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桜井 弘斗

新宿で虐殺を行う和泉を、坂田とともに阻止すべく立ち向かう。
あと一歩というところまで追い詰めるが、反撃の銃弾に命を落とす。

学校でのいじめを苦に、自宅で自殺を図るが死にきれず、掲示板での自殺予告に反応した坂田と出会う。
いじめた相手に仕返しをするために、坂田から「能力(チカラ)」を伝授される。
予想以上の才能を発揮し、数日で人間を殺せるレベルにまで成長してしまう。
能力を使い、いじめの仕返しをした桜井は人を殺してしまったことに心を痛め、その償いをしなければならないと思い始める。

自ら危険に身をさらし、虐殺を行う和泉に立ち向かう。
それこそが、自分の能力の正しい使い方だと信じての行動であった。

ガンツによって生き返り、ミッションに参加した桜井は、カッペ星人らに襲われる人たちを目にし、能力を正しく使うべく、率先して戦いに身を投じていく。

若さ故に善悪の判断が極端なところはあるが、その熱い心と行動が時に周囲の心を動かす。
その真っ直ぐさが、桜井の最大の武器でもあるのだ。

奥先生:談

もともとは『GANTZ』とは別に、超能力モノの話を考えていて、そこから引っ張ってきたキャラクターです。
唐突に玄野の話が終わって、彼が主人公みたいに出てくるっていう導入だったのも、それが影響しているのかも知れません。
中学生だからこその、ちょっと薄っぺらい正義感も彼の持ち味ですね。

HIROTO SAKURAI

Sakurai stood up alongside Sakata against Izumi while the massacre was happening in Shinjuku.
He cornered Izumi but wound up getting killed by a bullet in a vicious counterattack.

He tried to commit suicide at home due to his continuous abuse at the hands of bullies at school.
This suicide ended in failure, but he later met Sakata who answered him on an internet forum where he posted his intent to kill himself.
To get revenge on the bully, he received the “gift” from Sakata.
Herein he displayed his potential and became capable of killing people in just a couple of days.
Hurt by the idea that he used this ability to get revenge on those that did him harm, he realizes that there is considerable responsibility and emotional weight that comes with such great power.

Sakurai put himself in serious danger, going up against Izumi, who was massacring people — he believe that this was truly the right and just way to use his ability, his “gift.”

He first did this spontaneously when he saw those who were being attacked by Kappe Aliens in a mission after being revived by GANTZ.

Given his youth and age, it’s sometimes hard for him to judge successfully between what is right and what is wrong, but the passion he put into all of his actions bring vitality to those around him, as they see him so energized in whatever he does.
In this sense, his straightforward personality is actually his strongest weapon.

--- Oku-sensei’s comment:

Originally, I had been thinking of a different story to write outside of “GANTZ”, one involving super psychic abilities, and dragged a character over from that.
Maybe this affected things as he became the main character suddenly after finishing Kurono’s story arc.
His sort of shallow sense of justice is all the more pronounced, being that he’s a high school student.