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稲葉 光輝

3月17日、新宿で彼女とデートしていたところを、後ろから和泉に撃たれて死亡。
どうやらその相手は4番目の彼女だったらしい。

危機的な状況でも全く戦おうとせず、レイカをナンパするなど、やる気はほぼゼロ。
彼の頭の中は可愛い女性中心で回っているようだ。
レイカの危機に、やっと銃を手に取り闘うことを決意…とはいえ「レイカを守っている格好いい自分」をアピールしたかっただけかもしれない。
ミッションの後半では戦闘に参加し、玄野の戦いぶりを目の当たりにして、自分に全くない「生き残ろうとする力」に驚愕する。

女ったらしで信念も覚悟もなかった稲葉だが、ミッションを生き延びるにつれ玄野に感化され、少しずつ変わっていく。
しかし玄野への嫉妬や対抗心も残っており、対立する場面も。
極限状況に適応して活躍する玄野や鈴木たちに対して、日常から地獄に放り込まれたリアルな若者像が稲葉だともいえる。
そんな読者代表の彼がしぶとく生き残り成長していく様は見ものである。

奥先生:談

ぶっちゃけ「なんでコイツ入れちゃったんだろう?」って登場人物。
もう見事に「いてもいなくてもいい」(笑)。
「イケメン系足しとくか」くらいだったんですけど、出しちゃったから、キャラを立てていきました。

KOHKI INABA

Inaba was out on a date with his girlfriend (he had several; this particular one was girlfriend #4) on March 17th, and was shot from behind by Izumi, and summarily died.

Even in critical situations, he seems completely unmotivated except for when it comes to girls, even hitting on Reika during battle. It seems that all that runs around in that head of his are women — hooking up being his driving force.
When Reika was in a crisis, he eventually decided to take up arms to fight, but even then, it might have only been to appear that he was trying to be valiant, trying to show his cool self, and defending the “damsel in distress.”
Inaba later participated in the second half of the mission and saw Kurono in battle, and was astonished by his prowess and strong will to survive and prosper — something that Inaba lacks completely.

Though he was a womanizer and generally a lout, being around Kurono helped Inaba to build his resolve and become better; rather than exact feelings of jealousy or conflict, Inaba gradually changed, not only to respect Kurono, but to strengthen the will of himself.
Compared to Kurono and Suzuki, who play very active roles and adapt quickly to extreme conditions and environs, Inaba could be seen as a relatively realistic character, one that readers might associate with, as an “everyday average guy,” who persists against odds and adapts, and even flourishes to some degree.

--- Oku-sensei’s comment:

Admittedly, I have thought, “Wait, why’d I put this guy in the story?” and also thought that the story would remain functional with or without the introduction of this character.
(laughs) But, it was either that or add yet another profoundly dashing, handsome guy, so I just went ahead and made him.