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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?

natsu-vs-kai

It's Keanu Reeves' foray into a piece of classic Japanese fiction vs. a boy dragon slayer. Can a lowly ronin truly overcome the might of a kid who slays dragons?

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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?

iron-man-vs-chie

Billionaire playboy inventor vs. high school badass. The carnivore tomboy against the man in the iron suit. Who will win?

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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?

gipsy-megaman

The beloved Blue Bomber (who just celebrated his 25th last year) vs. the West's latest (and possibly most successful) foray into the mech vs. kaiju genre in this matchup that pits a tiny bot with a heart of gold vs. Earth's last defense against an interdimensional threat.

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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?

mewthree-domo

It's monster vs. monster as a new, horned form of classic Pokémon Mewtwo goes up against the DC Comics versions of Japanese mascot Domo!

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otaku_divider

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?

luffy-vs-capt-harlock

Ahoy, mateys! It's pirate versus pirate in our first matchup, pitting two storied captains against one another for Arena supremacy.

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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?

lightning-bunny

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.

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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?

dante-vs-joe-joestar

It's bloodline vs. bloodline as an English supernatural fighter goes head-to-head with a half-demon/half-angel monster hunter, and things are certain to get weird.

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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?

kenshiro-godzilla

One can kill you with just a touch while the other, well, he'll just level your city block if you he doesn't like the way you're looking at him. In the battle between Kenshiro and Godzilla, which will come out on top?

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Otakon 2013

All eyes in the anime and manga world were turned on Baltimore this past weekend, as almost 35,000 people swarmed to the Baltimore Convention Center for Otakon. Here's a roundup of the weekend's news:

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There's a bewildering array of new manga out this week, from classics like "Lone Wolf and Cub" (a new edition) and Osamu Tezuka's "Twin Knights" to a new "Alice" manga and the last volume of "Bakuman." If you're worried about damage to your wallet, consider going digital: Viz just announced their annual summer sale, with all their digital manga on their own service and the Nook marked down until September 5.

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Sailor Moon 20th anniversary

Good news for "Sailor Moon" fans: The long-anticipated new anime will be out this winter, and everyone can watch it at once.

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Today is Yaoi Day, the official fujoshi holiday—it's a pun on the date 8-01 in Japanese. Yaoi fans can celebrate with markdowns on new and classic yaoi titles at Digital Manga's eManga site (NSFW), where they are offering 15% off a ton of digital manga until August 4. The manga are available in a variety of different formats, including EPUB files for Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo, as well as downloadable PDFs.

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"Pacific Rim" wore its anime and Japanese science action influences where everyone could see them (I don't know how many people I came across pointing out the "Evangelion" comparisons). Well, director Guillermo del Toro went a step further, commissioning a pair of posters from famed Japanese illustrators Katsuya Terada and Yoji Shinkawa to honor the the film's release.

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A description of the 2014 film on Asian Media Wiki sure reads a lot like that of Kazuo Koike and Ryoichi Ikegami's '80s manga about a master assassin who weeps with every kill.

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After a fairly spectacular round of manga announcements at Anime Expo three weeks ago, this year's San Diego Comic-Con was a quiet one for manga publishers. In fact, Yen Press cancelled their panel at the last minute, although they did have a busy booth on the main exhibit floor. Here's a look at what went on.

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