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).