As of this week we can finally agree that humanity has reached the future, culminating with the world’s first giant robot battle. On October 17, after years of planning, we finally got to see the showdown between Suidobashi Industries’ KURATAS and MegaBots, Inc.’s MK.III.
In July of 2012 Suidobashi Industries posted a video to YouTube that caught the attention of mecha fans across the world, someone in Japan had made a giant fighting robot. Known as the KURATAS, the four meter tall robot was the real deal. Able to be piloted by a single person, the KURATAS also had interchangeable “weapons,” making all the mecha fantasies you’ve had a reality. Even more interesting was that they were for sale on a build to order basis with the KURATAS at its most basic costing a cool $1.35 million USD.
A few years later in 2015 another giant robot appeared on the scene, and it was looking for a fight. In a YouTube video more akin to a rap feud gone viral, especially when compared to Suidobashi Industries’ clean and clinical reveal of the KURATAS, the American company MegaBots, Inc. revealed the MK.II. Now the world had two giant robots, and to put it in the words of the MK.II’s creators: “We have a giant robot, you have a giant robot, you know what needs to happen. We challenge you to a duel.”
Two years after the challenge was accepted, the pride of each countries’ respective robotics heritage was on the line. Japan with its Gundams, and America with its Mech Warriors. The duel took place in an abandoned steel mill in Japan and was set as a two round format. While Japan only had its KURATAS available for the fight, America brought both its Mk.II (the robot the duel was originally based around), and its new MK.III. Live streamed on Twitch, the show was billed as a spectacle to remember.
The first round ended briefly, with the American robot being incapacitated. In a headlong charge with its 600 pound metal fist the KURATAS, similar to Saitama from One Punch Man, dealt a quick and devastating blow knocking the MK.II flat on its back. However, the beastly MK.III proved its dominance over the KURATAS in the fight’s second round, utilizing a powerful chain-sword and newly improved stabilization system that the Japanese machine could not deal with.
So on this day the American’s had done it: they had bested the Japanese in giant robot combat. Hopefully this won’t be the last we see of robotic duelling as other competitors have begun to join the fray.