Here's news we're legitimately excited to bring you: Right now, teams in the US and Japan are working feverishly to build the perfect anime-style battle robot. These human-piloted, metal behemoths are loaded down with weaponry, heads-up displays and other impressive tech, all for one reason: To battle it out with other giant robots for sport.
The first fight is coming soon. Here's what you need to know about it.
When it comes to piloting the mechas, Japan's Kuratas has the early advantage. It seats one human pilot, but it doesn't require one. That's because all the mecha's functions can be accessed using a smartphone.
Caption:Fox Van Allen
/ Photo: Suidobashi Heavy Industry
Welcome to the world of mecha battles
Meet Team Japan
... and now, Team USA
Kuratas: An app-powered battle mecha
MegaBot: A two-person mecha
Kuratas' weapon advantage
Kuratas has an advanced aiming system, too
The MegaBot's missile launcher
Kuratas's LOHAS launcher
Mk. II's paint bomb blasts
Kuratas is pretty handy
On the other (robotic) hand
Preparing for battle
The most American bot ever
Punch drunk immune
How do you move a 12,000-pound robot?
Like a car, but better (and slower)
Add military-grade suspension to the mix
So who will win?
The MegaBot Mk. II, meanwhile, requires a two-person team: one person to pilot the bot, and another to act as the gunner.
IHMC Robotics is designing the MegaBot's coming balance control upgrade. The new system, working in conjunction with the coming hydraulics upgrades, will help MegaBot stay upright while taking and delivering punches.