Remember that giant fighting robot duel that was supposed to happen between America and Japan? After almost two years and several teases on their YouTube channel, MegaBots, Inc. has finally set a date to turn Kuratas, Suidobashi Heavy Industries' sophisticated piloted mech, into scrap for some seaweed candy-spewing vending machine.
And it’s all happening THIS AUGUST!
That’s right. We are only four months away from the whole reason America got into science and technology in the first place: to build a giant mechanical behemoths to fight our enemies. O.K., so there are other reasons like making the world a better place and blah, blah, blah. But c’mon, does any of that really matter anymore? We are about to witness history here.
|Do you even lift, bro? Testing of Mk. III involved deadlifting sedans.
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Where will that history be made? We have absolutely no idea.
That’s about the only thing MegaBot’s bombastic co-founders, co-pilots, Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein—this century’s high-tech answer to Barnum and Bailey—are remaining tight-lipped on.
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|MegaBots' co-founders Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein will be at the controls of the Mk. III when they face Kuratas (right) this August.|
“The original duel venue fell through,” they report in the announcement released today. “As a result of this earlier setback, the final Duel location is being kept a secret to prevent any further potential delays.”
Previous statements suggest the battle will be on neutral ground, though somewhere near or in the Pacific logistically makes sense. Midway, perhaps?
The good news is, no matter where you are, you’ll be able to see the battle for free on YouTube. And if you are in the Bay area this May, you’ll have a chance to get the first public glimpse of the Mk. III, the 16-ft, 12-ton, 430-HP fighter who is up against Kuratas, the 5-ton, 13-ft-tall single seater that appears more agile and advanced.
The odds look about as insurmountable as those the U.S. hockey team faced against Russia in 1980, so of course, our bet is on the Mark III.
Here’s the video so you can see for yourself: