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?


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.



"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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During MTV's San Diego Comic-Con Livestream, Head of Marvel TV, Jeph Loeb discussed whether we'd ever see Guillermo del Toro's long-rumored "Hulk" television series.

Don't hold your breath, gang.



Pacific Rim” might be the best looking Saturday morning cartoon I’ve ever seen. In fact, everything about the new Guillermo del Toro monsters vs. robots flick is so animated and giant-sized that movie theaters should serve up big bowls of sugary cereal to view it with.



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Since Guillermo del Toro's giant monster vs giant mech flick hit theaters last night, I thought it'd be fun to dedicate today's Daily Geek to "Pacific Rim." Here goes...


Pacific Rim Logo

As July 12th grows ever closer, my excitement to see Warner Bros. & Legendary Pictures' "Pacific Rim" grows ever more as thoughts of mechanized behemoths tearing through other-dimensional monsters fills my head. Read on for a guide to all manner of "Pacific Rim" merch!


Note: This post was previously published in December 2012.


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Guillermo del Toro talks "Dark Universe" aka "Justice League Dark" with MTV's Josh Horowitz and explains how it could tie into DC's bigger plans (if those exist). He also explains how his Hulk TV series just kind of "faded away."

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Heather Doerksen is about to go big. As one of the rising stars in the upcoming summer blockbuster 'Pacific Rim,' Doerksen is also one of the few female pilots of Jaegers, giant robot mechs that stand as humanity's last hope against a monster invasion.

We had the chance to chat with Doerksen over the phone in advance of the movie's release, and talked about the intense physical training she went through in order to pilot the Jaeger, working with director Guillermo Del Toro ("Hellboy"), and her upcoming projects with Marvel Knights Animation: Read More...


So what's the deal with using giant robots to fight equally giant monsters? That was one of my first questions for "Pacific Rim" screenwriter Travis Beacham. Beacham, who also wrote 2010's "Clash of the Titans" remake, worked with director Guillermo del Toro to bring to life a world ravaged by kaiju, rampaging monsters of all shapes and sizes which emerged from an otherworldly fissure beneath the sea and have risen to flatten the coasts and anyone who lives there.

But how did it all start? Beacham answers that question, in part, with this week's comic tie-in, "Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero." Set twelve years before the start of the film, the comic will lay out the origins of, among other things, the might Jaegers: the towering, monster-fighting mechs at the center of the film in a series of stories illustrated by artists artists Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, and Pericles Junior.



Mother's Day isn't until May 12 (you're welcome), but director Andres Muschietti's "Mama" will be hitting DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD on on May 7 from Universal Pictures. With that in mind, the studio sent along this pair of e-cards for all of you feral children out there raised by vengeful entities (or if you have a good old-fashioned regular maternal figure as well).

After the jump, check out the second card as well as a clip featuring actress Jessica Chastain talking about her work in the film.


Monster[1]By Jorge Solis

With the highly anticipated "Pacific Rim" just months away, what will writer/director Guillermo Del Toro add to his already long list of upcoming projects? As a potential TV series, HBO and Del Toro are teaming up together for the live action adaptation of the Japanese manga, "Monster." Let's find out what makes "Monster" must-see TV. Read More...


Guillermo del Toro's big budget summer Kaiju movie* "Pacific Rim" gets the prequel treatment in June with the OGN "Tales From Year Zero." And during WonderCon today, publisher Legendary Entertainment revealed that they've gotten artist Alex Ross to paint the clash of bot and beast on the cover.


Andres Muschietti's remake of his horror short "Mama" is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on May 7 from Universal in a disc that's worth it just to get the original three minutes of horror in HD.


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