by Phil Gibson
Without a doubt one of the most loved areas of all things nerd is the realm of giant robots. From Power Rangers and their Super Sentai roots all the way to Pacific Rim, the world seems to love mecha. More specifically, the world loves watching ten tons of fun wrecking each other. Finally we have had the chance to see it come to life with the USA Megabots crew taking on Japan's Kuratas, and despite some interesting commentary and some elements that appear scripted (whether or not they were), the rise of the 12-ton behemoths is upon us.
While the battle itself slow and there is no shortage of people to say the fight itself was boring, I would say this is everything I've ever hoped for. USA and Japan went at it at relatively low speeds with Kuratas topping out at only around 18 mp/h, faster than the both mechs used by the Megabots crew. With these being what we can consider first generation combatants it shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that this doesn't rival the spectacle of everyone's favorite anime series, but that doesn't mean in the slightest that this was a let down.
I'd argue the opposite.
Everything has to have a start, and this battle was a great point at which to do so. With over 2 million views on YouTube as of the time of this writing, one can only hope this will grow. As technology grows, specifically in areas of robotics and safety are concerned, maybe we can see some truly spectacular battles. Perhaps this is the birth of a new era where we longer have to watch robots battle in animation or CGI. The act of one robot punching another robot square in the chest and causing it to topple over is amazing, no matter how much it looked like two giant toys slamming into each other.
Round one went to Japan with Kuratas rushing in for an initial punch, and round 2 and 3 went to the USA with the entrance of their second bot, Eagle Prime. With paintball cannons shooting 130 mp/h and chainsaw arms, the true winner of this competition was the fans, because with any luck this will blow up into a full blown sport. If it doesn't, then we know the reason we can't have nice things is because we just don't deserve it.
If you haven't already, watch the video above and enjoy what is hopefully the birth of glorious mech-on-mech battles that goes beyond the likes of Battlebots. It may not have been as impressive as most people would like, but it's a necessary step we have to take if we ever want to pilot our own Gundams.
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