Ready For A Giant Robot Duel? Japan Accepts America's Challenge

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Ready For A Giant Robot Duel? Japan Accepts America's Challenge

Japanese and American robot manufacturers will prove their superiority in the best possible way - giant robot duels.

Giant robot fights are a staple of science fiction and anime, not to mention one of the coolest action movie concepts ever imagined. But even with all our scientific advancements, seeing a battle in reality seems highly unlikely. Or at least it did until very recently. Two weeks ago, American robot manufacturer Megabot issued a challenge to Japan-based Suidobashi Heavy Industries: Host a duel between each company's giant robot. Amazingly, Suidobashi has accepted with one condition - it has to be a melee battle.

"Come on guys, make it cooler," Suidobashi CEO and founder Kogoro Kurata said in a response video. "Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It's Super-American.

"But you know, we really need... Melee combat," he continued. "If we're going to win this, I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it."

Megabot founders Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein originally equipped their Mark II model with paintball guns, but Kurata believes melee combat is far more exciting. And while I imagine the repair costs for both sides will be extensive afterwards, I can't say I disagree with the assessment. The Japanese robot - weighing in at 4000 kg - will face its 5400 kg US contender at some date in the future. But whenever and wherever this battle occurs you can be certain Suidobashi is fighting to win.

"I cannot let another country win this," Kurata said. "Giant robots are Japanese culture."

Source: Business Standard

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If I were more of a fanboy I'd shed tears of joy.

Please be good, please be good, please be good...

YES! All the yes! Alright everyybody, join me in the celebration!

Dis.
Gun.
Be.
Gud.

I love this! No matter which country is victorious, we all win!

Holeeee shit! We are one step closer to the future of Robot jocks and it will be AWESOME.

Oh my God.

Oh my sweet Zombie Jesus.

Are you... do you... We're here...

Do you get this?! We're here! Giant Droughts foretold, 3d printed Limbs, Feelable Holograms, Biofoam, Cops who think they are the law and feel they can execute anyone at any time (not linking that)!

We can either end up in Mega City or some Syndicate shit right now. I was always hoping for a more Shadowrun turn of things, but I'll take this too!

Will be interesting.

Still...

Giant Robots are a bad military design and will NEVER be useful. Just target practice for better machines...

What an age we live in! I gotta remember to make me some popcorn and sit back to watch!

If the Americans are going to say "Hell yeah!" to the wish to do melee combat... Words fail to describe my desire to witness this if that's going to be the case.

ObsidianJones:
Oh my God.

Oh my sweet Zombie Jesus.

Are you... do you... We're here...

Do you get this?! We're here! Giant Droughts foretold, 3d printed Limbs, Feelable Holograms, Biofoam, Cops who think they are the law and feel they can execute anyone at any time (not linking that)!

We can either end up in Mega City or some Syndicate shit right now. I was always hoping for a more Shadowrun turn of things, but I'll take this too!

Suddenly my urge to reinstall Syndicate last week is explained. I'll add on another relevant prophecy that may yet come to pass: One Must Fall: 2097.

Whoever wins... we win!
Completely out of nowhere, but this is going to be so exciting to see.

Rituro:
Suddenly my urge to reinstall Syndicate last week is explained. I'll add on another relevant prophecy that may yet come to pass: One Must Fall: 2097.

I'll see your 'One Must Fall', and raise you a 90's staple of my youth

Robot Jox

Shinji: but I don't want to pilot the robot!
Coop: uh, dafuq?

Seriously though, what have we done? We can't win this, it's Japan! We should have started smaller. Like, zimbabwe or something.

Hey everybody, its finally happening!

ROBOT JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOX!

Cowabungaa:
If the Americans are going to say "Hell yeah!" to the wish to do melee combat... Words fail to describe my desire to witness this if that's going to be the case.

That would be an odd decision from my perspective, seeing as how Americans worship guns.

I just reached max attention in my pants. This is something that needs to happen and needs to happen often!

Maybe an annual event when other countries can get involved and we can just have giant fucking robot duels every year!

I can already see the American robot revving a chainsaw or something when it gets in melee range, only to be split up by the Japanese robot's plasma Cutter. I really hope that they're serious about this.

Charcharo:
Will be interesting.

Still...

Giant Robots are a bad military design and will NEVER be useful. Just target practice for better machines...

If by 'giant robot' you mean giant humanoid bipedal robot, then sure, you're probably right. Just 'giant robot' is not descriptive in any sense other than scale and can hardly be referred to as a 'design'. It could literally be anything that is robotic and large.

I hope to dear hell that they aren't going to be piloted by squeaky voiced, under-age anime girls. That would the only dealbreaker, probably.

This whole event can be played out with a tad of imagination; American robot runs in with low or high right hook, Japanese robot splits in two as one half flies above and the other half ducks down to take American robot legs out with a sweep. As the American robot panics and twists furiously to save itself, The flying half grabs the flailing machine and drives a telescopic, electrically-charged bladed down its spine. The resulting explosion kills the two, leaving only the lower half of the Japanese robot to claim its remaining victory. Then we find out they were playing for keeps on American territory. An invasion of the dreaded toddler death machine army soon follows. Tl:dr, American robot no win.

Sorry, doubled the post.

Are we approaching a future where we settle all international disputes with giant robot fights?

I never thought I'd live to see the day.

I cant tell if this is a joke taken too far, or the natural progression of human entertainment. But its pretty friggan glorious either way, and i'll proudly tell my grandchildren i was around for the first real giant robot fight in history.

Denamic:

Charcharo:
Will be interesting.

Still...

Giant Robots are a bad military design and will NEVER be useful. Just target practice for better machines...

If by 'giant robot' you mean giant humanoid bipedal robot, then sure, you're probably right. Just 'giant robot' is not descriptive in any sense other than scale and can hardly be referred to as a 'design'. It could literally be anything that is robotic and large.

Generally you are correct. A bipedal one is shit.

DEPENDING on its use, a big robot may not be stupid.
Generally military machines are better if they are as small as possible.

Ouh that was a faster respons than I was expecting!
THIS IS GOING TO BE SO AWESEOME!!!

Yo!
I'm buyin' a front-row seat to this nonsense, I gotta see this.

And I'm for patriotic pride and all, but my money's on Kurata, just sayin'.

This'll be something to tell the grandkids.

And as for who'd win, I'm not too sure. Megabot has more weight, but Suidobashi's bot had three legs in the video, meaning extra stability...

Ah well. Whoever loses will probably buy all their employees the inevitable themed plushies, so everybody wins!

This is the apex of hype. I freaking can't wait.
And I love the "giant robot and put guns on it, classic american". Made me laugh.

Captcha "born to run". But Captcha, I want to pilot a mecha, not run from it!

*Puts tin foil anime hat on* This is just a concept of proof for Giant robots to be viable in military use. Soon the Holy Britannia Empire will invade Japan and the rest of the world.

EDIT: How soon until we get a weapon that surpass the Metal Gear?

I like that both parties went full on into this.
After the American challenge, having the Japanese designer wear a rising sun flag was the only appropriate response...

MarsAtlas:
Hey everybody, its finally happening!

ROBOT JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOX!

Cowabungaa:
If the Americans are going to say "Hell yeah!" to the wish to do melee combat... Words fail to describe my desire to witness this if that's going to be the case.

That would be an odd decision from my perspective, seeing as how Americans worship guns.

Oh don't take us wrong. We worship violence in all of its delicious forms. Guns are merely one expression! The true artist uses every tool at his disposal.

This is the beginning of Real Steel, I'm calling it.

This is fucking retarded. Both robots need people driving them so barely any real damage can be done without risking injury. No one is going to put their kneecaps on the line for a fucking robot battle.

While I agree that melee is always cooler, in this case it seems like it would be a safety hazard.

Please let this be uploaded to YouTube...

Also: This seems a lot like a big pissing contest but if this catches on then a giant robot fighting league could see dramatic and rapid improvements to robotics on a scale that the average person can have running around a house helping out with cleaning, cooking and stuff like that.

Westaway:
This is fucking retarded. Both robots need people driving them so barely any real damage can be done without risking injury. No one is going to put their kneecaps on the line for a fucking robot battle.

Yeah, if they were unmanned they still wouldn't do much damage on account of these things costing millions of dollars each.

OT: OHHHHHH BOY! Robot fighting as a sport. Make it happen! NAHO!

So, Battlebots is back, and on network TV no less. Now we have...THIS. Clearly the next logical step is to get robots of a size between the two, and get them in the ring across Dwayne Johnson and the Undertaker for the greatest display of staged bullshit ever.

ObsidianJones:
Oh my God.

Oh my sweet Zombie Jesus.

Are you... do you... We're here...

Do you get this?! We're here! Giant Droughts foretold, 3d printed Limbs, Feelable Holograms, Biofoam, Cops who think they are the law and feel they can execute anyone at any time (not linking that)!

We can either end up in Mega City or some Syndicate shit right now. I was always hoping for a more Shadowrun turn of things, but I'll take this too!

Transmetropolitan, do you speak it?

I hope that other countries get in on this, and we have something sort of like the Olympics.. but for giant robot battles. I shed a tear writing that sentence...

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