This is MTV Geek’s Battle Arena Otaku Fight! Fight! A tournament-style, knock-down, drag-out, free-for-all, battle royale featuring your favorite anime, manga and Japanese pop-culture characters! Each arena match-up will be posted and voted on by you, the MTV Geek reader, and each winner will advance closer and closer to becoming the supreme reigning champion of the Battle Arena Otaku! Who will take the top spot? Sailor Moon? Godzilla? Hello Kitty? There’s only way to find out…FIGHT! FIGHT!
Do you like your monsters deadly, dangerous, and devastating, or just cute and cuddly? Do you like your dark sci-fi heroes to be unsure of themselves but tough in a pinch or straight up swagger all the time? Decide as we pit monster vs. monster, teen hero vs. teen hero!
You know, for a near-60-year-old, Godzilla still has it. Although in Japan studio Toho has decided to give the long-lived kaiju a little break (at least until he makes his debut again here in the U.S. with the upcoming remake), we’re still getting regular doses of the nuclear one thanks to Eric Powell’s recent comic and the Criterion Collection release of his very first… well, we can’t really call it an “adventure.” Stomp fest seems better.
But maybe you’d rather the monster in your life be huggable and not, you know, irradiated. Enter Domo, Japan’s NHK broadcasting network’s mascot, who’ll be celebrating his 15th birthday next year. Video game star, manga star, eater of stews, he might have a toothy smile, but he probably won’t give you too much trouble if you try to go in for the hug.
Now Kei and Tetsuo are an interesting pair: the latter is way more well-known, and for some, Akria is the first vision they had of dark sci-fi anime. What Kei lacks in familiarity, he more than makes up for in body count as one of the unwilling participants of the game controlled by the mysterious machine known only as GANTZ. Both are aimless teens caught up in bizarre circumstances beyond their understanding and very unlikely heroes in their respective dark adventures. So will Tetsuo’s iconic status earn your vote or is Kei’s ability to squeeze into a scientifically-advanced fetish suit what’s gonna do it for you?
Vote it up, right here!
Polls close at 11:59:59pm on April 11, 2012!
Get a look at all the match-ups right here! The next batch launch tomorrow!