Battle Arena Otaku Fight! Fight!: Lightning ('Final Fantasy XIII') vs. Bunny ('Tiger & Bunny')

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Welcome to 2013's Battle Arena Otaku Fight! Fight!, MTV Geek's annual brawl between the biggest and best in characters from anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture characters. Not only will we get a chance to spotlight some of most interesting, most intriguing, or simply odd characters from 2013, but it's also a chance to you to have your voice heard. You know the drill: we'll present the matchup, and you the reader will get to choose which character comes out on top. So which mech, heroine (or hero), monster, or mascot will come out on top this year?

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It's a superhero vs. sword fighter matchup as Sternbild City's favorite son meets Lightning, protagonist of two "Final Fantasy" games and savior of the people of Pulse.

With his excessive style and dedication to looking "cool" rather than protecting the public, Barnaby Brooks Jr. wouldn't seem like the model hero. But it's with the mentorship of older hero Wild Tiger (Kotetsu T. Kaburagi), that Bunny--he really hates that name, by the way--learns to work with a team and, more importantly, work for the people. With his Hundred Power (five minutes of super strength) augmented by a powerful exoskeleton, what's not to respect about this high-kicking hero?

Then there's Lightning, introduced in 2009's "Final Fantasy XIII" and back next year for one last adventure in "Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII." This time, the ticking clock isn't just against a mystical infection--it's against the very end of the world as Lightning travels between realms 500 years after the events of "FFXIII." Unlike Bunny, Lightning is driven by duty first and foremost, a soldier moving onward and forward for the protection of all mankind. We won't see how her final, 13-day adventure plays out until next February, but until then, she's got to face the challenge of Mr. Brooks.

So which will it be? The fantasy heroine who's not only saved one world but is looking to save another out of time, or a brash corporate superhero with a lot to learn?

Vote here:

Lightning VS Bunny

Polls close Sunday, August 18 at 11:59pm EDT!

See the rest of the matchups here:

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