time with Kurohabaki Terumune.

Ginga Densetsu WeedEdit

Rigel makes a minor appearance in the end of the series, as he is born as the second youngest son of Weed and Koyuki.

Rigel is named by Daisuke after he sees the puppy looking at the stars of the night sky.

Ginga Densetsu WEED: OrionEdit

The BeginningEdit


Rigel as puppy

In the beginning, Rigel, along with his siblings, came down to a river to see 
Daisuke and Hidetoshi. They offer fish to Rigel and his siblings. Afterwards, his parents, Weed and Koyuki, called him back home. 

During the volcanic eruption in Ohu, Sasuke was given the task to look after Rigel and his siblings Sirius  and BellatrixSasuke and Weed's four pups manage to survive the catastrophe and find an abandoned shed, where the puppies can be safe from the snow. While their baby-sitter scouted the area to search for any survivors, Sirius told Rigel to look after Bellatrix. 


Rigel got lost after the volcanic disaster and was found by Kurohabaki Terumune.

He wanders with the old dog and trains with him. However, Terumune is very ill and Rigel needs to take care of him and hunt for him.


Rigel using Ningatō

When an assassin called Shinnosuke appears, Rigel kills him with a ninja technique taught to him by Terumune. However, Terumune is killed shortly afterwards, forcing Rigel to flee for help. He runs into Kotetsu, and follows him around as they search for his brothers.

The two dogs encounter Masashige and Rigel attacks him, but stops when he hears that the white dog is regretting his previous actions and wishes to make amends. The three of them travel together to search for the Ouu Army, finding them in a shed in the mountains.

The Ouu armyEdit

Rigel has a small reunion with his grandfather, Gin, but cannot rescue them. Masashige tells them that someone is coming and they need to leave.

Later on, the three run into the Kurohabaki clan and start a fight. Masashige drives them off and follows them to finish them. Rigel and Kotetsu, who fled to safety, find him fighting Kosetsu, Tsumuji and Kurokirimaru. Although Rigel wants to help, Kotetsu holds him back saying there's no way he can take them all on.

Rigel and Kotetsu watch as Masashige is killed by the kai dogs, afterwards they bury him. When the Ouu Army is released, Rigel and Kotetsu rejoin them and continue looking for the remaining members, finding his brothers along the way.

Weed returns to them and shares a happy reunion with his family before they move on to the matter of Masamune. As they talk, the evil dog climbs up the cliff to fight them and is about to attack Yamabiko when Rigel rushes in and attacks Masamune instead. The evil dog slams the pup into the snow as the others watch helplessly.

Masamune prepares to throw Rigel over the edge of the cliff, but Unsai runs into the fray and catches the puppy, setting him safely on the ground. After death of Masamune, Rigel and the other pups following ravens and find Kojūrō's body. They bury it together.

Ōu's last spring, the first by Rigel has experienced arrives.

Ginga: The Last WarsEdit

Rigel is away with his brothers, training at the Akame Mountains and has been so for 6 months. Sasuke arrives at the foot of the mountains and is greeted by Rigel and Sirius who take him to see Orion.

After the dogs have been reacquainted, they are informed of the situation and agree to gather help from their friends across Japan. Rigel and Sirius travel together to fetch reinforcements when they come across Unsai and his group. Unsai sends Kawasemi with them as he takes a different route. Eventually, Rigel and Sirius come across the gorge that was once leaped over by their father and grandfather. The two brothers make it over with ease, and assist Kawasemi in climbing back up after he slips. The three dogs then continue their journey.

Sometime later, a flood causes a wounded Ken to be washed into a river and the Ou army go to the location to find and save him. They each keep a watchful eye on the raging river, as Kawasemi dives in to find him.

After Ken is saved, Rigel heads with the others to find Monsoon and begin the attack.

When Sasuke begins to panic and says he doesn't want to die, Rigel take him away and tell him that he's taking him away from the battle for a bit. He tell him not to move and if he stay still, they won't attack him. Rigel return to the battle again.

Rigel tell Sasuke that he's going to cut one of Monsoon's Kin using Ningatō. He tell Kyōshirō and Rocket to kill him and don't let him get up. Rigel tell Sasuke that how could he be rash and he can't die. Sasuke tell him go on and don't worry about himself. He tell Sasuke that he'll be okay and don't move from he put him anywhere. He say to him that he got nothing to worry about it and will protect him. Sasuke thank him and tell him that make him happy but still tell him to go and leave him here. Sasuke tell him that his friend's gonna come to get him. He ask Sasuke what are he saying and hold on. He tell Sasuke don't give up.

After the bears are gone he sees that Daisuke has come to help knowing that Sasuke and their injured comrades will be okay. Rigel goes with his brother Sirius to greet him and thank him for his help.


"No...! You can't die!"
- Rigel to Sasuke Ginga: The Last Wars chapter 87

"You've got nothing to worry about... I'll definitely protect you!"
- Rigel to Sasuke Ginga: The Last Wars chapter 87


See more pictures in Rigel (Photo Gallery)

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