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?
Ahoy, mateys! It's pirate versus pirate in our first matchup, pitting two storied captains against one another for Arena supremacy.
In one corner, we have Leiji Matsumoto's dapper, spacefaring creation, Captain Harlock. Scarred, brooding, and dangerous, he and the intrepid crew of the Arcadia are the scourage of any alien invaders unlucky enough to cross their path. And this year, the character is getting a CG feature film from Toei Animation. This time out, the Arcadia will be facing Earth's conquers while also dealing with a new, possibly traitorous crew member.
But is any of that a match for "One Piece" hero Luffy D. Monkey? Not only has Luffy been conquering the high seas in Eiichiro Oda's long-running manga, but Luffy was also chosen by you, the fans, as the winner of last year's arena. Could he possibly go for the second win? Is it enough that he's the star of one of the world's most widely-read manga titles? Or will he be brought low by the return of the one, true Captain?
Polls close Sunday, August 18 at 11:59pm EDT!
See the rest of the matchups here:
UPDATE: Here's some great fan art by renealexa featuring last year's championship matchup: Luffy vs. Voltron!