Thursday, July 9, 2015

It's On: Japan Versus America In Giant Robot Battle

It's Real Steel, but for real this time.  It's Real Real Steel.

Fresh off of our World Cup win, the USA is feeling a little cocky.  So there is only one more field of competition left to conquer.  The world of giant robot fighting, coincidentally an area that Japan, the originators of mecha-anime, giant robots, and technology, reigns supreme.

The USA v. Japan rivalry continues.

Parents, I speak for everyone like me.  Thank you for birthing me so I would be alive for this.

Last week, American company MegaBots Inc. issued an audacious challenge to Japan's Suidobashi Heavy Industry, makers of the massive Kuratas robots.
"Suidobashi, we have a giant robot. You have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen," Megabots' Matt Oherlein said in a YouTube video. "We challenge you to a duel. Prepare yourselves and name the battlefield. In one year, we fight."
Since this is the U.S.A. there was only one way to issue such a challenge, by shit-talking video.
A video that featured Oherlein donning an American flag as a cape and showing off his company's 12,000-pound Mk. II robot with a paintball cannon capable of shooting 3-pound paintballs at 100 mph.

Japan, not one to back down from a fight, especially a robot fight, has accepted.  Sunday, Suidobashi Heavy Industries (who, let's be honest, has already won the battle of which company has the best name) released its own video, accepting the challenge -- and upping the ante. It's giant robot fight.

CEO and creator Kogoro Kurata -- wearing a Japanese flag cape, of course -- responded, "Yeah, I'll fight. Absolutely. But you know what we really need? Melee combat."
"Just building something huge and sticking guns on it," he said. "It's super American." What he wants is hand-to-hand, metal-on-metal action. 
"If we're going to win this, I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it."
Kurata told MegaBots to name the time and the place and he'll be there, ready to rumble.

Both giant robots are controlled by pilots inside the machine -- one in the 9,000-pound Kurata, two in Mk. II.

So grab the popcorn, or other food item you deem necessary to have whilst watching a giant robot fight, and get comfortable, there's a truly (and this word is for once acceptable) EPIC battle coming your way.

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