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!
Two young toughs with indomitable spirits; two of Masamune Shirow's creations that blur the line between (wo)man and machine. Let the battle commence!
Behind the bluster, behind the attitude, the style, and the bruises, Naruto and Gurren Lagaan's Kamina are two characters you'd want in your corner when the chips are down. The very definition of "bros for life," Naruto dedicated his young ninjitsu career to redeeming his friend and rival from the dark path of vengeance, while Kamina's outsized personality served as inspiration to Gurren Lagann's protagonist Simon (particularly after Kamina sacrificed his own life to save humanity). But we're not looking for the one you'd want to be your bro—we wanna know which one is your favorite? Which will you pick: ceaseless dedication in the face of insurmountable odds or heroic sacrifice?
But what if the can-do spirit of youth isn't your thing? What if instead you're looking for Philip K. Dick inspired characters at the forefront of transhumanism, the bleeding edge of the melding of meat and machine? Well then your choice is between Ghost In the Shell lead Major Kusanagi is the cybernetic super cop taking on literal cyber crime in future Tokyo. Aloof and dangerous, she can't keep a boyfriend (or girlfriend), because she's married to the job. She's up against rabbit-eared cyborg cop Briareos from Appleseed, the love interest of that series' lead, and relatively speaking, a warmer and fuzzier presence than the Major. Relatively speaking.
Which robo-ish cop will you vote for?
Polls close at 11:59:59pm on April 12, 2012!
Get a look at all the match-ups right here! The next batch launch tomorrow!