Each competitor has a year to prepare for next year's bout

By Alex Heigl
Updated July 06, 2015 04:45 PM

Just when you thought the Women’s World Cup was the most exciting thing in international sports relations – GIANT ROBOTS appear on the scene.

U.S. company MegaBots Inc. – which, as you might expect, specializes in making big ol’ robots – released a video last week that challenged Japanese robotics company Suidobashi Heavy Industries – known for its massive piloted mech-suit Kuratas – to a fight.

This week, Suidobashi accepted.

“Suidobashi, we have a giant robot, you have a giant robot. You know what needs to happen,” one of the MegaBots representatives declares in the video above. They say the Japanese company can dictate the terms of the battle and the venue before setting a timeline of a year from now.

Suidobashi’s response video contained a fair bit of shade, actually. Demanding a melee instead of an artillery battle, the company’s founder, Kogoro Kurata, said, “Come on guys, make it cooler. Just building something huge and sticking guns on it. It’s … super American.”

“We can’t let another country win this,” he says. “Giant robots are Japanese culture.”

Well, that’s true, but brazenly hyperbolic challenges to international superpowers are also American culture. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!