Wolf Guy

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Wolf Guy
ウルフガイ
(Urufu Gai)
Manga
Written byKazumasa Hirai
Illustrated byHisashi Sakaguchi
Published byBunkasha
DemographicShounen
MagazineShuukan Bokura Magazine
Original run19701971
Volumes2
Live-action film
Ōkami no Monshō
Directed byShōji Matsumoto
Written byJun Fukuda
Music byRiichiro Manabe
Released1973
Live-action film
Urufu gai: Moero ôkami-otoko
Directed byKazuhiko Yamaguchi
Written byFumio Kônami
Released1975
Original video animation
Directed byNaoyuki Yoshinaga
Music byKenji Kawai
StudioJ.C.Staff
Released December 17, 1992 June 21, 1993
Episodes6
Manga
Written byKazumasa Hirai
Yoshiaki Tabata
Illustrated byIzumitani Ayumi
Published byAkita Shoten
DemographicSeinen
MagazineYoung Champion
Original run20072012
Volumes12
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Wolf Guy (ウルフガイ, Urufu Gai) is a Japanese manga series of two volumes published in 1970 by Bunkasha. Originally written by Kazumasa Hirai and illustrated by Hisashi Sakaguchi (坂口尚), the series has been readapted with a more violent and mature setting in 2007 by Yoshiaki Tabata and Yuuki Yugo. This new adaptation, also known as Wolf Guy: Ōkami no Monshō, has been released as twelve volumes by Akita Shoten.

A live-action film adaptation, titled Ōkami no Monshō was released in 1973.

Plot[edit]

Akira Inugami is a new exchange student at Hakutoku Middle School, but there is another side of him that is secret. He is a werewolf.

Homeroom teacher Akiko Aoshika walking home drunk, suddenly trips and is saved by Akira Inugami who then proceeds to walk away. Ms. Aoshika sees that he is a student and pursues him only to be jumped by Inugami's old school rivals. The gang attacks Inugami without mercy and seems to beat him to death, yet he keeps getting back up. They then hit him with a car and he appears dead. They begin to ruffle through his pockets. Ms. Aoshika faints soon after witnessing it. The gang was ambushed by a large animal, which no one can seemingly make out what it is entirely. When Ms. Aoshika awakens, she finds the gang dead around her and is escorted to her school by the police only to find that Inugami is her new exchange student.

Ms. Aoshika singles him out and inspects his body physically, but finds no wounds or scars to solidify the events that happened the night before. Both are discovered by Ryuuko Konuma. All three head towards the homeroom where Ms. Aoshika insists that Inugami writes his name on the board as his introduction to class. This was met with hostility when a knife was thrown to the board, but Inugami was indifferent and takes the empty seat of Dou Haguro, son of a yakuza boss. Opposed by this, one of Haguro's lackeys, Kuroda firstly appeals to this politely but grew aggressive when Inugami calls him a bed-wetter. Kuroda impales himself on his own knife when he tried unsuccessfully to attack Inugami.

News of this event were reported to Dou Haguro. He returns to school, having heard of Inugami’s infamous reputation from his own gangs and other schools, to see for himself. Led by Ryuuko, Inugami is beatened viciously by Haguro’s gang, one set on revenge being Kuroda’s older twin brother. When Inugami decides to spare Chiba, stating that he is not like the rest of the “mutts,” Haguro brutally beats him and carves the word “mutt” on his back before the gang leaves. Word spreads fast, specially since there was a witness to the entirety of the beating. Ms. Aoshika visits Inugami at his apartment; she witnesses first-hand him in his werewolf form but was unsure if it was real. After Inugami rebuffs her, she leaves but was stalked by an unknown assailant. Just as she is about to be raped, an escaped lion kills her attacker. And before the lion attacks Ms. Aoshika, Inugami flies in and kills the lion, leaving her to be discovered by authorities.

Inugami’s pacifism against Haguro’s gang starts to gain attention throughout the school, both among the students and the school staff. School President and Vice President, Shirou Kouda and Noriko Kimura urges Inugami to speak out against Haguro’s gang about his personal experience to the media since many students are hailing Inugami as a hero. However, he refuses, feeling that he is being used to reinforce a hopeless cause. Besides Kouda and Noriko, Ms. Aoshika also spoke out against the gang and the Principal where she was on the verge of being fired. She meets Jin, a reporter who warns her about staying away from Inugami but she finds it difficult to do so as she feels she is falling romantically for him. Unbeknownst to Kuroda, the media presence gathers at the school while he gathered allies under Haguro’s name but were soon dispersed. Shortly after, for Kuroda’s insolence, Haguro severs his pinky. Having heard that the word “mutt” carved into Inugami’s back has vanished, Haguro sends Chiba and Ryuuko to investigate if this is true. They were unsuccessful but Chiba reports that Inugami still bears the scar.

Kuroda becomes extremely vengeful, especially since his younger twin brother died at the hospital. It was revealed, but never to Kuroda, that Haguro did this on purpose to push Kuroda to hunt down Inugami. He supplies Kuroda with weapons and grenades for his purpose. In the meantime, the school is hosting a media presence event. Ms. Aoshika encourages Inugami to attend the event, but he is not comfortable especially after what happened at his previous school. She meets with Jin, who discloses Inugami’s history as a child. At the event, Noriko let slip that Inugami is not who he seems which angers the student audience and they demand to see their hero on stage. Inugami hesitantly goes up on stage, but discourages the audience that he does not intend to help them in any way. Kuroda enters the building after tossing a grenade into the crowd, forcing everyone to flee helplessly as he guns everyone down. When face-to-face face with Inugami however, guns were useless and Kuroda was killed by his own grenade. Inugami emerged victorious and unscathed, but overwhelmed with guilt that he caused the mass shooting to happen.

While strolling through an abandoned area, Inugami calls out to Haguro who had been stalking him. However, Haguro was also being stalked by assassins, which Inugami hid for most of the attack before metamorphosing and killing the assassins. He confronts Haguro in his werewolf form, making him acknowledge his humanity and morality, and promising that they would never see each other again. Haguro becomes haunted by the fact that Inugami is a genuine werewolf and noticed that what he carved to his back is gone. He creates another mass school shooting, which he believes would not affect Inugami; Inugami meets Chiba by chance, who knew nothing about the school shooting caused by Haguro. Later, Chiba is confronted by Haguro who calls him out for lying about the scar. Chiba suffers the consequences for this, where he was beaten and crushed, had his tongue severed, and raped to death. Meanwhile, out of tremendous guilt, Inugami decides to visit the injured students at the hospital but gets blamed for what had happened. Before leaving, Inugami gives Ms. Aoshika his letter of transfer. She visits his apartment again only to find out that he has moved out, then encounters Jin again. One more time, he warns her to leave Inugami alone and admits that he is also a werewolf. Chiba’s body was dropped off at the hospital’s back entrance where Inugami found him; he volunteers to give Chiba his blood for a blood transfusion but unfortunately, Chiba did not survive his wounds.

Later that night, however, Chiba is revived and he breaks out of the hospital, killing all who belonged to Haguro’s gang. Jin finds him by chance and tries to engage, but learned that Chiba was revived through Inugami’s blood. Because of his uncontrollable rage and powers not followed by the moon, Jin lets him pursue Haguro. He tracks Haguro down to Bay Bridge, where an enormous battle ensues. Chiba is impervious to guns and fire and then metamorphoses into an unrecognizable monster. Facing possible death, Haguro has an epiphany and, because Chiba’s monster form is reaching the end of its life, decapitates Chiba with a katana; this allowed him to gain his previous composure due to having defeated a monster. Immediately, he kidnaps Ryuuko with the intention of torturing her to lure Inugami out. Ryuuko manages to divert his attention to Ms. Aoshika, who she knows Inugami has fallen for.

Inugami was given a URL, passed on by his aunt, which shows a video of a woman similar to Ms. Aoshika being savagely raped by multiple men, Haguro himself included. He was being demanded to save her before the video becomes public. Inugami fights against his wishes to save Ms. Aoshika while denying his love for her, but promising himself to cut ties with people at the school; his biggest issue being that it is a new moon and he does not have his werewolf strength. He approaches Tadokoro, a friend and coworker of Ms. Aoshika, for an address which leads him to Haguro’s home address. When he finds another uploaded video, he attacks a henchman and escapes arrest. Tadokoro addresses the rape videos to Special Investigations, where they tried unsuccessfully to take down the videos. Inugami was lured to an empty plaza where he cams live with Haguro demanding him to metamorphose while being shown Ms. Aoshika’s current rape. Inugami then exposes the fact that he cannot metamorphose since it is a new moon. Out of frustration, Inugami was somehow able to telepathically communicate with Ms. Aoshika and the two shared their mutual care for each other.

Haguro convinces Ryuuko to bring Inugami in. However, instead of bringing him in, she forces Inugami to have intercourse with her then stabs him numerous times. When he gets back up, Ryuuko tells him the place and address, and flees. Inugami is weakened but does not deny his love for Ms. Aoshika, which allowed him to burst into adrenaline, determined to save her. He reaches the abandoned hotel, but does not know that Jin is also there. Haguro’s guards separate, one group targeting Inugami and the other targeting Jin but when they are still being defeated, a machine gun was fired into the forest. Despite this, Inugami survives but is severely injured. He lures Haguro out while he tails a guard to where Ms. Aoshika was kept. Seeing her in her broken despair, Inugami reaches out to her mentally and spiritually, promising to take her to Alaska where he knows the wolves will accept her. This allows her to regain her consciousness but they cannot break her loose from her chains. Inugami uses his physical strength and was able to break the chain, but suffers from massive blood loss. He become extremely weak while they are being chased by Haguro who caught on that Inugami is with Ms. Aoshika. While he tries to buy time for her to escape, Inugami’s wolf senses become dull and he becomes an easy target for Haguro’s katana. Haguro, on the other hand is inspired by Chiba’s metamorphosis, devours Inugami’s severed fingers, and soon all of Inugami, in the hopes that he can obtain his powers. He quickly finishes the werewolf off with the machine gun; with Inugami barely surviving, Ms. Aoshika finally confronts Haguro but is powerless, even with a gun. Haguro continues to fight against Inugami, now cutting multiple fingers and an arm. Through Ms. Aoshika’s constant hopes, a light began to radiate from within Inugami that briefly lets him metamorphose. The beauty of Inugami's wolf form captivated Haguro's senses; he lets himself be penetrated by his own sword to embrace Inugami and then dies.

The two began to leave, weak and weary, but the last of Haguro’s men stops them. Inugami defeats them with the help of the new moon having turned into a full moon. The authorities and Jin reach them, but separat the two into different ambulances where Ms. Aoshika finally declares her love for Inugami. When she finally wakes up from a 3-day coma, remembering a dream where Inugami leaves her behind, Ms. Aoshika learns from his aunt that Inugami had passed away. After trying to commit suicide several times without any success, Ms. Aoshika requests to fly to where Inugami grew up as a child in Alaska, and decides to stay there as she believed the wolves will heal her. Two months later, Inugami is revived by his own immortality as a werewolf as a test subject but has only the memory of a promise of bringing Ms. Aoshika to their promised land. While in Alaska, Ms. Aoshika and her wolves can hear a distant howl and they howl back.

(Note: This plot by Tabata and Yugo differs greatly from the original novel written by Kazumasa Hirai.)

Characters[edit]

Akira Inugami (Inugami Akira 犬神 明)

The main protagonist of the story. A Japanese-American exchange student enrolled where Akiko Aoshika works. He is constantly bullied and abused by gang members (whom he usually ends up killing or maiming). His parents were killed when he was young by hunters, mainly because of their werewolf lineage, and was raised by a pack of wolves he had befriended. He can metamorphose into a werewolf in his own will. He is quite powerful during full moons and is weak only during the days of new moons. He is shown to be quite intelligent in matters that concern him. It is said that the reason he is bullied so badly is that, as a werewolf, normal humans have a natural subconscious fear of him. However, it is also shown that the student council, who betrayed him following the shooting and caused him to leave school, are wracked with guilt over their actions following Inugami's "death". He leaves school following a shooting perpetrated by Haguro's lackey, blaming himself for the event. In the manga's closing chapter, Akira decides to stop taking the abuse of humans, seeing them all (with the exception of Akiko) as demons and beasts, and gleefully slaughters Haguro's men. He is taken to a private research center in Arizona after killing Haguro and is experimented on with apparently no hope of escape, but in the last few panels Akira breaks the bonds holding him, implying that he will eventually escape and reunite with Akiko in Alaska.

Akiko Aoshika (Aoshika Akiko 青鹿 晶子)

The female protagonist in the story. She is a homeroom teacher who met Inugami prior to his introduction in her class. She was saved from being gang-raped at the first part of the manga by Akira Inugami; much to her surprise, Inugami is later transferred to her classroom. She was a victim of rape when she was young, and was divorced from her husband. She escapes to Alaska after the final battle with Haguro and begins to live with several werewolves hiding in the wild, waiting for Akira to find her.

Dou Haguro (Haguro Dou 羽黒 獰)

He is the main antagonist in the manga. Son of the Tōmei yakuza group, Haguro is also a genius with an extremely well-built body and superhuman reflexes. Though he initially comes off as emotionless and merciless, after a confrontation with Inugami's true form (and powers), Haguro loses his mind and becomes obsessed with Inugami and his complete destruction, to the point where he can only have sex with his girlfriend while thinking about Akira or carving the word "mutt" into his flesh. Indeed, in their short "fight", Haguro was helpless and felt very humiliated, he who was since birth considered a monster by everyone he met, finally came across a "real monster" with real superpowers. He then proceed on committing several horrible acts throughout the series, including two rapes and one of the highest death tolls of the cast. He can also be seen as a very gifted individual, who despite his character and crimes, give a good representation of both the best and the worst of humanity. He even stated that fighting the werewolf with "materialistic weapons" was a stupid idea, and that what was needed was spiritual strength, henceforth a samurai sword, with which he happens to be very prominent. Haguro holds complex feelings for Akira Inugami, both an innate hatred and strange love tainted with jealousy. For him, slaying Inugami is a responsibility towards humanity (since he may very well be the only human with strength and determination to oppose Inugami and the possible wave of disaster that would come from his blood), but also a way to return to being a monster. During their final fight, Haguro devours several of Akira's fingers, gaining a fraction of his power in the process, he also realizes that he wants to eat Akira so that they may "become one", finally accepting that he loves Akira. After Akira metamorphosed into a wolf with bright white fur (apparently created by his love for Akiko), Haguro instinctively hugs Inugami but by doing that, he impales himself with his own katana, which had been rammed through Akira's abdomen. He makes a final plea for Akira to become one with him, but he dies before hearing Akira's answer and is dragged to hell by the souls of those he killed.

Akira Jin (Jin Akira)

Known as "The Villainous Wolf" in the reporting field. Like Inugami, Jin is also a werewolf and born under a bad star. Jin is often seen as the logical and sympathetic mind, especially to Ms. Aoshika. He usually appears before her either to tell her a piece of Inugami's history or personality, or to warn her to leave Inugami alone. Towards the ending of the manga when Ms. Aoshika tried to commit suicide multiple times, Jin metamorphoses into a wolf to remind her of Inugami and to continue living. Ironically, not too much is known about him because he is unwillingly to share that part of himself and no one else knows about his past.

Ryuuko Konuma (Konuma Ryuuko)

Classmate of both Akira Inugami and Dou Haguro, she is Haguro's sex mate. At the time when she was sent to investigate Inugami's scar, Ryuuko admits to being raped when she was younger because she "knows her own kind" (hinting at knowing Ms. Aoshika was also raped). She often follows Haguro's commands because she is bored, but becoming intrigued by Inugami's loner behavior, she becomes lustful for him and often daydreams about eventually having sexual intercourse with him. When Haguro betrays her and intends to torture her to lure Inugami out, she gave him Ms. Aoshika. Ryuuko becomes wrathful and envious when she finds out Inugami will only have sex with her to save Ms. Aoshika. She stabs him multiple times and fled. Ryuuko is last seen having sex with an older gentleman where she stabs him to death.

Yuusaku Chiba (Chiba Yuusaku)

Dou Haguro's right-hand man and classmate. He and his brother lost their parents at a young age and grew up in extreme poverty until Haguro's father takes them after seeing their skills in mixed martial arts. Chiba admits to being very afraid of Haguro, comparing him to a lion after he witnessed him beating a professional boxer. Since then, he has been loyal to Haguro and his father. Chiba normally does not directly initiate or participate in physical altercations which would taint his reputation as a professional since he longs for a career in it. When Inugami refuses to fight him, Chiba admits that he is the second person to make him recognize his own weakness and quits boxing. Chiba suffered tremendously when he lied to Haguro that Inugami still bore the "mutt" scar. He was beatened: his body crushed, his tongue bitten off, and was raped to death by an emotionally-driven Haguro. Through Inugami's blood, he was revived and sought revenge against Haguro. A fiery battle ensued where he metamorphosed into a hideous monster and he was eventually decapitated by Haguro.

Kuroda Twins

Haguro's lackeys. The Kuroda twins suffer from inborn phimosis, which does not allow either of them to masturbate. When found out, the twins refuse to cower and instead targeted the girl who made fun of them the most and the boy who bullied them by cutting off their noses. When Inugami enters their class, the younger Kuroda twin threw the knife at the board as a form of hostile intent. When this was ineffective, he tries to stab Inugami and instead stabbed himself. This angered the older Kuroda twin who tried in several occasions to embarrass and humiliate Inugami but was overpowered each time. When he tried to use Haguro's name to draw support out to defeat Inugami, Chiba intercepts and the support dispersed. Kuroda is punished by having his finger crushed and then severed by Haguro. The older Kuroda twin finally succeeds in being able to masturbate when his anger explodes at Ryuuko for laughing at his suffering. With confidence, he heads to the hospital to tell his younger twin brother only to find that his brother died. He did not know that Haguro was the one who killed him. Haguro gives him a mass selection of weapons, which Kuroda heads to the school during a media presence event and starts a mass school shooting. He was killed by his own grenade when Inugami threw it back at him.

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