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Best Male Lead Announcement!
The results are in for the first Manga Awards Ceremony (2010) at long last! The moment you have been waiting for, has finally arrived! [Drum rolls]
But first, our thanks. We thank everyone for their participation in nominating, voting, discussing, critiquing, and suggesting ideas for future Awards Ceremonies. This wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of the staff and most importantly our cherished members and loyal fans of manga!
but secondly, let's review of how we got to the winner(s) of the Best Male Lead Category.
and now, the winners from the Staff's choices:
and finally, what you all have been waiting for, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Members' winner choice [Drum rolls]:
Last edited by HegemonKhan; January 31, 2011 at 01:03 AM.
I'll gave my opinion on each character:
Berserk: Guts / Gatsu is a good character: strong in mind & body. He has gone through so much, it's hard to not at least sympathize for the guy
Naruto: I liked the character from the beginning of the manga: a dropout hated by everyone & a funny dumbass. He fought against destiny. But the character I like was destroyed by several things:
- He is the son of the hokage. So, in fact, his current power was his destiny from the start ...
- He cares way too much about sasuke.
- Rasengan ... rasengan ... & rasengan. His fighting style was ingenious at first (vs zabuza for example) ... now it's mainly raw power
Onizuka: the greatest teacher in history. One of the funniest characters of all time. And he is a true main character. The manga simply can not exist without him. It's just impossible to do even some chapters without him. So, my vote is for him
Yoshina Ageha: I don't know how he can be a finalist. He is just typical shounen material. Nothing wrong with that ... but nothing to make him a top-5 finalist. Ageha over Munsu or Alucard ... I have trouble to accept that
Gintoki: funny character ... I don't have much to say about him.
Last edited by zelllogan; January 10, 2011 at 03:28 PM.
I'll give a short opinion on the characters I know too.
Guts - Okay, I've only read about 2 volumes, and I have heard the perception of him greatly changes after reader learns more of his past. This far however, I find him very boring. Just a dark berserker with a big sword who kills monsters.
Naruto Uzumaki - Now, early on I liked him. He was easy to symphatize with right from the start. He also has more charachter developement than an avarage shonen hero. But pretty soon he got annoying, I can't really say what it is. His obsession with Sasuke maybe, or the bad jokes. He just annoys me. And he the damn main character, but still there are dudes way more interesting and more attention stealing than him.
Onizuka Eiikichi - Now here is my vote. As said, he really is the lead, as the series wouldn't work at all without him. He is funny as hell, and has a great attitude on life. Never mind book smartness and high IQ's, this guy teaches what really matters. Greatest teacher indeed.
Yoshina Ageha - I don't dislike him, but I don't find him particulary fascinating either. He is a solid shonen hero, with a damn cool super power. His chemistry with Amamiya is great, but this is a solo contest.
Sakata Gintoki - Haven't read/watch much Gintama. He seems like a fun and cool guy, with nice attitude to live. However, in comparison to Onizuka he seems shallow. Also I haven't seen him have any real flaws, expect lazyness which is pretty minor.
I have to admit that I do not know three of the nominees, but I still vote for Guts. In comparison of all the stories I've read, he's still an exeptional protagonist.
My vote goes to Guts because I can't imagine the manga without him and because he's just epic he has changed so much over time and it's fascinating to see his development.
wow yoshina actually made it as a finalist in the best male lead? thats awesome. he was pretty cool but since the manga was rushed to a finish, his development was kinda crappy on how he jsut had to mass power.
my vote like others has to go for guts. hes the go to guy in tough situations without regard for his own body. after most of the trauma, physically and emotionally, he had to go through, he started to develop from that dark berserker.
Guts all the way...waaaay more fit for the description of Male Lead, then any other character...he has a strong start, but even when he becomes the underdog, he still prevails in the end, but right after that he falls back to being the underdog again...
So solid character development, though a bit boring when fighting...even if he had a power boost recently...
Naruto , people that say that naruto is annoying is people that dont really understand nothing of the history , Naruto was like Sasuke , but he resisted to go to the dark side. Althought he was always competing with him and the 2 didnt seem to get along he always loved Sasuke as a brother and he wanted to be like him. Sasuke went to the bad side and Naruto cant simply just walk away from it, he likes Sasuke to much so he wont do that.
So plz dont call him annoying i would just hate if naruto had give up on sasuke.
I'm shocked Goku didn't make it in here, he's a prototype for the dumb, happy-go-lucky, morally invincible protagonist, like Naruto, Luffy, Natsu, and a couple others. I'm going to go with Guts, I guess... he just oozes BA.
Guts all the way , there is not many protagonist who lost "his one eye , hand , girlfriend ,his comrades to his best friend" and stand against freaky demons without any kind of special power (well yea he has a armor now but that is just working like pain killer : D ).
Edit : On second thought ,I had to give my credits to onizuka too , he is one of hell character he is second in my book at this list .
Last edited by Darkp; January 15, 2011 at 04:39 PM.
Clare from Claymore, cough cough... though she's a female and not a male, lol
(see Best Female Lead Category Thread, if interested in voting for her, hehe)
her list of "losses" and "sufferings" far exceeds Guts' and she's up against far more powerful "demons" than Guts ever was as well
Last edited by HegemonKhan; January 16, 2011 at 02:36 AM.
BUT Even though a lot is happening to Claire, she don't seem to be fucked up mentally. Guts is a lot more affected & it feels more real when you read it.
Moderator message by: HegemonKhanClare is the most "disturbed" of all characters, though Priscilla is obviously the most "crazy", imo - Priscilla's "mad/insane" or just outright uber cruelly evil, lol. Galatea's own words about Clare: ~"No, wait, the one with the tiniest yoki is the most disturbed of all, something uber traumatic must have happened to her in the past". Irene's own words about Clare: ~"You're so calm and expressionless on the outside, but your heart is a raging inferno, you'll never be able to fully learn the Quick Sword because it requires a calm heart".
And again, there isn't that many readers who cares about raki. Raki is the weakest link in the manga. Casca on the other hand ...
Moderator message by: HegemonKhanHe has some positive points, but they are "drowned out" by his annoying crying and helpessness while as a child, well at least until the Ophelia incident anyways. However, he's now an adult, and no longer that annoying and helpless child that he was earlier in the manga. Well... he's in another bind now... hehe
Edit to answer HegemonKhan: 'calm and expressionless' , the two words used to define Claire. That's exactly why it's much more easy to relate to Guts. Guts feels human: anger, distress, ... About raki, he can do what he want: he will always remain that annoying kid to me.
Last edited by zelllogan; January 17, 2011 at 01:53 PM.
I voted for Gintoki,but i'm somehow regretting it.He always seemed to perfect and goes from chapter to chapter lecturing people like it was nothing.
I'm still dissapointed in the fact that Kenji from 20th Century Boys didn't make it into the final round
I also miss Kenji on the list. He was great, I think he shared some similar traits with Onizuka, the latter just being wilder, extreme and simple. Kenji really is also very admirable.
Kenji is the lead of part I, Otcho of part II and Kenji comes back for the title in part III. I consider them both lead characters of the manga. Also,
Last edited by Ustegius; January 16, 2011 at 02:08 PM.