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風 大左衛門

新宿三丁目付近にて、マシンガンを乱射する和泉と対決。
死体を盾に接近、巨体による体当たりで突き飛ばした後、首を締めて動きを封じるも連射で両膝を破壊されて無念の死を遂げる。

風は八極拳の使い手。
和泉を突き飛ばしたのは、代表的な技である「鉄山靠(てつざんこう)」。
背中からの体当たりで、至近距離であればあるほど威力が大きくなるが、和泉への一撃は銃に警戒して仕留め損なった。

腕に覚えのある者なら誰しも一度は憧れる“最強”の座。 博多を制した後、日本一の喧嘩王になるべくもっとも人口が多い東京へ上京。自分と互角に戦える相手を探していた。
池袋で弱いヤンキーを一掃し、西深角工業高等学校でヘビー級プロボクサー鬼塚を撃沈。
その足で鬼塚のジムに遊びに来ていたメキシコのスーパーライト級世界チャンプに勝利、さらに勢綾高校で番格の立花を倒し、玄野に出会う。
ガンツスーツを着た玄野には当然かなうはずもなく、初めての敗北を味わった風は、その人間離れした強さに疑問を持つ。

自分より強い相手を求めていた風が、玄野の次に出会ったのが、新宿で虐殺を決行中の変装した和泉。
素手で果敢に挑むが、マシンガンの威力に屈し死亡する。
広島や大阪、名古屋などの地方都市は無視し、まっすぐに上京したのはGANTZ部屋に導かれる運命だったのかもしれない?

「ミッション」と「喧嘩」の根本的な違いに気がついた風は、リーダーとなった玄野に意外にも素直に従う。
スーツなしの者をかばうなど、男らしさは相変わらず。

奥先生:談

格闘ゲームが好きなので、その影響が出ているキャラクターです。
見る人が見れば某シリーズに出て来る「八極拳だな」とわかっちゃいますね(笑)。
名前も単純に、田舎から出てきたので『いなかっぺ大将』から拝借しました。
なんかオレ、やる気あるのかないのかよく解りません(笑)。

DAIZAEMON KAZE

Kaze winds up embroiled in combat with Izumi, who was firing a submachine-gun randomly around Shinjuku’s third ward.
Using the corpse of a dead person as a human shield, he approached Izumi, and wound up getting as far as wringing his neck, but ultimately had both of his knees shot out and was killed.

Kaze is an expert of the Chinese martial art known as “Taiqiquan.” The technique he used on Izumi is one of the more famous moves within that art called “Tetsuzanko.”
Generally, using Testuzanko, the closer an opponent stands, the stronger the impact of the maneuver. However, given that Izumi was using a submachine-gun, Kaze was not able to get close enough to do lethal damage.

Any person that is confident in their power yearns the title of the “strongest,” no matter what that discipline is.
After dominating ever opponent in Hakata in Fukuoka Kaze decides to go to Tokyo, since the one who can dominate opponents in Tokyo can claim to be the best in Japan.
He hoped to find an opponent that could match his skill.
He started off by beating the living daylights out of juvenile delinquents and other societal refuse in Ikebukuro, and then beat of Onizuka, who was a heavyweight boxing champion, at West Fukasumi Technical High School. From there, Kaze proceeded to go directly to Onizuka’s home gym, and beat a Super-Lightweight Champion from Mexico. He then proceeded to beat Tachibana, the leader of a gang of juvenile delinquents whose home was Seiryo highs school, where he met Kurono.
Naturally, he couldn’t beat Kurono when Kurono had a Gantz suit equipped; this first taste of defeat made him question Kurono’s superhuman strength.

Following his meeting with Kurono, the next person who Kaze crossed swords with was Izumi, in disguise, as the Shinjuku massacre was happening.
Weaponless himself, he bravely challenged Izumi, but was eventually put down by the superior firepower of Izumi’s submachine-gun.
Perhaps he was guided by the GANTZ, as if it was fate, as he went directly to Tokyo, skipping over the smaller large cities like Hiroshima, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Once Kaze was able to differentiate between what was “Mission” and what was merely a “fight,” he was pretty obedient to the orders and guidance of Kurono.
His defending those without GANTZ suits to protect themselves was a testament to his manliness and masculinity.

--- Oku-sensei’s comment:

I’m into fighting games, and MMA, and I think that influence is very apparently on this character, Kaze.
I’m also pretty positive that some people recognize Taigiguan from a certain series of videos games, as well. (laughs).
I simply borrowed this character’s name from the main character of manga called Inakappe Taisho, because Kaze came from the same rural area as the character Inakappe.
Sometimes, I wonder how hard I’m really trying with all of this! (laughs).