2016 MEN of MANLINESS - Round 1: Group 52

  • Inspector Koichi Zenigata - Lupin the III
    Kurogane - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles
    Renton Thurston - Eureka Seven
    Jacuzzi Splot - Baccano!

    Don't forget to post your extra vote!

  • Renton probably had the greatest character development in all of E7 and is a main character you can really love. Even suffering through the abuse Holland dealt him he still never let go of his dream, or even the girl he liked/loved. And the lengths he went through to protect his son in AO and give him a life without fear of the scub coral.

  • Both votes for Jacuzzi

  • Poll vote goes to Jacuzzi Splot, extra vote goes to Renton Thurston.

  • Double votes to Kurogane

  • Which Zenigata are we talking about? Like most of the main cast, his characterization changes quite a bit throughout the franchise.

    Almost forgot to vote in this one. Thinking about it, votes to Renton.

  • I have 3 key moments to elaborate just how Jacuzzi Splot is definitely deserving to be in this tournament so let's begin with discussing his initial appearance.

    When Jacuzzi is first established, he's basically the biggest crybaby this side of Shinji Ikari. He's super paranoid of other people and fears the worst case scenario always. A seemingly timid kid in the business of bootlegging alcohol. One wonders why he always cries and if he's truly strong but then they reveal that earlier on,

    ! eight of Jacuzzi's comrades were murdered by the Russo family in Chicago. Enraged by their deaths, Jacuzzi went on a rampage with a Tommy Gun and ransacked 18 different bars and establishments owned by the Russos by himself, doing what would ultimately have taken most people weeks to pull off in a single night.

    Second is when he realizes that two different groups of people are trying to harm and kill the passengers on the train for reasons he doesn't quite understand alongside the possibility of The Rail Tracer offing people left and right. Jacuzzi is beyond terrified and frightened but it is in this moment that he stops crying and quaking in his shoes and mans up, takes his guy to try and fight against the opposing factions and save all the passengers on the train, putting himself on the front lines to stop these people, all the while spewing some awesome and maybe corny lines that would've be out of place in a Shounen action series or Superhero series and fights back, even doing such crazy things as

    ! CHARGING A GUY WITH A FREAKING FLAMETHROWER UNARMED. He's one tough guy when he wants to be, and even manages to snag a smooch from his girlfriend Nice Holystone (their first kiss too) in the heat of the moment to save everyone.

    SPEAKING OF NICE, that gets to my FINAL point that while not very action based, truly cements why I think Jacuzzi is a better man than most of us ever will be.

    ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pleu19IDplM

    Basically even when they were kids they were also close childhood friends/crushes before they became a bootlegging power couple. Nice is a bit of a bomb/explosives freak and one day when young,

    ! she lights one of the explosives she's setting up, scarring her and taking out one of her eyeballs. Upon hearing what happened to Nice, Jacuzzi immediately went and got a sword tattoo on the left side of his face to compliment Nice's scarred right side, feeling that she would feel less lonely and recognize that he was there for her. He had no regrets, and he didn't hestitate when he made the decision to get a giant tattoo on his face, for his girlfriend, to make her feel better and not feel alone, for something that really probably would make most people cry a WHOLE LOT. Jacuzzi Splot's selfless idea of romance is something most people could ever DREAM of. He even tells her that day these words of wisdom:

    "I've decided… I'm just going to cry whenever I feel like crying. I'm going to let myself cry as much as I want now to get it out of the way. That way when I face something really tough, all of my tears would have dried up long ago."

    And that....perfectly encompasses what is great about Jacuzzi Splot. The Teenage Bootlegger with a Gun for a Heart.

    Both Vote goes to Jacuzzi Splot

  • @Heavenspiercing:

    Which Zenigata are we talking about? Like most of the main cast, his characterization changes quite a bit throughout the franchise.

    Take your pick. Regardless of the version you refer to, they are all pretty manly.

    Sometimes he's played up as total comic relief, like in the second TV series and many of the movies.

    Other times he's a straight-up badass like in The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

    But one thing is always constant: His sense of justice. No matter which version of him you're seeing, he never gives up. He never surrenders. He never ceases to try to capture Lupin and his crew no matter how many times he's outsmarted, outwitted, and humiliated.

    And yet, despite it all, he truly, honestly doesn't hate Lupin. In fact, the two would be best friends if they weren't on opposite sides of the law. In times when it seems that Lupin has perished, Zenigata openly showed true remorse and sorrow over his supposed passing.

    He doesn't want to "kill" Lupin or even hurt him. He wants him to see the error of his ways so that he can use his skills for good. And when the two of them team up on a few occasions, they really do make an unstoppable team.

    So yeah. Double points to Zenigata. Out of all four of the main Lupin men, he's by far the manliest where it counts most: the HEART.

  • @Heavenspiercing:

    Which Zenigata are we talking about? Like most of the main cast, his characterization changes quite a bit throughout the franchise.

    I'm with Hardy on this one, but i wouldn't go for the Zenigata in The Woman Called Fujiko Mine since in that series he's kind of a sexist and corrupt cop, which goes against pretty much everything Zenigata stands for. Seriously, i love The Woman Called Fujiko Mine possibly more than any other part of the Lupin III franchise, but i cannot get past his characterization in that series, even if it was done to fit the series thematically and helped give birth to Oscar, who is great.

    Anyways, all that aside poll vote goes to Jacuzzi, posted vote goes to Zenigata.

  • Voting for Kuragone

  • voting Renton

  • Poll vote: Jacuzzi Splot - Baccano!

    Posted vote: Inspector Koichi Zenigata - Lupin the III

  • Extra Vote to Jacuzzi

  • Zenigata..

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