Hair Color: White Riku is the pet dog of Shizuhttps://anilist.co/character/13970/Shizu and his loyal vassal. Despite being a dog he is able to speak. He first appears alongside Shizu in the Land of Colosseum. He refers to his master as Master Shizu at all times. Hes oftentimes the narrator of some of the chapters in which center around Shizu Tihttps://anilist.co/character/150047/Tifana and himself. Riku is a white Samoyed with white busy fur. He states that while he always looks happy and smiling that is not how he always feels. Being not only Shizus pet but also his only vassal he cares strongly for his masters well being and tries in vain to have Shizu reconsider his journey back home. Despite his masters insistence on continuing with his plan his loyally stays alongside him. Hes oftentimes designated as the ward of the children that he and Shizu come across and care for on their travels. Riku being a sidekick similar to how Hermeshttps://anilist.co/character/88/Hermes is to Kinohttps://anilist.co/character/87/Kino appears to have quite a rivalry with the motorrad. In the Anime hes only spoken to Hermes as Kino does not believe Riku can speak when told about the discussion Hermes had with him. In the 2003 anime he also speaks to Shizu but in the English version only barks or whimpers to him in these instances. In the novels and the 2017 anime Riku speaks to both Kino and Hermes Source: Kinos Journey Wiki edited