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Megumi Hayashida
Rindaman
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Rindaman
Name Megumi Hayashida
Rindaman
Class 24th Class
Affiliation Suzuran
Faction Lone Wolf
Predecessor Genji Takiya
Successor Harumichi Bouya
Status Graduated
First Appearance Crows

Megumi Hayashida, also known as Rindaman or "Rinda", is a former student of Suzuran All-Boys High School, who was a senior when Harumichi Bouya enrolled. Dubbed "Rindaman the Murderer", he is a legendary figure at the school renowned for having never lost a fight. Despite his prowess, he remained a lone wolf, and lacked any interest in conquering Suzuran.


History

Not much is known about Rindaman's past. He was rumored to have spent time in juvenile detention for supposedly murdering his stepfather and stepbrother. This was in fact false, according to Genjirou Katsuragi, who looked out for Rinda when he was freshman at Suzuran. Rinda also had developed a bond with Housen's Makio Bitou, who similarly looked after him.

The nickname "Rindaman" was derived his surname, Hayashida, which can be pronounced as "Rinda".


Suzuran

During his time at Suzuran, Rindaman developed a reputation as a dominant fighter whose strength exceeded imagination. It is claimed that in his first year, he single-handedly defeated one hundred men. As a second year, Rindaman was feared for not only conquering his juniors, but his seniors as well. Only Genji Takiya dared challenge him more than once. As a Senior, Rindaman faced his truest challenge in the form of transfer student Harumichi Bouya, who to date is the only person known to have fought Rinda to a draw.

Rindaman's exact tenure at Suzuran is unknown. He was noted for having skipped class more often then he attended, so it is likely that he had to repeat several times. Following his confrontation with Bouya, Rinda finally graduates, at which time he buys a motorcycle and decides to travel the nation. Towards the end of the series, he joins a tournament for professional fighters near Osaka.


Appearance and Personality

Rindaman vs Genji

Rindaman, the "red-haired giant", fights Genji Takiya

Rindaman is characterized by his imposing stature, auburn hair, and melancholy demeanor. He is particularly recognizable by his manner of dress, forsaking the gakukan typical of his classmates in favor of more casual attire. In his early years at Suzuran, he wore a heavy coat over a hoodie (which he normally wore hood-up), with baggy slacks and combat boots. In his later years, he took to wearing a leather jacket over a simple tank top.

Rindaman embodies the "strong, silent" archetype. He is an introvert who keeps to himself and avoids crowds. He remained a lone wolf while at Suzuran, refusing to align with any specific gang. He was not known to be a particularly good student and often ditched class; he would typically loiter on the school grounds, however, and frequently watched from afar as the school's gangs clashed.

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