4th Annual MANLIEST Anime MEN of MANLINESS Nominations
It's that time of year again, ladies and gentlemen!! Time for the men to stand up and take their place in the spotlight.
That's right!! It's time for the 4th annual
MANLIEST Anime MEN of MANLINESS Tournament!!!
Last year, 256 MEN entered, but in the end it all came down to "The Unkillable Teacher" Korosensei vs. "The King of Conquerors" Rider. Although Rider put up a brave fight, he just couldn't match Korosensei's speed and momentum, and when the dust settled, the bright yellow tentacled assassin was crowned the undisputed champion!
And this year, we're doing it all over again!! 256 MEN will enter, but only one will reign supreme as the MANLIEST anime character of all time!!! (or at least 2017)
After taking your suggestions and considerations into mind from previous year's tournaments, the rules for nominations are as follows:
1a. You may nominate 15 characters, only ONE per series. A grand total of only 5 characters from any given series will be selected for the final roster.
1b. NEW RULE: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the one exception to the rule. As the series is split up into four distinct story arcs, I'll allow a grand total of 8 characters from the entire series, 2 characters from each arc being the maximum. Members of the Joestar family (Jonathan, Joseph, Jotaro, and Josuke) are given preferential treatment and are therefore automatically nominated. The other 4 slots are open to 1 non-Joestar character from each arc. Furthermore, forum users are only allowed to nominate ONE character from the entire series, so choose wisely.
2. Characters MUST be from an anime (that was animated in Japan, just to be clear). They can be anime based on manga and video games, but they HAVE to be from the show itself. No manga/game-only characters allowed.
3. Characters must (obviously) be male. Robots and animals are allowed, provided they are both sentient and obviously masculine. Not to be sexist or unfair to the ladies, but they have their own tournament already.
4. It doesn't have to be a main character, but it must be one that is at least somewhat important to the plot of the show. No one-episode roles, cameos, or blink-and-you'll-miss-it types. (Sorry Jack Rakan, but you're still not allowed :P)
5. Cruelty is NOT MANLY. No douchebags, jerkwads, axe-murderers, puppy-kickers, puppy-BURNERS, or overall evil sons-a-bitches allowed. Villains and anti-heroes are okay, as long as they are at least noble in their cause and have a good code of ethics. Kind-hearted jerks and irritating but well-meaning big brother types are okay too.
6. Only MANLY MEN need apply. No sissy pretty boys, beautiful bishonen types, or overly moody, whiny, angsty teenagers. (That means YOU, Shinji!!!) Teens who show signs of blossoming manliness and/or especially noble traits and sensibilities are allowed. Characters who start out whiny and pathetic but gradually become more manly over the course of the show are also acceptable (depending on the character in question, of course).
7. No Kirito. Seriously. Because f**k that guy. -_-
You can find a full compiled list from last year's tournament here: https://www.funimation.com/forum/topic/9557/3rd-annual-manliest-anime-men-of-manliness-tournament-discussion-thread/2
Depending on how many submissions and nominations we get, I may borrow many of them for this year's tournament as well (the reason being that I already have a lot of their artwork completed, so it's much easier on me).
A few notes I should add:
• The previous years' champions Kenshiro, Mustang, and Korosensei will NOT be returning to the tournament.
• As mentioned earlier, due to the new JJBA rule, Joestars are automatically nominated:
Jonathan Joestar - Phantom Blood
Joseph Joestar - Battle Tendency
Jotaro Kujo - Stardust Crusaders
Josuke Higashikata - Diamond Is Unbreakable
• The following characters all made it to Round 4 of the previous year's tournament, and therefore have earned an automatic nomination:
All Might - My Hero Academia
Batou - Ghost in the Shell
Daryun - The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Dutch - Black Lagoon
Guts - Berserk
Issac Netero - Hunter x Hunter
Izuku Midoriya - My Hero Academia
Jacuzzi Splot - Baccano!
Jet Black - Cowboy Bebop
Joseph - Maria the Virgin Witch
Kiba - Wolf's Rain
Klaus von Reinherz - Blood Blockade Battlefront
Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger - Tiger & Bunny
Kubard - The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Kyohei Kadota - Durarara!!
Lancer/Diarmuid Ua Duibhne - Fate/Zero
Maes Hughes - Fullmetal Alchemist
Major Alex Louis Armstrong - Fullmetal Alchemist
Mizuki Akabayashi - Durarara!!x2 Shou
Rider/Iskander - Fate/Zero
Shinya Kogami - Psycho-Pass
Son Hak - Yona of the Dawn
Spike Spiegel - Cowboy Bebop
Tadaomi Karasuma - Assassination Classroom
Tenya Iida - My Hero Academia
Tomomi Masaoka - Psycho-Pass
Yasutora "Chad" Sado - Bleach
Yukinori Shinohara - Tokyo Ghoul
Yusuke Urameshi - Yu Yu Hakusho
Zapp Renfro - Blood Blockade Battlefront
Zen Wisteria - Snow White with the Red Hair
Nominations will stay open for at least one week, or until an adequate number of candidates has been reached. Any other suggestions or recommendations are of course welcome as well.
Thanks a lot, and I'll see YOU at the Fourth Annual MANLIEST Anime MEN of MANLINESS Tournament!!! ^_^
And while I'm at it, here are my own personal nominations:
- Shimazu Toyohisa - Drifters
- Mumen Rider - One Punch Man
- Nicholas Brown - Gangsta
- Zoroku Kashimura - Alice & Zoroku
- Kamina - Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Duke Togo - Golgo 13
- Ira Gamagoori - Kill la Kill
- Taichi Hiraga Keaton - Master Keaton
- Cobra - Space Adventure Cobra
- Captain Harlock - Space Pirate Captain Harlock
- Panther Lily - Fairy Tail
- Mamoru Takamura - Hajime no Ippo
- Jean-Jacques Leroy - Yuri!!! On ICE
- Eikichi Onizuka - GTO
And in the great tradition of nominating at least one FFVII character just for kicks and giggles, I shall nominate….
- Cid Highwind - Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Nope. Still not picking Cloud.
- Ejirou Kirishima - My Hero Academia
- Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency
- Dandy - Space Dandy
- Piccolo - Dragon Ball Z
- Kanji Tatsumi - Persona 4: The Animation
- Nekomaru Nidai - Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy
- Armin Arlert - Attack on Titan
- Gajeel Redfox - Fairy Tail
- Takeo Gouda - My Love Story
- Ushio Aotsuki - Ushio & Tora
- Sadao Maou - The Devil is a Part-Timer!
- Tetsuo Takahashi - Interviews with Monster Girls
- Shinichi Izumi - Parasyte the maxim
- Arataka Reigen - Mob Psycho 100
- Rock - Nanbaka
Shoto Todoroki - My Hero Academia
Oda Nobunaga - Drifters
Genos - One Punch Man
Killua Zoldyck - Hunter x Hunter
Roronoa Zoro - One Piece
Koichi Hirose - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
Erwin Smith - Attack on Titan
Vainney Halter - Clockwork Planet
Shikamaru Nara - Naruto
Kenpachi Zaraki - Bleach
Rin Okumura - Blue Exorcist
Andrew Gilbert Mills (Agil) - Sword Art Online
Takumu Mayuzumi (Cyan Pile) - Accel World
Yang Wen-Li - Legend of the Galactic Heroes
Ryota Sakamoto - BTOOOM!
Archer (Emiya) -Fate Stay Night
So the winner gets to be called:
Manly-Man, The Man who's more man than any man has a right to be!.
Also, one more thing:
NO YURI OR VICTOR.
But Victor is Russian. That makes him manly by default.
I'll be posting my nominations when I've had time to mull it over, this is an extremely important decision.
- Rei Kiriyama - March Comes in Like a Lion
- Takashi Natsume - Natsume's Book of Friends
- Sakamichi Onoda - Yowamushi Pedal
- Mitsuhide Rouen - Snow White with the Red Hair
- Zeno - Yona of the Dawn
- Nagisa Shiota - Assassination Classroom
- Arslan - The Heroic Legend of Arslan
- Kumatetsu - Boy and the Beast
- Syaoran - Tsubasa Chronicle
- Van Flanel - Escaflowne
- Romeo Candorebanto Montague - Romeo X Juliet
- Toboe - Wolf's Rain
- Nine - Terror in Resonance
- Elias Ainsworth- The Ancient Magus's Bride
- Satoru Fujinuma - Erased
- Aomine Daiki - Kuroko No Basket
- Kaneki Ken - Tokyo ghoul
- Doppo Kunikida - Bungou Stray Dogs
- Shokudaikiri Mitsutada - Touken ranbu hanamaru
- Juuzo Sakuraka - Dangan ronpa 3
- Hajime Iwaizumi - HAIKYUU
- Koujaku - Dramatical Murder
- Rom - Show By Rock
- Able Nightroad - Trinity Blood
- Alzac - Fairy Tail
- Prince Kai - The Royal Tutor
- Burnaby - Empire of Corpses
- Ryuji - Persona 5 The Daybreakera
- MIKALEA HYKAUYA - SERAPH OF THE END (FIGHT ME HARDY)
- Alfonso - Garo the Animation
Eugen - Granblue Fantasy.
- Hajime Sugoroku - Nanbaka
- Glenn Radars - Akashic Records
- Worick Arcangelo - Gangsta
- Tamotsu Denkigai - Akiba's Trip The Animation
- Kotaro Amon - Tokyo Ghoul
- Kogoro Akechi - Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace
- Kuro - Servamp
- Daryun - The Heroic Legend of Arslan
- Monkey D. Luffy - One Piece
- Riki Nendou - The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
I'll try to come up with 5 more nominations later.
Some of you already have repeats in your nominations. Please look over all the lists carefully to make sure nobody wastes a spot. :)
- Knuckle Bine - Hunter x Hunter
- Kenshin - Rurouni Kenshin
- Edward Elric- Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
- Tooru Acura - Chaika the Coffin Princess
- Levi - Attack on Titan
- Meliodas - Seven Deadly Sins
- Simon - Gurren Lagann
- Ryoushi "Hunter" Morino - Okami-san and her Seven Companions
- Shichika- Katanagatari
- Nanashi - Sword of the Stranger
- Akio Furukawa - Clannad
- Shizuou - Durarara
- Ruth - Ancient Magus Bride
- Soul Eater Evans - Soul Eater
- Yato - Noragami
I am more then happy to defend my reasoning on any of these choices if need be! :)
@emdier Could you change your nomination from Killua? I already put him on the list.
@emdier Could you change your nomination from Killua? I already put him on the list.
I see now a few of mine are above. OK, I'll have to think on this but I will change it.
Here's my pick.
Isamu Aida Dyson - Macross Plus
- Dante - Devil May Cry
- Might Guy - Naruto
- Ban - Seven Deadly Sins
- Ignis Scientia - Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV
- Aoshi Shinomori - Rurouni Kenshin
- Toriko - Toriko
- Kid Muscle - Ultimate Muscle
- Teruki Hanazawa - Mob Psycho 100
- Simon Brezhnev - Durarara!!
- Son Goku - Dragon Ball Z
- Vegeta - Dragon Ball Super
- Hiroto Suwa - Orange
- Wilhelm van Astrea - Re:Zero
- Hiei - Yu Yu Hakusho
- Toguro (Younger) - Yu Yu Hakusho
- Hiko Seijuro - Rurouni Kenshin
- Reinhard von Lohengramm - Legends of the Galactic Heroes
@SpacemanHardy How long do we have to choose by the way?
@MidnightAoshi You have until either Friday the 9th, or until we reach 256 applicants.
@SpacemanHardy And how will the matches be carried out, since I don't believe we have polls back in place yet?