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!
Here’s a real mystery: why do voters keep picking L time and again through each cycle of voting? We have our own suspicion but what do you think, readers? Is it his carefully-tousled hair; his keen, analytical mind, his simple, understated fashion sense? Or is it his posture, that often sees the Death Note detective perched like a carrion-eating bird on the edge of his seat as he studies the facts of a case?
Whatever it is voters prefer about L, it remains to be seen if it will be enough to help him when against arguably one of the most popular animated exports out of Japan in the last five years with Naruto’s title character. Brash, confident, daring, and even reckless where L is the opposite of all of those things, it’s very much a contest between the cerebral and animal parts of voters this time around.
Our second contest is another oddity, pitting two characters against one another who have only the first letter of their names in common. Ultraman is the peak of sci-fi action shenanigans, a stalwart defender of Earth from rubber-suited threats for about half a decade. On the other side, you’ve got Utena, a reworking of traditional notions of chivalry, romance, and masculine-feminine relationships.
Both of these will be brain benders, but we trust you’ll choose the best picks again.
This poll closes at 11:59:59pm on April 24, 2012!
Get a look at all the match-ups right here! The next batch launch tomorrow!