In the first ever international epic battle of the giant robots, it's American Mark II versus Japanese Kuratas.
American firm MegaBots Inc., which uses cutting-edge robotics technology to create the giant piloted fighting robots of science fiction, videogames and movies, posted a video earlier this month, challenging their Japanese rivals at the Suidobashi Heavy Industry to a very special fight: "Suidobashi, you have a giant robot, we have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen. We're challenging you to a duel."
Brace yourselves and get your popcorn ready: the Japanese team accepted the challenge, saying even they cannot let another country win this fight. Afterall, giant robots have been a part of Japanese culture and people at the company are absolutely convinced that their great metal warrior, weighing in at almost 4,000 kg, will defeat the 5,400-kg American beast Mark II., equipped with massive paintball guns and controlled by two 'pilots'. The 1400 kg lighter Japanese opponent is called Kuratas and is only piloted by one person.
In the video response, posted a day later by the Japanese team, you can see they don't only have supreme technology, but great sense of humor as well: "Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It's super American."
Neither a date nor venue for the event has yet been announced. This will be the world's first giant robots battle, but, if we may mention, in Tokyo they have already brought robots closer to human nature – Foris, a robot made from trash can, tied the knot with a humanoid robot Yukirin. The robo wedding is thought to be the first wedding of its kind in the world.
Robot wars and ultimate giant robo fighting may be 'the next big thing' – just think of Real Steel, where human boxers were replaced by robots... Yes, we are getting there.