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坂田 研三

新宿の虐殺に遭遇し、それを阻止しようとする桜井とともに和泉の前に出る。
「能力(チカラ)」を駆使して弾丸を素手で止めるなど善戦するも、弾幕をさばききれずに死亡。
自分ではちょっとキムタクに似ていると思っているらしい。

インターネットの掲示板で自殺予告をしていた桜井に能力を伝授すべく現れる。
かつては自身もいじめにあい、自殺を考えたことがあった。
桜井に自分を重ね、救いたいと考えたようだ。
坂田もある人物から能力を伝授された身であることを語っている。

桜井に能力を伝えた坂田は、いじめた奴らを殺してしまえ、と促す。
自分と同じ“こちら側“の世界を生きる「仲間」が欲しかったのかもしれない。

冷静さと心の奥の優しさ、その併存が坂田のキャラクター。
「人を自殺に追い込むような人間は殺されて当然」といった冷たさを持ち、戦闘でも仲間の死にあまり動じることなく冷静に戦局を分析し対応する。
一方で時折、ドライになりきれない “いい人”の面も垣間見える。
桜井のやや暴走気味の正義感に心を動かされ、虐殺犯(和泉)の前に立ったが、勝てない可能性を読みとり自分を置いて逃げるよう促す。
かっぺ星人ミッションでも能力を駆使し率先して闘いに参加。桜井に能力の使い方を的確に指示し、戦闘力の低いメンバーを救うのに一役買っている。

奥先生:談

ネーミングは風と同じく、桜井の師匠だから「師匠といえば坂田師匠!」。
絵も「こんなカンジかな?」で描いたんですけど、「髪型が微妙にキムタク入ってるかな?」と思ったんで、本人にも言わせて見ました。
内面的には、桜井の青臭い正義感にちょっとずつ影響されているところが見どころかも知れません。

KENZO SAKATA

Notably, encountering the “Shinjuku Massacre” by accident, he stood up to Izumi to prevent his rampage; unfortunately, as bravely as he fought, and stopping as many bullets as he could using his “ability,” it simply wasn’t enough, and he succumbed to the gunfire.

Personally, he feels he resembles Kimutaku a little bit, as well.

It seemed that he wanted to bestow his “ability” to Sakurai, following meeting him on a blog where he mentioned that he was going to be committing suicide, the reason being is that he also experienced bullying and had considered suicide before.
Summarily, it was as if he projected himself on Sakurai, and was willing to save him. Sakata also mentioned that his “ability” was bestowed upon him by a person — or someone, at least.

After Sakata gave his “gift” to Sakurai, he encouraged him to go and kill all those who had bullied him.
Maybe it’s just that Sakata was looking for “allies,” who he thought were living on the “same side of the world” as him.

At the core of his personality, coldness and gentleness are both able to somehow coexist in harmony; he’s cold enough that the can think and rationalize, “It’s natural to want to kill others who would corner and bully someone to the point they want to commit suicide,” and he doesn’t get upset by his friends’ deaths in battles, and can analyze and respond to the situation in a calm manner.
In contrast, when he has seen a person’s good side, he finds it impossible to be cold to them, and treated them with anything but consideration and warmth.
  Sakata did stand up to the massacre criminal, Izumi, and was moved by Sakurai’s unbridled and sometimes violent sense of preserving justice, but was able to read the fight and suspected a loss, and therefore left Sakurai and the scene of the massacre.
He later joined the Kappe Alien mission, and utilized his ability; he was later able to pass along to Sakurai how to use this ability, so that he might continue to use it to help those less skilled in combat who become involved in battle.

--- Oku-sensei’s comment:

I had a little fun with this, just like I did when I was naming Kaze; as Sakata is a mentor of Sakurai, he became Sakata-shisho (mentor) and there’s a famous comedian who goes by this name, too.
When I drew him, it was just with the feeling, “I guess this works,” and then I realized that the hairstyle resembled Kimutaku a little, so I thought that worked and just left it.
As for his innerself, it’s safe to say that he has been slowly-but-surely influenced by Sakurai’s pure sense of justice.