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?
It's the half-demon devil hunter vs. the red-haired ghost hunter. Which one will come out on top in this arena matchup?
It's tough to be a modern anime or manga fan without at least a passing familiarity with Tite Kubo's long-running "Bleach." And this year, the series and its ginger protagonist Ichigo are in the spotlight moreso than ever with the recent announcement that the upcoming manga arc would be its last. Sure, Ichigo's final adventure battling rogue spirits might take more than the span of 2013 (or 2014, or 2015, and beyond), but it's one of those good things that seems to be coming to an end nonetheless. And what a legacy Ichigo will leave, wielding spiritual powers (and a massive sword) against the hidden world across manga, anime, games, and film, this is one character who's definitely left an indelible mark on the pop cultural landscape.
Then there's the relative newcomer Rin Okumura, the half-human hero of Kazue Kato's "Blue Exorcist." Sure, Rin might not have the record (or the fandom--yet) of Ichigo, but he's got personality for days, and a cool/strange backstory that sees the son of Satan battling the demonic forces of Hell as a member of True Cross Academy. Like a junior Hellboy, Rin is determined to overcome his other nature in order to protect those around him.
So which one will it be? The demon boy or the ghost hunter? As the duo enters the arena, only one can win!
Polls close Sunday, August 18 at 11:59pm EDT!
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