Japan Accepts America's Challenge to a Giant Robot Duel

Monday, 06 July 2015 - 4:32PM
Weird Science
Monday, 06 July 2015 - 4:32PM
American robot makers have been working on creating a giant "Megabot" that is essentially a real-life mecha, or a humongous machine that is controlled by a human from an interior cockpit. Apparently, they've not only achieved their goal, but are ready to literally throw their Megabot into the ring, as they cheekily challenged Japanese robotics company Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a duel last week.

In a remarkable coincidence (maybe), the video just so happened to come out right before America beat Japan in a prominent Women's World Cup game. Now, Suidobashi has responded, and they accept the formal challenge to a giant robot duel. In the response video, Suidobashi CEO Kogoro Kurata says, "Yeah, I'll fight. Absolutely."

So apparently, we only have ourselves to blame when movies like Real Steel come out, because the human race would love nothing more than to see the world turn into a silly action movie in which big robots punch each other out. The fact that these companies are spending their time planning a real-life fight between giant robots is hilarious enough, but Kurata's dry, self-aware commentary makes it even funnier: "We can't let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture."

But the best part of the video comes when he starts to throw shade at the American Megabot:

Opening quote
"My reaction? Come on, guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It's... super American."
Closing quote

He's got us there.

There are no details on the robot duel as of yet, although Megabot proposed it for sometime in 2016. And considering that Megabot was originally built to play paintball, America could probably use that year to prepare for a face-off with a mecha's mecca.

Via Popular Science.
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