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America vs Japan in giant robot duel: MegaBots Mark II vs Kuratas - what's all the fuss about?

Martyn Casserly | July 16, 2015
In June 2016, on the soil of a yet to be decided neutral country, two giant warrior robots will engage in a titanic battle to uphold the honour of their homelands. It's America vs Japan, and it all promises to get a bit tasty. Confused, concerned, or simply wonder if you've been transported into the plot of an anime show? Fear not, it's very real but also looks like it will be a lot of fun.

'We're not funding a single robot here,' states Megabot co-founder Gui Cavalcanti, 'we're funding an entirely new Mech sports league.'

This is a bigger possibility than it might sound, as so far both videos have received four million views in the couple of weeks that they've been live, and that's before a metallic punch has been thrown. The stakes are high though, as the fight will have to be an exciting tussle to have any hope of living up to the hype that has surrounded the idea online. But if the two companies can capture the imagination of a fanbase, then these battles could quickly become a fixture on mainstream entertainment channels, and with it create a whole new industry.

Giant Robot Battle: So, who's going to win?

Like any great fight, this one is going to be difficult to call. The Megabot Mark Two is described by its inventors as '12,000lbs of gasoline powered fury...and can fire 3lb paint cannonballs at speeds of over 100 miles per hour.' It houses a crew of two and moves around on a couple of huge caterpillar tracks.

In contrast the Kuratas in lighter at 9,000lbs, has a single pilot who benefits from a full heads up display and a fancy targeting system for the twin gatling guns. Movement comes from four sets of wheels, but perhaps the biggest advantage at the moment is its two long arms with gripping hands at the end, something that could prove invaluable in the melee fight against the hands-free Megabot Mark Two.

Of course, we expect plenty of adjustments to be made in the months leading up to the combat, as well as more videos charting the progress, all of which we'll report here. It might have started out as something of a joke, but if the two companies can get this right then they may be onto something bigger than a pair of giant robots.


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