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.
Also like Orion, due to his age Rigel can let fits of rage or sadness control him.
Just like his family Rigel too also fights for his comrades like when he was trying to protect Sasuke from the bears. Sasuke views Rigel's kindness, courage and bravery as similar as to his father Weed's like in the way they fight.
Despite his brothers constant arguing he understands them both.
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 BeginningEditIn 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 Bellatrix. Sasuke 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.When an assassin called Shinnosuke appears, Rigel kills him with a ninja technique taught to him by Terumune. Even though, he was an assassin Rigel and Terumune buries him, while traveling he begins to think about his own family. Terumune leads him to the shed wear they are being held, the black akita his able to dig his way through the snow. Terumune opens up a small hole allowing him to go in but he couldn't brake the cage to free them so they left.
However, Rigel and Terumune is found by Kosetsu, Tsumuji and Kurokirimaru as Terumune fights them off he forces Rigel to flee for help but hears his mentor die. Then, he falls into the river and he's rescued by his Uncle Kotetsu, sometime later Rigel comes too to see his uncle relieved that he's alright.
But the reunion is short lived the three brothers find him wishing to avenge Terumune's death. He lunges straight for one of the brothers remembering what Terumune taught him and thinking about Orion and Sirius Rigel uses the Ningatō to drive them away after that he was stopped his uncle saying they didn't want any trouble so they walk away as Rigel continues to cry over Terumune's death.
Then, he remembers that they rest of the army is trapped in a shed and leads Kotetsu to them. Along the way the two dogs encounter Masashige after hearing what he's done Rigel attacks him, but is stopped by his uncle 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. But they see that everyone is being taken care of humans who came to feed them but vows to come back with someone who can help.
Rigel follows Masashige to the village and finds Kurohabaki Masamune's owner but seeing his condition needed help. Then, Rigel began to remember his grandfather Gin's owner Daisuke and his mentor Hidetoshi and goes off to seek their help. Along the way he meets his parents, Mel and Kyoshiro relieved to see that they are alright but Kyoshiro warns them of a great danger and Rigel leaves to find his brothers.
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.
As Rigel and Kotetsu flee they come across an abandoned shed with a female and her puppies inside and leave quickly to Masashige but it's too late.
Rigel and Kotetsu watch as Masashige is killed by the kai dogs, despite the akita's desperate attempt to help afterwards they bury him. After that as they continued their travels and come across a man at a store who gives them food and continues on their way, the two manage to find Daisuke at Hidetoshi's house. They come across another dog in a cage which happens to be Andy and the two follow them. The two begin to follow them back to Daisuke's house to which Daisuke is surprised and happy to see them.
But the reunion is cut as Rigel and Kotetsu wants Daisuke and Hidetoshi to follow them to where the other soldiers are being held. After a little playful fight with Andy; they are both surprise when the young pup says he is John's nephew. Wearing the proper attire Rigel leads them to shed but it's locked during the reunion the black akita introduces Andy to the army.
Seeing that they need a key to open the lock Rigel, Kotetsu and Andy ride in the back of a truck to a hospital in the village with Daisuke asking if the nurse knew someone who had the key seeing the dogs she gives Rigel a quick hello. As Daisuke and Hidetoshi ask around Rigel stays in the truck with Kotetsu and Andy, they manage to find Kurohabaki Masamune's owner and with the key, Rigel leads the others back to the shed to free the Ohu Army.
When the Ohu Army is released, Rigel and Kotetsu lead Gin and Akame back to his father Weed to see that he was safe and sound. Rigel follows Gin and Akame to find Kurotora and the others on a hunt for food and come across Andy again wishing to introduce himself. During their travels to stop the enemy clan he sees Mel and Kyoshiro following them. Then, he reunites with the remaining members and his brothers crying tears of joy and hugging them. Rigel, his brothers and the others are left in Cross's care
The Final Battle Edit
Weed returns to them and shares a happy reunion with his family before they move on to the matter of Masamune. Rigel follows his family in the fight against Yamabiko's brother. As they fight, the evil dog climbs up the cliff to fight them and is about to attack Yamabiko when Rigel rushes in and attacks Masamune instead with the technique Terumune taught wishing to avenge his mentor. But 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. He continues the fight with the rest of the soldiers, as the fight nears it's end he hears that his father will banish his brother Orion if the red akita continues to disobey the army rules. Then, just as Rigel watches his brother leave he sees that Izou will takeover as Orion's guardian. After death of Masamune, Rigel and the other pups following ravens and find Kojūrō's body and they bury it together.
After everyone else goes back to their lands, everyone sees a helicopter in the sky and see Daisuke, Hidetoshi and Masamune's Owner visit the dogs. And soon after Bella is reunited with help of Akakama's stepfamily they all return to Ohu.
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.
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.
Rigel leaves with Sirius and Zion and locates Bob and hears his brother ask Bob for his cooperation and they head in the opposite direction away from Akame's group.
After getting Bob to cooperate Rigel follows Sirius and Zion in the search for Monsoon as they reach the edge of the woods. They come across Akame's group, even though he listens to Sirius's story of Monsoon's hatred for the Ohu Army, he continues to watch his older brothers argue even hearing Orion say words that left him speechless and then fight until it was cut short by Andy.
During the fight among his brothers, Rigel wished to say something but was stopped by Andy telling him that he doesn't have to say anything about how his brothers are acting. When Bob tries to make his escape he gets pinned by Bon but Rigel says for Bon to get off him and that he didn't become the bear's subordinate by choice. He and the others noticed that Akame has collapsed from exhaustion and had to pass the sickle, when Sirius tried to take the weapon Rigel tackled him out of the way thinking he was going to run away with it. But Sirius told Rigel not to get in the way and much more shock he heard Orion disown Sirius as his brother.
Rigel watches the fight between his older brothers comes to a boil, he begs for Orion not to attack Sirius but Rigel rushes in between them stopping Orion. He admits to his brother that he has the same opinions as him but tells his brother if he dares to attack Sirius with the sickle he'll protect him. Then, Orion points out the bears are only interested in eating them and Rigel gets asked is he just like Sirius and if so Orion won't go easy on him either.
He says that he couldn't think of living those bears after what they have done but Rigel also understood that Orion can't hurt Sirius just for thinking differently. Rigel asks his brother Orion to stop pointing the weapon at Sirius. Rigel along with others watches Orion throw the sickle and it hits Sirius in the head. Then, hears the rest of the army coming and sees that they have brought humans and now he agrees that they have the power to beat them. Rigel watches Sirius trying to talk to Zion to convince the bears to run but Zion says those bears are not like the ones he knows.
Rigel watches Sirius climb up to the top of Fugato Pass trying to talk to bears when his brother sees that Zion isn't coming. He along with Orion watches Sirius shed tears in his eyes, then with everyone's combined efforts the rest of Monsoon's Kin is defeated. After that Rigel and his brothers greeted by Daisuke again and he isn't surprised that Rigel stills remembers him as they are defeated the dogs howl in victory as Rigel gets petted by Daisuke. But he and Daisuke turns their attention to Sirius saying to Orion to quit getting everyone rattled up and that the battle is over. Rigel and Daisuke continue to watch the two brothers argue until Akame stops them.
"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
"Oh no, you don't brother."
-Rigel to Sirius Ginga: The Last Wars chapter 94
"If you so much as use that sickle then, I'll protect Sirius."
- Rigel to Orion Ginga: The Last Wars chapter 95
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