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What a time to be alive.
Last week, a U.S. giant-robot company summoned a Japanese giant-robot company to fight them in a giant-robot duel. In their challenge video, U.S.-based Megabots gave Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industry—and all of Japan—the opportunity to name the battlefield and “meet in one year’s time.”
Suidobashi has delivered its own in-your-face response to Megabots’ challenge, accepting in true Japanese style—that is, mocking the hyper-American notion that just sticking guns on a bot is what makes it cool.
Granted, that’s pretty much the coolest thing we can think of to do to a robot, but Japan has been doing this whole giant-robot thing way longer than we have. We defer to their expertise.
We should note that Suidobashi, which has already been marketing its automated giant-robot suits for three years, is probably going to kick Megabot’s metal butt if this duel actually does happen. In their corner, they have a series of badass videos showing their primary robot, the Kuratas, kicking ass in the wild. In America’s corner, we may have an impressive human-piloted robot, sure, but it’s not exactly standing on the shoulders of giants:
Still, giant-robot battle! Giant-robot battle! We look forward to our country’s humiliation at the hands of our betters, all in the name of human progress.
What a time to be alive.
Screengrab via Suidobashi Heavy Industry/YouTube
Aja Romano is a geek culture reporter and fandom expert. Their reporting at the Daily Dot covered everything from Harry Potter and anime to Tumblr and Gamergate. Romano joined Vox as a staff reporter in 2016.