it's ok, a lot of people don't know who he is. I've even received notes asking if he's an OC .... orz
See in the manga we have Zeo, who died. And when he did his father didn't build a robot but took his younger brother Leon and forced him to take his place. When Leon meets Takao he is pretending to be Zeo until their final battle where he decides he will not take his brothers place anymore, and he will live as himself instead.
In the anime we have a robot who replaced Zeo, who is long gone , and in the manga who we see is Leon all the time. In my mind I like to think of a plane where the two brothers can coexist together, mixing both story lines we can have Zeo's android self, and Leon who is his neglected and misunderstood little brother and in my opinion a better fit for Takao. ....... If that makes any sense ........
I hope I explained decently I'm just ... Too bad at this haha /ded
OH MY FRIGGIN GODDES!!!! REALLY?!?!?! Why they don't show us Leon? That story is way too better. I mean, I love Zeo, quite much, such a lovely character. But Poor Leon. Not only in the manga, also, he's been place out in the anime... Thank you for explaining to me! I thought I was being oblivious. Thank to you, I've been able to meet Leon. I'm looking forward to see more of him with your works (: Hugs and kisses!
I suppose the robot idea sounded better for animation. Both stories are quite sad. Zeo died and in both versions of the story he had a poor soul to replace him, his brother had immense identity issues and his own dad rubbed the fact he preferred his older brother than him by making him take Zeo's place, which must've been horrible. And Zeo found out he wasn't a real person at all but had to carry with the feelings of one, he is not Zeo but looks like him and was programmed to believe he was the deceased son of Zaggart, that was also quite of an an emotional beating.
I think both deserve love e v e
In my works however, the one who I draw with takao is usually Leon. Zeo has appeared in fewer pics ; n ; <\3