|Anime - Manga|
|Hair Color||Dark chestnut brown|
|Affiliation||Wistal Royal Pharmacy|
|Relationships||Garak Gazelt (mentor, parental substitute)|
|Japanese Voice||Yûko Sanpei|
|English Voice||Mikaela Krantz|
Ryuu (リユウ; Ryū) was Shirayuki's previous mentor as a royal pharmacist. When they met he was a 12-year-old genius pharmacist known by many in his field. When he gets absorbed in his work he won't hear anyone calling out to him. He has an incredible fascination with the interactions of poisons between competing plants, which made him start reading about medicinal plants in the first place.
Ryuu has short messy brown hair and aqua blue eyes. He normally wears baggy casual clothes suited for his age and a scarf. Some of his most often worn garments include knickerbockers with a fitted cuff, black hose or stockings and puffed boots. Once he moves to Lilias he wears the lined winter poncho given to him by Garak Gazelt frequently.
In Chapter 108, he appears with his hair cut into a shorter style. He states that his reason for cutting his hair is because he thought it would be easier to manage.
Ryuu has a mature, calm and apathetic personality. Due to his intelligence others tend to treat him as an adult rather than a child, or be unsettled by him and not know how to treat him at all. In addition he sometimes has a difficult time emphasizing with others and understanding why they are showing strong emotions, which worries him and makes it even more difficult for him to socialize normally. Because of this seemingly cold personality he frequently unsettles people, and in combination with his research on poisons this has led to unfounded rumors spreading about him in the capitol. Ryuu isn't comfortable with everyone treating him like an adult, and it seems like he wasn't able to gain many friends due to this demeanor.
Since he was taken to the palace when he was very young, he was not able to interact with many kids near his age. Usually he just holes himself up in his office with work so he does not get much exercise. When he was with other children he didn’t act like one himself and didn't play with others. Due to his desire to be a better, more reliable and more easily trusted pharmacist he has professed his wish to "grow up soon" a few times throughout the manga. This seems to reflect his belief that he is not very strong in mentality and physicality.
At a young age, Ryuu was brought to the capitol of Clarines to study as he was known to be a prodigy in medicines concerned with herbs and plants. When Shirayuki passed the palace pharmacist entrance exam, Ryuu requested her as his apprentice. In Chapter 5 Ryuu is seen with Shirayuki picking herbs and talking about why he became a pharmacist. When they return a man enters and asks for medicine. When Ryuu hands him the medicine the man drops it and says his hand has no strength, Ryuu looks at him and then tells him to get the Chief pharmacist medicine and exits the room. Moments later after Ryuu left the man talks badly about Ryuu which makes Shirayuki mad and makes the man withdraw his previous statement, which Ryuu overhears and tells Shirayuki it is not something to get heated about.
During the Lilias arc, Ryuu accompanied Shirayuki to Lilias as a part of the training given by the chief pharmacist. During the widespread of the illness caused by the Olin Maris plant, Ryuu met Kirito, a boy around the same age as him, who brought a few children to the pharmacy for treatment over the illness. The two becomes close friends afterwards.
After returning from Lilias, Ryuu and Shirayuki were sent back to Lilias by Garak to investigate the Olin Maris plant and see if there's a way to make the plant retain its glow whilst making it harmless. Before, the two returned back to Lilias, Ryuu was called by Izana for an important discussion during which Izana stated his intentions of moving Ryuu to the Wilant castle after his research on Lilias is done.
During their second visit to Lilias, Ryuu told Shirayuki and Obi that his joints hurts a lot lately. It was later shown that it was simply a sign that he was growing up soon which was shown around at the end of the 10 month time skip. In Chapter 91, when Zen, Shirayuki and Obi took shelter inside a cave from a heavy downpour, they met Ryuu, Kirito and Lata who were on the same stretch of road searching for a place to stay until the rain stopped. When Zen saw Ryuu he was shocked to see that Ryuu had grown up since the last time he saw him.
After their success in the Olin Maris incident, not long after that, both Ryuu and Shirayuki received their orders from the Chief Pharmacist, Garak. Shirayuki was ordered to stay in Lilias and spread the new species of plant they managed to create which was a non-toxic Olin Maris with the new name, Phostyrias. Meanwhile, Ryuu was ordered to return to the castle in three months, much to Ryuu's surprise. However, he made the decision to stay in Lilias and he expressed his desire to join Shirayuki and Obi in their journey to spread Phostyrias all over Wilant.
Ryuu asked for Shirayuki as an apprentice because her hair color is similar to the flowers of the Yura Shigure plant. He asked her not to call him with any honorifics, even though he's technically her senior, because he thinks it's weird for an adult to call a child like that. Slowly, he opens up to Shirayuki, and is more sociable with her now. Shirayuki takes care of Ryuu, like how an older sister would. Ryuu seems to be fond of Shirayuki and cares about her as he immediately tells Zen Wistaria about her crying when Shirayuki was looking through Zen's log book.
Later on, in the manga, When Ryuu saw Shirayuki fell asleep, he went to see Zen and asked him what he would do if he saw Shirayuki's sleeping face. After Zen answered him, he then voiced out his thought that when he saw Shirayuki he felt the need to do something but he didn't know what and this left Zen speechless as Mitsuhide assured him that Ryuu probably wouldn't be a threat for him.
It is also shown that despite Ryuu's inability to read people's emotion, through his encounter with Shirayuki, he gradually started to be more observant especially towards Shirayuki. Ryuu managed to notice if Shirayuki was down or depressed a lot of times already. When it was Shirayuki's first time in the palace, Ryuu also checked Shirayuki's body temperature in case Shirayuki got a fever which she did on the night of that day.
In the Lilias Arc (Chapter 87.5) after Ryuu got taller he told Shirayuki that he was happy that Shirayuki's red hair which he liked was now at eye-level for him. Both Ryuu and Shirayuki have shared that they love working together.
Obi accompanies Shirayuki and Ryuu most of the time as Shirayuki's bodyguard. Because of this Ryuu also befriends him in time. Obi calls him "Half pint", "Little Ryuu" "Ryuu boy" (or Ryuu-bou), and sometimes lets Ryuu ride on his back. When Ryuu told Obi and Shirayuki that his joints were aching, Obi went wide eyed and picked him up to confirm his suspicion that Ryuu was having a growth spurt.
During Ryuu's first trip to Lilias he asked Shirayuki if Obi was going to come as it seemed to him that Obi always appeared when they least expected it. Obi even gave Ryuu advice when Ryuu told him how he was worried that he doesn't look like someone who can treat other people who have illnesses or injuries and how he wanted to be and look like a dependable pharmacist. Ryuu also talked to Obi if it's weird for him to tell Shirayuki that he was glad her hair was eye-level for him which Obi encouraged him to do so but he regretted it afterward as he said to Suzu that he didn't even had the chance to be honest with her.
Ryuu also learned a lot of new things that he claimed he cannot memorize. He stated that it was all because Obi and Shirayuki were there, with him.
Zen is one of the people who didn't think of Ryuu as an adult but he still acknowledged Ryuu's talent as a Court Herbalist. Ryuu appeared to be comfortable around Zen as he was willing to share with Zen about his worries of not being able to read people's emotion. In Lilias, Zen stated that he wanted to see Ryuu the most when Shirayuki asked him if he wanted to try anything in Lilias. When Zen finally saw Ryuu after for a long time he was shocked to see how much Ryuu had grown up.
Garak is the Head Royal Pharmacist who took Ryuu under her care. Garak appears to be the closest person to Ryuu as she was the one to take care of and mentor the young genius. Garak and Ryuu have a both teacher-student relationship, and a more familial one as Garak has become something of a mother figure for her young student. She cares about his health and growth outside of their working relationship and has been his guardian since his arrival in Wistal. She even considers letting Ryuu meet a lot of people and gain life experience at the cost of sending away one of her most promising workers in order to give him a better chance socially later in life. In Chapter 57, it was shown that Garak nearly cried when Ryuu said "It's all because I got to know you [that he has been able to expand his studies so far]" the night before he and Shirayuki were sent to Lilias.
Kirito is Ryuu's only friend who is near his own age. Kirito's personality is a polar opposite to Ryuu's as he is loud, playful, emotional and energetic while Ryuu is quiet, studious, stoic and reserved. Kirito's boldness and admiration of Ryuu's skills led to their friendship, as Ryuu has an admitted lack of knowledge and experience in making friends.
They first met when Ryuu was assigned to visit Lilias for the first time by the Chief Pharmacist, Garak. While he was there, Ryuu was directly involved in a conflict in Lilias regarding Olin Maris, a poisonous plant. When Kirito first met him, he didn't believe that Ryuu was also one of the pharmacists as he said that Ryuu was only a kid, which Ryuu agreed. Kirito's friends were one of the victims during the Olin Maris incident. At that time, the adults had yet to find a cause or cure for their affliction. Therefore, Kirito hounded Ryuu for help to save the other kids, believing that as the adults had failed, the children should rely on another child. After Kirito fell to the affliction as well, Ryuu was the one to treat him. After the resolution of the Olin Maris incident, Kirito forced Ryuu to participate in a snowball fight and invited Ryuu to play and visit again.
Ryuu has cared a lot about Kirito from the early stages of their friendship and this was proved when he went out and bought souvenirs for Kirito after Kirito asked Ryuu to bring him goods from the capital. When Ryuu moved to Lilias, he and Kirito spent most of their free time together.
When Ryuu told Kirito he was ordered by Garak to go back to the palace in three months, Kirito was surprised and he said that he knew Ryuu would eventually return to the castle but he wasn't expecting it to be that soon.
- "But I'm still a kid... So it's weird." —To Shirayuki (about calling his name with a honorific).
- "...I like it when it's planted somewhere that's unsuitable for it, it doesn't bloom, and instead becomes poisonous. After finding out something like that happens among plants, I started to have an interest in medicinal plants." —To Shirayuki (about the Yura Shigure plant).
- "Maybe that's because my intelligence is so uncommon that people can't treat me like a child." —To Zen.
- "...It's all because I got to know you." —To Garak
- "Yes,I am still a child." —To Kirito
- "Um, today... No, starting tomorrow, I have to try harder." —To Shirayuki.
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- Ryuu (隆) means "noble" or "prosperous". This refers to his status as a worker in the palace.
- He works very diligently, but when his concentration is broken he automatically falls asleep in "home position" under his desk in his office. Shirayuki tried lying down under there too, wondering if it was really comfortable, and was able to sleep peacefully.
- Ryuu has a specimen of Yura Shigure on his wall, whose petals have the same apple-red color as Shirayuki's hair. Yura Shigure also appears to be his favorite kind of medicinal herb. Ryuu says it's his favorite because "It's red and pretty".
- Ryuu seems to have low stamina and easily runs out of breath, although this may be because there is a long distance gap from the pharmacy court.
- He can't cook.
- Although he has a calm, focused and concentrated personality, once this is broken, he is easily flustered. He does not know how to deal with new occurrences.
- He ranked fourth favorite in the character poll.
- The term Ryuu also defines as "dragon".