As if in answer to the collective wishes of sci-fi nerds everywhere, the USA and Japan have actually agreed to do battle with giant robots.
You haven’t been transported to some alternate reality 1941 fan fiction; both nations really do want to test their mettle...or rather, metal...in a fight to the robot-death.
It all started when US-based robotics company MegaBots challenged Japan-based Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a real-life droid-off.
“You have a giant robot, we have a giant robot – we have a duty to the science fiction lovers of this world to fight them to the death,” the challenge video proclaims.
Check out the clip below:
Naturally, Suidobashi Heavy Industries responded in the affirmative, with the company’s founder saying: “Yeah, I’ll fight. Absolutely.” We’re assuming he means with a robot…
He continued: “We can’t let another country win this. Giant robots are Japanese culture.”
Check out the response video here:
MegaBots’ current robot contender is a 15-foot tall mech that can fire three-pound paint cannonballs at upwards of 120 miles per hour.
Suidobashi, meanwhile, has a 5,000kg piloted mech suit that can travel at speeds of 10km/h.
What’s more, it’s got two 6,000 BB per second gatling guns and stands at a fear-inducing 15-feet tall.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a definitive date for the robo face-off, and it doesn’t seem as though any rules for the battle have been ironed out thus far.
That doesn’t stop the fighting talk from coming out early, mind. Kurata says he wants the battle to be a physical melee.
He adds: “My reaction? Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s...Super American.”
Who do you think will come out on top? Cast your votes in the comments below.