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鈴木 良一

新宿南口付近を歩いている際に、虐殺を始めた和泉と遭遇。
ほとんど何が起こったのか判らないまま、頭に銃弾を受けて死亡、GANTZ部屋で目を覚ますことに。

ガンツスーツを忘れ困っている玄野に声をかけた結果、生き残るすべを聞くこととなる。彼の親切心が自らを救ったのだ。
最初のミッションで玄野と行動を共にし、彼にリーダーシップをとる才能があることを見抜き、みごと開花させたのは鈴木である。
玄野とコンビを組んで恐竜たちと戦い、戦場への意外なほどの適応性を見せる。
玄野がひとり苦戦しながらラスボスと戦っている時には、ためらうことなく和泉に助力を求めた。人のために一生懸命になれる大人の男である。

かっぺ星人のミッション終了後、吸血鬼が襲来。
最後にただひとり残された鈴木は、みんなを救うために戦い続けた玄野を思い出し、不利な状況でもあきらめずに戦う決心をする。
強力な吸血鬼の攻撃に、瀕死の重症を負い窮地に陥るが・・・。

死の淵に立った鈴木は朦朧とした意識の中で、先立たれた妻に再会する。
愛する妻の言葉が鈴木にもっと生き延びるよう勇気を与える。
ギリギリのタイミングでガンツが転送を行い、なんとか生きて帰ってきた鈴木の姿に涙を見せる玄野。そんな玄野の姿に、世代を越えた友情を確認するのであった。

奥先生:談

かっぺ星人編では「玄野のほかに、頼りない人が活躍して、そのおかげで助かる」と決めていたので、おっちゃんの活躍は予定通りでした。
ただ、最初に出てきた時と活躍する時とで、顔が結構違うんですよ。絵的な部分でキャラが育ったというか。
読者が「死なないで」と思えるキャラに少しずつ修正していったんです。

YOSHIKAZU SUZUKI

While walking around the south exist of Shinjuku station, he randomly encountered Izumi laying headlong in to the beginning of his massacre.
He had no idea what was happening, caught a bullet to the head, and later woke up in the GANTZ room.

He helped Kurono — who was in deep trouble having forgotten his GANTZ suit, which later led to him understanding what he’d need to do in order to survive; his own kindness toward others wound up helping him survive, himself.
Suzuki fought alongside Kurono in the first mission, and it was he that saw in Kurono the innate talent to lead others, and helped that skill to blossom into something special.
He fought the dinosaurs, once again cooperating with Kurono, and showed an extreme amount of adaptability in the battlefield. And, when Kurono was struggling by himself to fight off the last of some enemies, Suzuki asked Izumi for help without hesitation.
He’s truly a man who can make hard decisions and execute those decisions in order to help and save others.

Following the end of the Kappe Alien Mission, an invasion of Vampires began.
Ultimately, about to be beaten down by incredible odds, Suzuki just remembered Kurono who continued to fight alone in order to save everyone.
Attacks by these powerful vampires left him critically injured, near mortally wounded. BUT . . .

Suzuki stood there before the precipice of death, and in that instant, was reunited with his wife, who he loved so much, and was given the courage to keep on living by her words.
At the last second, the GANTZ teleported him, and Suzuki was able to see the sincere tears rolling down the face of Kurono, since Suzuki had returned alive.
Seeing Kurono like that, he realize that the importance of friendship, and how it can easily span generations.

--- Oku-sensei’s comment:

During the Kappe Alien Story, I was planning on having an otherwise-unreliable character play an active role — someone who’d wind up saving others and themselves through those deeds. So, certainly, Suzuki fills this bill.
However, he looks much different than when I first started drawing the character; maybe it’s just that the character itself grew, and my art reflected the growth in the character.
He’s come to be a character that readers really hope does not get killed off!