It’s a scene imagined straight out of a anime or science fiction movie. Two robots enter the arena only one leaves standing. That’s exactly what is being proposed by American robotics company MegaBots who challenged the Japanese robotics company Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a duel.
At first glance it may seem as if the battle is evenly matched. The MegaBots premiere mech is the MegaBot Mark II which is 15 feet tall, weighs in at 12,000 pounds, can shoot paintballs at over 100 mph and requires two pilots to operate it. Plus, it only cost $175,000 to make.
The Japanese mech, the Kurata stands at only 13 feet tall, weighs 9,000 pounds, moves around on four swiveling wheels, has a hyper advanced targeting system and only needs one pilot to operate it. I don’t know about you but that gives me the chills!
Suidobashi founder and CEO Kogoro Kurata feels as if the American’s mech is not only an inferior bot but also a typical American creation. “Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s… super American,” he says in the video. Kurata also brings up the fact that robots are a part of Japanese culture and he wishes for melee combat. That’s right a good old fashion fight to the death.
While a date hasn’t been set for these two to wage war, one thing’s for sure, neither party wants to walk out the loser. America vs Japan, a fight unlike the world has ever seen before.