This Japan vs. America Giant Robot Battle Is Straight Out of 'Pacific Rim'

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 10:04AM
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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 - 10:04AM
This Japan vs. America Giant Robot Battle Is Straight Out of 'Pacific Rim'
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After some delays, plenty of posturing, and a lot of trash-talk on both sides, Japan's Suidobashi giant robot has finally faced off against America's Megabots in a war of metal and flamethrowers that saw the two robot-building teams clash over a series of battlegrounds.

The match streamed for viewers last night on Twitch, but in reality, the footage had actually been shot a few weeks earlier, over several days, and pieced together to make a single 26-minute video. The level of editing polish on display is almost as impressive as the mechs themselves.

The fighting isn't exactly on par with Pacific Rim or Transformers - it's heavily choreographed - but the staging doesn't detract from just how impressive technical work on display is. This is a serious visual treat even if the video resembles a robotic WWE match. The fact that this kind of fight can be pulled off, period, with all the various moving parts involved, without anybody getting hurt, while still making for an entertaining experience, is incredible in its own right no matter how many hokey steel girders "almost" squished the presenters.



Maybe Megabots and Suidobashi aren't fully throwing everything they have at each other - giant mechs are expensive - but when one shoots the other with a paintball cannon, it's still an incredible display of the possibilities such technological developments hold for the future of warfare. 

Technically speaking, this wasn't a fair fight either way - while the Megabots were crowned the winners of the event, they only won by throwing not one, but two giant robots at Suidobashi.

The first of the Megabots' machines, the MKI, was knocked out of the fight instantly upon the start, crushed by a solid punch from Suidobashi's Kuratas bot before things even got anywhere.

Then, out came the MKII, also known, very patriotically, as Eagle Prime, which swatted away a drone before chainsawing Kuratas into two pieces.

The whole video is an amazing sight, and while it does all feel very scripted, it's still the best we've got as far as actual giant robot bloodsports go. Nobody else who's in possession of an enormous mech seems willing to risk it in some kind of battle royale, and while there are plenty of teeny-tiny, painfully adorable robots that engage in far more brutal and efficient fights, something on this scale has never been attempted before, and that's a great thing for what will no doubt become a more established sport in years to come.

Maybe we're not quite at the level of underground robot fighting leagues that Hugh Jackman's Real Steel has promised we'll get in the future, and maybe Eagle Prime and Kuratas are a bit on the slow side when facing off against each other, but this is a major leap forward for robotic eSports. We can't wait to see how robotic fights like this continue to develop as they become more common in the future.
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