We may soon witness what we can now only see in animes, videogames and Sci-Fi movies – two giant robots kicking each other to the death. After MegaBots Inc., a Boston-based firm specialized in building giant fighting robots, launched a challenge on YouTube, its opponent Japan-based robot-maker Suidobashi Heavy Industry accepted it without further ado.
Suidobashi said that they had accepted the challenge because they couldn’t let any other country to win the robotic challenge.
“Giant robots are Japanese culture,”
argued Kogoro Kurata, chief executive of the Japanese robot maker.
Kurata and Wataru Yoshizaki designed the Kuratas robot, a four-legged metal monster that needs only one pilot to be moved around. The American’s robot dubbed The MegaBot weighs 11,000 pounds (5,000 kg) and is equipped with a huge paintball canonball that can color-blast any opponent at 100 miles per hour (160 kph).
The Kuratas robot was built in 2012 but he learned that he had a target painted on its back roughly on June 30, when the U.S. made the challenge public. In the YouTube movie, which currently counts 3 million views, two Megabots representatives draped in the American flag and wearing impressive Top-Gun-like sunglasses launched the challenge in a typical American way.
They started by saying that they learned Japan also had a gigantic robot. So, they added, both countries have a moral obligation to all Sci-Fi lovers out there to fight the robots to the death.
Suidobashi posted a reply to the video on Sunday. In the Japanese video, the company’s CEO appears with a national flag around his shoulders and accepts the challenge. The Japanese robot weighs only 9,000 pounds but it is heavily armored and armed with twin Gatling guns.
In the video response, the Japanese mocks the two Americans for their exaggerated patriotism and propensity for “big guns.” Mr. Kurata said that building something huge and gluing some big guns to it was just “super American.” He added that the mecha fight should be done with no guns involved. Only a pure melee stand-off.
The date of the duel is yet not known. MegaBots team said that it should take place in a year. Details on where the battleground would be located remain also a secret.
Megabots said in a recent interview that unknowingly both teams emulated the styles of mech warriors their countries’ pop culture had been promoted for decades. While American giant robots are less visual appealing but armored to the teeth with big guns, the Japanese robotic warriors usually engage in hand-to-hand or sword-to-sword combat just making the guns look like some “interesting-looking add-ons.”
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