Heh, I was actually thinking of making a thread like this too, "where would they be now?".
I recently went back and read the Buddha fight because, in my mind at least, it's so much more well paced than this nuri thing. I always kind of wondered why, amongst all those who've died, so many people still remember sei even though she was there for one mission. I always figured it was because she got nekkid, a first for kuruno, and the reader inside the comic world. But considering what little time she had, she was fairly identifiable to a real world type. Looking at her now I have to say that I too would have liked to see her live on, but for exactly the opposite reason some others would. I think it would have been fun to watch her grow up and dump kuruno on his ass.
She's obviously impulsive because of the hallway romp, she's impressed by Kei's then newfound fighting confidence, and has little of the introspection seen in katou or even kishimoto in that chapter. At the same time, the fact that she's more "adventuresome" makes me wonder if she wouldn't have matured faster. At the least she would've been 18 (legal driving age in japan I guess?) so, to me at least, she would have been riper for catharsis than even the hero of the story.
Also, it'd be fun to see her yell "what are you retarded!?" at the osaka rapist after what he did to poor nuri.
For the same mission, I have to wonder what he'd be like had the Buddhist televangelist lived. How would a religious view adapt to all that's been shown? Would he have adapted, insisted upon his views and continue comparing all of the game to heaven and hell?
^On the priest: Call of the Juarez maybe?
You can choose what weapon to put in each individual hand, and one of the 'guns' of the priest is a bible. You can preach with one hand, and shoot everything that moves at the same time. The contrast between the priests calm, composed preaching and the brutallity with which a handgun kills is one of the highlights of the game.
Seeing the fat priest, going about barefoot, reciting sutras while at the time shooting everything on sight would have been damn cool, imo, especially if Oku did the drawing.
Wow, I only posted this last night and already so many good replies. *feels good*
It would be cool to see Togo again, although like many people have said, it's incredibly unlikely. and I would love to see Sei come back for more then just the Kei factor, heck, she probably would have dumped his ass in the end becuase he'd never love her the way she seemingly loved him, but I'd love to just get to see her more as a character because she truly was an amazing person, wanting to go so far to protect someone she just met, to the point she died for it? That's some incredible inner-strength, I tell you.
And it would be funny if the priest-guy lived on, although he annoyed the shit outta me. Would have been funny to see some of the other guys just finally go "shut the hell up!" and completely ignore him (or beat him up, who knows.) Homo/Sadako would have been a cute couple if they had lived on, but, somehow it would kinda ruin some of the impact that was given with how they died kissing and holding onto each other that way after so long of Sadako being ran away from.
^Sadako alone could be nice, with Homo dead, she could find Gantz to be a new drive to her life, or maybe she'd kill herself (she did seem not to care that much about living or dying when she was on the bike with Hojo), or maybe she'd learn about that nifty third option in the 100 points menu...
Homo was an average Gantzer, I think he'd manage to live a few missions but would end up dying either against the oni or ring aliens (no real basis for that, just feel like it).
As for Sei and her inner strength, I'm not really sure, maybe the opposite. This is merely speculation, as usual, but I think she might've been used by other guys before, hence she'd thought herself only as a body and have a great emotional yearn for a sensible relationship and that old magical idea of love. When she saw Kurono crying, she might have fallen for him thinking he was too sensitive a person, and so someone able to provide her with the love she longed for, to the extent she'd do anything to captivate that man, who was a dumbass at that time, but also fragile in her eyes due to the crying scene. That actually doesn't really negate the inner strength, but the need for someone could be considered "a weakness", though that varies with opinion.
It's funny how those homage characters (tomb raider, golgo 13) most likely were never meant to keep on living, but had so good a impression for the general public. Let's hope the new homage characters won't be as short lived (like Chiaki - somehow I really like her, even though she does almost nothing all of the time).
^^ hmmm, I guess it would be interesting to see what Sadako would do without Homo, but that's really hard to tell.
As for Sei, you may be right and I'm wrong. Who knows? If she never comes back nobody will really know why she did what she did and felt the way she did. It's pretty much up to anybody's imagination. For all we know she could have just been a crazy nympho who liked to pretend she was in relationships *shrugs*
^ Out of the female characters, Sei has been the best so far. I don't mean of course that Reika, for instance, is poorly developed, no, her personality is interesting too, a celibrity that falls for a heroic average guy and is also conscious of her own selfshness at the same time maintaining almost good leadership (and I'm thinking about the oni mission here). But Sei, regardless of doing it out of emotinal strength or weakness, had a set mind on defending Kurono and living through that mission (sort of). She didn't seem the type to hesitate, hence, had she lived, her contribution to the team would be worthy, imo. Anzu, for instance, has only shone while tiping the team to go help Kaze, and she's... weird. She hesitated with the h-gun (maybe not, but that's how it seemed to me). Those other two chicks have done nothing except for maybe taking care of Kuwabara. And Kishimoto, ¬¬ she was a nice pice of uselessness, me humbly thinks
There are too many guys in Gantz, and that's a bit annoying. I mean, they're all interesting, but would be nice to see a girl or two also having a strong presence and due relevance, instead of just the "soft" side, and all the Kurono or Katou worshipping
On the priest, if he got nuts and actually thought the aliens as demons and associated Gantz as some sort of divinity, he might had become the type of crazy guy that gets the mission done (as speculated Oka could be if he was a religious zealot - all that wondering back then was so nice T-T )
I do agree with you there, Sei has shown some of the most interesting personality and actual strength compared to the other females. And I defiantly would like to see more females like her that are strong and not just obsessed over katou or kurono. And I never really liked Kishimoto, she was to wishy-washy and unable to make up her damn mind about her feelings. Even if he was a pervert, Kurono didn't deserve to be hurt by her the way he did. She pretty much used him, just like he said (even if the idiot felt bad about saying that later on)
It would be pretty interesting if the priest did stay alive and thought the alien's were demons. It would defiantly be something to see, haha.
I hope anzu makes it, the whole idea of the osaka team is something kind of fresh I think. Not that there's another team, but that attitude they have of being almost as "whatever" as gantz himself. I think Anzu's on the cusp of that, she doesn't want to care, but there's a part that might, possibly because of the kid. Not in the nishi desensitized cynic way, but in a more insane "lalala, I'm an ant on a pretty flower" kind of way.
I think that Kyou is a background character that is worth coming back. So far he is the only one in the Osaska team that is capable of compassion so far.
He went out of his way to help the nerd that is saint like compared to the others Osaka gantzers.
^ Not really; George offered his gun to that no-name Osakan too.
Anyway, to me it looked more like Kyou needed someone to operate the point scope while he could drive and be on his guard, so I don't think he saved good nerdo out of pity...