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?
Two teens who learned some of the strange realities of growing up... through combat! But one had a bunch of ninjas on his side while the other had Donald, Goofy, and... Riku?
It's easy to underestimate the popularity of both the "Kingdom Hearts" and "Naruto" franchises, because typically, both just quietly chug along, dominating the charts in their respective formats and generally capturing the imagination of games, anime, and manga fans the world over. But now, with the reveal that "Kingdom Hearts III" is currently in development at Square Enix, Sora and the gang's adventures will surely be revisited a few good times by the series faithful.
Leaf Village ninja Naruto Uzamaki, however, has seemingly never left us, the hero of the long-running manga and anime film and television adaptations just quietly--some would say stealthily--holding fandom's attention thanks to a combination of an indomitable spirit and some sweet, ninja moves.
Both characters are, above all else, focused on friendship, loyalty, and learning what it means to grow up. But as they enter the first round of the Arena, which character will have the most support from their loyal, longtime fans?
Polls close Sunday, August 18 at 11:59pm EDT!
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