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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?

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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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"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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The surreality of the situation smacked author Timothy Price with the intensity of one of Godzilla’s roars. There he was, maybe one of the biggest kaiju geeks on the planet, signing autographs at last weekend's G-Fest, the annual Godzilla fan convention in Chicago, Ill. that draws nearly 2,000 fans.

Price had walked the con hall for years as a fan, but this time he returned as a guest promoting his debut novel “Big in Japan.”

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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...

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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!

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Note: This post was previously published in December 2012.

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Lots of things in this life make me happy, but a couple that happen to be pretty high on the list are: giant robots & action figures! That's why NECA's recent release of toys based on the upcoming "Pacific Rim" film, by Legendary Pictures and my favorite director Guillermo del Toro, caused my heart to practically burst from my chest with excitement! After the ensuing trip to the hospital, I contacted Randy Falk, King of NECA Toys & All Things Heavy Metal*, about the upcoming figures and the working relationship between the film-making process and the action figure madness!

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In this issue: Your friendly neighborhood kaiju, remembering 'The Room,' and more.

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In this issue: A tough job interview in "Pacific Rim," the "Terminator" is back-ish, Orson ain't invited, and much more!

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By Steven Smith

The excitement I feel for the upcoming Guillermo del Toro film Pacific Rim can only be described as Dark Knight level proportions. I have been jonesing for big metal robots laying the smackdown on these kaiju since I first heard rumblings in the geek world. THEN we got to sit down with the honorable Guillermo himself and the nerd the fudge out at New York Comic-Con. His love for all the old “Man in suit” films from Japan was inescapable. I thought I was a fan before (Hellboy, Hellboy, Hellboy 2) but now I was target locked and ready to rock like a Jaeger.

I love robots. I always have, R2-D2 and C-3P0 are the ones you’d think I would say awakened my love for them but I trace it back to Disney’s The Black Hole. I couldn’t tell you item one what that movie was about but I remember all three robots, V.I.N.CENT, B.O.B., and Maximilian. I’m pretty sure I have a Maximilian action figure floating around somewhere. These robots were the first who made an impression on me when I realized I cared more about the them getting hurt than the human characters, and no, not in a sentimental Ewok way.

I also love me some Kaiju. The Godzilla movies were a staple in my house as well as Gamera. Godzilla versus Mecha-Godzilla is a personal favorite but I also like the first Gorija with his honor Raymond Burr. I knew it was a guy in a suit but my belief was suspended from on high and again, though humans got hurt I always found myself rooting for the monster. This feeling will be tested during Pacific Rim, but not by much. Read More...

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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...

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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.

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