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和泉 紫音

和泉がGANTZ部屋への転送されたのは2度目であることが西の発言から分かる。
しかも2度目は自らの意志で訪れた。
大事件を起こした後、新宿・都庁第一展望室で、玄野計と対決し相撃ち、Xガンにより死亡。
1度目にガンツ部屋へ転送されたときの死亡状況、および原因については一切不明である。

GANTZ部屋に戻り歓喜の声をあげる和泉。
和泉はGANTZ玉を前にして、かつて自分がクリアしたことを思い出す。
そして共に戦ったかつての仲間のことも思い出すが…。
一度はクリアしてこの部屋を去った男が、狂信的なまでに「あの部屋に戻りたい」とこだわったのはなぜなのか。

ルックス最高、スポーツ万能、成績優秀、すべてにおいて人も羨む能力の持ち主。
一方で、同日に転校してきた女生徒に告白された際には、男子校出身で家庭も男兄弟のため、女子とは話すのも苦手だと語っていた。
また同級生は口をそろえて、彼を”いいヤツ”と評する。
玄野も和泉に、正義漢だった加藤を重ねたりしていた。

しかし、人気者を演じたのは、後に決行する「新宿虐殺」の犯人だと疑われた場合の保険だった。
和泉の本心は、休み時間を共に過ごす同級生も、付き合う女性も、共に戦う者らも、死のうが生きようがまったく関係なく、この世の中で信じられるのは自分のみ、というものだった。

スーツを着て、かつて愛用していた刀を構えミッションに挑んだ彼は、戦いの興奮に飲まれることなく、冷静に敵を倒していく。
「俺は玄野計を超えた…」その自尊心をうち砕いたのが、スーツを着用していない玄野が過酷なミッションを生き残ったこと、そしてリーダーとして尊敬されている姿だった。
他人に興味がなかったはずの和泉の心に次第に羨望、嫉妬、疑問が芽生え、玄野との激しい衝突へと繋がっていく。
その感情は小島多恵のミッションで爆発することになる。

<鍵>玄野計と、死を運命づけられた和泉紫音
実は和泉が1度目にGANTZ部屋を訪れた際、星人達から「カタストロフ」について、<鍵>の存在となる玄野計という人物について、そして自分が女性を守って戦い死んでいく、という意外な運命について知らされていた。
その恐怖や不安が一度はGANTZ部屋から立ち去ることを彼に選択させたのかもしれない。
しかしその記憶はGANTZに消去されたあとも呪縛となり、運命どおり彼を再び戦いの場へと駆り立てていく事になる。

奥先生:談

和泉はガンツの世界に憧れている人物で、西に近い狂気をはらんでいます。
あの段階で玄野も和泉と同じだと、マンガ全体が少し狂気に走った雰囲気になるので、玄野は多恵ちゃんと付き合うことで、加藤に近づくように成長させました。
ふたりを対比することで、玄野自身のキャラクターも浮き彫りになりますし。

SHION IZUMI

According to what Nishi said, Shion appears to have been teleported to the GANTZ room at least twice, and what’s more — the second time, Shion claims to have appeared simply by willing it into reality!
After causing a huge ordeal, he fought Kei Kurono at the Observation deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku, and subsequently shot each other down using X-guns.
Regarding his first teleportation, the reasons for his being teleported there, as well as the circumstances of his death, are still unknown.

Upon returning to the GANTZ room, Izumi shouted with happiness and jumped for joy.
Standing in front of the GANTZ once again, he remembers scoring 100 points and “clearing” his task.
Also, he remembers his friends that he fought alongside with, but —
Why would someone who completed the missions, and was released from the room, return so enthusiastically — or even think that they wanted to return to such an existence in the first place?

Simply put, Izumi is perfect:  good at all sports, strikingly handsome, and always scoring the highest grades at school.
One difficulty might be dealing with women — When a girl who transferred to a new school the same day he did confessed her love to him, he said that he’s bad at talking to girls because his previous school was boys-only, and that he had no sisters.
He was well-liked by his classmates, and described as an “All-around good guy.”
Kurono often compared Izumi with Kato, given that the two of them had an incredibly strong sense of justice.

However, most of his being such a good guy was pretense — a sort of insurance for that which would be carried out later — The Shinjuku Massacre.
In terms of his true feelings, it didn’t matter to him what he lost, be it his girlfriend, the people that he fought side-by-side with — none of that matters.
This is because to him, ultimately, the only person that you can trust in the world is oneself.

During a particular mission, Izumi set out for battle wearing a GANTZ suit and carrying a sword that he’d grown quite attached to.  While most would quiver in fear or anticipation, he did so with the stoicism and calmness undaunted.
He once bragged, “I evolved past and gone further than Kei Kurono,” but his braggadocio attitude was dismissed that Kurono survived an insane mission without even wearing a GANTZ suit, and showed a hitherto unseen level of leadership.
The feelings of envy, doubt and resentment toward Kurono would eventually build and build, until they’d explode in a direct and severe confrontation with Kurono, even though he claimed to not worry about the opinions of others.
These emotions would later well-up and explode in the mission of Tae Kojima.

KEY POINT: A portent of Kei Kurono & Shion Izumi doomed to die.

During Izumi’s first visit to the GANTZ room, some destinies were reveal by aliens, namely, the “Catastrophe,” and furthermore pointed to Kei Kurono as a key person, as well as the eventual death of Izumi, which would occur protecting a woman.
Perhaps it was fear and anxiety that made him leave the GANTZ room.
However, those memories and feelings were suppressed by the GANTZ, and his fate shone once more and brought him back to the eternal battlefield.

---- Oku-sensei’s comment:

Similar to the madness that overcame Nishi, Izumi is a person that is attracted, in general, to the world of GANTZ.
The entire comic and story might get a little strange if Kurono and Izumi got too similar-seeming, so I had Kurono grow and progress as a character by going out with Tae-chan, which, in turn, brought Kurono closer to Kato.
But, because of this dynamic comparability, Izumi is sort of a photonegative of Kurono, and his existence ultimately serves to compliment and highlight the Kurono character.