- "I will finally enjoy another manhunt."
— Muteba Gizenga
Muteba Gizenga (ムテバ・ギゼンガ), also known as The Genocider (
Muteba is a tall, very muscular black man with whited-out eyes and whose entire head and body are covered in numerous tribal tattoos. While fighting in the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, he wears only a pair of black Speedos, except for between rounds, where he typically wears high-class formal wear such as his white suit topped with a fedora and sunglasses.
Muteba is a rather calm and composed individual and is known to take pleasure in the "manhunt" of his opponents; he believes in the ideal that people without money or power should know their place. He also has a voracious sexual appetite. Despite enjoying the thrill of a "manhunt" and also of fighting strong opponents, Muteba values his survival above everything else and will not continue a pursuit if he feels it is not worth the risk. Despite his delight in the "manhunt", Muteba is offended when compared to serial killers like Meguro Masaki and does not attempt to kill his other opponents as there is no reason to.
He shows respect to the fighting spirit and style of Sekibayashi Jun, and is generally friendly with everyone he meets. Despite his grim profession and composed attitude, Muteba almost always has a smile and a jovial comment for any situation.
Muteba served as a mercenary during several African conflicts, including one of the Ivorian Civil Wars, and lost his vision during one of these conflicts. At some point in the past, Muteba crossed blades with and fought against Kure Horio of the Kure Clan while he was bodyguarding a local warlord. He eventually abandoned this warlord when the latter's finances ran out, allowing Horio to assassinate him.
Around half a year ago, Muteba was hired by the Sierra Leone government to control the coup d'etat stage by a rebel force. Challenging the heavily armed rebel force unarmed and by himself, Muteba massacred their army without taking a single shot.
At some point after Iwami Heavy Industries' Kengan match with the Gold Pleasure Group, Togo Tomari hired Muteba to take care of Somali pirates that were harassing arms dealers. Impressed by his cold-blooded efficiency, she hired him to be her affiliated fighter.
Muteba was first seen acknowledging the arrival of the winners of the preliminaries of the tournament, noting that his "manhunt" would begin soon. After arriving at Ganryu Island, he enjoyed himself in a sexual orgy of women while Togo Tomari checked up on him.
On the first day of the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, Muteba represented Iwami Heavy Industries and fought against Meguro Masaki in the first round. Despite initially starting on the back foot and having both eyes gouged out, Muteba quickly turned it around and mercilessly killed Meguro, attaining victory for Iwami Heavy Industries.
In the second round, he fought against Sekibayashi Jun and managed to attain victory but lost practical functional use of his ears in the process. After the second round had concluded and Hayami Katsumasa had commenced with his "revolution", Muteba aided Sekibayashi's group in subduing the Guardians that were attacking them.
In the third round, he fought against Wakatsuki Takeshi. Despite seemingly equally matched and even managing to stab Wakatsuki in the neck, Muteba ended up forfeiting after getting hit in the right arm with Wakatsuki's Blast Core. Afterwards, a furious Togo asked him what he was playing at. However, Muteba replied he wasn't in violation of their contract before giving her his calling card and telling her she had a free job on him.
While on vacation, he was called by Togo Tomari. He was asked to find Julius Reinhold and recruit him for the Kengan Association VS Purgatory Tournament on Togo's side. One month before the tournament Muteba visited Julius in his private gym in Germany to inform him about the competition.
During the tournament he was shown talking with Toyoda Idemitsu (who he is revealed to be acquainted with) with the latter suggesting him to "talk about business" after the tournament. As he was watching the tournament with Togo and Toyoda, Muteba recognized (with his sense of smell alone) Falcon, an old acquaintance of his. He later watched Julius's match and witnessed his muscle control skills giving Team Kengan a victory.
Right after the fifth match, moments after Naidan Mönkhbat's death, Muteba was given a phone call by Toyoda, and was hired by him once more. Lamenting that his vacation was cut short and was forced to miss the match between Naoya Ohkubo and Terashi, Muteba disregarded it for another pay day. Once The Other Niko Tokita made himself known, Muteba quickly ambushed him in the surveillance room; the two came into conflict.
Power & Abilities
Muteba is an extremely lethal combatant who is a master of silent killing, and his attacks center around performing the most efficient, pragmatic and lethal strikes with minimal movement; this includes eye and ear gouging, crushing the testicles, and snapping or jabbing the throat. Since Muteba is a mercenary, he is not familiar with many unarmed combat systems and martial arts. However, he can adapt to unfamiliar fighting styles by using his battlefield experiences, enabling him to produce efficient strategies to counter his opponent. Muteba has an adequate knowledge of ancient Chinese arts, such as the human acupuncture points, and he is well versed in the usage of certain ancient Chinese assassination techniques. Muteba was able to free himself from Wakatsuki's tight hold using said knowledge of pressure points.
On account of his blindness, Muteba's other senses are massively heightened as a result. As such, he is adept at using his sense of hearing, smell, and touch to navigate his surroundings and locate his opponents, with his sensory range extending a remarkable distance: with his auditory capabilities, Muteba can use echoes to detect terrain features and pick up on the sounds of his opponent's motion in order to predict their movements; with his olfactory capabilities, Muteba can figure out the number of enemies as well as their health status and equipment based on their scent; with his tactile capabilities, Muteba can fine-tune the topographical information he has obtained through his auditory sense.
Muteba mostly uses his auditory senses to fight, being able to map out his environment and identify his victim(s) in his mind using only sound, even sounds as faint as one's heartbeat; even with one functional ear, Muteba can still fight at full capacity. In the case that the functionality of his ears are extremely limited, Muteba can uses his olfactory processes to predict the opponent by smelling their sweat and blood, however it is not as fine-tuned as his sense of hearing and can make his attacks become inaccurate as a result. Muteba's sense of smell is so good that while he was sitting in the stands of the stadium inside Mt. Godslayer he could recognize Falcon, who was at the center of the arena.
After both of his ears were reduced to limited practical functionality after his fight with Sekibayashi, Muteba decides to use artificial eye implants that Togo Tomari had given him between the rounds. Muteba claims that the artificial eyes would not be as useful in a fighting tournament, but would be extremely useful on the battlefield. Togo claims that the artificial eyes were inspired by the Predator's mask from the Predator franchise. The artificial eyes have 5 modes but Muteba has only been seen using 2 of them: the vibration-sensing mode that enables him to 'see' the vibrations of organisms and the infrared-sensing mode that is similar to infrared sensing in snakes that enables him to see radiant heat.
An ancient Chinese assassination technique, known colloquially as the Heart Jab (
Notes & Trivia
- In the first draft, Muteba was going to be a Russian mercenary named Volk Aven, who practised Systema. However, due to the editor's complaint that there are too many Russian mercenaries in fighting manga, he was changed to a Congolese mercenary.
- Muteba's portrayal of him constantly sleeping with multiple women is based on the so-called "Cannibal President" Idi Amin, the former president of Uganda, who was said to have incredible sexual prowess.
- During his match against Sekibayashi Jun, Muteba admitted to have a liking for Pro Wrestling.
- Muteba's theme in the anime is Axis of Hate by DEVIL WITHIN.