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Welcome to the semi-final round of 2013's Battle Arena Otaku Fight! Fight!. We're down to the last four competitors in 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?

Can a boy with a keyblade defeat an armored superhero? Sora and Wild Tiger face off in this penultimate round of the Arena!

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Welcome to round three of 2013's Battle Arena Otaku Fight! Fight!. We're down to the last eight competitors in 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?

Can the combined might of five lions defeat the combined strength of Disney and Square characters? Or has the defender of the universe finally met his match against the Keyblade master?

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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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Two teens who learned some of the strange realities of growing up... through combat! But one had a bunch of ninjas on his side while the other had Donald, Goofy, and... Riku?

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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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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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Batman. It seems like there's been a practically unlimited amount of action figures and toys coming out all the time that feature Mr. Wayne's cowled visage-- and I wouldn't have it any other way! Case in point: the latest high-quality import from Square-Enix' Play Arts Kai line of figures based on Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy! Without even trying, I've managed to amass quite a wide array of Batman figures, and recently it seems my favorites have come from Square Enix. How will this Christian Bale-version of the Dark Knight stack up? Will he randomly have pieces pop off and/or snap in twain, like some of my other Play Arts of years past? Or will he turn out to be my new favorite law-breaking-billionaire-orphan?! Read on to find out! Read More...

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Bane has never been able to catch a break (no pun intended) when it comes to his movie appearances. In both "Batman & Robin" and "The Dark Knight Rises", the venom-infused fighting machine has basically been an unintelligible henchman-- far from the cunning strategist, of DC Comics' fame, that figured out how to beat Batman during 'Knightfall' and later led the Secret Six in it's own private mercenary war. Nope, Bane is simply a stooge for someone greater in both of his big screen appearances; but now, thanks to Square-Enix, he's getting a chance to shine as the first villain in their Dark Knight Trilogy Play Arts Kai line of action figures! Will he get a little redemption? are you kidding?! This toy is badass! Read More...

Get ready to see Square Enix's brand-new, gorgeously-articulated figures based on Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" movie at Toy Fair!

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Square Enix revealed the heavily-armored, newly "reborn" addition to its beautifully sculpted Play Arts Kai line with a crop of DC Universe superstars at Toy Fair. Watch the video below and check more pics of a badass Batman, a sleek Green Lantern, a statuesque Wonder Woman, and others! Plus, get a look at Square Enix's new figures based on "The Dark Knight" and "Dark Knight Rises" movies!

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New York Comic Con 2012 is admittedly sparse so far when it comes to big time toy reveals, but sometimes it's the little things that sneak up on you that mean the most. Case in point: Square Enix. While all of their latest figures were on display, within each glass case stood a few all new protoypes from three of their most successful Play Arts Kai lines, and a new one! New Street Fighter and Halo 4 figures stood in all of their solid-gray newness, while Square Enix' latest license for the Nolanverse Batman films was represented by four new figures, including a very promising Heath Ledger Joker! Read on for all the photos of where your money will be disappearing to in the future!
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It has begun! As the flood of con-exclusives have been/are being announced from almost all of the fan-favorite companies, we're bringing you our first review of some toys only available at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International: the black & white versions of Batman and Joker from Square Enix' Play Arts Kai line! Both of these figures are monochrome counterparts to the previously released versions based on the incredibly popular Batman: Arkham Asylum video game that stole a week or so of our life when it was released. We only got to borrow these two arch-enemies for a few days, but are they going to be worth our hard-earned cash when we make it to SDCC? Read on to find out!

As we've already reviewed the original version of Batman here, this look is going to be more pic-heavy (since we both know that's what you really came for)-- and Joker-centric!

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If all those on Olympus would deny me my vengeance, then all of Olympus will die.

That is the type of sweet nothings Kratos spews through gritted teeth in Playstation's God of War series of games. In fact, Kratos is quite possibly the angriest video game hero in existence. His never-ending grimace and hate-choked voice signify his desire for vengeance and/or an incredibly heinous case of hemorrhoids. C'mon, there's no way he's that tensed up all the time and still manages to keep regular bowel movements! But enough about Kratos' poop schedule and onto the subject at hand-- his new action figure from Square Enix' Play Arts Kai line! Long time readers of Geek will know that we're big fans of these figures with many a Metal Gear review under our belt. However, Kratos is a whole different monster demigod when compared to the sleek lines of a figure like Sneaking Suit Naked Snake.

Read on as we see if Kratos is worthy of the Toy Gods us, alone in a room full of plastic.

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Things sure are gonna be tough after San Diego Comic-Con International 2012. With our addiction love video games and action figures being put to the test, we'll probably be living on the street thanks to blowing all our hard-earned rent money at the show for things like these Black and White Play Arts Kai figures from Square Enix' Batman: Arkham Asylum line. Both Batman and the Joker will be available exclusively at the show. Both figures were previously released in regular game-accurate colors earlier this year, and we even reviewed Bats if you'd like some idea on just how incredible these toys really are.

Read on for more photos and info on how to get these two if you aren't able to attend the show!

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Toy Fair 2012: Square Enix Visits Arkham

This week sees the release of Square Enix' latest action figure in their Play Arts KAI line: Batman! The Dark Knight is based on his appearance in the extremely badass "Batman: Arkham Asylum" video game and is quite possibly the BEST damn Batman figure in existence! (*That title will switch hands once the Hot Toys version comes out.) We first saw this figure at last year's San Diego Comic Con, and our unwavering desire to own him only grew when we were once again faced with his cowled visage during Toy Fair 2012. Now, only a month after the drool-worthy visit to Square Enix' booth, we have this action figure in our grasp! Upon picking him up at our LCS, we tore into his window box packaging and freed the "World's Greatest Detective" from his plastic prison so we could go on patrol together like best friends bring you this review!

SPOILER ALERT: If you're looking to read loads of negativity, you're looking in the wrong place. This figure is just that good!

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Toy Fair 2012: Square Enix Visits Arkham

Being huge fans of Square Enix' Play Arts Kai figures, the company's booth at Toy Fair 2012 was one of our most anticipated stops. While we are anticipating having the upcoming Batman and Joker from their 'Batman: Arkham City' line in our collections very soon, we are already anticipating even more figures after seeing the Armored Batman and Harley Quinn on display! Square Enix is producing figures that , while more expensive than some, are works of highly-articulated art. Don't believe us? Just check out the upcoming photos!

Read on for a case file's worth of photos from the Batman: Arkham Asylum display!

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Square Enix' booth during Toy Fair 2012 was sparse, but featured some of the coolest action figures around. Their Play Arts Kai lineup has become deeper with each new license and their display proved that point with new figures from God of War, Uncharted, and even debuted prototypes of new figures from Mass Effect 3! That's right, Shepard is there in all his heroic glory-- although a little gray. These are just the prototypes, so only some gray has been added to better bring out the detailing of the sculpts, but are all also still pending licensor approval. Luckily, thanks to Square Enix' incredible sculpting, they probably won't have much trouble getting these pushed through.

Read on for a closer look at the Mass effect Play Arts Kai figures!

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