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レイカ

映画出演にCM撮影と休みなく働きつづけるトップアイドルのレイカ。
1ヶ月ぶりのオフの日、ひとりで新宿に買い物に来ていたが駅の東口から百貨店へ向かう道中、和泉に撃たれて死亡。

レイカは最初から玄野に惹かれていたわけではない。
殺害され転送、訳も判らないまま芸能人として好奇の目で見られる状況ではリーダーの玄野に頼るしかなかったのだ。
助言どおりガンツスーツを着込み、戦闘に参加しようとするレイカは、メンバーからも一般人からも一切の被害を出さないよう奮闘する玄野の姿に感銘を受ける。
それは、女性として強い男に惹かれるごく当たり前の感情であった。

玄野への想いが恋愛感情に変わったのは、ある意味稲葉に原因があるのかもしれない。
かっぺ星人のミッションで始終レイカのそばにいた稲葉は、言葉ばかりで何も行動しなかった。
かたや玄野は不言実行。ふたりを比べた時、どちらに惚れるかは自明の理といえる。

全国放送の生番組で思わず意中の人がいることをポロリ。
大変なスキャンダルとなり、連日テレビやネット、週刊誌を賑わす事となる。
肝の据わった彼女は意外と積極的で、玄野に電話をして深夜のデートを取り付けてしまう。
別れの間際、告白しようとするが…緊張でうまく言えないまま。
トップアイドルといえども恋する乙女、本人の前では臆病になってしまうのであった。

恋する女の勘は鋭い。
ゆびわ星人のミッションの最中、偶然戦場に居合わせた小島多恵
多恵を見る玄野のまなざしと行動から、玄野の彼女だと気づいてしまう。
殺伐としたガンツの世界の中で、人を想う等身大の心が交錯していく。

奥先生:談

ヒロインの多恵ちゃんが地味なので、読者サービス的に、玄野がかわいいアイドルにも好かれるように……と思って出しました。
“レイカ”っていうのはもちろん芸名、本名は不明。
モデルも特にいなくて、単純に「CMとかに出てるトップアイドル」です。
あえて言えば『パーマン』の星野スミレがモデルかな(笑)

REIKA

Reika is a top level gravure and “talent” idol always busy shooting TV commercials, doing appearances and basically never, ever stops working.
For the first time in months, she decided to take some time off and go shopping in Shinjuku, and on the way to a departments store from the east exit of the station, she wound up being another of the victims of the Shinjuku Massacre, shot to death by Izumi.

In actuality, Reika wasn’t particularly attracted to Kurono at the beginning; she as was teleported in by the GANTZ, and was stared at for, well, being an idol and famous person amongst normal folks; she had no choice but to go with the flow and follow Kurono as leader.
Heeding useful advice, Reika wears the GANTZ suit, and while, attempting to join the battle, was impressed by Kurono’s ability to carry on combat all-the-while not causing damage or harm to innocent bystanders.
It was then that she felt something for Kurono, as it’s not unnatural for a woman to be attracted to the strongest of the men.

Her feelings for Kurono developed, which might have started with Inaba, in a sense — Inaba was around Reika the whole time in the Kappe mission, and was all talk and no action.
On the other hand, Kurono is no talk and all action, so it’s natural that she was drawn to him and began to have feelings; unlike women, men are not human beings, but human doings.

During a live national broadcast, Reika accidentally mentioned that there’s someone that she’s interested in, and this caused a general idol-level scandal, making news on TV, the internet, general trash-rag tabloids, and everything in between.
However, she’s decidedly brave, gave Kurono a call, and decided to go out and see Kurono late at night. Right as they were about to part ways that evening, she wanted to confess her love for him, but suddenly got tense and was unable to do so.
Even though she’s a top idol, she’s still a normal girl deep down inside, and that part of her own out, her timidity getting the best of her and not allowing her to confess her feelings.

When it comes to love, the intuition of a woman cannot be beaten.
During the Ring Alien mission, Reika accidentally ran into Tae Kojima on the battlefield.
Merely by looking at the behavior of Tae around Kurono, she could easily tell that she was his girlfriend. Even amongst the savage world of GANTZ, the loves and lives of people intersect with one another.

--- Oku-sensei’s comment:

Since Tae-chan is a little plain and average as a heroine, I put Reika in the story so that there’d be a sort of triangle involving a couple normal people and an above-life, super idol.
Naturally, the name Reika is a stage name, and her real name unknown.
Reika wasn’t modeled off of anyone in particular, but she’s simply a “top model that appears in TV commericals.” If I were pressed to pick a model, it might be Sumire Hoshino of the manga/anime “Perman.” (laughs).